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Eoin

San Francisco, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Rumpole and the Primrose Path (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Timothy West, Prunella Scales
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Horace Rumpole, the Wordsworth loving, Shakespeare quoting, claret imbibing barrister returns in these hugely enjoyable stories of legal chicanery and criminal derring-do.

    Mark says: "Highly entertaining"
    "Completetly Brilliant"
    Overall

    John Mortimers creation is terrifically realized in this BBC Radio 4 dramatization. A terrtific preformance. More Rumpole please

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3412)
    Performance
    (1397)
    Story
    (1401)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "Weary"
    Overall

    I tried to stay engaged simply but I grew weary of the authors meandering style

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rumpole and the Judge's Elbow

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 23 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Leo McKern
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Rumpole defends the smarmy owner of a string of massage parlors on the charge of running "disorderly houses" (i.e. bordellos).

    MillenniumMike says: "Excellent Rumpole, very enjoyable and entertaining"
    "An Audio Landmark"
    Overall

    As an audio book lover I have found Rumpole read by 'the man himself' the late Leo McKern to be one of the landmarks in the audio landscape.
    Is there are more entertaining audio experience than those chronicling Rumploles great wins at the Old Bailey as he teases out some gentle mystery or his lows as his co-inhabitants in chambers, indifferent to Rumpole's talents, pursue their own intrigues, not mention his at times forlorn relationship with his wife 'she who must be obeyed'? A pure delight.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9205)
    Performance
    (3420)
    Story
    (3500)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    While some elements of the story were engaging overall I was disappointed with this novel. It lacked much of the guile that marked the Da Vinci code. The focus in this book on the mysteries around the religious-science interaction to me was simply not that appealing. Also, the ending really dragged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ross King
    • Narrated By Tristan Layton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    While the Civil War raged in America, another very different revolution was beginning to take shape across the Atlantic, in the studios of Paris. The artists who would make Impressionism the most popular art form in history were showing their first paintings amid scorn and derision from the French artistic establishment. Indeed, no artistic movement has ever been, at its inception, quite so controversial.

    Stephen says: "A marvelous book"
    "Brilliant!"
    Overall

    What a wonderful audiobook! The narrator is perfectly matched and gives a terrific performance. It is delighfully entertaiing while at the same time being informative. Highly reccommended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Secret of the Temple

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paul Sussman
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    When the body of hotel owner Piet Jansen is discovered amid the ruins of an archaeological site by the Nile, it looks like a routine investigation for Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor Police. But the more he learns about Jansen, the more he is reminded of the brutal murder, some years earlier, of an Israeli woman at Karnak for which he always suspected the wrong man was convicted.

    Barbara Ferrini Hilfiker says: "wonderful book"
    "Diappointed"
    Overall

    Although the basic premise of the story was interesting to me the author seemed to overwhelm it with sterotypic characters that are difficult to empathise with. I really struggled through this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mistress of the Art of Death: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1089)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (359)

    In medieval England, four children have been murdered, and the townsfolk blame their Jewish neighbors. The doctor chosen to investigate is a woman, Adelia. As she examines the victims and retraces their last steps, she must conceal her true identity in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she's assisted by Sir Rowley Picot, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. A former Crusader knight, Rowley may be a needed friend - or the fiend for whom they are searching.

    Irenehope says: "History-Mystery of the Year & its only March"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    The plot is terrifically intriguing and the story flows in a well paced and thoughtful manner. The audio performance is one of the best i have heard to date. Thoroughly recommended for those who love historical mysteries

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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