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Connie

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Dallas, TX USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Betrayed: A Butch Karp / Marlene Ciampi Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    When Dirty Warren, the criminal-court newspaper vendor afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome, is charged with murdering socialite Rene Hanson, Marlene Ciampi investigates. Marlene’s findings throw doubt on the case, but she is ignored by power-hungry and press-happy Westchester County DA Harley Chin, who is intent on doing whatever it takes to convict Dirty Warren, with the encouragement of powerful political forces.

    Connie says: "didn't enjoy this narrator as much"
    "didn't enjoy this narrator as much"
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    I was very irritated with the narrator of this book early on, having just listened to the previous two novels in Tanenbaum's "Butch Karp" series read (much more adeptly, IMO) by Charles Leggett. Mr. Foster didn't even pronounced John Jojola's name correctly (I believe it should be "ho-HO-lah") and his "Clay Fulton" was a little too "black" compared to Mr. Leggett's more straight-forward portrayal of the same character. I think he did a good job with Giancarlo and Zak, though.

    As far as the story itself, it seemed to take a long, long time to ramp up. If I had it to do over, I would save my Audible.com credit for another book read by Charles Leggett.


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  • Outrage: Butch Karp - Marlene Ciampi Series

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Months after a brutal double homicide in uptown Manhattan shocks the city, sensational newspaper headlines herald the arrest and indictment of Felix Acevedo, a shy Bronx teenager who confessed to the horrific crimes. But downtown, in the district attorney’s office, Butch Karp is seething. No sooner does he bask in the relief of successfully closing the case on murderous imam Sharif Jabbar than he is thrust into the center of a high-profile prosecution that threatens the integrity of his office.

    Meggin says: "Tanenbaum has 'jumped the shark'"
    "poor narrator didn't do his homework"
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    Performance
    Story

    I have read and listened to several of Robert K. Tanenbaum's books. This narrator, Mel Foster, apparently did no homework about the characters before narrating "Outrage". Mr. Foster mispronounced many, many of the character's names (examples: Butch's secretary, Moishe Sobelman, Ariadne Stupenagle) and gave Ariadne Stupenagle a really, really stupid accent.

    The story itself is very good, better than some of the previous works since Tanenbaum stopped co-writing with Michael Gruber.

    But Mel Foster's narration / accents were atrocious.

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