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If you're anything like me. You have seen all of the Die Hard movies. Specifically the first two, especially around this time of year. So I was interested in the story that served as the inspiration for one of the greatest Christmas movies made in my lifetime. Going into this listen, I am not expecting a Hollywood-style action story. I am however expecting something entertaining that is probably deeper than the movie could ever be.
IF you are expecting 58 Minutes to be as action packed, full of snowmobile chases, and political as the Die Hard 2 movie, you probably will be disappointed. Movies need all of that to stimulate you visually. Here Wager presents a fairly straightforward terrorist plot on an airport. With the tension and suspense that this line delivers: "You have 58 minutes till the 1st plane runs out of fuel". Along with the solitude of a gigantic snow storm raging down on you. With an NYPD captain, that just happens to be on the scene.
Entertaining and engaging. Wager doesn't waste time by filling the story with fluff. You will find many similarities and differences alike from the movie. However, if you want a well-crafted suspense thriller with interesting enough characters and slight plot twist. You will enjoy 58 minutes.
As always, RC Bray delivers a flawless performance. I watched a video of him talking about some poor performances he had earlier on in his audiobook career and am so glad that he found the formula. Bray does everything that is important to my specific audiobook listening tastes. Character voices, while his are not the most believable they serve their purpose of distinguishing different people speaking. Pacing, changing the speed of the text for action scenes is a key thing. Enthusiasm, if a character is excited, Bray, in turn, sounds excited and so on.
Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.
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Would you listen to 58 Minutes again? Why?
I would listen to it again but i am not in any rush to.
What was one of the most memorable moments of 58 Minutes?
I didn't really have one. Loving the Die hard films i thought it would be really cool to listen to the story that it was based on.
Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I didn't even realize it was the same guy who read mountain man. I had to look in my library to find out which other book he read. I thought he was great in the other books. Maybe it was just the story.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I did listen to it in multiple goes but i only put it on while i was at work.
Any additional comments?
To say this spawned Die hard 2 i was shocked how dull it felt. I was able to listen to it but it was just very wishy washy action and a lot of "just so happens" and "why isn't that a coincident?" moments. Never really felt the action of any sense of real peril for anyone. The bad guy was meant to be a all out evil genius but i never really bought into it. very disappointed. Sorry guy.