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MarthaCue

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  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • A Foreign Country

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Charles Cumming
    • Narrated By Jot Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    On the vacation of a lifetime in Egypt, an elderly French couple are brutally murdered. Days later, a meticulously planned kidnapping takes place on the streets of Paris. Amelia Levene, the first female Chief of MI6, has disappeared without a trace, six weeks before she is due to take over as the most influential spy in Europe. It is the gravest crisis MI6 has faced in more than a decade. Desperate not only to find her, but to keep her disappearance a secret, Britain’s top intelligence agents turn to one of their own: disgraced MI6 officer Thomas Kell.

    John says: "After a good start, story drifts"
    "Worth listening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    So many reviews promise spy thrillers similar to le Carre and Greene. This one does have echoes. I liked it much more than Steinhauer, whose characters I can't seem to care about. Cumming's ending wouldn't have come from le Carre or Greene (planning a series?) but this was the first thriller in a long time I wanted to listen to without a break. Another reviewer suggested it's a slow starter; but I was hooked from the first paragraph.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christine Falls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By Timothy Dalton
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (286)

    It's not the dead that seem strange to Quirke. It's the living. One night, after a few drinks at an office party, Quirke shuffles down into the morgue where he works and finds his brother-in-law, Malachy, altering a file he has no business even reading. Odd enough in itself to find Malachy there, but the next morning, when the haze has lifted, it looks an awful lot like his brother-in-law, the esteemed doctor, was in fact tampering with a corpse, and concealing the cause of death.

    Vivienne says: "Engaging debut."
    "award-winning author; very bad book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Kept listening; thought it had to get better from a Booker-winning author...not a single sympathetic character, and they must have let the author down too, 'cause he punishes them relentlessly. Misogynistic. Couple of jarring racist asides. Implausible crucial plot points. Bafflingly bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (821)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (495)

    When the young orphan called Pip encounters the escaped convict Magwitch, the child's life is altered forever - in ways he cannot even imagine. In the course of his story, Pip encounters such memorable characters as the eccentric Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward Estella - and a mysterious benefactor. This recording includes both of the endings Dickens wrote for this classic novel.

    Jerry says: "Why a classic is a classic"
    "Does Dickens Justice, and How"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I couldn't be more delighted with the reader of this funny, ever heartbreaking, lushly written story. The opening chapter captures the terror, bafflement, and resigned victimhood that comprise being a little child among we thoughtless big folks better than any other author ever could or will. Just a gem, to dip into like listening to favorite music.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charm City

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Deborah Hazlett
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (127)

    PI Tess Monaghan knows and loves every inch of her native Baltimore. It's a quirky city where baseball reigns, but lately homicide seems to be the second most popular sport. Business tycoon Wink Wynkowski is trying to change all that by bringing pro basketball to town--until a devastating expose appears in the Baltimore Beacon Light. The newspaper's editors thought they'd killed the piece. Instead, the piece killed Wink, who's found dead in his garage. Tess is hired to find the unknown hacker who planted the lethal story.

    Amazon Customer says: "On of my favorites"
    "Disappointing; didn't finish it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really wanted to like this book, with its Baltimore setting and newspaper theme, but it is, simply, dull. The performance is fine; there just isn't enough story to make a reader care what happens.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Pilgrim

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Nothing is as it was. Old enemies embrace. The dark staging grounds of the Cold War, whose shadows barely obscured the endless games of espionage, are flooded with light; the rules are rewritten, the stakes changed, the future unfathomable. John le Carré has seized this momentous turning point in history to give us the most disturbing experience we have yet had of the frail and brutal world of spydom.

    Jonathan P. Parker says: "Great Listen"
    "Satisfying le Carre"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Pilgrim?

    Th young couple at the center of the story are well drawn.


    What didn’t you like about Frederick Davidson’s performance?

    Maybe it's just my provincial ears, but Davidson's accent sounds almost like a comic parody. I wish they'd use someone else for le Carre.


    Any additional comments?

    Not as entertaining as A Most Wanted Man, but still good le Carre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moscow Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1134)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (465)

    In the new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of The Secret Servant, the death of a journalist leads Gabriel Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spy craft, even he has something to learn. He's playing by Moscow rules now.

    Lucie says: "Change of narrator"
    "No suspense, characters lifeless"
    Overall

    This is the first purchase from Audible I haven't been able to finish. Endless description of characters that are unengaging (but beautiful! always beautiful!) and a plot that just doesn't advance. Too bad, I had hopes I'd discover a writer I liked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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