The performance was terrific. Grover Gardner does various Italian voices with style. The plot is slow to start, but is pretty good if you can hang in there past the first several hours. I had to stop several times out of boredom and annoyance.This book could have used a more picky editor. There must be a different phrase in Italian that was translated into"busting my balls" in English. It was over used, used incorrectly, and was amazingly annoying.
There are much better books by the same author that I would recommend first.
He is really good. One of the best.
Not possible. There were several times when I couldn't take the slow plot development and had to stop. I only started again because I had paid for the book and did not have another audible book available.
The characters annoying and the performance overdone. Just couldn't stand listening to it. Only got through about one hour of it.
Given the protagonist a less irritating flaw than temper tantrums. Given the same person a profession that the author actually knew something about. A food expert he is not. More like a food aficionado.
He did his best.
Her diction and delivery are wonderful. She helped me understand some of the passages I would have skimmed over if I had been reading the written word.
Several movies have been made.
Possibly, depending on the topic.
The story was very interesting and gave me a new perspective on Teddy Roosevelt and his family. But the book was filled with so much natural history and detail about every living creature in the Amazon that there were hours when I was incredibly bored and had to turn off the narrative. I only kept turning it back on because I wanted to see how Roosevelt emerged from this nightmare journey.
The book was well researched but there were many passages and possibly, pages, that I would have cut if I were her editor.
She presents historical and well researched information in a personal way as if she were living at the time. She provides lots of details about other events of the time, political and otherwise that put things into perspective and bring them to life. This was both a strength and a weakness when carried to extreme.
He was very good. His pronunciation of the South American names sounded really authentic, although I wouldn’t know.
If you mean Teddy Roosevelt, not in this book.
This is worth reading, but I think I would recommend buying the actual paper book so you can skim through the boring parts.
The narrator is the best. He makes the Italian voices different and fun. He has just the right touch for this fairly humorous Zen episode. His narration is a bit slow, but his delivery helps you enjoy all the nuances of the authors prose, especially the dialog.
The plot was a tad confusing with lots of digressions, but that seemed intentional in this parody of Mozart's opera. This is not a book for someone who wants a straight detective mystery.
I've listened to one other Michael Kitchen performance. He is just superlative always.
The book was very descriptive. The author developed scenes and characters so fully that you could place yourself into the scene. I felt it was overworked. Too much Dylan Thomas over and over again.
The mail character starts out rather likeable but by the end becomes someone to avoid. I was disappointed int the long drawn out ending.
edit. edit. edit.
He was very good with all of the voices, even the women's voices.
I normally love Dick Francis, but the plot of this book stretches credulity beyond the breaking point! The reader is wonderful with a lovely British accent and a wide range of voices ( including a woman's voice like a bad Monty Python skit), but the good reading can't make up for bad writing. The plot is both boring and unbelievable at the same time. Villains are too bad to be believed. The main character is too steady, strong and lucky. I would not recommend this.
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