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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Neurotic cop hunting serial killer in San Diego so let's portray him in a bored ironic inflected semi-British voice. The narrator reads "he took two bullets and tumbled off the balcony" exactly the same as "he looked in the refrigerator to see what he had to drink." Oddly, this affectation is only present with the main character. Others in the story are read quite well and sound realistic, including the women, but that's not enough to hold the book together, So I agreed with the narrator that this was all veddy veddy boring and quit listening midway.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Wayne Farrell?
I think Farrell could probably do this book very well, based on how he handled everyone but the main character. Too bad he choose such a ridiculous treatment for the protagonist. If the center doesn't hold, the story collapses.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I have no idea why I finished this book. The narrator was so s-l-o-w and passionless that the book just seemed to crawl along to (finally) nowhere. I rarely criticize a narrator because even a good, plain reading is ok with me.
As for the story, it was basic but so full of characters (mostly corrupt at varying levels) that it was a bit hard to follow. The transitions from one stage to another and from one character to another were abrupt and added to the overall lack of cohesiveness. Moreover, the essential corruption at the core of the policemen portrayed is ill-timed.
I'm sorry I finished the book since it left me with a generalized bad feeling, even sadness.
Question: is this a British book? The book takes place in the U.S. but the pronunciation of many words (e.g., "shh-eh-dule" vs. a hard "c" American "schedule") left doubt.
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