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I loved the first of Robert Knott's "Robert B. Parker's ..." novels (Ironhorse). It was very faithful to the style of Parker, along with being a great yarn. In particular I liked Titus Welliver as the narrator. Welliver did all the previous Cole-Hitch books, and he was excellent. Rex Linn, not so much.
Linn does a fair job of sounding like a Gary Cooper playing a old time western marshal, as Cole and Hitch are intended. But they sound identical in his rendition. In fact almost everyone sounds the same, with the exception of the Mexicans in the story who sound the same but with an atrocious Mexican accent.
Mexican accents aside, there were other problems with the narration.
You know those parts in dialogs where the author inserts things like "he said", "Hitch replied" (and every prepubescent boy's favorite, "Jack asked")? Welliver did a great job of easing those into the background. WIth Linn, they have the same emphasis as the dialog, and it is jarring.
Equally jarring were the very often repeated one-word responses from Cole or Hitch (Hitch: "It's what we do." Cole: "Is.") Linn just can't pull these off, and he makes Cole's "Is" sound clumsy and inappropriate to the dialog.
I liked the story fine (despite wondering if Parker would have given a woman the nickname "Slingshot"). But given the narration, this book would be a lot better in print than narrated by Linn.
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What did you love best about Robert B. Parker's Bull River?
What did you like best about this story?
The trip into Mexico.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Rex Linn?
Not a Virgil Cole novel..
Who was the most memorable character of Robert B. Parker's Bull River and why?
Any additional comments?
Rex Lin is not a bad narrator, but Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are soft spoken lawmen.Titus Welliver narrates in in a soft spoken but firm voice..I was disappointed with the narration of this book.
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