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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Audiobook Review: The Rabbit Factory

Title: The Rabbit Factory
Author: Marshall Karp
Page Count: N/A (audiobook)
Publisher: Lawson Library (print edition,) Recorded Books (audiobook)
Audiobook Narrators: Tom Stechschulte and James Jenner
Genre: comedy, crime fiction
Copy for review was purchased by me via audible.com

The hilarious and suspenseful introduction of Detectives Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs.

Welcome to Familyland, an offshoot of Lamaar Studios. Once a small, Southern California animation house, it has grown into an entertainment conglomerate encompassing movies, television, music, video games, and a sprawling theme park.

When an actor portraying Familyland’s beloved mascot, Rambunctious Rabbit, is brutally murdered on park grounds, Lamaar executives are worried that the idyllic image of ‘50s America represented in Familyland will be shattered. They ask Mike Lomax and his partner Terry Biggs, the LAPD detectives assigned to solve the case, to keep the circumstances surrounding the death of their mascot quiet.

When a second Lamaar employee is killed, Lomax and Biggs uncover a conspiracy to destroy Familyland and settle an unknown vendetta. Still under pressure to keep the case away from the public eye, the detectives are met with a third murder – and an outrageous demand: Anyone who associates with Lamaar – employees, customers, anyone – will be killed.

Bringing a fresh duo of cops to the thriller set, The Rabbit Factory is both suspenseful and satiric, a taut mystery wrapped in sharp, comedic prose.

I think I've written about my rules for audiobooks before- I heavily gravitate towards audio versions of books that I've read in print before, mostly because it enables me to sit back and enjoy the story a little more. Considering my well-documented love of The Rabbit Factory, listening to this one seemed a highly logical choice.

It totally was- I listened to this one back when school was still in session for the year and my favorite way to unwind on a Friday was to lay on the couch for story time.  I enjoyed that there were two different narrators, one for the good guys and one for the bad guys, as it gave some needed contrast to the different voices since there's a pretty extensive cast of characters here.

I also noticed some things about the story that I didn't notice in any of my (many) trips through the print version- there are descriptions of every female character's physical appearance, lots of attention paid to people's voices and making comparisons and all that jazz.  I had also forgotten how many twists and turns there were in this story, and how many different avenues were explored.  Much as I loved the rest of the books in the series (they're like children, I can't play favorites) I did miss in later installments the kind of meandering tone that this book had, and consequently, the number of little garden paths that were available.

I'm holding off giving this book a rating since I obvious love it regardless of the format, but if you've got Audible credits kicking around or are looking for a good tip on an audiobook from the library, definitely check this one out and prepare to enjoy.  That is all.
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