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Rollin

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  • Misterioso: Intercrime, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Arne Dahl, Tiina Nunnally (translator)
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    After successfully - but bloodily - dismantling a complicated hostage situation at a bank in the suburbs of Stockholm, Detective Paul Hjelm is faced with the requisite investigation by Internal Affairs. It is a potentially career-ending inquiry, but he is plucked out of it by the National Criminal Police commissioner, who drops him into an elite task force of officers assembled from across the country to find an elusive killer with a sophisticated modus operandi and even more sophisticated tastes.

    jackson says: "Terrific"
    "Fascinating but not easy to follow"
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    This is a great story: a special group of experienced cops come together to solve a series of high profile murders in Sweden. Many characters, hard to follow, especially because of the proliferation of Swedish names. This is written for Swedes, who have no problem with numerous place names. John Lee does, as usual, a great job of narrating, although he can be a bit pompous.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Napoleon: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Andrew Roberts
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Andrew Roberts' Napoleon is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon's thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation. At last we see him as he was: protean multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine.

    Rollin says: "Fascinating history of an extraordinary leader"
    "Fascinating history of an extraordinary leader"
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    What made the experience of listening to Napoleon the most enjoyable?

    The author's extensive use of Napoleon's letters -- to his generals, wife and mistresses, friends and antagonists -- provides a close up view of an extremely complex and contradictory but formidable leader in a crucial period of change in European history.


    What other book might you compare Napoleon to and why?

    The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard Evans is similar in scope and the wide ranging use of materials.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    I've gotten to like John Lee but he is an acquired taste. His pauses are sometimes disconcerting, but they are probably necessary in narrating Andrew Roberts' complex but interesting prose. I must say, though, that I never grew tired of listening to him over more than thirty hours!


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone interested in the period of the French Revolution would enjoy this book. Roberts pulls off a difficult feat: providing a close up view of Napoleon, the man, as well as a fascinating survey of the complex transitions affecting French society and European politics, from Britain to Italy, Austria, Germany and Russia.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Marching with Caesar: Birth of the 10th Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By R.W. Peake
    • Narrated By Simon Burdett
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Titus Pullus, the hero of the 10th Legion and the Marching With Caesar series, tells his story from the very beginning of his life, starting with his relationship with his father, how his friendship with Vibius Domitius began, and how their burning ambition to join the Legions was helped by a veteran nicknamed Cyclops. Enlisting in the 10th Legion, raised in 61 B.C. by Gaius Julius Caesar, Birth of the 10th Legion recounts the first campaign ever conducted by Julius Caesar as a commander...

    Rollin says: "Outstanding story of a young Roman legionaire"
    "Outstanding story of a young Roman legionaire"
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    What made the experience of listening to Marching with Caesar the most enjoyable?

    I always enjoy stories about ancient Rome. This book was especially interesting because it's written from the perspective of a very young man who early on dreams of marching with the Roman army, a dream that keeps him going in the face of a father who hates his son. Learning about the actual development of a young soldier going through training and his first combat experiences was fascinating.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Marching with Caesar?

    I would say his first battle.


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

    Actually no, but that's not a problem. It's the kind of book that you want to keep going back to, expecting to hear more and more.


    Any additional comments?

    I will surely look for more books by R. W. Peake.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Prague Spring: A Simon Wolfe Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Del Bourgo
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    San Francisco Police's Inspector Simon Wolfe is blackmailed with his past as a Nazi assassin, while political forces try to stop him from investigating the murder of a teenage boy. When Inspector Wolfe falls in love with the dead boy's psychiatrist and must protect her from a rogue Nazi operative, he is forced to come to terms with his uncompromising notions of justice that were formed when he was a prisoner in Theresienstadt and Auschwitz.

    Rollin says: "A superior police thriller suffused with history"
    "A superior police thriller suffused with history"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Prague Spring to be better than the print version?

    I have no idea. I've only listened to the audio edition, which I enjoyed very much.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Prague Spring?

    There are many of these moments, as expected in a good thriller. The first scene stands out: Simon is an assassin working for the Hagannah preying on an ex-Nazi in San Francisco in 1952. Also, Simon's flashbacks to his harrowing experiences as a Jew in Nazi occupied Checoslovaquia are memorable.


