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Martin Misunderstood

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: BCA (2008)
  • ASIN: B004CS3JNG
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,658,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Erika Borsos VINE VOICE on July 9, 2008
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This is the first time ever that I listened to an audio version of a book and found it quite delightful and amusing. Wayne Knight did an outstanding job in performing a variety of voices for the different characters (both men and women) in this book. This is my first exposure to the writing of Karin Slaughter and I am positively impressed. The author displays a great sense of humor which is brought to life by Wayne Knight's amazing nuanced voices. First, Martin Reed is a geek-like character who lives a rather dull and uncomplicated life in a small town in Georgia. His most notable facial feature is a hawk-like nose, which made him self-conscious. His nickname was "Beak" and even after he had a rhinoplasty (commonly called a "nose job" which fixes and remodels the nose through plastic surgery). His friends continued to call him "Beak" despite the improvement in his looks (which they never acknowledged). He went to school with essentially the same people who work with him, at Southern Toilet Supply. It was a family owned business when he started there but it was bought by a German company who put on the pressure to sell their prodcuts. They did a down-size of about 50% of the employees after taking over.

Martin is an account executive who has a rather sassy black secretary named "Unique". She likes her first name pronounced in a French manner with an "a" sound at the end. Martin lives at home with his mother, Evelyn, called "Evie". She is a bossy woman who continually harps on some aspect of Martin's character or behavior and she peppers her pronouncements with the word "luck" but subsitute the letter "F" for the "L". She has a strong southern accent created by Wayne Knight which is very characteristic for the region and quite funny.
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Format: Audio CD Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Though I love books this was my first experience listening to an audio book and I enjoyed it more than I expected. Listening to this short (two hour and thirty minutes) novella on CD by bestselling author Karin Slaughter as I cleaned my kitchen made my housekeeping tasks go quickly. The story is read perfectly by character actor Wayne Knight who is best known as Newman on Seinfeld. Knight does an amazing job of creating separate mostly Southern accented voices for each of the story's characters. The plot, of course, is total nonsense and the characters' simply caricatures but the story is amusing and entertaining enough for those who like their comedy dark. One caution is much of the language and many of the situations are definitely "adult" so one should be aware and not play this in earshot of children or anyone easily embarrassed.
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It seems that not only does anybody understand the bookish, Walter Mitty type character Martin Reed, but that he doesn't understand anybody else either. Martin, who was the butt of everybody's joke in high school, is working at Southern Toilet Supply, where some of those same people who laughed at him in high school also work. To make matters worse he lives with his mother, who makes those who tormented him in high school look like pikers. She is everybody's worst mother.

When Sandy, a coworker who has made fun of Martin in the cruelest way, is murdered, Martin is the number one suspect. He has an alibi, he was with an overweight, hooking masseuse, doing the nasty, but he doesn't want anybody to know. He'd rather take the rap than be found out.

Enter homicide detective Anther, who also knows what it's like to be the butt of a joke or two. In fact she garnered no respect from her colleagues until she invented a fictional lesbian partner. Martin is taken with Anther and the feeling is mutual. Then he stumbles into sex with Uniqué, a woman he works with, just before she too is murdered. Guess who the cops like for the crime.

And so it goes with this humorous story. Looking back, I see I probably should have figured out who the real killer was, but I didn't. Ken (my hubby) and I listened to this two CD book-on-tape on our way to Reno and I don't think I've ever laughed so hard. Yes, there are risque parts. Yes, the F-bomb is dropped a lot, but funny, let me tell you this is funny in a terrific ha ha way. I really liked it.
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Not even the excellent vocal characterizations and considerable talent of Wayne Knight can save this mediocre audio novella from crashing and burning.

Being accused of double murder is the most exciting event to ever occur in the life of Martin, a 36 year old loser whose abysmal world is populated by obnoxious and unsavoury co-workers, and a harpy of a mother who appears to have a galloping case of Munchehausen by proxy. Investigating the murders of two of Martins co-workers is Detective Ana Albada, object of Martins cerebral love affair and herself a prime candidate for Dr. Freud's couch.

In MARTIN MISUNDERSTOOD, author Karen Slaughter was obviously going for sardonic humor and to be fair there are a couple of laughs to be had. Unfortunately they are few and far between and ultimately, Slaughter only manages to achieve a tale filled with pathetic, silly and completely unsympathetic characters caught in situations that are ill conceived, tasteless, and at some points downright lewd.

This listener can understand why Martin is misunderstood.
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