I teach American college students in Italy occasionally and this has been a great resource in learning to understand Italy. This is a serious biography that provides a reasonably balanced view of Mussolini. He wasn't a clown or a monster, but a deeply troubled man who did very bad things to Italy. Ridley is convincing that his biggest character flaw was wanting to choose winners -- and his biggest mistake, of course, was betting that Hitler was a winner.
I love Nadia May as a reader . . . but the book is the point!
Great book, FINE voice! David Case sounds just as I'd like a Lord Peter narrator to sound -- and does women's voices nicely, too. I will certainly listen to more of his readings (especially if he read others by Sayer!!).
I don't usually listen to abridged versions, but I have to admit that the pacing in this one was very quick and 'thrilling' -- and Kate Burton has a great voice for Bennie Rosato. She did a good job with the French and German speakers as well; I would certainly listen to more she narrates.
I'm a big fan of Jonathan Kellerman and his Alex Delaware mysteries. This is the first audio version that I've listened to. I must say that after having read all his works up to Therapy and then listening to John Rubenstein; the narration is all wrong. These are west coast characters and, if my memory serves me correctly, Milo is originally from the midwest. To have every character speaking with a strong Brooklyn accent takes away significantly from the story. While the story line is typical Kellerman (in a good way), I had a hard time getting beyond the bad voices.
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