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  • Killing the Emperors: A Jack Troutbeck - Robert Amiss Mystery, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ruth Dudley Edwards
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Sir Henry Fortune, celebrity curator, has vanished. So too has his partner in love and money, disreputable art dealer Jason Pringle. Panic spreads throughout the London art world when more people go missing. No one can locate Anastasia Holliday, sensational Abject artist; Jake Thorogood, the critic who catapulted her into stardom; or Dr. Hortense Wilde, notorious for having influenced generations of art students to despise craftsmanship. Hysteria hits the media when it is found that the common link between the victims is that their careers blossomed when they embraced newly fashionable conceptual art.

    p says: "bring back Bill Wallis as Narrator!"
    "bring back Bill Wallis as Narrator!"
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    I love Ruth Dudley Edwards, a bristish mystery with lots of dark humor. I loved Bill Wallis's narration of all the previous books, he brought great identity to each character. This new narrator fell flat and made it difficult to identify who was speaking as there was little difference from one characters portrayal to another.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2740)
    Performance
    (2404)
    Story
    (2419)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "it was just ok and not much more"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    not really - I missed the 'darkly comic' aspect, its was interconnected characters all mired in their own misery and downloading it onto others around them, I found none of the characters redeeming, at best you would pity one for a while and then just be frustrated with their actions, not one seemed to have a bit of common sense. It just became annoying.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The outline was interesting - it presented as a story with potential. What made me lose interest quickly was that chapter after chapter the events were circular and outcomes became predictable, its was like reading a documentry on the welfare system. The book was too long for the story to be told.


    What three words best describe Tom Hollander’s voice?

    He worked well with the material but the nature of the book lead to the narration coming across as flat and monotonous


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I recoginze the author is out to break away from past novels that were fantasy based, but in all honesty I found this book devoid of life, there were more realistic characters, flaws and all in the Harry Potter books.

    9 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Columbus Affair: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (351)

    Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Tom Sagan has written hard-hitting articles from hot spots around the world. But when a controversial report from a war-torn region is exposed as a fraud, his professional reputation crashes and burns. Now he lives in virtual exile - haunted by bad decisions and the shocking truth he can never prove: that his downfall was a deliberate act of sabotage by an unknown enemy. But before Sagan can end his torment with the squeeze of a trigger, fate intervenes....

    p says: "I second the 'Meh" - disappointing and boring."
    "I second the 'Meh" - disappointing and boring."
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    What did you like best about The Columbus Affair? What did you like least?

    Before reading I had high hopes based on the authors prior books and the good narator. The story and the characters were just washed out versions of Berry's other books and characters. You couldn't like or really dislike any of them, they all lacked enough substance to generate any feeling. Weak plot, weak characters, I feel like I a wasted a credit because I expected much better. I get the whole flawed hero as a main character but these charaters were just boring, and the daughter as described by her backstory was educated, religious, divorced, a grown women but came across in the rest of the book as a contradication behaving more like a college student, immature, naive, whiny. I'd give this book a pass unless it was on sale.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    it lacked the thriller aspect, it just felt like a watered down version of the other (Malone) novels


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

    Scoot Brick is usally very good, but he sounded very monotone and unenthusiastic, it only added to the lack interest of the story


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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