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nancy

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6548)
    Performance
    (5668)
    Story
    (5659)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "I really wanted to like this book! but...."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    After listening to an excerpt of the first chapter, I was interested in the story and wanted to hear the rest. The opening character's story was great, but then, the other characters' stories took over, and it went downhill from there. To be blunt, they were losers who felt sorry for themselves, kept repeating the same mistakes and wasted any chances of success they could have had.I made it through the first half, then decided to quit and listen to another audio.

    the reader did a good job, but couldn't make up for a lackluster story.


    What could Jess Walter have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stayed with story in Italy and those characters. The americans were whiney losers.


    What aspect of Edoardo Ballerini’s performance would you have changed?

    The reading was fine, he couldn't do anything about a depressing story to improve it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed in the way the story moved over to other characters who were not interesting at all.


    Any additional comments?

    There were too many different story lines that followed lackluster characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paw and Order: A Chet and Bernie Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (244)

    In the seventh book in the brilliant New York Times best-selling mystery series, canine narrator Chet and P.I. Bernie journey to Washington, DC, and the dog-eat-dog world of our nation’s capital. Stephen King has called Chet "a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre". Robert B. Parker dubbed Spencer Quinn’s writing "major-league prose". Now the beloved team returns in another suspenseful novel that finds Chet sniffing around the capital city and using his street smarts to uncover a devilish plot.

    Tracey says: "The Guinea Pig Did It!!"
    "Best Chet and Bernie yet!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Paw and Order the most enjoyable?

    The story was excellent and kept you guessing, and Chet's observations and storytelling often caused me to laugh out loud. The narrarator does a perfect job, great voice and just the right spin on the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Paw and Order?

    The exciting conclusion was great.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

    Chet the dog, of course!


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

    I laughed out loud several times, even though i was out walking my dog at the time!


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next Chet and Bernie mystery!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • By Its Cover: Commissario Guido Brunetti, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (144)

    One afternoon, Commissario Guido Brunetti gets a frantic call from the director of a prestigious Venetian library. Someone has stolen pages out of several rare books. After a round of questioning, the case seems clear: The culprit must be the man who requested the volumes, an American professor from a Kansas university. The only problem-- the man fled the library earlier that day, and after checking his credentials, the American professor doesn't exist.

    alexis says: "Colacci is BACK!!!"
    "Interesting subject, but too short"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I usually enjoy Donna Leon books about Inspector Brunetti, but this one seemed very rushed, with an abrupt ending. It seemed like the author suddenly tired of the story and just wanted to get it over with. Too bad, because the subject of stolen pages from very valuable old books could have been so much more. I knew the audio would be short, but when "the end" came, I could hardly believe it.


    If you’ve listened to books by Donna Leon before, how does this one compare?

    There was much less interaction with Brunetti's wife and children, and his fellow police. The story line was good, but could have been developed more deeply.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator is ok, but a bit bland.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this book doesn't signal the end of the series, if the author is tired of writing them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    Overall
    (1308)
    Performance
    (1140)
    Story
    (1153)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    John says: "Not Moore at his funniest, but Moore completely"
    "A French Impressionist Painters Mystery!"
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    Where does Sacre Bleu rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    the story is very unique, featuring some humor as well as a murder mystery and the question of how does an artist find inspiration, and what part does a muse play in the creation of the art. well-read, lots of twists ad turns in the story. the story holds your interest.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sacre Bleu?

    When the model and muse reveals her beginnings and purpose.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any of the scenes featuring Toulouse Lautrec, what a character!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Van Gogh dies, it is so sad and such a loss to the creative art world.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of French Impressionism, you will enjoy the characters of the book, who are the famous artists of the time; Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin, to name a few.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Thing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff, Stephanie Wolfe
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (261)

    It's hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed. So hard that when a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, aka Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers-not to mention the occasional lake monster-are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.

    Edward says: "Disappointing."
    "A roller-coaster ride of action!"
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    Would you listen to Wild Thing again? Why?

    After I finished listening to this audio, i decided to start from the beginning again! it's fast-moving, exciting and well-read. I do have to say the main character has racy,"junior-high" language, especially in regards to women, but it goes with the story and character. There ar twists and turns in the story line, and Sarah Palin turns up as a character! by the way, the "wild thing" is a kind of loch ness monster in One of the Great Lakes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the main character, who is the narrator of the story, a doctor and an ex-mafia hit man! He is smart as well bold, and manages to get in and out of trouble constantly.


    What does Robert Petkoff and Stephanie Wolfe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The readers were perfect for the characters, and they made the story come alive.very well read. I think the book would not have the same impact without the readers.


    If you could take any character from Wild Thing out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The main character, Pietro, who also goes under an alias, since he is in the witness-protection program. (he is an ex-hit man for the mafia.) He is very smart as well as a smart-mouth, and despite the bad language, very charming!


    Any additional comments?

    Both the author and his main character are doctors, and frequently bring up obscure and interesting medical facts. This book is fun and and you will find it hard to turn off, even after you reach the end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cosi Fan Tutti: An Aurelio Zen Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    Neopolitan businessmen, politicians, and eminent mafiosi are assassinated as someone takes literally the job of cleaning up the city's tarnished image. In this mystery, Aurelio Zen discovers that in '90s 'New Italy', things are still the same.

    Lee Chemel says: "Wonderfully entertaining"
    "Entertaining story, excellently read!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Cosi Fan Tutti the most enjoyable?

    Michael Kitchen is a wonderful reader, he pronounces the Italian words sprinkled through the story beautifully. He has just the right balance of lightness and irony for the character of Aurelio Zen, the disillusioned Italian detective. This story is playing off the opera Cosi Fan Tutte, with the characters of the story having similar experiences to those in the opera.


    What other book might you compare Cosi Fan Tutti to and why?

    I am a big Michael Dibdin/Aurelio Zen fan, and this book has a decidedly different, more playful style than the other books. That is not to say it is not as good, it doesn't have the more serious tone that the other stories do. It is a nice change for Zen.


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

    Michael Kitchen has a wonderful voice, pronounces the Italian words expertly, and has just the right tone of irony that is required for the Aurelio Zen series.


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

    This book was very entertaining and funny, I highly recommend it to fans of Aurelio Zen and those who enjoy lighthearted detective stories.


    Any additional comments?

    I give it 5 stars all around!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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