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What was Brad Smith thinking? I have liked him when interviewed or participating in NPR's wait wait don't tell me or some of his own performances..but he is completely unequipped to read a book. His voice is hesitant and , although unique, is flat , monotonous and almost totally without inflection.
He brings nothing to the story and in fact detracts from the charters and descriptions .
The only reason I gave the number of starts was to be generous to the story.
I love Larry McMurty lonesome dove series for example and this is somewhat reminiscent of those westerns (although a 2 dimensional reflection of those wonderfully written books).
Still, I would have been entertained by the story and main character if I was reading it or if it was read by a more talented actor.
The problem is, a reader must ACT THE PARTS to make a story live. This effort , or lack of it ,was an embarrassing failure since Brad Smith is not an actor and is also a bad reader of anything except perhaps his own writing.