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To be honest, it took me a while to warm up to Daniel McEvoy, the -- dare I say "hero"? -- of Plugged. Daniel is a cross between Chili Palmer of "Get Shorty" and some sort of comic book Ninja (anybody old enough to remember Remo Williams?) But he IS funny. Boy, is he funny. There are about half a dozen plot lines, skillfully interwoven, with at least that many characters I want to get to know better. The Jewish doctor living in Daniel's head is a hoot, and Daniel's military shrink alone is worth the price of the book.
And then, there's the narrator. Who is this John Keating guy? Why haven't I listened to 47 other things he's narrated? He catches exactly the right tone for each chacracter.
NOTE: I read a lot of YA fiction, and as a retired teacher of precocious adolescents, I love the Artemis Fowl books. This is NOT an Artemis Fowl book. Middle school librarians, be warned.
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For anyone who read the Artemis Fowl series, John Keating's narration will be a huge disappointment. Colfer is a witty and smart writer, but Keating trivializes and "cartoons" the writing. Why oh why didn't the wonderful Nathaniel Parker read this book... especially since it is Colfer's first, and we hope not last, venture into writing for adults. Still and all, a must listen because the writing is so good.
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