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Allen E Feltzin

PHILADELPHIA, PA, US | Member Since 2011

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  • Wicked Autumn: A Max Tudor Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By G. M. Malliet
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (290)

    Max Tudor has adapted well to his post as vicar of St. Edwold's in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip. The quiet village seems the perfect home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past as an MI5 agent. But this new-found serenity is quickly shattered when the highly vocal and unpopular president of the Women's Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max's training as a former agent kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play.

    Sara says: "A Classic Cozy English Village Mystery"
    "maybe things get better in spring"
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    Would you try another book from G. M. Malliet and/or Michael Page?

    I would not try another book by the author. The narartor was very good.


    What could G. M. Malliet have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    the characters in the beginning were very colorful and I found myself laughing out loud from their amusing descrption. The mystery element was very very weak, and really had almost nothing to do with most of the characters. Solving the mystery was a big disappointment. There was no danger to the protagonist or really any one else other than the victim. The way it was solved was so weak that it negated the whole novel.


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    He is very good and captured the essence of the characters.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wicked Autumn?

    I would have revised the ending making the "solve" much more exciting. I don't want to give it away by saying more. It could be argued that this was a "cozy" and did not need more than a clever "AHA" moment. The ending negated the whole pleasant ride of the beginning of the book by being so weak and coincidental. The necessaary clues with the exception of one were not put out till a few pages before the boring "solve." Then it was so dull and obvious as to ruin the book.
    I no longer cared about any of the characters, most of whom had nothing what so ever to do with the mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    What a good beginning and then disappointment this was. I expected so much more after the first few chapters. A protagonist who was a former MI5 agent turned priest seemed such a great hero. A village filled with disparate personalities as a background. Such a good idea, such a let down.
    Good-bye, Max!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2040)
    Performance
    (1731)
    Story
    (1715)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "not the disaster I expected from the other reviews"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it. It is a police procedural, and not the best harry Bosh, but anyone who has read all of the other books will probably still be very entertained


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot kept me interested, not up nights, but enjoyable whenever I resumed listening.


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

    He was an excellent narrator. His range of character voices and inflection were very good.


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

    Too long for me to listen to in one sitting but for someone else it might be fine.


    Any additional comments?

    True this was not Len narrating yet the book flowed. The ending had some excitement. I would have preferred a few more twists and turns along the way but it was salvaged by an exciting ending. I procrastinated listening because of the poor customer reviews and was very happily surprised. Glad I spent those hours with Harry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron House

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (636)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (404)

    He would go to Hell.... At the Iron Mountain Home for Boys, there was nothing but time. Time to burn and time to kill, time for two young orphans to learn that life isn’t won without a fight. Julian survives only because his older brother, Michael, is fearless and fiercely protective. When tensions boil over and a boy is brutally killed, there is only one sacrifice left for Michael to make: He flees the orphanage and takes the blame with him.

    Deborah says: "Half-Harted"
    "extremely dark harted"
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    What did you like best about Iron House? What did you like least?

    John Hart is an excellent and often poetic writer with a beautiful turn of phrase.The story itself was very dark and covered topics such as extreme bullying, child abuse, and torture.The tory held together but the darkness of the characters particularly the lead one, Michael made this an extreme departure from his other books.Michael is a mob enforcer an hit man who has killed many people. In the beginning of the book he tries to retire. This sets off a whole series of events involving Michael, his pregnant girl friend, and his brother.Mr Hart has tried to make Michael a likeable and sympathetic character and has only partially suceeded. He explains the things that made michael what he is.It was Michael's lack of remorse for the deaths that he casued of any ill gotten gains that ultimately ruined him as a character for me. It was hard to be too sympathetic toward him. I thought had he shown remorse it would have been much better.Abigail is also a comples and ultimately strange character


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Changed the ending. There were at least two lead characters who should not have been free at the end. Michael as I have said needed to show remorse.


    What about Scott Sowers’s performance did you like?

    everything. He is excellent.


    Was Iron House worth the listening time?

    yes, but very unlike John Hart's other books, For all of its faults it was impossible to stop listening to.


    Any additional comments?

