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Jason

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  • The Poe Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Matthew Pearl
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Baltimore, 1849. The body of Edgar Allan Poe has been buried in an unmarked grave. Everyone seems to accept the conclusion that Poe was a second-rate writer who met a disgraceful end, except for a young Baltimore lawyer named Quentin Clark, an ardent admirer who puts his own career and reputation at risk in a crusade to salvage Poe's.

    Cynthia says: "Two hours too long"
    "Pointless, I'm afraid"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the Dante Club and hoped this book would be similarly appealing. To a certain extent, the historical aspects of this book are interesting. Pearl has done a good job of imagining a historical period and populates the book with colorful characters. The narrator, as another review pointed out, does a good job of voicing the various accents. But unfortunately, some good parts do not make up a worthwhile whole. As Pearl himself practically concedes in his remarks at the end of this audiobook, there's no real point to the characters' actions or efforts and there is little recognizable narrative cohesion or direction. All the more infuriating, this very pointlessness and lack of cohesion appears to have some lit-crit significance to the author. My suggestion to authors who want to convey similar messages: do it in a journal, not a 13 hour audiobook novel.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Moscow Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (1134)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (465)

    In the new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of The Secret Servant, the death of a journalist leads Gabriel Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spy craft, even he has something to learn. He's playing by Moscow rules now.

    Lucie says: "Change of narrator"
    "Decent narration, bad direction / editing."
    Overall

    The narrator is good in general, but mispronounces several fairly common French and Hebrew words. In a novel that takes place (partly) in France with Israeli characters, this makes the production seem shoddy. This is the director's job to fix, though, not the narrator's.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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