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  • The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Paterniti
    • Narrated By L.J. Ganser

    In the picturesque village of Guzmán, Spain, in a cave dug into a hillside on the edge of town, an ancient door leads to a cramped limestone chamber known as “the telling room”. Containing nothing but a wooden table and two benches, this is where villagers have gathered for centuries to share their stories and secrets - usually accompanied by copious amounts of wine. It was here, in the summer of 2000, that Michael Paterniti found himself listening to a larger-than-life Spanish cheesemaker named Ambrosio Molinos de las Heras as he spun an odd and compelling tale about a piece of cheese.

    Mel says: "The Original Canned Cheese"
    "Interesting story ruined by the narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not quite at the level of Simon Winchester but similarly I liked that the story blended recent events with historical facts and interesting asides. I would recommend this book to a friend in print form.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Include a wedge of Paramo de Guzman cheese!

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator has no clue how to pronounce Spanish. Even simple words like "bella" (pronounced beya (correctly) , not bela (as pronounced by the narrator) ) are mispronounced. This might not be a significant issue for someone that does not speak Spanish but if you do or even have a basic understanding, you will be very disappointed and increasingly aggravated as the story progresses.
    I fail to understand why a bilingual narrator was not chosen (there must be many) or at the very least why the present narrator was not coached.
    The narration severely detracted from the story.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Looking forward to another Strike adventure"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    I am not one for mysteries and detective stories but I decided to try Cuckoo's Calling because it was written by (spoiler alert ;-) ) J. K. Rowling. I am hoping that more Strike adventures will be published, and soon!
    Summing up in three words: 1) Entertaining 2) Appealing 3) Poignant

    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed how the characters evolved as the book progressed. I even came to know and care about "Cuckoo" by learning how the other characters had interacted with her. It also was evident that Strike went through a similar transformation- the victim became a real person even though she could not speak for herself.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene that comes to mind occurs when Strike goes to the nightclub favored by the glitziest stars and their hanger-ons. His interactions with the celebrities and observations of their behaviors were, at times, very funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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