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The narrator makes the story more interesting, too bad it not the same narrator as the early years stories of Jack The Repairman!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
"Legacies" falls almost -- but, fortunately, not quite -- into the Psychological Thriller genre. Unlike its predecessor in the Repairman Jack series -- "The Tomb" -- "Legacies" does not contain any supernatural components; but, rather, unfolds a compelling mystery. Spoiler-haters should, perhaps, stop reading here; but I honestly don't think that you will regret learning the kernel of this story ahead-of-time, since "Legacies" will still remain a gripping audiobook. Like any novel concerning a discovery that would have changed the world -- had it really been discovered -- author F.P. Wilson has to figure out a way to "un-discover" the scientific breakthrough at the heart of "Legacies" -- in this case, an inexhaustible source of clean energy -- before the book ends. I looked forward to seeing how Wilson would manage this "un-discovery" at the end of "Legacies," and he did not disappoint me. (No, I won't spoil the surprise 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 much: You will just have to listen to the audiobook to learn why we do not now have this much-needed discovery!) I liked the way that Wilson 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 -- ever so slowly -- introduces us to the bad guys -- Saudi princeling Kemel Muhallal (remember that "Legacies" was published back in 1998, well before 9/11); his mercenary muscle-man, Sam Baker; the enigmatic Japanese agent, Yoshio (who turns out to be not such a very bad guy, after all); and co-protagonist Alicia's detested half-brother, Thomas -- whose nefarious motives we must learn at the same pace at which Repairman Jack laboriously uncovers them. "Legacies" keeps us on the edge of our seats all the way through the audiobook, wondering why Alicia does not want her father's legacy, and why seemingly everyone else does. I deducted a star from my rating of narrator Christopher Price's performance, only because Joe Barrett -- the narrator of "The Tomb" (the previous Repairman Jack audiobook) -- did a better job; and I wish that the publishers had continued to use Mr. Barrett to narrate the rest of the series. Mr. Price does an adequate, if not stellar, job of narrating "Legacies," although he mispronounces some uncommon words -- like "antimacassar" -- and some common words, like "Julio." Also, Mr. Price doesn't have the repertoire of voices and accents that Joe Barrett has. (I loved the way that Mr. Barrett voiced Yiddish character Abe Grossman in "The Tomb." Mr. Price just doesn't even try ... not that I blame him.) Otherwise, I highly recommend "Legacies" to all thriller-lovers, although you will enjoy it even more if you listen to "The Tomb" first.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
I love this series and this is a good book but the first was twice as good.
Christopher Price does an excellent job taking over the narration from Alexander Cendese and the sound quality is good.
What made the experience of listening to Legacies the most enjoyable?
Wilson has that knack of engrossing the reader/listener. He makes the character's world so believable that you just slip in alongside them as if you are standing behind them. He is not one to over-complicate stories by being too descriptive or by trying to baffle you with science. You just sit there and enjoy the roller coaster rides!
What other book might you compare Legacies to, and why?
It's difficult to compare with another book as I think that the character of Jack is so unique. But I would recommend that anyone looking to get into the series start with 'The Tomb' a truly must read book.
What does Christopher Price bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
As I have read elsewhere on the site, 'a good story teller should be that you do not think of them when listening', and this is true of Mr Price. He brings life to all the characters without being over the top.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Without giving too much away, but towards the end when the doctor opens up to Jack....brought a tear to my eye.
Any additional comments?
The Repairman Jack series is one of the series that once you have started you cannot stop listening too.