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A poorly written story outshone by the worst narration I have heard yet. I have no idea how this got positive reviews. Please don't.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
Narration: If it weren't for the long pauses between section breaks (audio editing stylistic I think) I'd have said this was a perfect narration. Fox Ballard beautifully voiced all the characters, and this book has quite a few important secondary characters so you can't get away with a job-lot voice for them. My only quibble was that the audio had too long pauses between what are the sectional breaks in the written book... I suspect an editing stylistic choice and shoŕtening those would be that last piece required for me to rate this 5 stars across the board.
For the story: Given the subject matter I should not have been able to read this, let alone read it in one sitting. The writing is gritty, intense, and poignant. Jack and Gareth are amazing.
I will warn any that the plot covers pedophilia and the selling of young boys. This is not a story of fluffy bunnies and butterflies but the subject matter is treated (at least in my opinion) with a high degree of tact; this is not written to titilate but does not ignore the subject matter nor gloss over it.
I like that Jack is also smart in a way that I understand. He's believeable as a man with mad skills.
I'm off to read the sequel.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Could be a good story with some work, poor continuation and research and really needs a narrator who knows how to pronounce the names of major landmarks.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Well - the book's terribly researched; if you're looking for an even vaguely feasible depiction of police or undercover work then don't go here!<br/>The story however is entertaining and the depiction of the relationship is engaging enough.<br/>
What three words best describe Fox Ballard’s voice?
I like the voices done by Fox Ballard and he does a half convincing London east-end accent – although the dropped consonants are over the top and just sounds sloppy. There's no excuse however even for an American not to know how to pronounce "The Thames" or "Twickenham” – it’s cringing every time you hear “The’Ames” and “TwickenHAM” ! Why isn’t this covered in the preparation?