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.
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.
The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard Evans is similar in scope and the wide ranging use of materials.
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!
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.
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.
I would say his first battle.
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.
I will surely look for more books by R. W. Peake.
I have no idea. I've only listened to the audio edition, which I enjoyed very much.
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.
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.
I would have liked to, if I had had the time!
I'm looking forward to more books by Del Bourgo. He's an intelligent writer with a deep sense of history.
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.
This is my first experience listening to Patton and I will certainly go back to him.
I'm certainly going to read more James Lee Burke novels.
Up to a point. It starts out really well but then gets bogged down in interminable details.
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.
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