Force of Nature (Troubleshooters, Book 11)
by Suzanne Brockmann
Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank (Reader)
This is my lowest rated Suzanne Brockmann's book. I listened to this one on audio because I kept re-reading chapter of the hardcover. The book wasn't gelling with me. It seem dry and I can't emphatized with any of the characters. It's probably just me because this is Suzanne Brockmann we're talking about. The author with a magical touch.
Ric Alvarado doesn't seem real to me, nor Annie. My other favorite character, Jules Cassidy is just about the only redeeming part of this book (as read by these readers). Now I know that a good book can be ruined by readers.
I borrowed from my library the audio version of this book. I listed to 13 audio CD, and wanted to rip my ears out. I cannot tell between the characters. At all. If there's a boring reader contest out there, then Patrick Lawlor should be a contender. After listening to readers like Kate Flemming, Jim Dale and Lorelei King, you just want to dive into your iPod and scream for this reader to please, please, dear God, vary his narration voice with his character voice. His voice is the same as a narrator, and as different characters. It's not that he has unpleasant voice, but every thing sounds the same.
My husband said I should have compassion, that maybe they have only had a budget for one recording, or they may have accidentally have their dry run switched for the final version, or they may have a gun pointed at their heads by anti-Brockmann factions. In any event, he says that computers need compassion too.
If you have no idea how dry this reader is, try listening to that computer reader of blogs, that computer reader have more expressions. I can't find the link to that reader. I don't know if they still exist.
I'm off to read the next one in the series, and I hope Ms. Brockmann picked a better reader this time around.