Deaver uses his trademark plot twists to keep this fast-paced, masterly thriller steamrolling along with breathtaking speed. This is suspense of the highest order.
©1998 Jeffery Deaver. All rights reserved; (P)1998 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.
"Jeffery Deaver constructs a taut thriller...Joe Mantegna is in top form and takes listeners on a compelling chase." (AudioFile)
The Coffin Dancer is a vast improvement on the first book in the Licoln Rhyme series, The Bone Collector. The central storyline, being a race against time to stop and catch a killer, has an inherent tension which holds the interest throughout. The writing is excellent, without a word being wasted, everything adds either to the plot or the depth of the characters.
On a personal note, I found the central villain/s to be very interesting. The characters are intriguing and complex, they are not what I would call "boo-hiss" baddies. The main characters of Lincoln and Amelia (Sachs, his protege) are much more complete in this book, I feel like I am getting to know them better now, which makes me root for them to succeed in their manhunt.
A round of applause for the narration by Joe Mantegna, which was excellent throughout. His voice is very clear and easy to listen to, and his pace and timing were very well suited to this book and writing style. I see he is also the narrator of the next book in the series, The Empty Chair, so I am already looking forward to that listen.
I am a fan of Jeffery Deaver, and I prefer his mix of police procedure and forensic work to some of the other writers out there, who place too much emphasis on either one or the other. More of the same next time please!
I love Jeffery Deaver and Lincoln Rhyme, but the abbreviation left out key elements of the story, making the conclusions illogical and impossible to follow. I bought the abridged version by mistake, and I will check very closely from now on!
Absolutely, as long as it is UNabridged
Yes, I liked the performance.
None - cutting out scenes makes it impossible to follow the story and the clues.
i was so excited after listening to the 1st book of lycoln rhyme that i couldn’t wait for book 2. it was disappointing as it was read really badly. i don’t understand why you didn’t use the same guy in book 1 for all the books. jeffery harding was able to do voices for every character unlike joe mantentegns. joe didn’t change the level of his voice and he always sounded the same person making it difficult to differentiate between characters. Really frustrating to listen to!!!
so gutted it has turned me off reading the following lincoln books!!! gutted!!
One minute the bad guy is cornered then the next chapter he is planning his next kill? the abridged version is totally disjointed Only available on Audible as an abridged version, will be my last purchase as such, like reading a book with random pages pulled out. So disappointed I emailed publishers (no response). If its not the full version give this series a miss, too much detail missing for a satisfactory listen.
I really like this story and downloaded it along with The Bone Collector to introduce my girlfriend to Deaver but they cut so much out of the book that you lose the magic of Lincoln. At points this version is jarring because of the missing sections at at other points there's so much missing that it sounds like the characters are jumping to wild conclusions as opposed to being great at their jobs. A good example of this is the second plane flight, it's omitted entirely, Lincoln just saves the day and you never know how.
Very disappointing - but please read the book!
Why someone would cut a Lincoln Rhyme novel down to 5 hours I'd never know. Then to get my fix on the rhyme novels I decided to bite the bullet and buy this. Don't it's not worth money/ credit. The narration is beyond poor as in usual Jo montagna style everyone including sacks sounds like a 'wise guy' story didn't make much sense as 10 hrs have been cut. Come on Audibles do this book properly please.
I love the writing of Jeffery Deaver. I have read about 4 other books of his. I had surgery on my eyes, can"t see now. Really VERY disapointed I purchased the abridged version. I didn't realize till too late. This book was so well written and has great characters and a great plot/story line. The readers voice for Amelia Sachs was awful. Very whiney and helpless. Not the Amelia of my reading.
"Deaver is excellent."
I decided to start over as it has been years since I read any of the Lincoln Rhyme series. Audible is a pretty cool service. Perhaps it was how I downloaded it, but I did encounter an error of repeated dialogue with around 3 min to go. Hopefully others do not encounter this error. Highly recommend any of Deaver's work.
"Okay not as good as I thought it would be"
It was good but not as good as bone collector maybe I visualized bone collector because I saw movie
"review of the coffin dancer"
very disappointing. My least favorite of Jeffrey Deavers novels. Hard to follow. struggled to finish.
"Not his best"
I really enjoy listening to the Lincoln Rhymes series (The Bone Collector). However, this was not one of his best. Joe Mantegna does a good job narrating, but the story itself did not hold my attention well.
The twist in who was who near the end
Yes and great!
No, but a good book
"Good book, not a fan of the narrator"
After listening to some of the other Lincoln Rhymes books before this one, my ideas of how Rhyme and Sachs personalities are is nothing like how this narrator's voice is in this book and The Empty Chair. Although, I liked this narrator in The Cold Moon...or maybe I was use to him by then. Mr. Mantegna seems like more of a romance novel reader.
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