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Maia C. Larkin

Denver, CO | Member Since 2015

  • 2 reviews
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  • 16 purchased in 2015

  • A Delicate Truth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By John le Carré
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A Delicate Truth opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far right. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister’s personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

    Darwin8u says: "A latter-day Jeremiah of espionage & statecraft."
    "Le Carre at his brilliant best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would and did.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Delicate Truth?

    For me, the most memorable moments are when Le Carre puts you in the midst of a terrifying and crucial moment, and slows time down to the point where you can smell, hear and feel the environment in which that moment exists.

    What does John le Carre bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Le Carre is a SUPERB narrator. One of the best. I would always, always prefer to hear him read his own books (or anyone's book, for that matter). He has everything - a craftsman's acting talent, a beautiful voice, the gravitas and subtlety necessary to convey the material without ever overplaying it. And I have to say that he is in the peak of form here - one of his best narrating jobs, and that's saying a lot.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This book, perhaps because of the extent of the author's human experience at this stage of his life, is extremely moving on some very subtle levels, but possibly the most moving character of all is Jeb. Wonderful character. If he weren't so beautifully and honestly fleshed-out as a character, his storyline might be melodramatic. But he is sketched out with such plain truth, and in such simple lines, that he rings absolutely true and is therefore ten times more tragic.

    Any additional comments?

    This is, to my mind, Le Carre at his very best. I love him as an author, but some of his most recent books have not hit home for me as deeply as his some of his earlier work. With this one, he returns triumphantly in his finest form and it makes me so happy. I could not be more delighted.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Son: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny’s been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit - or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption....

    Charles Atkinson says: "Maybe The Best Mystery Novelist Anywhere"
    "My favorite Nesbo"
    Where does The Son: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to hundreds, but this is one of my favorites, and definitely my favorite of Jo Nesbo's books.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Definitely on the edge of my seat, every page beyond the first few. It took me a chapter or so to get hooked, but once hooked I couldn't stand to stop. A classic page-turner.

    Which character – as performed by Gildart Jackson – was your favorite?

    There are many great characters in this book, but the main character is magnetic and redemptive, as he is meant to be.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


    Any additional comments?

    The first thing I want to say is that many reviewers have given bad reviews to this narrator, and I have no idea why. This is a terrific narrator. Beautiful narration. There are very few narrators that I really love, but I LOVE this one. There are so many narrators out there who mispronounce words, are lazy with inflection, or just generally don't try all that hard. Gildart Jackson does a nearly perfect job with this book. Every word is carefully-enunciated and perfectly-pronounced. The different voices are well thought-out and fleshed-out, believable and full of meaning. He is intelligent, believable, concise, precise, and extremely literate. I really don't know what people think they are talking about.

    As for the book, it's far and away my favorite of Nesbo's books. Is it formulaic? Yes. But masterfully-so, and perfectly-written, without a spare word or unedited passage. The pace is ideal and it is engaging on all sorts of emotional and moral levels. I am an optimist who loves dark Norwegian literature, so I guess I've found my ideal book. It is a perfect cliffhanger, written with sardonic humor, sensitivity, love, and an odd kind of hope. I love everything about this book. Don't miss it.

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