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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!
The story however is entertaining and the depiction of the relationship is engaging enough.
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?