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What made the experience of listening to Love for Sale the most enjoyable?
I had never heard of this book or the series before, and they seem to have been overlooked in the 1990s when they were first written. That is a shame and I plan to get the earlier novels in the series. This was a really solid book with good pacing, tight plot, and interesting characters. I found it to be not quite hard-boiled or dark as noir, it's a little softer on the edges. That made it a smooth read. You don't walk away from it feeling depressed.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Gideon Lowry is a very interesting and well-developed character. He is ultimately very likable. He feels like a guy you want to have around. He is not judgmental and due to his own past, gives people a real fair shake.
What does David A. Wood bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I really enjoyed David A. Woods' performance. I am surprised I haven't heard from him before. I think he fits the series really well like Richard Ferrone with John Sandford's Lucas Davenport books or Joe Barrett with Brian Freeman's Jonathan Stride series. I can easily imagine seeing his name on other books. He does a good job with the pacing and characters. Everyone is distinct, but I'm not overwhelmed.
Any additional comments?
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with this book. This was my first time listening to the Gideon Lowry series or anything written by John Leslie, for that matter. What I found was a really well-written, solid PI murder mystery that kept my attention throughout. Gideon is a likable character, as were the Judge and the other characters, well, except for the ones that weren't supposed to be likable. I'm definitely interested in listening to more of Mr. Leslie's books, and I definitely want to listen to the other books within this series. This book is a perfect example of a classic, almost noir, PI murder mystery that takes place in the easy, laid back town of Key West. The people, descriptions, plot, etc. were great and the story moved along at a great pace and never left me bored, as some other books do.
David Wood was a great narrator for the book and really fit my mental image of Gideon. He did a great job with the other characters as well. Just a really solid narration. I would definitely, without a doubt, recommend this book to anyone that loves a good, classic, somewhat noir old fashioned PI murder mystery. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.
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David Wood returns as the pianist and private eye, Gideon Lowry, in this the third of John Leslie's really pleasurable series. Key West used to be a close knit small town with a suspicion of outsiders, but tourism and developers has been changing this, to Lowry's sorrow. He still rides his bike through the streets when working and visiting old friends. One of these, the Judge, is unexpectedly getting married and so is an old girlfriend, now living in Miami, and suddenly Lowry feels lonely enough to reach out to another last acquaintance, a lovely girl named Katie. But she has problems of her own ...
Written in the first person from Gideon's perspective, the listener follows his investigation, turning up unpleasantness and evil in his beloved home town. The characters are all superbly written, virtually able to walk themselves off the page, and the storyline is twisted but believable as human nature, gossip and pretty good suppositions are followed up by the musician sleuth. Completely standalone as a novel, this series just keeps getting better.
And David Wood is Lowry. His gently paced, rich rolling voice is very easy on the ear and perfectly captures the feel of life in old Key West. Great intonation with a contemplative feel, too, as befits his character. The other protagonists are equally well voiced and differentiated, male and female alike. A step into another world and perfect pairing of book and narration.
This is a wonderful series, with mystery and realistic atmospherics. My deep thanks to the rights holder of Love for Sale, for gifting me a complimentary copy, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. I enjoyed every sentence, every minute and am looking forward to the next which, I believe, is to be called Blue Moon.