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John Peter

Madison, WI, USA

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  • The Piano Tuner

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Daniel Mason
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    "A seductive and lyrical novel that probes the brutalities and compromises of colonization, even as it celebrates the elusive powers of music and the imagination," says The New York Times about Daniel Mason's extraordinary debut novel. The Piano Tuner is a hypnotic tale of myth, romance, and self-discovery: the unforgettable story of a British piano tuner sent deep into Burma in the 19th century.

    John Peter says: "One of the very best"
    "One of the very best"
    Overall

    Of course, any review is going to be subjective. Some people love Whodunnits. Some people love History. Some people love Elizabethen Drama. Etc. I love a Good Story which is Well Told, and this one is among the very best titles I've ever "read". The story is complex yet with few enough main characters as not to have me hopelessly confused. The subtlety and nuance are delicate and well placed. The style is indeed reminiscent of Joseph Conrad but without being derivative. The characters are all most engaging so that one feels for them both when things go well and when they go bad. The writing style is compelling. The author has done his homework with even the smallest details, yet these details are all in the service of the overall tale. And the reader is past excellent. The lover of a well-turned word and phrase, the lover of an engaging tale will find this a most rewarding title.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Pargeter's Package

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Simon Brett
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    John Peter says: "To Christina from Medina"
    "To Christina from Medina"
    Overall

    Christina's comments are certainly not off the mark, but I rate the book a little more highly because of the well-fleshed-out characters, whimsical at times, the lovely use of the language, the delightful sense of humor of the text and the tasty style of the narrator. I shall surely order another Mrs. P. title next month.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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