A sniper opens fire on a crowded Californian schoolyard but is killed before any children are harmed. When the sniper's identity is revealed, a media frenzy erupts - why would they want to take innocent lives? Psychologist Alex Delaware is brought in to help the kids cope with the ordeal but is quickly drawn into exploring the motives of the would-be assassin. Alex soon finds himself on a bloody and twisted trail into the world of political extremism from which there may be no way back...
©1990 Jonathan Kellerman (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd
Kellerman at his best
Great artistry in character description
Great twisty plot
Jeff Harding's narration brilliant - I would listen to him all day - wait - that's just what I did - and loved it
"Narration puts a stop to listening"
This review concerns only the narration. This may be a great book, but I simply cannot get past the narrator's technique. I really tried. I was just a little nervous at first with the narration (every sentence has the same stress: (da-da-da-da DA), but I thought I could get used to it for the sake of the story.
Then, less than 2 minutes into the recording comes the voice of 'Milo.' A parody of 'hard-bitten cop.' Almost unbearably unconvincing. Okay, well, maybe he won't be a main character. Then comes the principal, Linda Overstreet, Ed.D. OMG! It was fascinating to try to figure out what kind of audio manipulation created this voice. and what, exactly, was supposed to be conveyed by her absurd breathlessness (sexy? overmedicated? just weird?). I knew there would be children's voices coming up, so I masochistically listened on and, yep, distractingly bad.
It's hard to do voices. Really hard. But not impossible. Sorry this book wasn't matched up with a more skilled reader.
I really did not care for the naration of this story. I did not like the verbal portrayal of Milo, and found it 'grated' on my nerves.
"Should have been a short story"
The basic story was good... all the other "junk" thrown in was distracting, diluting and depleting to my patience. The narrator was horrendous, as was noted here by others. His pronounciations of some words were baffling. Pat Metheny (musician) pronounced Pat Methanee (as in methadone). There are several more, each painful and without logic.
"Good book, excruciatingly awful reading."
Another good one by Kellerman. It's been years since i read it in print, but this narrator is so criminally bad that it's difficult to fairly judge the merits of the book itself. Milo often sounds like a vary bad imitation of Michael Keaton's "Betelgeuse," & the voices of other characters vary wildly. The women are cringeworthy. The only character who sounded 1/2way decent (the rabbi) was a minor one. The reader's voice often sounds so strained I kept getting a vision of him with fold of skin being twisted in a pair of vice-grips. VERY unfortunate that 'Alexander Adams' (a.k.a. Grover Gardner) didn't do all the Alex Delaware books.
Anything, everything. His voice, accents, performance, timing, and characterizations seemed middle school level at best. I will in the future avoid this reader like the plague.
"Just an okay read..."
I've read almost everything Jonathan Kellerman.
I prefer John Rubenstein as a narrator.
"Good book, but not his best."
I'm a Kellerman fan and enjoyed this book. it wasn't his best though. it just seemed like he got to a point and wanted to wrap it up quickly; the end was rather rushed.
I wasn't thrilled with the narrator...maybe it was a regional thing, but he pronounced a lot of words much differently than I ever heard them. I'm from the area of the country where the action takes place and none of the characters would talk that way. it seems like he should figure out how to pronounce 'Pacoima' before attempting to read this book.
"Very odd pronunciation by reader was distracting."
I always enjoy listening to the Alex Delaware books, but Spira Gyra isn't speara geera. Many other weirdnesses. Ficus as feecus. I will think twice before buying a book read by Jeff Harding again.
"Not Kellermans best work, but fair"
There were some irrational plot leaps and assumptions by the characters.
Most of his stuff is very good 4-5 stars
Narrator was terrible. Mispronounced words, flat tone -not very professional
"Jonathan Kellerman meets Marvel Comics"
80% of this book was classic Alex Delaware, but ...
When Alex gets himself in a life-threatening situation (NOT a spoiler, he always does), the situation and cast of characters get quite fantastical. I thought all of the bad guys had already been dealt with by Sergeant Fury, but no, they're still around.The fellows who save Alex don't wear masks like Batman and Robin, but they are otherwise from the same mold (as is their car).
Jeff Harding does a very good job. He may want to brush up on regional accents, especially southern. His Texas is located somewhere in Mississippi or Louisiana.
I am a huge Kellerman/Delaware fan, but this book seemed to drag on without any of the usual suspense that I've grown accustomed to with the series. It dwells on details ad nauseum. I'm also not a big fan of the reader, Jeff Harding, and his vocalizations of the characters.
I've read every Kellerman/Delaware novel published to date. This is the one I would not recommend.
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