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I loved The Alienist, & generally like Caleb Carr but there were just far too many preposterous points, not to mention the use of the word "indeed", to call this any more than escapism. I hate it when an author I like takes intelligent characters and then takes them down the foolish decision road in order to move the story forward, & that happened far too often here. Plus, there was a lot of pontificating & preaching going on here, even if I generally agreed with the arguments. I stuck to it because I did like the characters, & the story was interesting enough, but just not well delivered on several levels. That said, I still like Mr Carr, & will read him again, in the hopes that better editing will prevail. Tom Taylorson did a fantastic job as narrator.
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The story is a long one, and there is a lot of what seems to be unnecessary dialog, but keep with it, and listen carefully. It does have a lot of twists and turns. It is worth staying with it.
The narrator hasn't gotten many good comments, personally I think he was able to have plenty of inflection between all the characters, I was pleasantly surprised by it. The only thing I did notice was he had a tendency to run with a sentence and not take a breath! I found myself breathing for him! Other than that I thought he was great. all in all it's a good and interesting book.
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