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  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1529)
    Performance
    (1365)
    Story
    (1359)

    When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

    Margaret says: "Great but graphic"
    "Dreadful"
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    What disappointed you about The Hangman's Daughter?

    I'm not sure if this is just a poor translation or what, but it's one of the worst books I've ever listened to. I stuck with it to the end, and was disappointed by everything--story, characters, and especially the dialogue.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Winter King


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Marco Effect: Department Q, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (367)

    All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body - proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities - he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who'll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent - forever.

    Robert says: "So Well Written, So Well Narrated"
    "Marco's many escapes get tiresome."
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    What did you like best about The Marco Effect? What did you like least?

    This book is part of a wonderful series--Department Q--with great characters. Carl, Assad, and Rose always entertain.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There are too many chase scenes with Marco getting banged around but escaping every time. It gets tiresome.


    Which character – as performed by Graeme Malcolm – was your favorite?

    He does a great job with all the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This could be a better book with some editing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aurelio Zen: Dead Lagoon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Aurelio Zen returns to his native Venice to investigate the disappearance of a rich American resident but he soon learns that, amid the hazy light and shifting waters of the lagoon, nothing is what it seems. As Zen is drawn deeper into the complex and ambiguous mysteries surrounding the discovery of a skeletal corpse on an ossuary island in the north lagoon, he is also forced to confront a series of disturbing revelations about his own life.

    Sandy says: "We have found the perfect narrator for Zen and..."
    "Disappointing"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    After reading three other Aurelio Zen books, I had developed a fondness for Zen (with all his faults and quirks). In Dead Lagoon, I found him to be both dumb and kind of a jerk. The plot and the writing in this book are not nearly as good as the preceding ones in the series.


    Has Aurelio Zen: Dead Lagoon turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I might try one more to see if the quality improves.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The voices this narrator uses for the characters are dreadful, especially for the women in the story.


    What character would you cut from Aurelio Zen: Dead Lagoon?

    Zen?


    Any additional comments?

    Pass on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1707)
    Performance
    (1485)
    Story
    (1484)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "Good story and characters"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The translator overdoes the use of English idioms, which I found distracting. The narrator would do better to use his natural voice than attempt Danish accents.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot unfolds in an engaging way, shifting seamlessly between its present and five years earlier.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Erik Davies?

    Simon Vance


    Did The Keeper of Lost Causes inspire you to do anything?

    I looked up some information about Denmark.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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