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G. Chambers

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  • Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Paul French
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (146)

    Peking in 1937 is a heady mix of privilege and scandal, opulence and opium dens, rumors and superstition. The Japanese are encircling the city, and the discovery of Pamela Werner's body sends a shiver through already nervous Peking. Is it the work of a madman? One of the ruthless Japanese soldiers now surrounding the city? With the suspect list growing and clues sparse, two detectives - one British and one Chinese - race against the clock to solve the crime before the Japanese invade and Peking as they know it is gone forever.

    Jeremy says: "When history can be stranger than fiction"
    "Midnight in Peking Disappoints"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The story was tedious and repetitive and. although it was apparently nonfiction, the plot strained credibility at certain points.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    "The Good Earth" by Pearl Buck


    Which character – as performed by Erik Singer – was your favorite?

    Pamela's father was the most sympathetic character.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Gotham

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (442)

    It is 1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever.... Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, fantasizing about the day he has enough money to win the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this new "police force".

    Joanne says: "A wonderful book"
    "Manhattan Underbelly in 1845"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Gods of Gotham? What did you like least?

    The narrator is excellent and gives sympathetic life to Timothy Wilde. The early days of the NYC PD are quite revealing. Tim's naive goodness is a little unbelievable, and the rampant bribery, prostitution, murder in this period of extreme religious intolerance and dirty politics are painted very black. Still, this portrait of New York City in a turbulent time holds the reader's interest through most of the story.


    Would you recommend The Gods of Gotham to your friends? Why or why not?

    This book can hold its own in the field of Historic Fiction, but, in the end, the sensationalism of the mystery becomes somewhat repetitive and tedious.


    What does Steven Boyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The color and life of Manhattan in 1845 come alive with the narration--Boyer's grasp of the various accents of the city add a lot to the story.


    Could you see The Gods of Gotham being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I do not see this as a movie, but it might make a good short series on PBS.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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