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Unlike the Chicago Cubs, Sakey hits another home run with his third book. Listening to this book is like taking a ride on the famous "L". The train like the book takes you through different neighborhoods, some seamy, some upscale, some working class. You look into the windows and see the people living there. Sakey has a real gift for bringing his characters to life, and tying them into the plot.
This is a totally engaging read. You know right away that things are going to go wrong, but Sakey really churns it up into a mess that makes mighty fine reading.
It's one part, so he really moves it along quickly. You want to keep listening to see what's going to happen next.
I also liked the use of two readers, a male and a female. Added a lot to the listening experience.
Highly recommend this for a good listen.
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I listen to audiobooks all the time. Perhaps I have been lucky, because I had never encountered this: a man reads the male parts of the story and a woman reads the female parts even within the same paragraph!!!! (I have seen other books where a male will read one chapter and a female another, like in Gone Girl. This is different -- the woman would read her one line of dialogue, for example, in the middle of a description read by the male reader). Incredibly distracting. Plus, their voices -- while both OK by themselves -- did not match each other.
I wonder if they recorded the entire book with the male reader and then found that his rendition of the female lines was not good? Whatever the reason, THIS was a mistake.
The story itself is only OK. This is perhaps my third or fourth Sakey book in a row (started with Brilliance and really enjoyed it). It was the weakest. As the publisher's blurb explains, this is the story about a run-of-the-mill couple who find $400,000 and decide to keep it -- with disastrous consequences. The theme (average people facing temptations they should have walked away from) is a common Sakey theme. In this novel, the conversations about "Woe is us, why did we do this when we had everything we wanted to already?" get repetitious. The twists and turns, as always, are ingenious (and surprising)...but the conversations get in the way.
I will read other Sakey's, for sure. But this one was only so-so.
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