    Not for anyone who likes a tidy ending and ultimate justice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Fistful of Collars: A Chet and Bernie Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (346)

    Hoping to bring some Tinseltown money to the Valley, the mayor lures a movie studio to town to shoot their next production, a big-budget Western in the classic tradition. The star is none other than ruggedly handsome—and notoriously badly behaved—Thad Perry. When the mayor decides that someone needs to keep an eye on Thad so that he doesn’t get into too much trouble, Bernie and Chet are handpicked for the job. The money is good but something smells fishy....

    Doreen says: "I love Chet!"
    "paws above the rest"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Fistful of Collars to be better than the print version?

    can't say for sure-did not read the print version. What I can say for sure is that the narrarator was fantastic. As improbable as it seems with his grasp on the material it came to life and I could almost believe that I was really listening to Chet (the dog) tellling the story. "Bet the ranch on it, amigo"


    What did you like best about this story?

    it was not great literature just a fun story that diverted me for 10 plus hours. Seeing the world from the point of view of a dog with a mystery thrown in can be lots of fun.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    everything- He captures the personality of Chet and his inflections were wonderful


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

    It made me laught over and over.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for Shakespeare-the wrong book. If you would like an intelligent, light, and worthwhile diversion then let Chet invite you into his world. The "nation within the nation." is a great place to visit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And When She Was Good

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (430)

    Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who seldom attracts attention. In her suburb, she's just a mom, the young widow with the forgettable job, who somehow never misses a soccer game. In the state capital, she's the redheaded lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record. But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she's the woman of your dreams - if you can afford the hourly fee. For more than a decade, Heloise believed she was safe, managing to keep up this rigidly compartmentalized life. But her secret life is under siege. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, an apparent suicide.

    kate says: "Thank goodness for Heloise and excellent narration"
    "and even when she wasn't"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, I would recommend it. it is the story of a woman who through a series of circumstances, some of her making, finds herself a well paid suburban madam. When the book begins a woman with the same occupation a few towns over has been found dead, Is it murder? Is there a connection? And how did the main cgaracter, Heloise, get to where she is in life?


    What did you like best about this story?

    I never quite knew where it was going. It was very simplistic yet it really held me. I could put it down but enjoyed picking it up again.


    Which character – as performed by Linda Emond – was your favorite?

    Heloise, the main character dominated the book and was in every scene, so if had to be her.


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

    easily


    Any additional comments?

    A different kind of story not really a mystery or romance but more of a "why this happened this way." It is a sympathetic portrait of a suburban madam with many interesting curves along the way to the not very surprising yet satisfying conclusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter in Madrid

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Gordon Gordon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    Winter in Madrid is set just after the bloody Spanish Civil War, with World War II looming over Europe. Reluctantly, Harry Brett looks for an old schoolmate who's become a person of interest for British intelligence.

    Annie says: "realistic characters in historical context"
    "war weary and bleak"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If I were only interested in the Spanish Civil War it would have been fantastic fiction. I thought that I was reading about espionage. This was more political than espionage. Worn torn Spain was the main character. If I had known that I would not have listenened to the book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I hated it but understood it.


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

    He was excellent.


    Did Winter in Madrid inspire you to do anything?

    to be more careful in what I listen too. Mr Sansom's other series was fantastic. I liked espionage and thought that was what I was getting. I feel misled.


    Any additional comments?

    The main characters, two out of three, were weak and not that interesting. This is a book about the atrocity that was the Spanish Civil War. As a historical document it is probably excellent.
    I was looking for escapist fiction and clearly picked the wrong novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1408)
    Performance
    (1174)
    Story
    (1171)

    After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

    Audiophile says: "When will Gabriel retire?"
    "rambling, getting a little too far fetched"
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    What did you like best about The Fallen Angel? What did you like least?

    the archaeological insights


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Silva again?

    yes


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

    he is the best Silva narrator to date.


    Was The Fallen Angel worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I have read all of Daniel Silva's books and like them very much. He has set the bar very high. This one did not come as close to books like "The Defector" or "The Prince of Fire." It rambled and had an extremely implausible story. Too many underdevloped themes in one novel. Silva is still well worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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