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Mary Lynn

Mountain View, CA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Increment: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Ignatius
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (60)

    From a hidden enclave in the maze of Tehran, an Iranian scientist who calls himself "Dr. Ali" sends an encrypted message to the CIA. It falls to Harry Pappas to decide if it's for real.

    Dr. Ali sends more secrets of the Iranian bomb program to the agency, then panics. He's being followed, but he doesn't know who's onto him, and neither does Pappas. The White House is no help---they're looking for a pretext to attack Tehran. To get his agent out, Pappas turns to a secret British spy team known as "The Increment".

    John says: "A Real Thriller"
    "Unbelievable plot weakened by appalling narration"
    Overall

    Can the voice of any author get through in a book read by Dick Hill? I had forgotten how appalling a narrator he is for any character other than a sleazy slum bag from New Jersey, or I would have avoided this one from the start. All his women wimp and whine. And how any editor worth his or her salt passed his attempts at British, German, and Middle Eastern accents in this particular book beggars belief. As does the plot and character development in The Increment . . . but that is a different matter.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Greengage Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Rumer Godden
    • Narrated By Nicola Pagett
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    The green and gold of France during a hot August is poignantly remembered by Cecil, the middle sister of a family of English children on holiday in the champagne country of the Marne. The sudden illness of their mother means the children are left to deal as best they can with the hostile, mysterious, but entrancing world of the Hotel des Oeillets.

    Hannah says: "Wow!"
    "Brilliant narration"
    Overall

    Absolutely brilliant narration of a classic.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Wings of the Sphinx

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Things are not going well for Inspector Salvo Montalbano. His relationship with Livia is once again on the rocks and - acutely aware of his age - he is beginning to grow weary of the endless violence he encounters. Then a young woman is found dead, her face half shot off and only a tattoo of a sphinx moth giving any hint of her identity. The tattoo links her to three similarly marked girls - all victims of the underworld sex trade.

    Lawrence says: "This one review does it all for me."
    "Amazing translation!"
    Overall

    Both the translator and the narrator of this Italian detective story should win awards. A delightful listen with abundant humour and no slight insight into human nature.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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