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By Kingsley on 05-26-15
Slow build to a great end
The description of this book focuses on Jason Dunn, banker and possible corporate revenge artist. But this is really only half the story. Interlaced with Jason's story is the story of his brother, Flip. An ex-con, just released from gaol, Flip has returned to town where Jason and his father live but has unfortunately brought trouble with him.
Throughout most of the book the two stories interact with one another but don't actually appear to impact each other that much. Their impact is certainly there but is more nuanced in how the brothers react to one another rather than a direct causality of one brother making the other do something. In this way it almost feels like two separate stories with shared character, rather than one story. As it builds to the end the stories do come together a little more.
Flip's story was more interesting of the two, to me. He is an ex-con and clearly does some violent and horrible things for money but it is compelling. Jason, on the other hand, is much harder to understand or like. He's stringing both a wife and girlfriend along,
I'm not sure if this is a "Christian" book or not. Maybe it is just a book that happens to have a positive representation of a Christian in it, rather than written specifically for the message. It has a gospel message told by a preacher at its heart, but it's not overly preachy and it certainly isn't a "turn to God and he will sort out your issues" ending.
For the majority of the book I was mildly interested in it. Enjoying it, but it didn’t really grab me. Only in the last 20%, as things start ot come together and build to the climax did it really start to grip me. The ending was great. I can't say much more for the sake of spoilers, but the book isn't long and does have a good payoff. It gives resolution without giving all the answers, leaving you with things to think about.
I may yet have run out of things to say about Jeff Hay's narration. I've listened to many of this books and I can't think of a misstep yet. He does great inflection and carries the emotion of the story. He provides a variety of voices, making each character distinct. I think the two main females in this book were a little close in sound but there was never a time in which it wasn't clear which one was speaking.
Speaking of females, Hay's does good female voices. I'm not sure they actually sound like a female narrator but they don't sound like a male narrator pretending to be a female. I'm not sure if that makes any sense at all, but it does to me.
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By Margaret on 04-12-14
Would you listen to Cash Burn again? Why?
If I was looking for an entertaining thriller to listen to with others or to distract me, say on a long car trip, I would definitely consider Cash Burn again. As far my regular audiobook consumption I think think most of the books appeal comes from the first listen, when the characters and story are still unknown.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
If you enjoy thrillers like those by Clive Cussler or John Grisham then I would recommend Cash Burn. It is a fun paperback listen. If you're looking for something deep or substantial this isn't it.
To me the first half of the story was slower than I would have liked and as a result it took awhile to get pulled into the story. The second half, while more exciting, felt contrived (in a Clive Cussler kind of way, which isn't necessarily bad for thrillers). About half way through, when a major plot element was added, I almost immediately had a pretty good idea how it was going to end.
What about Jeff Hays’s performance did you like?
Jess Hays did an excellent job narrating. It seemed like he thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and it was definitely NOT a monotone or boring narration. His rendition was very active and helped make the story more exciting!
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
The first half of the book was slow and I kept putting it down. The second half was much more exciting and despite knowing where the story was going I definitely wanted to finish it all one sitting.
Any additional comments?
I think Cash Burn was a lot of fun and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an entertaining thriller.
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