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Paul

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  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (2067)
    Performance
    (964)
    Story
    (956)

    This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

    Frank says: "Choice of Narrators"
    "Tull as the first choice for a reader"
    Overall

    My review is to commend Patrick Tull as the narrator of choice in the Aubrey series. I listened to Tull on book #1 and Vance on book #2. I have returned to Tull for the remainder in the series. While Vance is excellent with the various accents (French, Italian, Spanish, etc) I find his Maturin lacking any touch of the Irish and his Aubrey forced in its tone. In contrast, Tull gives his two main characters all the character they deserve. The key to Tull's reading is that while Vance narrates Tull tells the tale. It's as if he is sitting in the room with you and telling you a story. And if you don't mind him taking more time in telling the story--he is in no rush--it's worth every minute you listen.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Blunt Darts: A John Cuddy Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jeremiah Healy
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    John Cuddy's heart is buried in a cemetery overlooking Boston harbor. His wife, Beth, fought her cancer for nearly a year, and when she died Cuddy gave up his morning runs in favor of nightly benders. Two months after her death, he is forced out of his job as an insurance investigator when he refuses to sign his name to a phony claim. Now he is filing for unemployment, cutting back on his drinking, and attempting to become a private eye.

    Paul says: "Reader is not right for it"
    "Reader is not right for it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know. It is a matter of personal taste,


    Would you recommend Blunt Darts to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, but only because of the narration.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I am not going to finish the book. The writing isn't top notch but since I won't get beyond the third chapter I will, in fairness, give the text 3 stars. The problem is the reader, Andy Caploe. Listen to him doing something other than the Cuddy series and he's not bad. And by his other credits he appears to be a very successful professional. But it is painful to hear his caricatures in the story. And unfortunately it starts with the lead character/narrator in the story. His broad BostonMA accent for Cuddy might be tolerable if it weren't mixed with the occasional Long Island nasel, which is to say the voice isn't a solidly consistent portrayal. It is a distraction. The female voices are almost cartoonish. And that's really the problem. His reading has a simple, unappealing quality between cartoon and private-eye-cliche. I had wanted to give Jeremiah Healy stories a try, starting with the first in the series. But since Caploe had recorded all of the Healy volumes it ends here.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Blunt Darts?

    Not applicable


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