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Stone's trip to Venice -with a fiery Mafia princess- is cut short by a frantic phone call from half a world away. A celebrity murder has Los Angeles in an uproar and has a former flame pining for Stone's help - in more ways than one....
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By I Wish I Worked At the NYT on 01-05-18
Book Okay-Voices awful
Would you try another book from Stuart Woods and/or Tony Roberts?
I've read several Stuart Woods books, and they are usually pretty good. This one seems to be a little more shallow, and if Stone eats one more lobster salad I think I'll puke. Also, the gratuitous sex is a bit overwhelming in this one. I'm not a prude, but the man is engaged to one woman, in love with another and has sex with almost every other attractive female in the book. It's not an attractive characteristic, and makes any idea that he is of above-average intelligence ring completely false.
Would you be willing to try another book from Stuart Woods? Why or why not?
I will likely read more by Woods because I read "Chiefs" and others in the "Will Lee" series, and for the most part they are very good. Woods is no John Irving (Or even Lee Childs!) but he is capable of plotting a good yarn when he exerts himself.
What didn’t you like about Tony Roberts’s performance?
Roberts makes Barrington's friend Dino sound just terrible. The nasal, grating tone he attributes to Dino is distracting and annoying. His voicing of Dulce Bianchi is ridiculous. This is an American girl, raised in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Would she really have an Italian accent?
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Some of the characters in this book are likable, and I'm giving Woods the benefit of the doubt as I know he has good stuff in him. I'll likely try one more in the Barrington series, but if it doesn't get better than this I'm out.
Any additional comments?
I listened to a couple of the Woods books narrated by Richard Ferrone, and they were much better. So obviously the annoying and grating Roberts narration makes it much easier for me to find fault with the book.
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