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  • When the Thrill Is Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    How can Leonid McGill say no to the beautiful young woman who walks into his office with a stack of cash? She's an artist, she tells him, who's escaped from poverty via marriage to a rich collector who keeps her on a stipend. But she says she fears for her life, and needs Leonid's help. Though Leonid knows better than to believe every word, this isn't a job he can afford to turn away, even as he senses that - if his family's misadventures don't kill him first - sorting out the woman's crooked tale will bring him straight to death's door.

    Nicole says: "No The Thrill is not Gone"
    "Poor reader distracts from good story"
    Overall

    Walter Mosley always tells a good story, but Mirron Willis's narration is so slow and mannered that I was tempted to stop listening after 15 minutes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Advancement of Learning

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Brian Glover
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (13)

    Superintendent Dalziel had a somewhat cynical view of what college administrations spent his taxes on. But when he and that over-educated Sergeant of his, Pascoe, were sent to investigate a disinterred corpse at Holm Coultram College, he hadn't reckoned on a rash of fresh killings. While Pascoe rekindled an old flame on the staff, protesting students identified Dalziel as a 'fascist pig'. The Superintendent smiled with satisfaction...if that's how they wanted to play it.

    Maggie says: "Advancement of Learning"
    "Clever but narrator has a cold?"
    Overall

    I had read only one Reginald Hill novel (the first in the series) when I downloaded An Advancement of Learning. With this novel, the relationship between the two major characters seems better developed, more humorous, and the novel overall much wittier. That said, I listen to audiobooks while I walk or exercise, and Brian Glover is not an ideal reader for these circumstances, nor is the quality of the recording up to usual Audible standards. I believe another reviewer complained about Glover's accent, but that seemed fairly easy for this American listener to get used to. However, the man also sounds as if he has a cold about half the time and slurs his words a bit. Add in the occasional patch of white noise (a result of low-tech editing?), and this audiobook can be a bit annoying to listen to. The sound level also seems to vary up and down at odd times so that I found myself frequently adjusting the volume.

    So, I, based on my experience of only two mysteries, I recommend Hill's work for those attracted to quirky characters and witty wordplay, but I can't recommend Brian Glover as a narrator or this particular recording.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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