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Jason

San Jose, CA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Fire Engine That Disappeared: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    The cunning incendiary device that blew the roof off a Stockholm apartment not only interrupted the small, peaceful orgy underway inside, it nearly took the lives of the building's 11 occupants. And if one of Martin Beck's colleagues hadn't been on the scene, the explosion would have led to a major catastrophe because, for reasons nobody could satisfactorily explain, a regulation fire truck has vanished. Was it terrorism, suicide, or simply a gas leak?

    robert says: "police procedural"
    "Crippled by translation choices"
    Overall

    The storyline itself was well constructed, but the translation choices (not sure who made them) ruined things for me.

    Specifically:
    * Translation is made into formal British English (which would have been fine if the narrator spoke it).
    * Idiomatic conventions are translated literally from the original text, resulting in a form of address ("one person addressing another" sense) which will feel foreign to most English speakers.
    * Narrator speaks American English.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In the Event of My Death

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 10 mins)
    • By Michelle Hauf
    • Narrated By Debbie Irwin
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    For years, computer hacker and web journalist Jesse Marvel, infamous for leaking industry trade secrets, has barely dodged legal action from major tech companies in the Silicon Valley. Now he's dead because one of those secrets was worth the price of murder.

    Jason says: "Geek fiction with a romance twist"
    "Geek fiction with a romance twist"
    Overall

    I have mixed thoughts on this one.

    The engineering (audiobook production) is solid.

    The performer (person reading the audiobook) is solid.

    The storyline is solid, but is marred by numerous glaring technical inaccuracies in the writing. Coming from a highly technical background, I found myself wincing on more than one occasion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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