The Widower’s Two-Step : Tres Navarre

  • by Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by Tom Stechschulte
  • Series: Tres Navarre
  • 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Rick Riordan’s first book in the Tres Navarre series, Big Red Tequila hit the mystery market like a Texas tornado. Readers couldn’t get enough of its hero’s offbeat combination of academic degrees, tai chi skills, and nose for danger. When the second adventure, Widower’s TwoStep, was published, it quickly earned an Edgar Award. Instead of accepting a teaching position at the university, Tres is finishing up his apprenticeship for a private investigator’s license. He’s doing a poor job of surveillance on the fiddle player in a promising honkytonk band: she is shot in broad daylight while he watches. Shaken, Tres begins an investigation on his own. It’s not long before he discovers that some people will do anything to capture a lucrative recording contract. With suspense as sizzling as the southwestern sun, and a truly colorful cast of characters, The Widower’s TwoStep is a hit with mystery lovers well beyond the Lone Star State. Narrator Tom Stechschulte’s performance adds just the right spice to Tres’ character.


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Middling, meandering, dated.

I remember reading Mr. Riordan's books when they came out in print and being mildly amused. Tres Navarre is a likable character, a literate PI from Texas. However, now the genre seems to have passed by Mr. Riordan. With Tim Hallinan, Thomas Perry, Lou Berney and the like, we can read the work of much better writers. Mr. Riordan has a sense of humor, and Chapter 1 sets us up to think that this book will be much more interesting than it is. For one thing, Mr. Riordan has never met a word that he didn't like. The books are about twice as long as they should be, which I guess is done to make them the standard 300+ page novel. Someone once asked Elmore Leonard why his books were so popular. He said, "I leave out the parts that people skip." Mr. Riordan leaves out nothing. In this book we hear WAY too much exposition, way too much about the Southern country music scene and all the miserable crooks behind the scenes. There are too many characters that we don't care a thing about. For instance, Tres's sometime supervisor, Irenya. She adds nothing to the book other than her kid, Jem. Also, Mr. Stechshulte is an average narrator, and his voicing of this particular woman is grating and unpleasant. A good editor would have cut her. Better to listen to eight hours of Elmore Leonard than twelve hours of Rick Riordan. This series is only for Texan fans of the genre. The rest of us really don't care how many rest stops there are between Austin and San Antonio.
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- Richard Delman "I am a 67 year old psychologist. I have been married for 28 years, with two sons who are 27 and 24. I love listening to the books."

Good mystery with SLOW narration!

I read Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series when my grandchildren were reading them, but I had no idea that Riordan had written mystery thrillers. This book is part of his 7 novel Tres Navarre series and is it quite good. Despite the fact that Tom Stechschulte has a great voice for audiobook narration and has narrated hundreds of them, I down rate him for excessively slow reading speed. I have to listen at 2X recording speed to make his narration acceptable.
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-19-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books