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M. I. Wolfson

Cape Town | Member Since 2007

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HELPFUL VOTES
47

  • The Ghosts of Belfast

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1094)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (481)

    Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in Northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he's going to have to kill the men who gave him orders. As he's working his way down the list, he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an outsider too.

    David P. McGivern says: "What an unexpected good read!"
    "bloodthirsty"
    Overall

    This is a riveting book brilliantly narrated. However, it is not a book for the faint hearted, The violence is horrific and terrifyingly real. If you don't like horror don't get this book. But if you can enjoy blood and guts then certainly you won't be disappointed. This has more bodies than Hamlet and is more bloodthirsty than No Country for Old Men. Enjoy.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10067)
    Performance
    (9119)
    Story
    (9197)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "No fire"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    Plot lacks direction far too much padding


    Has Inferno turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No but this is not very gripping


    What didn’t you like about Paul Michael’s performance?

    Not racy enough


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Dan Brown is relying on his reputation established by the Da Vinci Code. He should get away from this type of plot but it seems he has run out of new ideas

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lynne Olson
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (328)

    Here is the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, Averell Harriman, and John Gilbert Winant. Drawing from a variety of primary sources, Olson skillfully depicts the dramatic personal journeys of these men who, determined to save Britain from Hitler, helped convince a cautious Franklin Roosevelt and a reluctant American public to support the British at a critical time.

    Susan says: "If we are together nothing is impossible"
    "Great for the oldies"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Citizens of London to be better than the print version?

    I think the audio was great but the print edition , I imagine would have been equally good


    What did you like best about this story?

    It evoked the atmosphere of wartime London and England generally. My only crtisism is that it denigrated the vision and esteem of Winston Churchill, he appeared as a much weaker character than I believe he actually was. Churchill has elsewhere been describes as the greatest Englishman ever; this does not come accross. Nevertheless the descriptions of London and it's people is an accurate evokation of those wartime years.The various characters come across as being very human with there strengths and weaknesses. I had not known about all the sexual intrigues and found this side of their humanity very intiguing


    Which scene was your favorite?

    none in particular


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

    Yes! it often brought tears to my eyes, though there was not much to laugh about


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth getting esspecially nostalgic for older folk

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3573)
    Performance
    (2041)
    Story
    (2055)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "bizzare"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Stiff better?

    Not to have bothered writing it


    What was most disappointing about Mary Roach’s story?

    Not a story at all


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Shelly Frasier?

    don't know


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    perhaps to a nercophiliac


    Any additional comments?

    Gruesome, of interest to philovampires only. A waste of time and money

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Juror

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Vincent Marzello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    In 1970, the future of one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper. The murderer, Danny Padgitt, was tried before a packed courtroom, but it came to a startling and dramatic end when the defendant threatened revenge against the jurors if they convicted him.

    Maria F says: "Great listen"
    "word spinner"
    Overall

    I think Grisham has run out of ideas. The book lacked a consistent plot. Was it about a killer, a homely lady or a mad lawyer. To say nothing of the young newspaper editor. Should be rated as a 1/2

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A German Requiem

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Bernie Gunther had his first brush with evil as a policeman in 1930s Berlin and came to know it intimately as a private eye under the Nazis, when each case drew him deeper into the enormities of the regime. Now the war is over and Gunther is in Vienna, trying to clear an old friend of the murder of an American officer. Amid decaying imperial splendour, he traces sprials of depravity that lead him to a former head of the Gestapo.

    M. I. Wolfson says: "spilane?????"
    "spilane?????"
    Overall

    This could have been a good listen but for the fact that the narrator who was supposed to be German had an American accnet which reminds one of the Micky Spillane radio series. Yet the narrator showed that he was quite capable of sounding like German accented English. This spoiled it for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1682)
    Performance
    (932)
    Story
    (926)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "Not what it was cracked up to be"
    Overall

    Too long and repetetive. This book did not live up to expectations. Far too much emphasis on astronauts bowel habits

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5128)
    Performance
    (2911)
    Story
    (2950)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "fairy story"
    Overall

    I bought this book on account of the rave reviews, mostly 5's. There was one reviewer who rated it a 1 but I chose to go with the majority. I shold have listened to the lone dissenter. The book was a childs story, maybe woman like it, but not my sort of women. I couldn't get through the first part of the book and am sorry I wasted toime downloading the balance. I have rated it a 1 but if it were posss\ible I would rate it zero. The plot is naive and childish and takes an awful long time to get nowhere. I have bought books that are worse but then I couldn't finish them either. To any intelligent reader/ listener I would recommend DON'T BUT THIS BOOK

    29 of 61 people found this review helpful
  • The Ritual Bath: A Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Sergeant Decker is called to investigate a rape charge in an isolated Orthodox Jewish Community. Rina Lazarus, the young widow who found the victim, is the only one in the community willing to cooperate with Decker as she tries to steer him through the maze of religious laws that thwart his investigation at every turn. But as the trail grows cold, Decker and Rina grow closer - until a sudden horrific revelation about the case threatens to tear them apart.

    Maraella says: "Informative"
    "narration?"
    Overall

    This was a rather borimg inconsequential book. I bought it having come from a Jewish orthodox background. The mystery followed no logical plan and there was no way to use one's powers of deduction as with a writer like Agatha Christie. However the narrator was both good and bad. His voice changes were superb but somebody should have taught him how to pronounce the Jewish names and other yiddish ar hebrew words in the text. The only thing to recommend it is that i had a good giggle at his mis-pronounciation. I wont buy anymore of her books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J Is for Judgment: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Mary Peiffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Once again, Kinsey Millhone, America's favorite female P.I., embroils herself in a complex and entertaining Alphabet Murder Mystery. When Wendell Jaffe, mastermind of a real-estate scam, disappeared at sea, no body was found. Now, five years later, he's declared legally dead, and California Fidelity has to pay up on his life insurance policy to the tune of half-a-million dollars. Soon after, the tune slides off-key when Jaffe is spotted in Mexico and Fidelity hires Kinsey Millhone to sort things out.

    Toni says: "I don't know what they were thinking..."
    "womans world"
    Overall

    This is definately a womans book written by a woman. I eventually gave up after giving the book a good chance. It read like a womans owns magazine with the frills and make up described in great detail. Perhaps my wife might enjoy it but I doubt it, she is far oo intelligent for this type of hype. I wont get another of her books despite the wonderful recommendations of some listeners

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful

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