The Best Revenge : Dr. Alan Gregory

  • by Stephen White
  • Narrated by Dick Hill
  • Series: Dr. Alan Gregory
  • 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Psychologist Alan Gregory is living through a season of discontent. With a new daughter, a wonderful wife, and a prospering career, he has little to complain about but lots of regrets: past cases that won't let him go, patients who don't get better, and a growing unease with keeping secrets. But Gregory has two new patients who will drag him out of his introspection and dare him to enter a storm of injustice and revenge.FBI special agent Kelda James is a hero, a woman who, as a rookie agent, made a choice, saving one life by taking another. Now Kelda is hiding from the world a secret pain that is gradually crippling her body - and she has turned to Alan Gregory to help her be free from the prison of her pain. Then Kelda refers a patient to Gregory, who is terrifyingly dangerous to them both.Tom Clone served 13 years on Colorado's death row for a crime he claimed he didn't commit - until an FBI agent dug up evidence that set him free. The agent's name: Kelda Jones. With both Kelda and Clone telling him their innermost secrets, Alan Gregory becomes the one person who can piece together an extraordinary puzzle - of two unsolved violent deaths of vulnerable women, of a man who may be innocent or may be very lucky, and of the strange, fatal attraction between two people trapped in a horrific plot to get revenge - at any price.

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Starts good, ends in insanity.

Not even close to Stephen White's earlier books in quality -- characters are so muddled, everybody so confused, it's hard to tolerate. Bad cops, bad FBI agents, then good cops, mysterious men living alone in the forest, with menace everywhere, and everyone -- most certainly including Dr. Gregory himself -- making so many stupid decisions that you start to wonder how he managed to survive this long.

Oh -- and that shtick where Dr. Alan Gregory carries on and on and on ... and on... about what he can, or should, disclose about his patients? When either they or someone else is in deep doo-doo? Geez, that's getting old. We get it, Dr. Gregory. No need to detail your anguished mental processes ad infinitum over the matter every single time. It's starting to reek of "filler".

This story line was a problem for narrator Dick Hill, too -- who, as one of the audiobook industry's old stalwarts, should know better. There's one character who -- trying not to disclose a spoiler of any kind, here -- is attacked by bees, and is stung all over, including inside his mouth, which renders his speech muffled, incomprehensible and in general, hard to understand. Unfortunately, this character also shouts a lot. The problem is, Hill seems to feel the need to read these parts with absolute accuracy -- or at least what we assume a character like that WOULD sound like, with a bee-stung mouth. It becomes painful to listen to -- on and on, this horrible mutilated voice, shouting things it's difficult to understand. All of this consumes at least 45 minutes of the book, then on and off again to the end. This isn't the first time Hill did this -- he used that same "horrible mouth injury" voice in one of the Lee Child books, too, "A Wanted Man", I think. I almost had to turn it off there, too. It's just very unpleasant to listen to.

Narrators should exercise some common sense, it seems to me. There should be some balance between letting us know that a character is injured, without making the voice so painful to listen to that it scorches the ears. Dick Hill, at least in these two books, is giving us way too much accuracy. It doesn't help the books he's reading, it makes it hard to tolerate.

Best advice, for Best Revenge? Skip it, stick with the earlier Stephen Whites. When he's good, he's very very good. But when he's mediocre, it's best to remember the good ones.
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- karen

What would you do for "Revenge"?

This is a Mystery Thriller , and a good audible book.. Dick Hill the narrator always does a good job.
Alan Gregory is Psychologist, with a prospering career. Alan has two new patients. Kelda James who's an FBI agent with a secret. She suffers from a crippling disorder to her legs..But is it all in her head? Then there's Tom Clone who has been on death row for 13 years.. And gets a pardon with Kelda James help.
Kelda then refers Clone to Alan Gregory. With both Kelda and Clone telling him their innermost secrets, Alan Gregory is able to piece together this puzzle - of two unsolved murders.Is Tom Clone innocent or just or is he just one lucky man?
Unknown to Tom Clone,there are two obsessed people after him. And they have plotted a
terrible fate for Tom at all cost..
This book is fast paced.. And entertaining..
Enjoy!
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- andrea

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-02-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio