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Kenneth M. Rivard

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  • End Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated By Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Italian police detective Aurelio Zen is posted to remote Calabria, at the toe of the Italian boot, on a routine assignment. But what he encounters there is anything but routine. Beneath the surface of a tight-knit community, violent forces are at work. Zen is determined to find a way to penetrate the code of silence and uncover the truth behind a brutal murder. His mission is complicated by another secret that has drawn strangers from the other side of the world - a hunt for buried treasure.

    Bernard J. Baars says: "Good writer, good mystery, good narrator."
    "Ruined by narrator"
    Overall

    Michael Dibdin was a cunning, funny novelist with an eye for telling detail. He would have been far better served with a straight ahead reading instead of the narrator's tin-eared attempts to create distinguishing accents for each of the characters. Pure ham, with a side order of Americans who all sound like parodies of Cagney-esque tough guys. I stopped listening about a third of the way through--I'd rather jump ship and enjoy Dibdin's writing in another format before this intepretation destroys it altogether.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4507)
    Performance
    (1984)
    Story
    (1974)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Dreadful narrative - flee!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I can't help but wonder how this book might have come across had I read it instead of trying to listen to it. No that I'm going to - Ms. Donoghue had her shot, and she missed. Jack's narrative delivery is grating beyond belief. A kind of fake naivete infuses the narrative that makes you feel trapped like someone's precocious self-absorbed child during a long hot drive in slow traffic while the kid never shuts up. I never once believed in the voice. After two hours, I threw in the towel, a first for me. Simply because a story is about abuse doesn't mean we automatically feel sympathy for the characters. Sympathy is earned. The narrator is nothing but irritating. Why, oh why, are we locked inside this kid's head instead of the far more interesting (presumably) intelligence of his mother? What do we gain? Nothing leaps to mind, and that's the problem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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