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Would you listen to The Big Silence again? Why?
Yes. There is so much humor that you can't possibly retain all of it. And the characters who are as real as humans can be, love each other so much that it is a pleasure just being with them. I don't know how, for the life of me, Mr. Kaminsky kept turning out so many excellent books over the long time that he wrote. Almost like Elmore Leonard.
What did you like best about this story?
There is nothing to dislike. The Liebermans are a genuine family, with real problems and genuine love among them. Bill Hanrahan is single for much of the book, but his marriage to Iris Chen will be a loving and successful partnership, no matter what the dangerous Liao Woo says about it. The only unlikeable character is Emiliano del Sol, leader of the gang called Los Tentaculos, who is a killer and insane, but whom Lieberman maintains a cautious connection to because they both need each other for favors now and then. Mr. Kaminsky was so prolific (I am assuming that he has passed away; I don't actually know) that he was capable of keeping several series going on for years. This one is my favorite. The series involving Lewis Fonesca, who retired from Chicago to become a process server who lives above a Dairy Queen in Sarasota, Florida, is my second favorite. There are also several excellent stand-alone books: I particularly loved the book featuring the ex-con George Pitty-Pitty Upatniax. And I could go on if I remembered more. I didn't particularly like the series that featured the Hollywood stars. But the plots, particularly in the Lieberman-Hanrahan books, are so interesting that they easily hold your attention, amuse you, make you love the characters in the way that Abe and Bess love each other, and in general make you happy to have read each book that Mr. Kaminsky has written. His wide-ranging imagination is a national treasure in the world of literature.
What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?
Everything. His faintly gravelly tone fits the ambience of the setting (Chicago and its police department and the community it serves) perfectly. He delivers the jokes without making a big deal out of them. The scenes at the Temple and at Maishe's Deli, featuring the Alte Cockers, are real and real funny, and Ferrone does all of them with a deft touch. He is the right narrator for these complicated books.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No.There is way too much in it, and you want some time in between listenings to let it settle into your mind. Plus, you make it last longer doing it that way.
Any additional comments?
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
5 Stars.... No 15 stars!!
Richard Ferrone is back, Stuart Kaminsky has again hewed both Lieberman and Hanrahan into one ideal lead for this ensemble cast of weary, lovable, eccentric career cops. There are more in the series... I WANT THEM! Don't stop here... IT IS UNFAIR.
Okay... no more whining, but maybe just some sniveling? Look, if you've stumbled onto The Big Silence and you're wondering about getting it... DON'T. You'll cheat yourself. Go right to the start and listen to every one in the Leiberman saga that's read by Richard Ferrone. These guys are as tight a team as Liberman and Hanrahan in their Chicago cop marriage. Ferrone understands Lieberman, gets Hanrahan... and their families, along with the characters that prowl these freaky streets. It is as fine a buddy series as has ever been created in all of cop-dom.
One last snivel... Please Mr. Audible... Or Ms. Audible... or whoever negotiates this stuff... grab the rest of the rights... Okay? Nuff said...
7 of 8 people found this review helpful