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Rollin

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  • Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
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    (847)
    Story
    (851)

    A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

    K Barrett says: "Maturity is the star here"
    "Extraordinary Italian "procedural""
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    Although I use the term "procedural" to identify this wonderful novel with a well-known genre, Involuntary Witness is much, much more. A very personal, first person perspective by a defense attorney in the city of Bari, faced with defending a young African accused of murdering a child. The narrative moves constantly among the trial proceedings and the attorney's personal life, his struggle to come to terms with his divorce, the possibility of a new love, and his jaded view of the law and the courts. It is magnificently narrated by Sean Barrett. I will certainly look for more books by Carofiglio and more performances by Barrett.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Defence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Steve Cavanagh
    • Narrated By Adam Sims
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The truth has no place in a courtroom. The truth doesn't matter in a trial. The only thing that matters is what the prosecution can prove. Eddie Flynn used to be a con artist. Then he became a lawyer. Turned out the two weren't that different.It's been over a year since Eddie vowed never to set foot in a courtroom again. But now he doesn't have a choice. Olek Volchek, the infamous head of the Russian mafia in New York, has strapped a bomb to Eddie's back and kidnapped his ten-year-old daughter Amy.

    Rollin says: "Over the top but very entertaining"
    "Over the top but very entertaining"
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    What did you love best about The Defence?

    The complex court maneuvers by a savvy lawyer and the extremely fast pace and unpredictability of the plot.


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

    His narration is very well paced and he's able to use different accents and voices.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll certainly look for more books by Cavanagh, but I would recommend he make his hero a bit more real and not a superman (smart lawyer, good boxer, friend to judges and mafiosi). The main character is great for a first novel but a bit much all the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Swimmer: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Joakim Zander
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Elisabeth Rodgers
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    Klara Walldéen was raised by her grandparents on a remote archipelago in the Baltic Sea, learning to fish and hunt and sail a boat through a storm. Now, as an EU Parliament aide in Brussels, she is learning how to navigate the treacherous currents of international politics: the lines between friend and enemy, truth and lies.

    H. Boos says: "Addictive"
    "Outstanding thriller"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It did, because it moves back and forth between the story of a repentant CIA operative in the 80s and 90s and several young Swedes in 2013 caught up in a deadly hunt to destroy them.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Ganim and Elisabeth Rodgers ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, but I have to say that Elizabeth Roger's rendering of male voices is not very convincing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several, but I won't say so as not to spoil it for other readers.


    Any additional comments?

    I heartily recommend this book for readers who are interested in contemporary international intrigue.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Alphabet House

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (343)

    British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany. Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide of the war. When their plane is shot down, James and Bryan know they will be executed if captured. With an enemy patrol in pursuit, they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front.

    John S says: "Leaped before I looked. Happy I did."
    "A friendship tortured by war: an outstanding novel"
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    Would you listen to The Alphabet House again? Why?

    Yes, after a while. Adler-Olsen gives us a richly written and psychological complex story of a long term relationship.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Several things: the thrilling first part in which two downed British pilots escape death only to find themselves in a deeper hell; Adler Olsen's rich and descriptions; his complex characters.


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

    I don't believe I have but I certainly will look for his narrations again. He does a marvelous job of talking through different characters (male and female) and different accents. A superb performance.


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

    Yes but it's too long for that -- fortunately.


    Any additional comments?

    Adler Olsen has always been a favorite author of mine. But with Alphabet House he has outdone himself, scaling to new heights.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4270)
    Performance
    (2543)
    Story
    (2598)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Ramon says: "A true Time-machine"
    "Exciting but exceedingly long and overwrought"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, of course. It's a great story written by a master of the genre. However, I didn't realize it is so long. Most of the story actually occurs after Edmond Dantès escapes from Chateau d'If and goes on to exact vengeance on the people who put him there. This is where the story becomes intricate and convoluted, sometimes to the point of boredom.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting was his escape from prison.
    The least interesting is the long winded story of his vengeance.


    What aspect of John Lee’s performance would you have changed?

    He's a great narrator, no doubt. His special ability to use different voices is unparalleled. However, he sometimes unnecessarily drags out his emphases.


    Do you think The Count of Monte Cristo needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Dumas did write novels that followed up: Twenty Years After and the Vicount of Bragelonne. But I don't have the patience to read them.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure the long and convoluted narration is because this novel was published as a series of episodes over a long period of time. The question is: should it be read as a complete novel today or should it be broken down into two novels for the modern reader?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sunrise: A John Bekker Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Al Lamanda
    • Narrated By Mark Torres
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When Bekker's old friend and state prosecutor Carly Simms wakes up next to a murdered young man in a motel room after a night of drinking, she doesn't remember a thing, especially stabbing the young man in the heart. Although all the evidence points to her guilt, Simms hires Bekker to prove her innocence. Bekker soon finds himself ensnared in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

    Rollin says: "So-so whodunit"
    "So-so whodunit"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was OK, but I was disappointed by the sophomoric dialogue and simplisitic characters. The plot, however, is very good.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Al Lamanda? Why or why not?

    Yes, if Al Lamanda improved his style and character development. I think he needs to take his readers more seriously.


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

    Maybe, depending on the director. Actually, this book seems to have written with a movie script in mind.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Strip: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (182)

    An aging but formidable strip-club owner, Claudiu "Manco" Kapak, has been robbed by a masked gunman as he placed his cash receipts in a bank's night-deposit box. Enraged, he sends his half-dozen security men out to find a suspect who is spending lots of cash and is new enough to Los Angeles not to know he was robbing a gangster.

    Barry says: "Great book overall"
    "Ellmore Leonard, only better"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It's a complex but tightly told story of misfortunes that beset a strip club owner getting on in years and surrounded by an interesting but definitely unsavory cast of characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything -- but everything -- happens in the space of week: low lifes, strip joint men and women, and crooked but elegant policemen converge in a complex and fascinating -- often hilarious but also bloody -- series of mishaps.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    Manco Capac, the owner of several strip joints and clubs in LA, is a fascinating character, whom you come to sympathize with in spite of his very spotted history.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh, although there are some gruesome scenes (which some people may not like)


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy books by the late Ellmore Leonard, I'm sure you'll enjoy this book

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Napoleon: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Andrew Roberts
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (396)

    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.

    Tad Davis says: "What a dynamo!"
    "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.

    25 of 27 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
    (82)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    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.

    5 of 5 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
    (1009)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (915)

    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

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