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Michael

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  • The Last Camel Died at Noon: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (369)

    Amelia and Emerson leave the calm of Victorian England in search of an estranged father's son and a lost kingdom buried deep in Sudan.

    Susan Ledder says: "Amelia Peabody series is great!"
    "Not half Bad. but get a room!"
    Overall

    I like E. Peters' stories of Peabody et. al. As with long series I sometimes get confused as to the chronology of the story. In this one, Ramses is a young boy and in some I found him as a young adult. The characters are always consistent though. Stories of lost civilizations are usual interesting to me and this one was partially developed. and left lots of questions.

    Really, the only reason I wrote this review was that Emerson and Peabody seemed to spend a lot of time in the sack. I'm no prude, but it seemed like they were "getting busy" in every chapter. Their special moments were alluded to in a Victorian vocabulary; the author was trying to use every subtle phrase to indicate the onset of the physical act. Peabody seemed to be quite horny, but the reader is left wondering just how did they "Do it" with all those clothes, the sand, and the baying of the camels. Thus, it is requested that more details be provided or that their rabbit-like natures be minimized.

    I don't remember their lustiness in other stories. So I suppose I'll have to find a list.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Kindly Ones

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jonathan Littell
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    The chilling fictional memoir of Dr. Maximilien Aue, a former Nazi officer who has reinvented himself, many years after the war, as a middle-class family man and factory owner in France. Max is an intellectual steeped in philosophy, literature, and classical music. He is also a cold-blooded assassin and the consummate bureaucrat. Through the eyes of this cultivated yet monstrous man, we experience in disturbingly precise detail the horrors of the Second World War and the Nazi genocide of the Jews.

    Ruth Ann says: "Shocking yet compelling"
    "Great book"
    Overall

    The author has created a scholarly work of historical fiction that relates the madness of the SS and nazi Germany's decline and fall. The insanity of the main character is disturbing. I could not wait to learn how his world unraveled. Its story is what I would have expected the life of an SS officer to be like (weren't they all insane?). One of the cogs in the machinery attempting to use the Jews as slave laborers, to aid the nazi war effort, battling with the characters that wanted to carry out the "final solution" as quickly as possible. If one has studied any of the history of the nazis you cannot help be awed at the depth of research this author must have done to paint the story in its historical context. The imagery is will written. A very engaging book, but, as the Time's reviewer stated -- it's not for the squeamish.

    The narrator did a great job. kudos to him.





    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Fiddlers: A Novel of the 87th Precinct

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ed McBain
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Ed McBain's latest installment in the 87th Precinct series finds the detectives stumped by a serial killer who doesn't fit the profile. Seemingly random targets shot twice in the face. But most serial killers don't use guns. Most serial killers don't strike five times in two weeks. Now it falls to Detective Steve Carella and his colleagues in the 87th Precinct to find out what, or whom, the victims had in common before another body is found.

    Michael says: "I disagree"
    "I disagree"
    Overall

    Ed McBain is great, but this production of his work left much to desire. Primarily, Mr. McBain uses short chapters and switches between characters to describe the parallel activities. This narration lacks the requisite pauses between the chapters. The result is that the listener hears the narratrion for the next chapter before he realizes he has completed the previous chapter. Easy to cope with, in a "real" book, but confusing as hell in an audio book. I would like to hear a little music or tone when one ends and the other begins.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6057)
    Performance
    (2236)
    Story
    (2261)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Very interesting"
    Overall

    This book is a well written and narrated story that tells of the plight of a young girl faced with a crisis of sexual identity. There is humor, history, drama, science and sorrow. It is a very enjoyable story. Its title is an interesting play on words. I thought the story was going to be placed in England. But no, it take place in New York over the span of three generations. Well worth your time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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