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I — gratefully — just discovered both this author and this narrator, thanks to Audible’s “New Releases” email updates. I enjoyed “Somebody I Used to Know” enough to be now considering purchasing David Bell’s previous audiobooks, “Cemetery Girl” and “The Forgotten Girl.” (I only wish that Mr. Bell would stop calling young women 𝘨𝘪𝘳𝘭𝘴!) Partially, at least, I liked this audiobook so much because of Andy Paris’ excellent narration. I love good acting — and resent bad acting — so I rejoice when I come across a virtuoso like Andy Paris, and I begin keeping an eye out for other audiobooks that they have narrated. The little four-minute audio sample that Audible provides for “Somebody I used to Know” won’t demonstrate Paris’ versatility to you, because it doesn’t show him changing characters; but it will give you an idea of his timing and his voice. Later in the audiobook, you will see how well he distinguishes characters in dialogue … although you will need to pay attention, because he does the switch so effortlessly that you might not even notice it happening — which ability signals a true, natural-born actor. “Somebody I Used to Know” has other attractions going for it, besides the narrator, though. In fact, I would normally not consider purchasing an audiobook like this one, because it falls more into the Drama category than the Thriller/Suspense/Mystery genre that usually attracts me. The main character, Nick, is no action hero: not a detective, nor a cop, nor a commando, nor a spy. He leads a quiet life as a social worker. You might even put “Somebody I Used to Know” into the Romance genre (if a Romance-for-Men genre existed), because this novel deals with a man mourning the Love-of-His-Life … for twenty years! However, the plot has lots of complexity, intricacy, and surprises; and author David Bell wrote it well. Dog-lovers will like this audiobook, because of Nick’s endearing devotion to his old dog, Riley, and Riley’s reciprocation. I don’t think that you will regret purchasing “Somebody I Used to Know,” unless you 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 can’t live without your daily testosterone fix.
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I enjoyed this book. The protagonist, Nick, is obsessive but gentle, loves his dog like crazy, and also loved a woman named Marisa like crazy. However, he hasn't seen Marisa in twenty years. He is now forty. Marisa was presumed dead in a house fire near the campus of a small college in a small town in Ohio. Nick is now wondering if Marisa is actually alive, against all odds, and he ferociously tries to solve the mystery of her disappearance. David Bell has written a book that grabs you. He writes well. Although Nick obsesses constantly, about a whole laundry list of puzzles, his search for the truth(s) about these events is excellent entertainment. Things are not what they seem, as you probably have guessed by now, so Nick has many layers of people's motivations and lies to wade through. He chases all over the state investigating, and we puzzle at the ups and downs ourselves. Andy Paris is a good narrator. I had never heard of either of these guys before this book, but I will listen to other books if they are available. The book does flag a bit while Nick over-thinks everything, but soon he comes out of his trance and gets moving. I really had no complaints with the book. It is not a great book, but you just need an interesting book to listen to, not a great one. I recommend it to you.
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