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Kim

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  • Captain Alatriste

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Arturo Perez-Reverte
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Captain Alatriste is the story of a fictional 17th-century Spanish soldier who, after being wounded in battle during the Thirty Years' War, is forced to retire from the army. Now he lives the comparatively tame, though hardly quiet, life of a swordsman-for-hire in Madrid. Approached with an offer of work, Alatriste is told to go with another hired blade to an unfamiliar part of the city at midnight and wait.

    Adina R. Montgomery says: "Good story...reader could be better."
    "Almost a good book, but not quite"
    Overall

    When the story is in motion, this is a pretty good book. Unfortunately, there are many excursions into philosophy, politics, and history which bog the story down. Sometimes, these little side trips occur in the midst of otherwise tense scenes, which I found jarring. The commentary adds nice color to the story, but takes the swash out of the buckle. A word on the narrator: He reads feelingly, but in a way that makes every sentence sound like a profound pronouncement.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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