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This is one of the best values I have ever gotten on Audible. Harry Starke is an interesting character -- part bad ass -- good guy-- and great detective. The novels all have a classic detective flavor similar to "Mike Hammer" "Spenser" or other classic detectives. The plots are in depth and pretty sophisticated --not the usual run of the mill detective stuff. His supporting staff and investigative partners (like Kate) are well developed and referenced in each novel. Sometimes I just like a good who-done-it novel and this is perfect! Three novels for 1 credit is a great bargain.
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What made the experience of listening to The Harry Starke Series: Books 1-3 the most enjoyable?
While the location is modern day Chattanooga there is something about these books that take you back to the very best days of Raymond Chandler.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Harry Starke Series: Books 1-3?
Finding the body in the bath tub in Book 1
Which character – as performed by Tom Lennon – was your favorite?
Harry. He becomes Harry and you forget you are listening to a narrator at all.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Each individual book, yes.
Any additional comments?
Will be moving on to the next books in the series now.
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Where does The Harry Starke Series: Books 1-3 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Quite low in my list to be honest but not the worst.
The main problem for me is that it rambles, for instance you don't just meet new characters you get a two page rundown on what they're wearing, where they bought the clothes and why there's a stain on the shirt!
Harry himself is not particularly likeable, he's a womaniser and some of the comments on the women's appearances are straight out of the 70's, they actually made me cringe in places; the narrator didn't help either, but more on that below.
Hoping it improves as I'd really like to have found a new crime series to listen to and the plot ideas are there but...
Would you recommend The Harry Starke Series: Books 1-3 to your friends? Why or why not?
No I'm afraid not, only because the first book and the narrator are so cheesy.
What didn’t you like about Tom Lennon’s performance?
I have to say his performance is at times quite wooden, almost as though he's reading it a word or two at a time with no expression to speak of.
I've been spoiled recently as been listening a lot to Scott Brick, Ray Chase and Jeff Harding and they're very hard acts to follow, but even so it is pretty bad.
I see the rest of the series are narrated by the same guy, this made me very sad and I'm not sure I'm going to be able to continue.
I'm pushing on but the robotic performance is really starting to get to me!
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Not so far, certainly not the murders of his daily conquests, yawn.
Any additional comments?
I'm afraid the narrator reminds me of my husband reading to our children at bedtime in the early 80's, it worked a treat as it sent them to sleep within a few minutes. The same thing is happening to me!