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The narrator, Joseph Balderrama, was worth the listen alone. I have listened to 100s of audible books, but his performance ranked in the top 3 and may even be number 1. It was breathtaking. The story itself was good, but ultimately a bit over the top..
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What would have made The Searcher better?
Leave out the hokey pseudo-religious stuff and the "spirit world" stuff and make the story at least plausible. The author leaves the reader hanging at the end. The big question that leads you to keep slogging through the novel is the expectation that you'll find out who the main character IS, why he showed up in the first place, how he got there, etc. This is the most unsatisfying story I've experienced in quite some time.
Would you ever listen to anything by Simon Toyne again?
No. I'll remember his name and avoid anything else he has written or will write.
Did Joseph Balderrama do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
The only redeeming feature of this listening experience is that the reader did a good job with a poor story. He changed voices and/or accents for the different characters, although I think his Mexican characters were overly stereotyped. I would definitely choose this reader again--unless he consistently chooses to read weird, hokey novels.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Several times I almost quit listening to it, intending to request a refund from Audible, but I kept listening to the end, always thinking there MIGHT be some redeeming qualities, thinking the ending, at least, might be satisfying. It wasn't. I'd say the only redeeming quality was the talent of the reader. Too bad he wasted it on this particular novel.
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