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By Iain on 20-05-12
I had high hopes for this, particularly after reading the glowing reviews of Noah Boyd's 'The Bricklayer'. Within the first few minutes of listening, my expectations went into free-fall and never recovered.
The plotting is completely unconvincing. It has the goofy implausibility that you would not even expect from teenage spy fiction.
The characters are dull and uninteresting. What is intended to be banter between the two lead characters is stilted, witless and incoherent.
The narration is dreary and monotonous, and it is sometimes difficult to work out which character is supposed to be speaking.
Save your money - try something else.
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By M. Whalley on 03-03-15
Just misses the mark
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No, I don't think I would. It's not bad, really but I'd only really recommend it if you saw the paperback in the bargain bin or something. I did quite enjoy The Bricklayer, even with it's occasional sketchy "banter" between the characters and stretching my suspension of disbelief. I thought perhaps the author would hit his stride in the second book, tighten it up a bit but unfortunately that's just not the case.I came onto this book after a long stint of Lee Child and Michael Connelly books and just didn't get the same grip as with those. It's not as fun as Reacher, not as clever and suspenseful as Bosch.
What was most disappointing about Noah Boyd’s story?
The dialogue. The witty back and forth between the main characters doesn't feel natural and is often totally out of place in comparison to the events that are happening around them. It all feels like the same person talking to himself, knowing what each reply will be and their own response for it, not a real conversation between two people.
What three words best describe Nick Landrum’s performance?
Wrong genre Nick. He's not terrible by any means, he can do noticeably different voices for different characters which always helps with an audio book. His voice doesn't really carry the drama or the threat though. He sounds very lighthearted, as if he is reading a slightly comedic book even when he is describing a man with his throat cut. It just doesn't fit. Really needed someone like Dick Hill or Scott Brick, that might have come close to saving the whole show for me.
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