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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrator was so poor that I had to stop listening. There was no difference between the voices of the characters, male or female
Was Ghost Hero worth the listening time?
Any additional comments?
I'd like to read or listen to the book, I like the author very much, I'd like to have the part of my life back spent trying to listen to it read by this reader!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
around the halfway point, but my library had a long hold queue for it, so I kept listening. At first I thought my issues were with the narrator, but as the book wore on it seemed she made a weak plot worse: very little actually happens! Lydia, Bill, and their "temporary colleague" Jack run around the city, holding conversations without much relevance in each location. There's not much tension here, so I never really felt anyone was in great danger. Instead, there's the hook of Chinese dissidents and the NYC art scene - if those aren't your thing, there's little else of interest.
Not really a spoiler, but Jack (another Chinese-American P. I.) crosses paths with Lydia and Bill early on as he's working on the same case from a different angle. He's her age, specializing in Asian art matters, with outstanding academic credentials; the difference is that he's second generation, from the midwest. Bill is largely absent, appearing much of the time in the "undercover" character of a Russian mobster. With Jack in the picture, there's little interaction at all between Lydia and Bill. So, what is Jack's function: love triangle? possible spin-off? a device to keep from dealing with the partners' relationship?
Which brings me specifically to the audio production. Zeller's treatment of Lydia underscored for me that Rozan was unable to get back into that character after several years away. I had thought Lydia was going on 30 by now, but with her sassy banter and suburban almost-Valley-Girl delivery, she seemed barely old enough for a P. I. license. Bill (as Bill) was a complete mess - he sounded as though he were on loan from Archie Comics with his squeaky voice, on par with cousin Linus, not a forty-something New Yorker with years of experience; as the Russian mobster, Zeller did a pretty good job. Seems obvious she was hired for her native Chinese proficiency, but that wasn't enough to keep her from being a mismatch for much of the 9 hours.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful