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Any time Lincoln Rhyme is called into action, I can count on Jeffrey Deaver to deliver hours of enjoyable diversion, either in print or on audio. Any time, that is, until now.
In print, The Kill Room might equal Deaver's earlier works. I wouldn't know. I made the mistake of listening to the tale. And the new, multi-voiced narration of this work harms the story-telling so greatly, it surprises me that any audio producer would sacrifice his reputation by allowing it to reach listeners.
Audio casting is remarkably bad. Rhyme is presented in a weak, petulant voice, undermining the gravitas that our disabled forensic investigator presented in early audiobooks (and films). Sachs is even worse, portrayed with a voice that is not serious and is almost flitty. All this is even more disappointing since previous narrators, including the great George Guidall and Dennis Boutsikaris, performed so outstandingly that they enhanced Deaver's work.
Worse, something went wrong technically with the merging of these voices. You can hear that these two voices were not actually recorded at the same time and that Sachs was spliced into the overall audio. This is so jarring and so noticeable, it is unforgivable that professionals would not have corrected it before releasing the "finished" product.
There are worse narrations in the Audible catalog, but none for such a high-profile, popular novelist. How did this happen?
Narration aside, the plot is interesting and offers a few surprises. Rhyme continues to be developed nicely as a character, as does Sachs. This may not be Deaver's "A" game, but it isn't too far off the mark.
In short, The Kill Room is worth a READ, but not a listen. This time, buy the BOOK.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful
Usually l love the diversion of a Lincoln Rhyme novel. The multiple narrators distracted from the story in this case. In particular I hated the voice for Amelia and the way her dialogue popped in and always sounded like it didn't flow.
Primary narrator was fine but multiple voices did a disservice to a story that was already not one of my favorite in the series.
16 of 18 people found this review helpful