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The adventures keeps goingwith Walt and the gang! In this audiobook of the Lady Justice series, Robert Thornhill tackles a very serious topic, but also injects humor at every turn.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this book. The story was engaging, educational, and over the top FUN. I can not speak highly enough about Thornhill's ability to both entertain AND increase awareness.
In addition to rubbing elbows with some of the funniest characters in audiobooks, we are taken on an exhilarating, high stakes ride to the world of the pharmaceutical industry its unsavory connection to politics. While I have great appreciation for the historical use of herbs in apothecary, the business of prescription drugs has evolved into a synthetic madness and a network of avarice that does not benefit the sick or the general public. Thornhill totally takes delivers this message in a way that does not make you feel depressed. Instead you feel motivated to do something on a grassroots level-- and to try out another installment of Lady Justice; Lady Justice and Dr. Death for example.
My only "stinging" comment is that one or two of Thornhill's characters are a bit overly stereotypical in a way that detracts from the story. A few things happened or were said or described in ways that seemed to serve a purpose other than "story." At the very least they had the effect of listening to a lovely song on "wax/LP" and then suddenly being jarred with a "skip." Any more elaboration may inadvertently" lead" readers of this review, which is not my intent. I simply wanted to explain the "overall" rating of 3 stars.
Narrator George Kuch knocks it out as if the story were his. *This is a sidebar only and has no weight on my review of Kuch: For some reason, listening to his voice makes me think of a tall, strong guy, but the main character often references how his short and rather small stature.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I'm probably not the target demographic for this story - I'm just not enough of a grumpy old man. At least, not yet.
The characters and humour are entertaining. I enjoyed the scene where our hero Walt bursts in to foil the evil assassin, armed only with a coffee percolator; this being of little use against a man with a gun, Walt does what any of us would do in this situation - he picks up a cat and throws it into the villain's face. This tactic turns out to be particularly effective as Walt has just stepped on the cat's tail, and the moggy is now extremely cross. Deliciously amusing!
George Kuch's narration is good; well-characterised with distinct voices, and with a lovely tone. Overall, a little bit languorous for my liking, but that's purely personal preference.
As for the plot, the lower rating is because I'm afraid I couldn't suspend my disbelief over the main idea: decades' worth of research on statins isn't going to be overturned by one small-scale study.
The book is entertaining, although it will probably resonate more with listeners in the US (we have different problems with our healthcare system in the UK). I suspect that this story will be particularly enjoyed by people who can empathise with Walt (i.e. are nearer to him in age and temperament than I am...). Overall, 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
Would you consider the audio edition of Lady Justice and the Sting to be better than the print version?
I cannot imagine any better way of 'reading' this superbly written book than that of listening to Walt's personal reminiscences of his adventures both in and out of the police job, recounted through the voice of narrator, George Kuch. He brings Walt, with his grumbles, aches, pains and hilarious stories fully to life. It's like having a friend telling tales over a good meal or relaxing in the sunshine. And throughout it all, Kuch's steady, warm voice is Walt.himself. In conversations, each character is clearly distinguishable but that hardly seems to matter: it is being Walt with all of his ideosyncracies that is important. And Kuch is Walt.
What did you like best about this story?
At 68 years of age, Walter Williams has been a rookie cop in Kansas City for three years and has been through quite a range of cases in his pursuit of Lady Justice. Recently married and supported by his friendly tenants, at home and his partner,, Ox, at work, Walt is a contented man. One thing he's not too sure about, though, is why his wife keeps adding an ever increasing pile of pills beside his breakfast plate each day, but they are a small price to pay if he can continue to eat his prefered high fat and sugar diet. But he is about to start looking at pills and the food he eats in a very different way after a doctor and his receptionist are murdered. This, the fifth in the series, is again packed with verbal and visual jokes (told in low key, grumpy-old-man way), but also hits a serious note when Walt discovers that justice can, indeed, be blind when enough money is passed around.
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Lady Justice and the Sting , can be heard completely as a stand alone.. If you haven't started the series yet, don't wait: get this book and look forward to an exciting, fun and thoughtful book peopled with characters you won't forget. Anyone who has already met Walt will know this book will be unmissable