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  • My Life as a Fake

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons

    In the 1950s poet Christopher Chubb composes a body of sexually charged poems. Chubb then dupes a trendy literary magazine into believing the poems were composed by the late Bob McCorkle, an undiscovered genius. But the trick backfires, and soon Chubb finds himself tormented by the very monster he creates. Decades later, a literary editor named Sarah Wode-Douglass begins peeling back the layers of the Chubb mystery in, of all places, Malaysia, where the reclusive poet remains in hiding.

    Michael says: "Good Quirky"
    "Superb narration makes book even better"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Peter Carey is a beautiful writer - the book is worth it just for the skill Cary demonstrates. It's colorful and strong on sense of place. Use of language and in particular slang is superb. But best of all is Susan Lyons' narration. Hard to believe anything could improve Peter Carey, but she did it. I thought her reading was a tour de force.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator's performance combined with the colorful, fanciful story. Which, by the way, is wickedly funny.

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

    I would never have heard the accents, some of slang I would not even have known how to pronounce. She seems to move with ease from posh British to slangy Aussie.
    Also, Carey doesn't use quotation marks, which I find offputting to read. WIth Lyons doing the work, I didn't have to wonder who is saying what. Her voices for each different character were so distinctive it was obvious who was talking.

    She's so marvelous that I'm looking for other books narrated by her. She read the female part in Peter Robinson's newest, Before the Poison. I didn't like that book, but Lyons's performance was the one thing I did like.

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

    I would have if I could have. I certainly switched on my iPod every minute I had the chance. I also often rewound to hear parts again because I got such a kick out of Lyons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Peter Temple
    • Narrated By Peter Hosking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Shaken by a scrape with death, big-city detective Joe Cashin is posted away from the homicide squad to the quiet town on the South Australian coast where he grew up. Carrying physical scars and not a little guilt, he spends his time playing the country cop, walking his dogs and thinking about how it all was before. But when a prominent local is attacked and left for dead in his own home, Cashin is thrust into what becomes a murder investigation.

    John says: "Dripping With Local Color"
    "Great Narrator Enhances a Terrific Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Broken Shore to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The narrator brought so much to the table. I really loved his work. That said, Peter Temple is a true prose master and anything he writes is a pleasure to read. But Mr Hosking really brought it to life. I will be on the lookout for more audiobooks read by him.

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

    Yes! And I rewound many times to savor Hosking's reading or Temple's lovely prose.

    Any additional comments?

    Really confused as to why some other reviewers claimed the Australian accent was hard to understand. I am American and I completely disagree. There was some Aussie slang I didn't know and had to look up, but it had nothing to do with Mr. Hosking's reading. He was a joy to listen to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Truth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Peter Temple
    • Narrated By Michael Carman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Inspector Stephen Villani, head of homicide in Melbourne, Australia, has a full agenda: a murdered woman in a penthouse apartment, three men butchered in a sadistic rampage, a tattoo-faced drug dealer corrupting his rebellious daughter, and a crumbling marriage. As these seemingly unrelated events begin to unfold, Villani finds himself immersed in an unfamiliar world of political scandal and ethical ambiguity.

    Lucido says: "Poor Narration Can Ruin the Best Book"
    "Poor Narration Can Ruin the Best Book"
    What disappointed you about Truth?

    The narrator, Michael Carman, is really not cut out to read audio books, especially not ones written by Peter Temple. Temple is a writer who doesn't waste words, or dialogue tags. This isn't a problem if you are reading on the page; the formatting will tell you who's speaking and when there is a flashback, etc. But when you are listening, you need a way of knowing when there's a shift. That's not happening here.

    This narrator is so limited in the voices he can do that everything sounded the same: the narrative, the protagonist, all men the protag was having conversations with. I have never been so lost in a book in my life. To make matters worse, I had just listened to the same author's book Broken Shore, which was stellar, and the reader, Peter Hosking, was phenomenal. He enhanced a great book whereas the reader of Truth detracted from the story so badly that, although I stuck it through to the end, it was a huge (and confusing) disappointment. Such a shame because Peter Temple is a superb storyteller and a wonderful prose master.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Leopard: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett (translator)
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches fever pitch: Could this be the work of a serial killer? The crime scenes offer no coherent clues, the police investigation is stalled, and the one man who might be able to help doesn't want to be found. Traumatized by his last case, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong's opium dens. Yet when he is compelled, at last, to return to Norway - his father is dying - Harry's buried instincts begin to take over. Then a female MP is discovered brutally murdered.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply Fantastic! A great buy!"
    "Violence too graphic this time"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I thought Nesbo went too far this time. I love all the Hole books but this one was too long (I kept thinking

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Peter Temple's The Broken Shore.

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

    Yes, he's really good in every book.

    Was The Leopard worth the listening time?

    No. See above comments for why.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Before the Poison

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Toby Lennet Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Chris Lowndes built a comfortable career composing scores for films in Hollywood. But after 25 years abroad, and still quietly reeling from the death of his beloved wife, he decides to return to the Yorkshire dales of his youth. To ease the move, he buys Kilnsgate House, a rambling old mansion deep in the country. Although Chris finds Kilnsgate charming, something about the house disturbs him, a vague sensation that the long-empty rooms have been waiting for him - feelings made ever stronger when he learns that the house was the scene of a murder....

    Julie says: "Drivel . . . utter drivel"
    "Boring story, big disappointment to this PR fan"
    What disappointed you about Before the Poison?

    The story went nowhere. Don't want to write a spoiler, but there's no

    What could Peter Robinson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I'm a big PR fan. I wish the story had been about Alan Banks, but I do understand that writers get tired of doing the same old same old. This character, however, was just boring and unlikeable. As were all the other characters in the book. WAY too much minute detail (who ordered what for dinner, which wine, which brandy, holy crap these people drink a lot). It felt like filler and I commented to friend that Robinson must have had a word quota he was trying to meet. Not up to his usual standard.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No, the narration by the male was awful. The woman, Susan Lyons, was fabulous. She was the saving grace of the audiobook and after hearing her, I went in search of her other audio work.

    What character would you cut from Before the Poison?

    All of them!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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