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Again personal preference, stories like this make me melancholy. As an audible book I am distracted by a reader that has too many voices that do not match my imagination. In a less pensive story it matters less as the focus is on the action, interaction and wordplay. In the case of a story as bittersweet as this, the narrator should be nothing more than that, inflection where it is indicated, no contrived voices and minimum dramatic imput.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Over the years, I've read numerous McBain books and enjoyed them. After listening to this one, I've decided they are better read than heard. McBain's frequent lengthy dissertations on people or This City, etc., are easy to skim on the page but go on and on via the audio version.
I'd recommend reading McBain's works but not listening to them.
What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?
Hill's voice is raspy, loud and doesn't distinguish well among characters. They all sound a great deal alike when he portrays them.
Any additional comments?
Sorry I can't recommend McBain's books for audio, despite the fact that I do like to read them.