This is a reasonably well written thriller set in foggy old London. A married couple, both eminent Egyptologists, return home from an expedition in Egypt to become involved in a mystery concerning a specific 19th dynasty mummy in the Egyptian exhibits at the British Museum.
The story is fast paced and scientifically accurate in most aspects, though the usual amount of "writers' latitude" has been employed.
Unfortunately this otherwise enjoyable books is ruined by an absolutely awful reading. Ms O'Malley, who has clearly never taken an elocution lesson in her life, gives no credence to the English location of most of the story. Not only does she not speak English, but her American is poorly enunciated and her pronunciations of most words are inappropriate (for example, every "t" becomes "d" and every "ing" is "in'"). Add to this a voice than can only be described as annoying and you may readily recognise that her performance makes this book almost unlistenable. What a pity!
A well selected cross section of New York Times articles each day. The running time, varing from about of 45 minutes to around 60 minutes, make it a perfect listen whilst commuting or working out at the health club. The narration is clear and direct emphasising the NYT serious and formal presentation. And by the time it is finished you are up to date with the latest news and know which stories you want to go into in more detail. Far superior to any radio news station. I always look forward to starting my day listing to this Audio Digest.
What a delight! A first rate "Who done it?"! Tim Cockey has created a tale with mystery, intrigue and humor. His first person depiction of the adventures of Hitchcock Sewell, the undertaker hero of this story, is fast paced, liberally scattered with clues (and a few red herrings) and is always engaging and fun.
As we all know, the quality of the narration is critical to the enjoyment of any audio book. Patrick Girard Lawlor's reading fully compliments the story, drawing the listener into the situation whilst never overwhelming it.
One can only hope Audible will offer more books from this series. I for one will not hesitate to add them to my wish list.
Ms Dowd is not only a first rate reporter but also a political pundit of the highest order with a fluid and engaging writing style. I am a great fan, I thoroughly enjoyed Bush World and am a regular reader of her columns in the NY Times.
Unfortunately I found this book difficult to complete due to the manner in which the subject matter (the title is self explanatory) is approached. The general construction of the book is disjointed. There is only one chapter in which she draws upon her considerable political acumen. She arbitrarily inserts unnecessary salacious sexual crudities to the point of distraction, I have no objection to sexual crudities but they should be a natural part of the narrative flow not just thrown into the text with no apparent good reason.
Though the style of writing is certainly up to Ms Dowd's normal high standards I was disappointed, perhaps to some extent due to my own high expectations. However, I found the theme inconsistent and the points made less than compelling. Most of all Ms Dowd's brilliant satiric phrasing is replaced, for the most part, by sarcasm. Pity!
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