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  • A Sea of Troubles: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On a beautiful spring morning on the island of Pellestrina, south of the Lido on the Venetian lagoon, a small fishing boat moored at the docks suddenly explodes. When it becomes clear that the fire was deliberately set and the boat’s owners brutally murdered, Commissario Brunetti tries to dig up information from Pellestrina’s close-knit - and closemouthed - citizenry. But it is with mixed feelings that he accepts Signorina Elettra’s offer to visit her relatives there and search for clues.

    Jocelyn says: "Classic Mystery"
    "Couldn't stop listening"
    If you could sum up A Sea of Troubles in three words, what would they be?

    This book in this series was compelling to me because it has some of the other regular characters involved in the action of the story. Paola and Electra, the two women in Brunetti's life, come into the story and give it the "extra" something that keeps you turning the pages.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Sea of Troubles?

    The storm and how it played out was gripping.

    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    The narrator always does a great job. I enjoy the interspersed italian. It doesn't sound forced with David Colacci doing it.

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

    I found reasons to slip on my ipod every chance I got to finish this book.

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  • Opening Night

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon

    Dreams of stardom had lured Martyn Tarne from far-away New Zealand to make the dreary, soul-destroying round of West End agents and managers in search of work. The Vulcan Theatre had been her last forlorn hope, and now, driven by sheer necessity, she was glad to accept the humble job of dresser to its leading lady, Helena Hamilton. And then came the eagerly awaited opening night.

    Roxalanne says: "Recording now complete 23 Dec 2011"
    "Story is good but the recording is messed up"
    What would have made Opening Night better?

    Towards the end of the book, at the crucial who-done-it time, the recording goes wrong. It has trouble somewhere around chapter 10. There seems to be a part skipped and then the chapter repeats itself. To make matters worse, the recording quality goes funky. If this set of issues could be cleared up, then future listeners would be spared having to figure out what's going on.

    Would you recommend Opening Night to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this recording of it but would recommend the book/story to fans of Ngaio Marsh.

    In this book, the author does spend more time with the scene and characters and less time with the solving of the crime. Clearly, Ngaio Marsh is devoted to the professions of acting and theater; several of her books are set in this world. Reading this book, and some of the other theater related books, gives you a sense of her world which is more than 50 years in the past. It's a bit of history with a murder to be solved.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did his part and was good.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Opening Night?


    Any additional comments?

    The issues I had were with the technical recording of this book. Also, I would say that no one proof-listened to the book before posting it out on the site.

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