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Josh Lanyon has taken great care in selecting the narrators for his audiobooks, and it shows. Kevin R Free's performance is worthy of the good material he has to work with; he excels in using different voices for each character without going over the top, so that it is easy to tell who is speaking even without dialogue tags. And the dialogue is wonderful. I'd forgotten how funny this book is, with Kit's rather sarcastic inner commentary as well as his quick ripostes and the amusing insights into how writers work. The book starts with Kit seizing an opportunity to avoid a weekend with J.X., his new lover, because of his insecurities both about his desirability and J.X.'s success as a writer. He answers a plea for help from his injured former mentor, who asks him to stand in for her at her writers' seminar at her country estate in the Berkshires - oh, and to find out who is trying to kill her. There is equal pleasure in following Kit's navigation through the characters and motivations of the possible suspects and in watching his relationship with J.X. develop.
It isn't essential that you listen to the first Holmes and Moriarity (Somebody Killed His Editor) but it enhances the experience if you do and you wouldn't want to miss it anyway! The third book, The Boy With the Painful Tattoo, is due late 2013.
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Where does All She Wrote rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I would say that it's in my "Top 5" list of audiobooks I've listened to.
What other book might you compare All She Wrote to and why?
I don't think I could compare it to other books because this differs too much from everything else I listen to. I would only be able to compare it to another Josh Lanyon book but that wouldn't work out well either since they're all so different.
Which scene was your favorite?
There are a lot of good scenes so it's hard to choose from. I would say one of my favorite scenes is when Christopher was in the hospital and the doctor asks if Christopher is allergic to any medicines and he says "I'm allergic to cantaloupe.........and probably honeydew too." The randomness of that statement made me laugh.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I absolutely will next time.
Any additional comments?
I'm eagerly waiting for "The Boy With the Painful Tattoo" to be released because this series has me hooked!!
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Oh, yes! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a really good mystery. Kit, the leading character is witty, with a self-deprecating sort of humor which brings lots of fun to the story. His friend and lover, J.X., is really really cool, as well as smart, kind, and so patient.
The narration is simply perfection, Kevin R. Free has the exact voice i've imagined for Kit, as well as for J.X., and that's not an easy feat. He manages to bring to life all the different voices and nuances, adding a new dimension to an already pretty perfect book.
What did you like best about this story?
The mystery, the humor, and getting to spend more time with Kit and J.X. (always such a treat!)
Which scene was your favorite?
One of my favorite scenes is the one where Kit discovers something new about himself with J.X.'s help. Kit needs to trust someone again, and here he understands, i think, that he can at least begin to.
If you could take any character from All She Wrote out to dinner, who would it be and why?
J.X. and Kit. I'd like to get to know J.X. better, and i'm sure that Kit's input will be quite entertaining.
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