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By Richard Delman on 03-17-17
Mr. Kaminsky was a national treasure.
Where does Lieberman's Law rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It's up in the top 10% or so. Mr. Kaminsky was incredibly prolific, writing one novel a year for fifty years, and these included about four series, I believe. The Lieberman-Hanrahan books are my favorites, although the Porfiry Rostnikov books are right up there, and the Lew Fonesca books are fun as well. The only series that I didn't love was the one about the Hollywood detective, whose name I can't remember.
What did you like best about this story?
As the blurb says, the plot, involving the attacks on synagogues in Chicago, and simultaneously about the changes in Abe and Bess's family: this is done very nicely. The synagogues are attacked by either militant Arab/Palestinian groups, or a bunch of NeoNazi skinheads, who are very colorful characters.
What does Richard Ferrone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I love his voice. It has the gravelly texture that I really enjoy. It's not breathy or melodramatic, but Mr. Ferrone is extremely skilled at voicing the large cast of characters that Kaminsky invents. He is very good at accents, alternating among Yiddish and Irish and Chinese with ease and fluidity.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No. I just loved it. Although there is some violence in these series, Mr. Kaminsky is not in love with it, and doesn't wallow in it as some authors do (like Karin Slaughter, just to name one). The acts are simply events that drive the plot; Kaminsky doesn't adore the gore and linger longingly on the blood and guts. (Pretty purple prose, there.)
Any additional comments?
I could go on here, but it would be overkill. Mr. Kaminsky was so clever and wrote with so much enjoyment of his craft that readers who haven't discovered him yet are in for a treat.
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By Ted on 06-25-17
Lieberman's Thief AWFUL: Lieberman's Law a delight
Mercifully David Colacci does NOT read 'Lieberman's Law'. This is the 6th of Kaminsky's Abe Lieberman books I've listened to. But I returned the 5th, 'Lieberman's Thief' since the very talented Richard Ferrone was replaced by Colacci for that one book in the series. Gifted as Colacci is in other books, he just did not get the sensitive interaction between Abe Lieberman both with his family and his co-star Irish Catholic Bill Hanrahan.
Richard Ferrone not only gets the dynamics, he created them from book one in this series, 'Lieberman's Folly'. Frankly, if I were you (and I once was) just starting out on this series I'd start with 'Folly' and listen on through the bomb-wieilding thuggery of 'Lieberman's Law' - that's advice you'll thank me for.
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