by Andrew Cunningham
Narrated by Greg Hernandez
Audio books are a different breed. Unlike traditional books which require the reader to stop, sit and concentrate, an audio book coexists with your life. They are typically enjoyed while the listener does other things – drives, chores, errands, etc. While some audio books keep me company as I work, in the case of “Deadly Shores” I was finding things which had to be done just so I could continue listening. If you knew me and chores, you’d understand this is truly high praise.
As a child of the Jersey Shore (the actual place, not the ridiculous reality show), I love fiction set on islands and the excitement of an impending hurricane is a great plot device. “Deadly Shore” gave me both. Summer on Cape Cod is crowded with tourists and a category 4 hurricane barreling towards them provides high intensity excitement. Then, the kicker, terrorists blow the bridges and hold the island captive.
Cunningham crafted some interesting characters including a former CIA agent now working as a PI, a “disgraced” local female cop, a feisty senior citizen prepared to battle storm and man (that was me in my head), terrorists and even Hurricane Chad. Just a really well written, fast paced tale. The kind of book you could read in a weekend, and be satisfied.
Narration is critical for any audio book. Although I have never listened to a Greg Hernandez performance, I was immediately attracted to the cadence of his voice. It was familiar and comfortable and brought the characters to life. I’m a narrator snob and believe the quality of the voice can make or break even the best storytelling. I will even choose a book based only on the narrator; for example Scott Brick. He reads it, I’m listening. Hernandez has made that list now.
Disclaimer to make the lawyers happy – I was voluntarily provided a free copy of this audio book by the narrator and this is my honest and unbiased review. I wouldn’t hesitate to read another Cunningham novel and would gladly choose to listen to anything Hernandez narrated.
For the US book reading challenge, this was set in Massachusetts.