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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Martin Misunderstood (audiobook) by Karin Slaughter



Seinfeld's Wayne Knight's first foray into audiobooks

Published by BBC Audiobooks America in 2008
Read by Wayne Knight
Lasts 2 hours 30 minutes

Wayne Knight
Karin Slaughter keeps her stories in Georgia with Martin Misunderstood a short (2 1/2 hours) audiobook about a loser named Martin, his awful mother, his cruel co-workers and his miserable life. Martin is framed for murder and his extensive readings of James Patterson, John Grisham and Patricia Cornwell are all he has to help himself.

Positives:

Wayne Knight did a great job of creating the voices, especially those of Martin's mother and Unique (You-nee-quay). Knight's comic timing was a big help with some weak material.

Negatives:

Karin Slaughter.

This is my second Karin Slaughter book (both this summer) and I am not going to read her anymore.

Slaughter spends nearly half of the book just setting up the characters and then she just wraps it all up like she was on a deadline and she just had to get some sort of ending on the story. This book just clunks to an end - sort of Twilight Zone-esque but not like one of the good episodes. More like one of those bad ones where you look at the person next to you and say, "That's it?"

Wayne Knight's performance turns a one-star review into two stars. I hope he does more, just not Karin Slaughter.

I rate this audiobook 2 stars out of 5.

This audiobook can be found on Amazon.com here: Martin Misunderstood.


Reviewed on July 21, 2008.

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