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Robert Mahowald

Shrewsbury, MA, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • The Tower Treasure: Hardy Boys 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Franklin Dixon
    • Narrated By Bill Irwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    After a dying criminal confesses that his loot has been stashed "in the tower," the Hardy boys make an astonishing discovery.

    Robert Mahowald says: "Terrific narration, well-paced"
    "Terrific narration, well-paced"
    Overall

    My kids loved this, of all the many books we;ve listend to-- Irwin has a real talent for knowing when to pause, when to sound scared, and not to overplay it for the kids-- just right. I wish Audible carried all the Hardy Boys title as we'd snap them up. For now, rest assured that the Tower Treasure won't disappoint!

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Surgeon's Mate: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (219)

    Jack Aubrey, Post Captain in the British Royal Navy, is suffused with happiness. The Shannon's engagement with the U.S. Chesapeake off the New England coast has resulted in victory, just another in a long string of them for Aubrey, nicknamed Lucky Jack for his tendency to win big. But Jack is less sure-footed by land than by sea.

    Paul says: "surgeon"
    "The BEST of a very fine series...."
    Overall

    This book for me comprises the finest qualities of the Aubrey-Maturin series, and manages to convey so much adventure in a relatively short space, it boggles the imagination: (SPOILER ALERT) fine sailing detail, chases, maneuvers by the crew, carefully-drawn and humorous character studies of various crew members, a capture, love for both men, but Stephen especially, a picture of home life for Jack, imprisonment, and above all a level of exciting adventure, tinged with humorous detail - laughing in the teeth of danger as it were - that this seems to me the completest thing, as Jack would say. At the risk of seeming a total geek, this is the one of the series that I go to again and again for the thrill of O'Brien - this and Far Side of the World, but mostly this. Enjoy!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Air and Shadows: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Gruber
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    Jake Mishkin's seemingly innocent job as an intellectual property lawyer has put him at the center of a deadly conspiracy and a chase to find a priceless treasure involving William Shakespeare. As he awaits a killer (or killers) unknown, Jake writes an account of the events that led to this deadly endgame, a frantic chase that began when a fire in an antiquarian bookstore revealed the hiding place of letters containing a shocking secret, concealed for 400 years.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Not your average story."
    "Intricate, thrilling, satisfying!!"
    Overall

    This was so much better as it went on - the narrator matches what seem at first to be the overly-elite and stuffy manner of the first character, but he also matches that of the second major character, Albert Crosetti, sometime bookbinder and aspiring fil-maker, who with his whole family are so engaging! Most of the characters are really well-drawn and complex, and if Jake Mishkin, with his indulgent ways and troubles he alone causes, is infuriating, the rest of the cast is superb. I was thrilled, and I am an easily-bored reader. Get past the first chapter or so, and you'll be glad you did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (2066)
    Performance
    (963)
    Story
    (955)

    This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

    Frank says: "Choice of Narrators"
    "What O'Brian began, Tull completes"
    Overall

    I've read the entire series, re-read several, and read again the really choice ones (Master and Commander, Post Captain, Far Side of the World, etc). I enjoyed -- but not loved -- the abridged versions from Audible but felt that unlike other fairly long books, those in this series didn't suffer from poor editing, etc., and abidgement left off choice passages and subtle details. I want to praise Patrick Tull, however-- his phrasing, timing, delivery are perfect. He knows when to pause, when to hurry over a sentence, when to express disgust, happiness, etc. O'Brian fans will know the subtlety of Tull's reading and love it, and newcomers to the series will have their best possible introduction. This is a great place to start!

    41 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • Overture to Death

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Who in the quiet village of Chipping would kill wealthy spinster Idris Campanula? Plenty of people, among them her fellow cast members from a troubled charity production. Miss Campanula was a spiteful gossip, gleefully destroying others' lives merely for her own excitement. But once Inspector Roderick Alleyn arrives, he quickly realizes that the murderer might have killed the wrong woman, and may soon stage a repeat performance.

    Robert Mahowald says: "Great characterizations..."
    "Great characterizations..."
    Overall

    I am a big fan of Dorothy Sayers, Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, etc, and this is my first try at Marsh, and I was very impressed with the delicate, spot-on characterizations of provincial Dorset life, the gossip, the politics, and above all the people. If you like the English mystery-- very little blood spilled, but looks that could kill --Overture to Death will fit the bill. Marsh is terrific.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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