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Zenjen

Charlton, MA United States | Listener Since 2006

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  • A Morbid Taste for Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (166)

    Cadfael's return to his Welsh homeland for a visit proves a rather discomfiting homecoming when an honorable nobleman turns up in a patch of forest with an arrow embedded in his chest. There are questions about the arrow, the man's daughter needs Cadfael's help, and a very odd burial takes place.

    Zenjen says: "Very pleasant if not much of a mystery."
    "Very pleasant if not much of a mystery."
    Overall

    I think this is the pleasantest book I've read in a while - the main and supporting characters are very nice, not hard, cynical or vicious as they frequently are in mysteries. I smiled all the way through and enjoyed the story and the historical aspects thoroughly. Very low-tech by way of forensics - much more about thoughtful, deductive reasoning. The narrator is quite engaging!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Defend and Betray: A William Monk Novel #3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (173)

    Ten people gather together for an elegant London dinner party. By the end of the party, only nine are alive. Sometime after dinner, General Thaddeus Carlyon is brutally murdered in the hallway. Who had the strength - and motive - to murder the distinguished military hero? Nurse Latterly and Inspector Monk find the answers in a nightmarish legacy of evil.

    Jean says: "Defend and Betray"
    "My favorite Monk novel so far."
    Overall

    I found the first two novels slow and redundant, although it's only fair to say that I still couldn't put them down. This novel flows better, is significantly less repetitive and develops the characters of Hester and Oliver even more than that of Monk.

    I have really enjoyed Perry's descriptions of the classes and time period, more than any other author who writes about that period - she vividly portrays the constraints placed on women, children and the servant class.

    As a woman I feel badly for generally not liking women narrators. I find it easier to hear a man narrating a woman's part than the reverse. That being said, Davina Porter's narrations are so good that suspension of disbelief is nearly total for me.

    This is the darkest yet of the three but also the easiest to believe and the most touching. Enjoy!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • His Last Bow

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Tom Whitworth
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Sherlock Holmes emerges from a retirement of bee-keeping in His Last Bow to stop the spy Baron Von Bork from disclosing secret English documents at the approach of World War I. This production has eight hours of Holmes in some of his best cases!

    Zenjen says: "Voice makes suspension of disbelief difficult."
    "Voice makes suspension of disbelief difficult."
    Overall

    This is the sixth Sherlock Holmes novel I've listened to this month and my least favorite. The narrator dramatizes the character's voices so that it sounds like you're listening to a play. I much prefer to hear a book read so that the voices create a suspension of disbelief.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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