I really love these quirky little books by Andrea Camilleri. His protagonist, Salvo Montobano (forgive spelling, I have onlly listened to his books) is the kind of funny, flawed character I love. Then he surrounds Salvo with a cast of hilarious characters, some of whom he loves and some of whom he hates.
The exceptional narrator, Grover Gardner, really makes these books with his reading. He actually acts them out, including the normal little pauses, sighs, gasps, etc. of a real conversation. Don't expect italian accets, however, the only character who gets that treatment is Salvo's long-suffering housekeeper.
I started with this book, because the title intrigued me, but I quickly listened to all in the series and now wait with baited breath for the next.
This is a rustically charming series with a delightful cast of characters. George Guidall is picture-perfect in the many voices, especially the Bear, Walt's Best friend, a Cheyanne. As always there's mystery, mysticism and plenty of action. Just an enjoyable listen!
Enzo McLeod, a big Scott who now lives and teaches forensic science in France, has a bet with a friend that he can solve a number of cold cases using modern forensic science. He tackles one case per book. Naturally, lots of people do not want them solved and so mayhem ensures.
Enzo has a cast of interesting recurring characters and is written with good humor. Entertaining and interesting books.
Yet another book ruined by an ill-chosen narrator. I usually, always, listen to the preview of the book because the narrator can make or break the book for me. This time I realized instantly that I did not. While Ms. Dallaporta's normal voice can be characterized as 'fingernails on a chalkboard,' when the characters become emotional, she squawks like an hysterical myna bird. Ugh. I made it two-thirds of the way through before I concluded that the victim probably committed suicide to avoid listening to Ms. Dellaporta any longer. Listen only if you have an extremely insensitive ear to unattractive female voices.
I listened to these books out of sequence, I first listened to the later books ready by Christina Moore. The story and maybe more importantly the performance of these books was hilarious. Ms. Moore;s dead pan deliver is spot on for this character. Now, we come to Ari Graynor, who sounds like a high school English Lit student reading her paper aloud to the class. No inflection, no dramatic performance, just....blah. i made the mistake of purchasing these two books without listening to her. Lesson learned. I don't know if I'll be able to finish them.
Yikes, this book is unrelenting in it's violence. I usually like Barbara Rosenblat, but her monotone delivery of the young boy's dialogue at the beginning of each chapter was so depressing I had to start fast forwarding through them. I find nothing redeeming in the character of Mallory. I was just a real chore to get through this book and it left me feeling empty and sad. I don't think I'll try this author again.
Better story, pacing and less angst.
Not. Top notch narrator but miles ahead of Scott Brick.
It is not funny in the least, filled with squalid descriptions of adultery, he's not a likable protagonist. Awfully dull.
I have only made it through a few chapters and may not be able to listen to this book. It's unrelentingly dark and brutal. The protaganist is haunted by a horrific event in his past that fills his every thought. There are lots of sickening descriptions of torture and death. Beware if you don't have a cast iron stomache and psyche.
Very slow paced, jumps around likely crazy with too many sub-plots going on at once, hard to keep it straight. The narrator has the most annoying cadence, most sentences bhild toward the middle, then trail off at the end with the last word ending in a depressing drawn out sigh. I don't unerstand the hype for this book.
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