Monday, November 13, 2006
On the trip to get my grandmother, as I was driving alone I wanted a book to listen to, to help me stay awake and coherent. I grabbed Small Vices, read by Burt Reynolds to keep me company on the trip.
I really do love this book, and I love the audio book version even more.
Burt Reynolds has the feel of the book down perfectly, and it makes an already great book even better. Although his women’s voices are really bad, it doesn’t matter, because, as I said, he has to tone of the whole thing down perfectly, especially Spenser and Hawk’s smart-ass repartee.
On top of that, this is hands down one of my favorite mysteries. Just about everything is just right, but I appreciate the amount of hard work that Spenser does the best–and the realism that surrounds that hard work. Sometimes, things aren’t easy, and it’s good to see that presented in a realistic–yet not boring–way.
If you haven’t read a Spenser book, this is my favorite book in the series. If you’re looking for an audio book, Burt Reynolds reading Spenser is pretty darned wonderful.
ADDENDUM the First
I hadn’t finished the audio book by the time I got home, so I had to find my book and finish reading it before I could get to sleep Sunday night. Michael joked, “it’s not like you haven’t read the book before,” but sometimes you just HAVE to finish a story. Just because.