Abby Donovan's decade-long dream of partnership at her prestigious Chicago law firm is just months from fruition. But it's all about to change because of one misstep. One step onto a late-night train headed in the wrong direction. Headed into Chicago's west side, where gangs and violence and drugs fill the streets. In this engaging debut, E.C. Diskin, a former Chicago attorney, takes us on a fast-paced thrill ride with a believable and flawed heroine. Listeners will relate to her, fear for her, and get a glimpse inside Chicago's best and worst. From the roughest streets of the west side to the estates of the North Shore, Abby Donovan and the unexpected villains of The Green Line will keep you listening late into the night as they shine light on a little-known, often-used, and widely-abused legal maneuver.
©2013 E.C. Diskin (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
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Narrator Jeff Cummings tries to reflect the emotions, voices, and accents of all of the many characters who have dialog. He does a horrible job which irritated me for the first hour. But then it became funny and added to my enjoyment of the book.
The Green Line is an excellent legal thriller. The protagonist is a lawyer but all of the action is outside the courtroom. I would definitely read other books by this author.
"Narration distracts from the story"
If you can get past the narration, which is very silly and borderline racist when voicing certain characters, the story itself is actually pretty smart and interesting.
Smartly written. Since the author is an actual lawyer the legal part of the story was convincing.
Perhaps Anna Kendrick as Abby, Shemar Moore as Marcus.
"I couldn't listen to this..."
Yes...my review is purely on the narration of the audiobook.
Annoying. If the narrators voice doesn't work for me, I just can't listen.
Needs a different narrarator.
From the publisher's summary I WANTED to read this book, especially since I grew up in Chicago. Very unfortunately the narrator was really the worst I have ever heard (and my collection of audio books is in the hundreds), so, regardless of how good the story may have been, I wasn't able to enjoy it. After approximately an hour of ear assault I was forced to stop.
I would consider another book by this author ONLY IF THE NARRATOR WAS DIFFERENT.
His ability to do different voices was a joke. He REALLY messed up the main character - she is from the south and the narrator had trouble doing a woman, let alone one with a southern accent. It wasn't even funny - it was just BAD. Because there was a fair amount she had to "say", the narrator had to do her voice a lot and he simply couldn't. Someone should have stopped him.
I couldn't say because I was stuck - hearing the narrator was truly an audible assault.
Do not listen to anything narrated by Jeff Cummings.
Slow start but if you hang in there it is worth it. I have a hard time listening to a man try to do a woman's voice.
"The Green Line"
Someone who likes long drawn out endings.
It was too damn long.
I was enjoying it until the ending lasted forever.
Shorten up the ending.
"Hard to listen to"
The narrator ruined this book for me. He was HORRIBLE! His neutral reading voice wasn't the worst I've heard, but every last one of his character voices were awful. It was cartoonish actually. His voices for the urban characters were absolutely ridiculous. It was the auditory equivalent to watching actors perform in black face in old movies. Inner city thugs and prostitutes don't talk like Alabama sharecroppers from the early 1900s. The voice of the main villain and the attorneys and police were also super obnoxious. And don't even get me started on the voice he used for Abby. I started this book multiple times over the last 6 months or so and was never able to get more than a few chapters in. I finally gritted my teeth and finished it. The story is actually ok once you try to ignore the narrator's voices. Except there was one thing that really irritated me.... The baby was only 4 months old, but the author kept writing about ppl feeding her Cheerios and cereal, and also said she recognized a stranger's face from across the room and reached out for her and started laughing. That's absolute nonsense. My advice is either read the book yourself, or just skip it altogether. Unless obnoxious character voices don't bother you.
"Good story; terrible narrator "
Story was good and easy to follow. A little predictable at the end, but still entertaining. The narrator was TERRIBLE though. He made the main character sound like an absolute idiot when he was speaking in falsetto. Even the men's voices were awful. I almost stopped listening because it was so bad.
i love the way it confused you as to who the good guy really was
yes!! thinking the main character may have been trusting someone maybe she shouldn't be
i wasn't thrilled with the narrator. but, the book theme helped
i could have listened to it all in one sitting and was disappointed there isn't another to follow
"A Surprise Find"
I really enjoyed this book, I found it by chance through Kindle Unlimited, the synopsis caught my eye first with the location set in Chicago and then the misstep of getting on the wrong train heading into a very bad location. Definitely related to Abby's fear, especially in the beginning and then again at various times during the story. It had plenty of suspense, twists, and action to keep my interest throughout the book. I don't want to give anything away, but I could see a spinoff into a series from this novel.
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