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  • Ratlines

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Alan Smyth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    Ireland 1963. As the Irish people prepare to welcome President John F. Kennedy to the land of his ancestors, a German national is murdered in a seaside guesthouse. Lieutenant Albert Ryan, Directorate of Intelligence, is ordered to investigate. The German is the third foreigner to die within a few days, and Minister for Justice Charles Haughey wants the killing to end lest, a shameful secret be exposed: the dead men were all Nazis granted asylum by the Irish government in the years following World War II.

    Susianna says: "Complex Crime Tale in Compelling Time and Place"
    "Disappointing for Ghosts of Belfast Fans!"
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    I loved Neville's first novel, "Ghosts of Belfast", But his second book "Collusion", didn't match up to the first, and unfortunately, the third "Ratlines", was even more of a disappointment. The narrator's voice was too nasal or hesitant for me.

    I would rather hear more of the Irish writer, Gene Kerrigan, especially his new one called "The Rage", but it is not on the U.S. version of Audible. I don't know why that is.

    I wish Audible would add a "Suggestions List" for books we want to hear but are not in their canon.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Malice of Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Michael Ennis
    • Narrated By Adrian Paul, Carlotta Montanari, John Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    Against a teeming canvas of Borgia politics, Niccolò Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci come together to unmask an enigmatic serial killer, as we learn the secret history behind one of the most controversial works in the western canon, The Prince. Traveling across an Italy torn apart by war, they will enter a labyrinth of ancient superstition and erotic obsession to discover at its center a new face of evil - and a truth that will shake the foundations of western civilization.

    Molly Gordon says: "Female narrator is impossible to listen to."
    "THe Narration is Impossible to Understand!"
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    The Carlotta Montanari portion of the narration has such a heavy pseudo-Italian accent that I can barely understand it. The story may be interesting, but it is just to hard to concentrate ALL the time to get the meaning of the words. Why not just read it in unaccented English?

    This technique of using the accent of the language that the character would be using at the time makes no sense, because the person is speaking English, which they would not because they would speak their own language. But, they are speaking not their own language, but English, which they do not speak, so why ACCENT it at all.

    It is used often when the characters are not English, but they would NOT be speaking English, so why accent it at all. Makes no sense to me.

    I can't judge the story since I could not tolerate listening since the Italian woman was going to be narrating all the way through to at least Chapter 6. Had to give up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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