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Michael

Ada, MI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Attenbury Emeralds

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jill Paton Walsh
    • Narrated By Edward Petherbridge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (183)

    The recovery of the magnificent gem in Lord Attenbury's dazzling heirloom launched a shell-shocked young aristocrat on his career as a detective in 1921. Thirty years later, a happily married Lord Peter has just shared the secrets of that mystery with his wife, the detective novelist Harriet Vane. Suddenly, the new Lord Attenbury—grandson of Lord Peter’s first client—seeks his help to prove who owns the emeralds.

    Michael says: "Classic Sayers"
    "Classic Sayers"
    Overall

    Well done, Magistra. If any of you have ever enjoyed Lord Peter and Harriet Vane, you will enjoy Walsh's addition to the genre. We are once more back (albeit post WWII) in the world of Lord and Lady Peter, with their two sons and a world that is progressing (if it is progressing) into the mid-20th century. Yet the author also brings us backwards, evoking tales of Peter's shell-shocked youth as he solves his first case, a case that now echoes -- through multiple murders -- into the present, along with recurrent emeralds, old friends, and new villains. And despite it all, Jill Paton Walsh manages to bring us back in contact with the characters we cherish: Peter, Harriet, and Bunter are unchanged from the Sayers originals. Magisterial, Magistra!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Romanov Prophecy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (187)

    In 1917, Nicholas II, Tsar of Russia, was executed by revolutionaries. Now, in response to the collapse of the country's economy, the people have voted to instate a new Tsar, one who will be chosen from the descendents of Nicholas II. But a powerful group of Western businessmen want to make sure he is a candidate they can control, and hire African-American lawyer Miles Lord, with his knowledge of Russian language and history, to check the background of their chosen man.

    Christopher says: "This was well worth it."
    "Excellent - including the narrator"
    Overall

    This is a superb Steve Berry title, and Paul Michael, the narrator, does an equally superb job with accents and pacing. This author/narrator combination is strikingly different from the abysmal narration of another (otherwise equally superb) Steve Berry book, the Alexandria Link, narrated by Scott Brick. In the future, I will buy anything with Steve Berry and Paul Michael, but will never waste money on any Steve Berry book if narrated by Scott Brick.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Alexandria Link: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (897)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (351)

    Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives to lead the life of a rare-book dealer. But his quiet existence is shattered when he receives an anonymous e-mail: "You have something I want. You're the only person on earth who knows where to find it. If I don't hear from you, you will be childless." His ex-wife confirms that their teenage son has been kidnapped, and it becomes clear that those responsible will stop at nothing to get what they want: the lost library of Alexandria.

    Glenda says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Narrator"
    Overall

    The story is excellent, but almost destroyed by a narrator who is a ham, continually emoting and sounding more like the background voice to Disney's Haunted House than a narrator of a modern adventure novel. He tries to put excitement and emotion into simple declaratory sentences, e.g., "I'M GOING TO DO SOMETHING!!!". This sort of silliness is painful to listen to. I'll buy a Steve Berry book anytime, but will never buy one narrated by Scott Brick.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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