Alex Cooper awakens one morning to news of her own brutal murder. Soon, Manhattan's top sex-crimes prosecutor discovers that the actual victim is film star Isabella Lascar, who had sought refuge at Alex's private retreat. Now it is up to Alex to find the killer before another victim surfaces.
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I'm confused by the several bad narrator comments.
For me, listening to a book is always a different experience of the story than reading it. If I like a book exceedingly well, I'll both read and listen to it - just to get all the nuances from it. Having said that, I also think a great narrator can take a so-so story and give it life and humor and a naturalness that the actual story doesn't really have. And, of course, the reverse is true as well. Fairstein's books are complicated enough that it might be easier to keep track of all the characters and story turns on the page rather than by earbud.
I'm not quite finished with it, but I'm pretty sure I've guessed whodunit. More red herrings might have been good. :)
The scene in Jed's club must be the confrontation fantasy of most people at one time or another.
Beware the fried clam stand.
It was surprising to me to see so many comments about the annoying aspect of narrator's (the brilliant Barbara Rosenblat) mouth noise. I have listened to dozens of BR's performances and, yes, I've heard her swallow. I've heard her carrying on with what sounded like the end of a head cold. I've heard her voice deepen as time went by.
I purposely listened out for these noises and can only remember hearing one swallow and virtually no 'sparkles' or 'clicks'. I'd also like to point out that an over abundance of this kind of noise should be at least partly attributed to the sound engineer. It certainly is easy enough to edit noise out of a reading.
If I have any complaint, it's with the voice BR chose to do for Mike. I keep seeing him as an overweight middle-aged guy, rather than the tall, dark, handsome (if crude) guy he is supposed to be. But maybe that's because it's been too long since I've been to NY.
Frankly, it's my opinion that it would take an awful lot more (purely natural) mouth noise to offset the fact that Ms. Rosenblat can do any gender, any accent, any genre with complete believability. (I have a terrible crush on her rendition of Emerson in the Amelia Peabody series.)
- Maggie May
Mediocre story, outstanding narrator.
There is way to many little side plots. Takes focus off the main story, and makes it a bit hard to follow.
Unfortunately for me, there's too little trial stuff, which I had hoped for. I like the balanced feminism that is present through the story.
It's hard to pick out anything, especially if you want to avoid spoilers.
Yes, as a time killer, definitely.
I don't normally write reviews. It was some other reviewers opinions on the narrator that made me feel obligated to do it. The narrator is absolutely fantastic. Best I've heard. Excellent voices and accents. If you listen hard, you can probably hear sounds from her anatomy. To me, that's a bit like complaining over Al Pacino being hoarse.