    What does Bob Walter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm sorry to say his performance is a downside to this audio book. His rhythm is very slow, and although I'm sure he means it to be thoughtful, it turns out to be a bit exasperating.


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

    I would have liked to, if I had had the time!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to more books by Del Bourgo. He's an intelligent writer with a deep sense of history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wayfaring Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (649)

    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Outstanding Addition to the Holland/Texas Saga"
    "Outstanding plot, complex characters"
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    What did you love best about Wayfaring Stranger?

    The far ranging historical drama covering the Depression, World War II and the post war bringing together fascinating characters from German concentration camps, oilmen and sinister capitalists from post-war Texas and Louisiana.


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

    This is my first experience listening to Patton and I will certainly go back to him.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm certainly going to read more James Lee Burke novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1173)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (989)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "A good read but too drawn out"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Up to a point. It starts out really well but then gets bogged down in interminable details.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Istanbul Passage: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Joseph Kanon
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (205)

    A neutral capital straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul has spent the war as a magnet for refugees and spies. Even American businessman Leon Bauer has been drawn into this shadow world, doing undercover odd jobs and courier runs for the Allied war effort. Now, as the espionage community begins to pack up and an apprehensive city prepares for the grim realities of postwar life, he is given one more assignment, a routine job that goes fatally wrong, plunging him into a tangle of intrigue and moral confusion.

    Maine Colonial says: "What choice do you make when all options are bad?"
    "Not up to Kanon's standards"
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    Would you try another book from Joseph Kanon and/or Jefferson Mays?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably a book by William Lashner or Joseph Finder.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jefferson Mays?

    I think Scott Brick would have done a great job.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nox Dormienda (A Long Night for Sleeping): An Arcturus Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kelli Stanley
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Nox Dormienda is the award-winning debut novel of critically-acclaimed author Kelli Stanley (City of Dragons), and the first of a series in a new genre: Roman Noir. Featuring Arcturus, a hardboiled protagonist in the best Philip Marlowe tradition, Nox is a different kind of historical mystery, a suspense thriller that combines a classic noir style with the rich texture of the ancient past.

    Anna says: "Roman Noir"
    "Very disappointing whodunit in ancient Brittania"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What could Kelli Stanley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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).


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Ray Porter could have refrained from sounding like a 21st century teenager.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm afraid I won't download any more of Stanley's books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death on a High Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (714)
    Story
    (720)

    On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration"
    "A highly entertaining lawyer-courtroom drama"
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    Where does Death on a High Floor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's not number one but it is one of the most enjoyable audiobooks I've listened to recently.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complexities of a murder case and the fascinating solution the defense lawyers use to acquit their client.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

    Oscar, the veteran and astute lawyer.


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

    Actually, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll keep my eyes (and ears) open to more Rosenberg books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1743)
    Performance
    (1530)
    Story
    (1530)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    Ed says: "Sandford and Ferrone deliver"
    "Great story, dreadful narration"
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    Would you try another book from John Sandford and/or Richard Ferrone?

    I love Sandford's books which I've read in paperback. But this audio experience was very disappointing:


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Field of Prey?

    The fascinating unravelling by Lucas Davenport of a ghastly multiple homicide.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, of course.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll stick to reading Sandford in paper, since all of his audiobooks are narrated by Ferrone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Never Look Back

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Clare Donoghue
    • Narrated By Karl Prekopp, Imogen Church
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    Three women have been found brutally murdered in south London, the victims only feet away from help during each sadistic attack. And the killer is getting braver.... Sarah Grainger is rapidly becoming too afraid to leave her house. Once an outgoing photographer, she knows that someone is watching her. A cryptic note brings everything into terrifying focus, but it’s the chilling phone calls that take the case to another level. DI Mike Lockyer heads up the regional murder squad. With three bodies on his watch, and a killer growing in confidence, he frantically tries to find the link between these seemingly isolated incidents.

    Janice Zacher says: "Great story, unexpected twists"
    "Thriller? Whodunit? Neither"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It might be OK for someone really interested in the inner life of police officers and victims dealing with violence on a daily basis.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably a historical novel


    How could the performance have been better?

    The male narrator does a good job but I fear the female narrator is a bit whiny.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The plot doesn't hold together but the chief inspector's character is well portrayed.


    Any additional comments?

    Please note that my critical comments are born of misplaced expectations: I expected a police thriller but got a psychological novel.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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