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I've read most Parker books, he's generally very, very good with an occasional clunker. This is not one of them. The story starts slow with two characters that are initially unlikeable, but gains momentum throughout. I found myself marveling at the complexity of the police work as the two detectives chase the bad guy.
I've not heard the reader before. I'll say that very good readers - Scott Brick and Dick Hill come to mind - often have me admiring their range of voices or accents. Exceptional readers, though, seem to deliver the book directly to your brain without you even noticing that it's being read - it's seamless, flawless, always in character and compelling. That was Tavia Gilbert.
Overall, the last ten minutes are a bit superfluous and a bit corny, but it was great ride getting there and this is one book I'm sorry had to end.
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Would you try another book from T. Jefferson Parker and/or Tavia Gilbert?
It is very unlikely I would try another Parker book. I seek out Tavia Gilbert. She is why I bought the book and I think it might have been on sale. I wouldn't seek out Parker.
Has The Blue Hour turned you off from other books in this genre?
Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have listened to many of her books. She did well with this one. Her Night Huntress books are a work of art. In those she played many characters and you wouldn't know it was one person doing all the voices and languages.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Blue Hour?
The last chapter, it was frustrating, disappointing and just bad.
Any additional comments?
If this is your first Tavia book, try others. She is an amazing performer.
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