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Drucilla

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  • Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Charles Leggett
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Escape is a classic encounter between the forces of good and evil in human form that asks, and answers, questions of how to deal with supposedly "God-inspired" acts of murder and mayhem. In a riveting trial of garish courtroom confrontations, newly elected New York District Attorney Karp battles the "insanity of the insanity defense", as he tries to make Jessica Campbell, a rabble-rousing political science professor at NYU, pay for the murder of her three children. While Campbell claims that God told her to "send her three children to Him," it is up to Karp to prove that she was fully aware of the nature and consequences of her actions.

    A User says: "Thank you, Mr. T."
    "Boring"
    Overall

    Tanenbaum's books were some of my favorites. But the last couple or three of his books have been rote, spun from a formula. If you want to appreciate Tanenbaum as an author, and the Karp/Ciampi family, pick up his earlier books, starting from the first in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4187)
    Performance
    (2357)
    Story
    (2358)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Gripping, harrowing - narration poor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I started this book with some trepidation as I knew it was going to be an emotional, trying experience. I've listened to about two hours of it so far, and know without a doubt that this is going to be a great novel. The only bad thing is trying to get past the narrator, who sounds like he is just beginning to learn his craft, flat and with inappropriate pauses and segues; unable to provide different characters with different voices. Because I see that so many others have rated this narrator highly, I'm hoping that he will improve greatly as he progresses through the reading of this book. For now, the narrator is the only fly in the ointment of my enjoyment of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Morning for Flamingoes: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (378)

    Dave Robicheaux felt the bone-grinding pain rip through his body as the .45 did its damage. Through the agonizing haze that enveloped him, he heard an almost inhuman laugh - the hideous, victorious cackling of Jimmie Lee Boggs - a sound he would never forget. It had started out as an ordinary prisoner transfer, then turned into a blood bath when the convicted murderer got hold of a gun.

    Ed says: "Burke is an outstanding novelist"
    "Narration both good and bad"
    Overall

    As usual, Burke's poetic writing style pulls your senses into the action. However, I almost stopped listening when the narrator began reading. As I moved through the book, however, I found that Hammer had a genuine gift for dialect, and this made the narration bearable. When Hammer was just narrating the narrative (sorry, don't know how else to put that), he sounds like he's recovering from the flu and will barely be able to make it through the paragraph. I also didn't like Hammer's interpretation of Robicheaux's voice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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