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I transferred this book to CD's - 4.4 discs. By the beginning of the fourth CD, I had lost patience with the ridiculous coincidences and contrived plot twists. I don't think it will give too much of the plot away to comment that it depends significantly upon an illusionist's misdirection of an audience (of one or more). The major problem I had with this ultimately uninteresting book was that not only did the plot depend upon misdirection, the entire book did, and pretty ridiculous misdirection at that.
But that last four-tenths of a CD really tried my patience. I found myself yelling "Ridiculous!" at my dashboard -- not normally something I do. A contrived, weak, misdirected, pointless, and most unsatisfying ending.
My apologies to the prior reviewer and to Mr. Grupper. Way too "dramatic" a reading! When I want an old fashioned radio show, I will dredge out my "Shadow" recordings. Character delineation is obviously critical to a good audio book reading. This well-intentiond reading simply went too far for my tastes. I have burned these 4.4 CD's -- literally!
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A previous reviewer was critical of this book because of its abridgement. I can only say that I appreciate the abridging process because I don't like 10 hour length books.
That said, the complicated story probably could have used more explaination and background for the first time listener to a Lincoln Rhyme book. But because I have read - not listened too - previous Rhyme books, I didn't need the background. But the plot twists were quite abrupt and could have used a few more seques.
Still, I rated the book high because the narrator did such an outstanding job. I've listened to quite a few books and heard a wide variety of narrators and I rate Joe Mantegna and Judy Kate the highest. But listening to Adam Grupper is like listening to an old fashioned radio show with each character being read by an actor or actress. He's really amazing and he breathed such life and vitality into the story that just listening to him was a treat.
The story is complicated and, yes, the plot twists were abrupt but the narration alone makes this Deaver tale a wonderful piece of entertainment. I highly recommend The Vanished Man.
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