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Bad choice for narrator,
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This review is from: The Black Ice Score (Unabridged Audio CDs) (Audio CD)
This is a review of the audio version of Richard Stark's "The Black Ice Score" narrated by Stephen Thorne.
I have enjoyed reading and listening to the Richard Stark "Parker" series. They are fun, thrilling, and dark. I have enjoyed listening to Michael Kramer's narrations of Richard Stark books as well as Robert Davi's narration of "Backflash," and Jerry Orbach's narration of "Comeback."
I have heard a sample of Stephen Thorne's narration of "The Black Ice Score" and was immediately turned off and annoyed. Stephen Thorne has a higher pitched voice that is more suitable for children's books and novels with a much more lighter fare. Richard Stark's books are hard, violent, and dark. These books require a voice that is of a lower register, a deep and hard voice. Stephen Thorne reading these gritty crime noir novels is a complete contradiction. The spoken dialogue sounds silly. He cannot capture the edge, darkness and danger of a Richard Stark book. Stephen Thorne seems to be trying to read a completely different book than what I imagine. It is completely unappealing to me. I cannot imagine why the publishers decided on Stephen Thorne to narrate these hard crime dramas. I hope, in future, that the publisher will recast the narrator of future Richard Stark "Parker" novels.