I was introduced to audio books by John C. Dalglish recently and am now using his 16 novel Detective Jason Strong series as time fillers between longer novels. My listening to the 16 book series is in random order. This is my 4th review of books in the series during recent weeks. All that I have listened to so far are very well written, well narrated, suspenseful, and fast paced. The series is set in San Antonio and deals with SAPD cases. One of Their Own is about the case of a bad cop who is responsible for two murders. Dalglish is a very talented self published author of "clean mysteries". My tolerance for bad language and sex scenes is very high, but Dalglish amply demonstrates that outstanding books can be written without either.
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Would you consider the audio edition of One of Their Own to be better than the print version?
Yes...in the sense that I can listen on the go.
What other book might you compare One of Their Own to and why?
The other five.
Which character – as performed by James Killavey – was your favorite?
All of them. I think he is the best of the narrators for this series so far. Glad the author is keeping him. However some don't like him ... and in these politicized days have to go to extremes. "Horrible. The worse. Sad." Sigh.
Any additional comments?
Decide for yourself about the narrator. That's what the samples there for.
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This reads as a pretty good mystery with a solid story and no huge holes in the narrative. Then there is the man they picked to narrate this novella. His stumbling staccato delivery is a boon to the dentists of all of us who sat through his performance. To further this lack of coherence between book and reader, while the setting is San Antonio Mr. Killavey has a wicked thick Boston accent. This story was good enough that I manged to listen through to the end but it was due to my loyalty to an excellent story by John Dalglish. I may give another book in the series with a different reader a shot.
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This installment of Detective Jason Strong was pretty emotional. Det. Strong has a pregnant wife ready to pop at any moment, and is having to look for his missing colleague Nina. Jason's close friend and fellow officer Nina goes missing and when he and his partner Vanessa start investigating her disappearance they discover some pretty cruel and unbelievable information.
Nina was only in a few books up until this point, and not a well known character for me. However, going through what happened to Nina was disturbing, and made me feel helpless, total empathy! I thought the way the story was going was leading me to think of one ending, when in reality the plot twist turned everything upside down! It makes me wonder what I missed in the previous book though...
James Killavey narrated book six, however he was not always the narrator in this series. James is one of six narrators for the series thus far! OK, now I've heard Rich McVicar, and Paul Heitsch, they were ok, and very good, but James, my word, he was not good. James comes off so clinical, and emotionally detached that his narration takes away from the story telling by A LOT! This book in particular is very intense and emotional, and dude, can you sound sad? Or pissed off? Give the characters something! I listened all the way through because the story is good, but I was struggling big time with James' vocal tone! On a happy thought, James would make a great voice over for a alien documentary special! No joke. He would be great for reciting information, like a report, but not story telling.
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