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  • 7 reviews
  • 51 ratings
  • 115 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • The Potter’s Field: The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Witty and entertaining, the Montalbano novels by Andrea Camilleri—a master of the Italian detective story—have become favorites of mystery fans everywhere. In this latest installment, an unidentified corpse is found near Vigàta, a town known for its soil rich with potter’s clay. Meanwhile, a woman reports the disappearance of her husband, a Colombian man with Sicilian origins who turns out to be related to a local mobster.

    Robert says: "Montalbano - The Shrewd Prankster!"
    "slow starter"
    Where does The Potter’s Field rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.

    Would you recommend The Potter’s Field to your friends? Why or why not?

    There are much better books by the same author that I would recommend first.

    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is really good. One of the best.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Mary McCarthy says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    What disappointed you about Breakfast with Buddha?

    The characters annoying and the performance overdone. Just couldn't stand listening to it. Only got through about one hour of it.

    What could Roland Merullo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He did his best.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Anne Elliot has grieved for seven years over the loss of her first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. But events conspire to unravel the knots of deceit and misunderstanding in this beguiling and gently comic story of love and fidelity.

    Emily - Audible says: "Juliet Stevenson is Simply Amazing"
    "fabulous in every way"
    What about Juliet Stevenson’s performance did you like?

    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.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Several movies have been made.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "needed an editor"
    Would you try another book from Candice Millard and/or Paul Michael?

    Possibly, depending on the topic.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.

    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He was very good. His pronunciation of the South American names sounded really authentic, although I wouldn’t know.

    What else would you have wanted to know about Candice Millard’s life?

    If you mean Teddy Roosevelt, not in this book.

    Any additional comments?

    This is worth reading, but I think I would recommend buying the actual paper book so you can skim through the boring parts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cosi Fan Tutti: An Aurelio Zen Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Neopolitan businessmen, politicians, and eminent mafiosi are assassinated as someone takes literally the job of cleaning up the city's tarnished image. In this mystery, Aurelio Zen discovers that in '90s 'New Italy', things are still the same.

    Lee Chemel says: "Wonderfully entertaining"
    "love Michael kitchen"
    What made the experience of listening to Cosi Fan Tutti the most enjoyable?

    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.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.

    Have you listened to any of Michael Kitchen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to one other Michael Kitchen performance. He is just superlative always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Amazon Customer says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "too much heart pounding too little action"
    What did you like best about In the Woods? What did you like least?

    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.

    What could Tana French have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    edit. edit. edit.

    Which character – as performed by Steven Crossley – was your favorite?

    He was very good with all of the voices, even the women's voices.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Flying Finish

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton

    Henry Grey doesn't particularly care for having been born the heir to an earldom. He is a reserved young man whose greatest problem is his mother's matchmaking plots and whose greatest joy is to ride as an amateur steeplechase jockey. But on a sudden impulse, he throws in his respectable desk job to join a firm that transports racehorses all over the world. Yardman Transport proves to be Henry's passport to many things, not the least the girl he loves, and a tidy little racket that brings him face to face with death.

    Nancy says: "Not a typical Dick Francis"
    "Not one of Francis' best"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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