If you are interested in recent history of Latin America and the US, you'll probably enjoy this well researched book on Cold War conflict between the US, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. The author's case that it's necessary to look at all these countries together is quite convincing and novel (for me, anyway). She provides fascinating detail and insight into the principal players, from Toussaint l'Ouverture all the way down to Fidel Castro and including the Kennedys and the sinister Papa Doc. She also makes the important point that knee-jerk anti-Communism in the US provoked irrational reactions to nationalist (non-Communist) movements in the Caribbean, setting the stage for military dictatorships in the region. Experts as well as the general public will, I think, enjoy this book. However, a major drawback is Sarah Coome's narration. I generally like the English accent, but she overdoes the pauses and lilts. Her horrendous pronunciation of names in Spanish and French turned me off completely. I don't expect a narrator of Latin American history to speak French or Spanish well, but I do expect her to get advice on not mispronouncing hames in these languages in the egregious manner of Sarah Coomes.
I've read other very good books by Kanon and had high expectations concerning Istanbul Passage. But it turned out to be a very disappointing experience. The plot is quite interesting, but the novel never really gets off the ground. I believe Kanon was aiming for a novel about a reflexive, postmodern, spy in post-war Istanbul. But it turned out to be too reflexive for my taste, with very slow and artificial dialogue and halting action.
Probably a book by William Lashner or Joseph Finder.
I think Scott Brick would have done a great job.
The problem that the plot hinges on is quite interesting: how to get an ex-Romanian fascist with a lot of knowledge on Russian intelligence out of Istanbul and into the hands of the CIA.
He could have equated the seriousness of the plot (Emperor Domitian scheming to bring about the downfall of Governor Agricola in Britannia) with a more adult and crafty main character.
Although there is rich description of ancient Londinium and an interesting political background to plot, the character himself is rather sophomoric and not very believable. Character development is very unsubtle: the female character very suddenly falls in love with the main character (after slapping him in the face).
Ray Porter could have refrained from sounding like a 21st century teenager.
I'm afraid I won't download any more of Stanley's books.
It's not number one but it is one of the most enjoyable audiobooks I've listened to recently.
The complexities of a murder case and the fascinating solution the defense lawyers use to acquit their client.
Oscar, the veteran and astute lawyer.
I'll keep my eyes (and ears) open to more Rosenberg books.
I love Sandford's books which I've read in paperback. But this audio experience was very disappointing:
The fascinating unravelling by Lucas Davenport of a ghastly multiple homicide.
Ferrone sounds like a tired old man, drawing out words and sentences in an unpleasant drawl. It's just plain tiresome to listen to, especially for a whodunit.
Yes, of course.
I'll stick to reading Sandford in paper, since all of his audiobooks are narrated by Ferrone.
It might be OK for someone really interested in the inner life of police officers and victims dealing with violence on a daily basis.
Probably a historical novel
The male narrator does a good job but I fear the female narrator is a bit whiny.
The plot doesn't hold together but the chief inspector's character is well portrayed.
Please note that my critical comments are born of misplaced expectations: I expected a police thriller but got a psychological novel.
The ins and outs of political and legal battles faced by Haller in his defense of his client.
Absolutely. The plot is full of unexpected but credible twists and turns.
Actually, I wasn't overwhelmed by his performance. He does a very good job using different voices but tends to be whiny.
It just kept me on the edge of my seat.
I've read and enjoyed all of Connelly's Bosch series but am enjoying the Mickey Haller books even more.
I'm afraid not. I've enjoyed his Bolitho series but this one is quite boring, with long asides about Bolitho's nostalgia for his wife and his feelings for his officers and men, which is fine as a human being but isn't this supposed to be an adventure about fighting Napoleon on the high seas?
He could have focussed more on naval action.
Yes, he is a good narrator.
I couldn't finish listening to the whole book
That's hard to say (I've listened to so many!). But compared to other spy stories, such as Daniel Silva, this is certainly superior.
Sophie Cole and John Calhoun. Both are complex and interesting characters who evolve as you read.
Unlike other US narrators, he stays away from American twang and maintains a stable tone throughout. I'll certainly look for other narrations by him.
There were several, but one that stands out was Joe Calhoun's (a supposed tough guy contracted for dirty jobs by the CIA) love of poetry and his connection to Beth.
This was my first experience with Steinhauer. It won't be my last!
Original, complex but also funny
The flashbacks to the 1980s when a group of right wing eugenicists imprisoned and operated upon so-called "fallen" women are disturbing and well written.
Also, the quirky relationship between the Danish Inspector and his Syrian assistant, Hafez al Assad (the name of the previous Syrian president!) is weird, funny, and an extremely important part of the investigative process.
His tone and his capacity to shift voices among different males and females make for a lovely listening experience.
It's too long for that but it's certainly thrilling enough to want to gobble it up in one sitting.
I think Jussi Adler-Olsen is proving to be a better writer with each new novel.
A completely different narrator would be crucial.
I never finished the novel.
Henry Strozier narrates like a tired old man with a maddeningly slow pace and excessive emphasis on certain syllables.
I've enjoyed Martin Cruz Smith's novels in the past, but I'm afraid this experience has turned me off to him
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