I was born in Lisbon and in my youth I still glimpsed the city and times the book refers to.
I felt transported to that epoch, such is the coherence of what I remember and know with the atmosphere recreated by the story and the narration.
I was unaware of some of the details of the planned occupation of the Azores and the gold trade but they certainly seem believable and in line with the known (to me) facts.
To the end the book abandons description and turns judgmental: it would have been a better book without that unnecessary twist.
A superb sample of the Gentleman Cabrioleur adventures.These marvellous classic tales transport us to the elegant Belle Époque in the company of the supremely charming Master Criminal Arséne Lupin a man who devotes his outstanding skills to the delightful and very lucrative métier of burglary.
A great narration is the icing on the cake.
This is a very, very funny book and the narration is outstanding. The british accent and slang is dense and takes a while to get used to. It is by all means worth the effort though: it is funny, witty, and highly original. I hope it will have a sequel!
Audio is not the best format for this book - you will want the new Whispersync for voice that allows the use of the written text for referencing and reviewing.
This is an attempt to to filter myth from fact in the murky self-development arena. Some good information and bs debunking makes it worth the time.
But the narrator... this guy redefines the meaning of "slow talker". I had to set the speed to 1,5x (some parts 2x) to be able to go through the book.
This is a story about the enduring network of former nazis and how they plan and act to perpetuate their influence and protect the former SS members. Still a very good plot well worth the time.
Someone (the narrator?) opted to have all the german characters speak english in a squeaky pitch with a german (?) accent. Irritating and distracting,
This is an engaging tale with fascinating characters - and nicknames to boot - and a superb narration.I only found it lacking when explaining why Gaspipe converted into a rat.
I keep forgetting to check for the "abridged" mention. I have yet to like an abridged audio book I liked. This one was no exception. It is a far cry from the unabridged written book I bought some 25 years ago.
Yet another solid thriller from Eric Ambler. What I appreciate most is the dynamics and spareness: he says what he has to say - and no more - to keep the reader engaged and the plot unfolding at a good pace.
The previous novel of Bazell although not great was okay. This supposed sequel alternates being flat boring with being exasperatingly ridiculous.
This is obviously a contract driven book, the author has no story to tell.
I found the characters their language and their emotions, actually the whole story too inconsistent and unreal. I struggled to get to the end of it.
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