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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Listening to the first half was terrific. Our heroine, the virginal, Irish Catholic bank teller Elaine Kelly is a wonderful young woman, kinda shy, who in a moment of horrendous temptation, steals $1.3 million in a couple of key strokes. The first half of the book is the product of a great writer and a great reader. It is really hard to believe that the second half of the book has been written by the same guy. The second half deteriorates, as other reviewers have noted, into a bloody awful mess. The theft wreaks utter havoc on Elaine, and takes her through a nightmare of tortures populated by Euro-thug gangsters, a bank CEO who is the bottom in a maelstrom of sadomasochistic perversion, and adventures that belong in a comic book aimed at impressionable thirteen-year-old boys.
What do you think your next listen will be?
I think I will give Jonathan Stone a rest. I bought "two for the show," but the plot seems to be quite literally lifted from that of another, eerily similar book, in which the researcher for a Las Vegas style "mentalist" spends his time investigating every person in the audience, so that the showman can astonish them with his supernatural knowledge of their lives. Hooey.
What three words best describe Karen Peakes’s voice?
I like her a lot. She has breadth, vivid excitement and both genders down in excellent fashion. She is completely believable as Elaine, and also completely believable as Detective Nusbaum of the 114th. Quite a range.
Do you think The Teller needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Heavens no. It's time, as the Monty Pythons used to say, for something completely different.
Any additional comments?
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Nice juxtaposition between Catholic guilt and professional international criminals. "Good Girl" commits an impulsive financial crime and is drawn into sordid criminal band. I enjoyed the "counterpoint" in the story. The first half of the book, though, was better and better written. Fast paced. I recommend.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful