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I have not seen the movie so did not have any preconceived notions of the story other than knowing who played the 2 main characters, so I envisioned Denzel and Angelina as I listened. I had not realized I downloaded an abridged version (which I never do on purpose), but the story didn't seem to suffer from being shortened. In fact, reading reviews of other unabridged Deaver books, perhaps abridged is the way to go to avoid what appears to be a habit of drowning readers in detail.
I'm conflicted about the reading by David McCallum - I think he is an excellent reader, and might be a great choice for a British mystery - perhaps Adam Dalgliesh. But this is clearly a New York story and cries out for an American reader, preferrably a native New Yorker. As much as I enjoyed McCallum's voice, there was a definite disconnect with the setting that was difficult to get over, and for that reason I've dropped it to 4 stars.
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Description should mention that this is an abridgement. Having the same iconic graphic of the novel's cover makes it deceiving. Or, too easy to assume it is a version where one can read for awhile and then listen for awhile in which case, well done.