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Robert

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  • The Good German

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Joseph Kanon
    • Narrated By Stanley Tucci
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    At once a murder mystery, a moving love story, and a riveting portrait of a unique time and place - Berlin, July 1945 - The Good German is a historical thriller of the first rank. The New York Times calls it "thoroughly captivating, a novel that brings to life the ambiguities at the heart of our country's moral legacy."

    Steven says: "The Real Crime!!"
    "Good writer, awful reader"
    Overall

    Having just finished the author's "Los Alamos," I was looking forward to "The Good German," but so far, the story has been completely flattened by Tucci's incompetent job of reading out loud. He starts too many sentences in which the predicate comes as a surprise to him; he doesn't know how to provide emphasis without being hammy, and he just drones on and on as though the text was passing before him on a screen, one sentence at a time. His wimpy little milksop voice is nowhere near what's needed for this story. Where's Patrick Tull when we need him?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Chinaman

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Russell Boulter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Jungle-skilled, silent, and lethal, he had killed for the Viet Cong and then for the Americans. He had watched helpless as his two eldest daughters were raped and killed by Thai pirates. Now, all that was behind him. Quiet, hard-working, and unassuming, he was building up his South London take-away business - until the day his wife and youngest daughter were murdered by an IRA bomb. That was when the Chinaman, denied justice, decided on revenge...and went back to war.

    Robert says: "Great plot idea, but..."
    "Great plot idea, but..."
    Overall

    Turning loose a trained Vietnamese assassin among a bunch of IRA bombers is an idea loaded with possibilities. It's a great little book, but the author falls into the trap of Orientalism in his characterization of the Viet Cong hero: he makes him into a single-minded cutthroat with the tracking skills of Natty Bumppo. He could have been a Joyce fan, or a horse racing bettor, or a baseball or lacrosse fan. But no. He does know how to make nitroglycerin out of antifreeze and fertilizer and set it off with a flash bulb. Not too deep. The Irish terrorists get full three dimensional portraits, on the other hand, including cottages, favorite drinks, Land Rovers and girl friends. Still, the plot moves right along and it's a fun read, with plenty of surprises -- all of them for the deliciously astonished white folks, and many of them fatal.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Bloomsday Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (878)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (402)

    Michael Forsythe is contacted by his former lover, Bridget, a New York Irish Mob boss, whose fiancé he killed. Bridget, calling from Dublin, says that her 11-year-old daughter has been kidnapped. Michael's choice is to fly to Dublin and help her find the girl, or be executed at the hands of Bridget's goons, who are holding him at gunpoint. He agrees to nothing, but is soon on the way to Dublin, leaving the first two of many dead bodies in his wake.

    Johnnie Walker says: "SIX STARS ******"
    "In the shoes of the master"
    Overall

    The Yeats of cruelty, the Greene of plotline, the Dylan Thomas of diction, the Merchant Ivory of atmosphere, the Dashiel Hammett of characterization... in short, another Joyce in his expert literary thievery and another Molly in his the ultimate 'Yes'

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Interrogation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Thomas H. Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    One day in 1952, the strangled body of 10-year-old Cathy Lake is discovered in a public park. A homeless suspect, Albert Jay Smalls, is arrested and held for interrogation. Now, Officers Norman Cohen and Jack Pierce have only 24 hours to make the sullen young man talk before he's released. How far are they willing to push him to get a confession?

    Thomas says: "A classic."
    "Questionable"
    Overall

    Writer tried to make this idea work, but he took too long. He seemed to know little about child murderers. Plot device -- story emerges as cops interrogate suspect -- dated back to the days of the Saturday Evening Post. Gotta be real patient and real naive to dig this thing.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Riddle of the Sands

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Erskine Childers
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Robert says: "technical difficulty is fatal"
    "technical difficulty is fatal"
    Overall

    I really wanted to hear Patrick Tull read this alleged masterpiece, but the sound was so bad I couldn't follow it. I understand the Burton Jouney to Mecca and Medina is being remixed, and I hope this one can be next. This is one of the greatest readers of the sport -- as those who've heard him read the Patrick O'Brien novels well know.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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