Retail pak Brilliance Audio 2001
CS ISBN 1587887843 $29.95 Five cassettes
CD ISBN 158788786X $35.95 Seven CDs
[Editor's Note: The following is a combined review with the Putnam abridged version of ORCHID BLUES.]--Weddings don't always go as expected, but police chief Holly Barker's couldn't get worse. With a stunning opening chapter, author Woods sends Holly off on a chilling investigation of robbery, murder, and treason in central Florida. The abridgment is taut and intense and narrator Jan Maxwell captures Holly's moods and grit beautifully. She portrays an array of male characters--Holly's father, retired Army chief master sergeant, the gun fanatics, FBI agents--with confident style. The dual narration by Dick Hill and Susie Beck of the unabridged version lacks some of the tension of Maxwell's version. The two-voice narrative occasionally breaks the flow of the suspense although the integration of the two voices is flawless. Even Hill, a master at the thriller genre, doesn't seem fully connected with this story. The single narrator proves the better choice. R.F.W. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 02]
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