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I chose this book because it was characterized as a Wall Street Thriller, and I was in the mood for something intelligent and engaging. Unfortunately, I was really disappointed.
Good points first: the characters are quite developed and some of them are even likable. Also, Mr. Smith is good with dialogue and the narration was good enough, if slow.
However, I found the book shockingly and unnecessarily violent. Scene after scene of gore and brutality were narrated with painful, almost plodding slowness. Much of the violence was so over the top and unbelievable that it diminished the credibility of the entire story. We were supposed to believe that two hired assassins were able to pull off murder after murder, many of them faster than expected and unplanned, without ever a mistake. We were also supposed to accept that they were willing to destroy an entire block of Manhattan for an employer they never met, just as a distraction. The two were depicted as hired guns, but not psychopaths, and so it never resonated that they engaged in such relentless out of control violence: at a minimum they would oppose the associated risk.
By the end I was so tired of the non-stop violence and sexual sadism that I wish I had quit listening. I am not sure why I didn't, though maybe my interest in a couple of the characters was enough to make me continue.
Would you consider the audio edition of Running of the Bulls to be better than the print version?
I have not read the print version but this was a great story.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Running of the Bulls?
The twists that the story took at the end...totally unexpected.
Would you listen to another book narrated by George Kuch?
I would prefer not to.... He is not pleasant to the ear but if he is linked to Christopher's writings I will have to suffer through it because the stories are awsome.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
No! I am just trying to rush through another of his books now. Just keep writing Christopher!
What disappointed you about Running of the Bulls?
I did not really get to find much about the characters or the storyline as the narrator has the most annoying and somewhat creepy whispering approach and a distracting emphasis on the letter S. This was my distraction for a daily commute but after 15 minutes could not continue.
What could Christopher Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
I apologise to Christopher Smith as the story may very well be excellent but could not persevere to find out.
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of George Kuch?
If you could sum up Running of the Bulls in three words, what would they be?
Unbelievable, action packed, violent. Hard to imagine these sorts of characters actually exist.
Have you listened to any of George Kuch’s other performances? How does this one compare?
No, this is the first of his, but not the last.
Any additional comments?