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charlotte

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By David Simon
    • Narrated By Reed Diamond
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    A highly acclaimed journalistic masterpiece and true crime classic, Homicide illustrates a year in the life of the detectives of the Homicide Unit in the city of Baltimore. David Simon, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, spent 4 tears on the police beat before taking a leave of absence to write this book.

    Larry says: "As real as it gets"
    "Lost my interest"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book gives an inside perspective on the workings of the Baltimore homicide division. It is a low-key story of the relationships and experiences of cops.


    Has Homicide turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I love cop stories, but they must have a compelling story and an interesting protagonist.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was flat. My mind kept wandering.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Homicide?

    The scenes did not even stay in my head.


    Any additional comments?

    Too bad this did not stand up to David Simon's later writing.

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  • The Vault: An Inspector Wexford Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (82)

    The impossible has happened. Chief Inspector Reg Wexford has retired. He and his wife now divide their time between Kingsmarkham and a coachhouse in Hampstead belonging to their actress daughter, Sheila. For all the benefits of a more relaxed way of life, Wexford misses being the law. But a chance meeting in a London street, with someone he had known briefly as a very young police constable, changes everything. Tom Ede is now a detective superintendent, and is very keen to recruit Wexford as an adviser on a difficult case.

    Norma says: "This said it is unabriged, but is it"
    "Not her most compelling"
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    Where does The Vault rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As a fan of Ruth Rendell I was quite excited to get and listen to The Vault. It didn't quite live up to the writing quality of her other books, but was engaging all the same. For fans of her detective series this is a must. It moves him into his next stage of life and how he deals with it. The mystery is intriguing, but unwinds a little slowly. The reader is very good with English accents and suggests class, age and gender well.


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