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.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.