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William

Bethesda, MD, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Cover Her Face

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Roy Marsden
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    Though Sally Jupp came from the village home for unmarried mothers, she seemed the ideal girl to help Mrs Maxie run a large house and look after her invalid husband. But the real Sally, pretty, ambitious and clever, was very different from the docile, repentant character she seemed to be. Murder shattered the tranquility of her new home and Chief Detective Inspector Adam Dalgliesh arrived in the peace of a country Sunday to investigate the killing of a character as mysterious as Sally herself.

    connie says: "sound quality OK in E format"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First time Ms. James has disappointed. Too many characters introduced too rapidly and not effectively developed—and not very interesting to boot, a convoluted plot difficult to follow, a final scene perhaps meant as a parody of Hercule Poirot calling a meeting of all the suspects so that in a tour de force he could expose the murderer. Just did not work, for me at least.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Question of Belief: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    Commissario Guido Brunetti must contend with ingenious corruption, bureaucratic intransigence, and the stifling heat of a Venetian summer. As he plans a trip to the mountains with his family, he learns that cases at the local court - hardly known as a model of efficiency - are being delayed to the benefit of one of the parties. A creative new trick for corrupting the system, perhaps, but what can Brunetti do about it?

    rgsinger says: "It's boring"
    "Spoiled by Pretentious Narration"
    Overall

    I have read (in print) and admired all of the preceding Commissario Brunetti titles and this is my first disappointment, partly because the novel is atypically slow-starting and slow in general, but mostly because of the oddly stilted narration. David Colacci apparently decided that because the story takes place in Venice and the characters are Italian he would need to give them a phony and forced Italo-American accent. This is unsuccessful and distracting in the extreme. If Mr. Colacci read Tolstoi in translation would he provide an American's notion of a Russian accent? Should Madame Bovary, narrated in English, speak with a pseudo-French accent? It does not work and frankly spoils the book.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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