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David

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  • Most Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Roger May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    It is the Second World War and France has fallen. In their trusty fishing boat, Genevieve, armed with only a flame-thrower and limited ammunition, a small group of officers and men take a stand against the might of the German army. This is classic Shute: a thrilling adventure about the heroism of ordinary men that will keep you on the edge of your seat, cheering them on.

    Sandy says: "Censored for 3 years"
    "I am a sucker for Neville Shute"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Most Secret in three words, what would they be?

    Best Shute Ever!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Neville Shute is a master of plot. You can feel the tension the war engendered in the English people. He masterfully weaves together sub plots which converge with great dramatic tension.


    What about Roger May’s performance did you like?

    Wait, What? ONE person narrated this? Every character was so distinctly voiced that the "narrator" disappeared.


    If you could take any character from Most Secret out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I heard ut awhile ago, and now don't remember the names. The young woman driver, though, seems very appealing.


    Any additional comments?

    Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (23)

    Inspector Zen receives the order he has been dreading all his professional life: his next posting is to Sicily. Set against the backdrop of the 3000 year old city of Catania, Blood Rain reveals Aurelio Zen at his most desperate and driven.

    David says: "Be prepared for a rain of blood!"
    "Be prepared for a rain of blood!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Blood Rain?

    It was too gruesome and gory. There were images which are, sadly, seared into my memory that I would sooner forget.
    I've read several others in the series, and have loved Zen. Here he seems flat. Though to be honest, I stopped listening after the description of particularly brutal Mafia hit.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Dibdin again?

    Maybe.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kitchen – was your favorite?

    Aurelio Zen


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    revulsion and anguish


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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