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M

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World's Most Perplexing Cold Cases

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Capuzzo
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    Good friends and sometime rivals William Fleisher, Frank Bender, and Richard Walter—a renowned FBI agent turned private eye, a sculptor lothario who speaks to the dead, and an eccentric profiler known as “the living Sherlock Holmes”—were heartsick over the growing tide of unsolved murders of innocents. They decided one day over lunch that something had to be done, and pledged themselves to a grand quest for justice.

    Melvin says: "Beware of staring into the abyss,it stares back"
    "Very disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator was a significant drawback to my listening pleasure. His reading was flat and lacked emotion and interest. I just simply couldn't bear his droning on and on and on.


    What could Michael Capuzzo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Michael Capuzzo failed to make this story even remotely interesting. His style of switching back and forth between the Vicdocq meetings and the personal biographies of the three men who started the society was confusing and disjointed. The continuous references to Benders unconventional relationship with his wife and multiple mistresses did not advance my understanding of the narrative or did it contribute to the resolution of unsolved cases, ostensibly the purpose behind the book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Adam Grupper’s performances?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a total waste of time. I hope that someone else covers the Vidocq society and crafts a more scholarly and interesting work. Thank goodness Audible.com allows us to return books that were total dogs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fixer Upper

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Isabel Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (232)

    After a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed, and homeless. She reluctantly accepts to refurbish Birdsong, the old family place in Guthrie, Georgia. But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise. "Bird Droppings" would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol - pink dump. There's also a murderously grumpy old lady who has claimed squatter's rights and isn't moving out. Ever.

    Karen M. McGrady says: "Enjoyable Listening"
    "Mediocre entertainment"
    Overall

    I wanted to enjoy the story but from the very beginning I found it so ridiculously implausible that I couldn't enjoy it. However, the narrator did an amazing job with all the voices and accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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