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"The Best Meltzer"
Brad Meltzer has come into his own with this book. The plot twists were perfect. My iPod was blazing with this book - I finished it in three workdays - which is nearly a record for me. You won't want to put it away.
"Captivating listening and story!!!!"
The story twists and turns, keeping one guessing and the narration from Scott Brick electrifying drawing the listener into each character. Love all Mr Meltzers books.Have listened to many narrations by Mr Brick and always intrigued by his voice and his portrail of the characters.
Guff, Sara and Conrad.
All of them, just could not stop listening to find out what was going to happen next.
Keep the books coming with Mr Brick as narrator.
I enjoyed this book. I usually listen to the books when I take my dogs for a walk, this one kept me out walking longer. Excellent story, enough suspense to keep you guessing. Well developed character. The ending a bit disappointing, but the story was so good I did not mind a bit of a let down in the end.
This is my second book by Brad Meltzer and I have not been disappointed yet. I now moving on to the 3rd read by Meltzer - The First Councel. Hope it is as good as the first 2 I finished.
Scott Brick is fantastic as usual.
"So slow and repetitive"
This book had a decent premise and overall story. However the plot was beat to death. This book could have been about as third as long as it was if the characters and plot were not repeated and repeated and repeated...
I have had good experiences with Brad Meltzer's past books, however this book was repetitive, slow-moving, and redundant.
Scott Brick always does a good job and he brought this repetitive story to life.
"One of Meltzer's best"
tense, gripping and surprising
When Jared and Sara confided with each other.
His voice carries the story well.
He said, She said.
I haven't heard or read a bad Meltzer book yet.
"Just Average from a Exceptional Author"
Coming off a high after reading The Millionaires by Brad Meltzer, I had great expectations for "Dead Even". Alas, it was a big disappointment. New ADA Sara Tate, her job in peril from announced budget cuts, steals a case earmarked for a senior, highly-respected ADA in hopes of gaining attention and job security. Her husband, a defense attorney, winds up on the opposite side of the case when he is forced to represent the defendant and ordered to win the case by nefarious principals who threaten to kill his wife if he loses. Sara, in turn, is approached by her own thug, a "sunken-cheeked" man, who issues a similar threat, proposing to kill her husband if SHE loses the case. Uh-huh. And, of course, in order to protect the other, neither spouse reveals their respective threats to each other, setting up one debacle after another.
There are a number of things wrong with this book, starting with the fact that neither one of the protagonists are especially sympathetic or likable characters. They never felt "real" to me, they made incredibly dumb decisions for highly-educated people, and in the end, I wasn't invested in whether they triumphed or not. That's a huge problem to overcome. And the end of the story unraveled rather than unfolded. Everyone - protagonists and antagonists alike - started making ridiculous speeches and bone-headed moves (reminded me of the line of some movie: "If you're gonna talk, talk; if you're gonna shoot, shoot!"), and I didn't buy a second of it. The last hour was fairly excruciating but somehow, I slogged through it.
This book will undoubtedly appeal to some, and to you, I say I'm happy for you. But it didn't work at all for me. Especially from such a talented author as Brad Meltzer. Scott Brick does his best, as always, with the performance. I just wonder if he was as bored during the reading of it as I was with the listening.
"Overall a good book"
No shortage of twists and turns
I found the music to be distracting and a little to loud.
"Meltzer & Brick"
I've enjoyed Brad Meltzer's decoded on the history channel and thoroughly enjoyed so figured it's time to listen. Meltzer's story and Scott Brick's performance has me waiting to listen to the next one.
This book starts slow and never gets any better. Too predictable. I found it hard to finish, but have a policy to finish what I start. Spend your money elsewhere. I did enjoy the narration.
"MELTZER!!! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE ???"
Incredibly Soap-Opera-ish. Self-will run riot with two protagonists pushing the limits of believablity. If this were a movie, it would rival "Plan 9/Outer Space" as the worst. Scott Brick's overacting left me laughing and shaking my head in disbelief. No more Meltzer for me.
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