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Workable and workmanlike legal drama by Marcia Clark, the lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson case who retired from law immediately after that famous trial and became a writer.
After writing a series of books featuring a prosecutor, Clark turns in this first entry of a new series to the defense. Samantha Brinkman is an interesting character whose past emerges as she defends a cop accused of killing a famous young starlet and her roommate, along with a few other cases along the way.
While the story itself is probably no more and no less than a decent episode in a TV series, maybe worth a feature length film, it does not carry enough weight as a courtroom drama or as a thriller. The ultimate resolution of the murder case is particularly disappointing (though the set-up for follow-up entries is rather good).
Worse than anything else is the narration. Tavia Gilbert has read a lot of YA, and whatever weight you might expect from Brinkman's character is lost because she sounds like a teen sleuth, like Nancy Drew. That's not altogether terrible -- until she gets to action sequences, where she goes completely over the top and becomes simply unbearable to listen to.
I'm of the opinion that narrators rarely ruin good books, that it's usually in the writing. And no narrator was going to make this story more than an average legal thriller. But Gilbert's performance most definitely detracts from the best aspect of Clark's writing, the character of Sam Brinkman.
The forthcoming second entry to this series does not yet list a narrator. Thanks to the final chapter set-up, I will likely give it a go -- unless Gilbert is the reader, in which case I will NOT listen to it.
26 of 27 people found this review helpful
I can't get past the narrator's voice to listen to this book. I originally ordered the book on Amazon for my Kindle and couldn't get into it so thought I would listen to it while I'm driving. I can't get past the narrator's voice to get into the book so I'm giving up and I'm only a quarter through.
25 of 27 people found this review helpful
Whilst I listened to the end of this book I never really got used to the narrator’s voice. She was often too over excited in her delivery, and she also seems to miss the meaning of phrases she was reading by pausing or putting the wrong emphasis on words in a sentence which ruined it somewhat. It was a fairly pleasant legal drama, but had the most odd twist at the end which didn’t really endear me to the plot. It was entirely unnecessary. Overall ok.
Couldn't put it down gripps you from the word go with a twist in the tail .