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Marcia

Gainsville, TX, USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Wilde West

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Walter Satterthwait
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    It is 1882. Oscar Wilde tours the U.S., delivering lectures on art and literature. In each city where he appears, a woman is murdered, dismembered, and flayed. Six people are traveling in Wilde's entourage. Could the monstrous killer be one of them? As a down-on-his-luck lawman investigates, he is pulled into the flamboyant world of the outspoken writer.

    Wilde West is a remarkable mystery, filled with quips that could easily have flowed from Wilde's pen.

    Livelightly says: "The narration is all"
    "Funny and Intriguing"
    Overall

    The quips by Wilde kept me laughing aloud, while the grisly murders and array of suspects kept me interested in the mystery. I'm shorting it one star only because the dialogue (except for Wilde) leans into the cliche a bit much. Frank Muller's narration, however, as always, is perfect -- he manages a British Wilde, a French countess, a sleazy East Coast business manager, and a grizzled, Colorado federal marshal with deftness and insight. Definitely a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1384)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (438)

    Swan Peak finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.

    Deborah says: "Christmas/Birthday in July"
    "Great Cast!"
    Overall

    Troyce Nix and Candace made this book for me. As with "Tin Roof Blowdown," this novel turns on the complexity of the human heart and the possibility for change and redemption. Only the truly evil people seem one-dimensional. Though always lyrical, Burke's descriptions of the Montana landscape do not have the intimacy and power that characterize his treatment of Louisiana venues. In this novel he supplants the wistfulness for an earlier, more innocent Louisiana with frank distaste for the intrusion of wealthy, out-of-state usurpers into the Montana landscape. The cast is fascinating, and the denouement surprising and satisfying. It is a rewarding read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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