... Mark Hammer's narration doesn't hold a candle to that of Will Patton. Patton captures the lyrical quality of Burke's prose -- truly takes me to Louisiana (or, in this case, Montana).
Robin Sachs is one of those few who can read the phone book and be captivating. And when he reads Banville's rich and graceful prose it's just the best. The story flows seamlessly from past to present to past again. Each character is developed just fully enough to make the book sing; nothing extra. The physical descriptions of places and persons are vivid and convey the sight, sound and smell of them. I will surely come back to this book.
This file would not play properly on my iPod. It would start out, then freeze. I tried downloading other Formats, and did a Concierge on-line chat -- to no avail. Irritating.
Starts out fine, then freezes my iPod. Too bad -- it sounds like a good book.
I've listened to, and enjoyed, most of DeMille's previous books. But I'm not at all sure I'll make it to the end of this one -- despite Scott Brick's good narration. Seems to be mostly conversation, with more of DeMille's wise guy asides than needed. Too bad.
The first Taylor Stevens promised a good series. This was a disappointment -- weak plot, uninteresting characters. Too bad.
Morag Joss is new to me. I'm happy to have more of her books in my future! The three main characters are deftly developed and their joint story is unusual and fascinating. I have to disagree with the previous reviewer about the narrators. I'll listen to anything narrated by Robin Sachs (got on to him with the Jo Nesbo books); Kate Reading is an old favorite and Cassandra Campbell a happy new discovery.
I was late to several appointments because I couldn't stop listening.
I love Ian Rankin and am a devout anglophile. But this guy (it's NOT Cynthia Darlow, by the way) somehow obstructed the narrative.
I really don't think the book can be fairly evaluated based on this abridgment (with its somewhat mediocre narrator). Apparently, those responsible for making the cuts have to remove the passages that provide the richness and lovely detail that Flynn typically provides. This makes the whole book two-dimensional and, amazingly, boring. I'm just listening to keep up with background for the next book, "Memorial Day," which is happily available in an unabridged version.
This is a delicious novel by a superb author, and read by one of the all-time masters of narration. But the quality of the recording is so degraded it's virtually incomprehensible. The sound reminds me of recordings of radio broadcasts in the 1930's. Or like it's coming from deep under the water. Another reviewer mentioned this; I wish I'd sampled before I bought.
I really think Audible should lean on the books' publishers (Blackstone Audio in this instance) to come up with an earlier generation recording. It was published fairly recently (1999); there's no reason it has to be this bad.
I believe this is a rather early DeMille. Looks like he found a new, more ruthless editor.... But this one definitely has the vivid descriptions and action of all DeMille.
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