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  • Istanbul Passage: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Joseph Kanon
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays

    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?"
    "Was like a homework assignment"
    Would you try another book from Joseph Kanon and/or Jefferson Mays?

    probably not

    Would you recommend Istanbul Passage to your friends? Why or why not?

    too hard too follow in an audio book, maybe it would've been better as a read

    What didn’t you like about Jefferson Mays’s performance?

    Too monotone.

    Was Istanbul Passage worth the listening time?

    It was last month's book club selection, or I wouldn't have finished it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Excellent book, better performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone who enjoys audio books will definitely like this book.The descriptions are precise yet detailed.There was information about conditions and circumstances of that era that were heretofore romanticized yet the reality of the rawness was still compelling.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Iccy is definitely a standout character. He's so Dickensian, a dichotomy of greed and compassion.

    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Humphrey Bower's performance is one of the best I've ever heard. Both my husband and I wondered if we would have liked the book half as much were it not for his rendering. Each character has a distinct voice and accent. It was like listening to an old radio play. Absolutely first rate.

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

    I like a book that makes me search out additional information about the place, times, and people and I have done that with this book.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Elin Hilderbrand
    • Narrated By Denice Hicks

    Birdie Cousins has thrown herself into the details of her daughter Chess's lavish wedding, from the floating dance floor in her Connecticut back yard to the color of the cocktail napkins. Like any mother of a bride-to-be, she is weathering the storms of excitement and chaos, tears and joy. But Birdie, a woman who prides herself on preparing for every possibility, could never have predicted the late-night phone call from Chess, abruptly announcing that she's cancelled her engagement.

    Christian says: "OMG this was the worst narrator!"

    I am barely into this book but I can hardly stand to listen to the reader. She is so sing-songy in her delivery and pauses inappropriately and gushes over the wrong words. I wish I'd bought the book instead of the audible book. The book is fine but I don't think I can listen to 15 hours of Denise Hicks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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