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Cormac O. Cuilleanain

Cormac O Cuilleanain

Dublin, Ireland | Member Since 2004

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  • The Man Who Smiled

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (181)

    In this adventure from the pen of Sweden's master of crime and mystery, a disillusioned Inspector Kurt Wallander is thrown back into the fray when he becomes both hunter and hunted. Crestfallen, dejected, and spiraling into an alcohol-fuelled depression after killing a man in the line of duty, Inspector Wallander has made up his mind to quit the police force for good. When an old acquaintance, a solicitor, seeks Wallander's help and later turns up dead, Wallander realizes that he was wrong not to listen.

    Stevon says: "The Mankell Trilogy"
    "A classic, mostly"
    Overall

    Great characterization, strong Swedish setting, a convincing sense of the evils of the world and how weak we are when we try to change them. Although the plot structure sometimes exceeds the bounds of plausibility, this is storytelling of a high order. The reader on this recording tries too hard: characters tend to sniff, quaver and squeak. But when you get used to that, and begin to tune it out, the story comes through with steady hypnotic power. Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Overlook: Harry Bosch, Book 13

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael Brandon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    When a physicist is murdered in Los Angeles it seems the killer has no fear of publicity, leaving the body on The Overlook, a site with a stunning view over the city. And when it's discovered that the victim turned over a quantity of a lethal chemicals to his killer before he died, Harry Bosch knows he has more than just a single death to worry about.

    Cormac O. Cuilleanain says: "Brilliantly constructed book, very well read"
    "Brilliantly constructed book, very well read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Overlook to be better than the print version?

    Not necessarily better. It doesn't matter. The reading is strong enough to convey a great story.


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

    The plot is magnificently paced, and goes to the heart of its big themes.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Brandon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't recall hearing other Brandon performances. This one is well judged and doesn't draw too much attention to itself. In short, a good professional job.


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

    I'm too busy to read anything at one sitting, but this recording helps the listener keep the thread of the story in mind.


    Any additional comments?

    This fine recording is billed as "abridged", but I don't think it is. If anything is missing, it's not very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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