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Book Scanner Nan

Bethesda, MD | Member Since 2012

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  • Murder as a Fine Art

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Matthew Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir "Confessions of an English Opium-Eater", is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London 43 years earlier. The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey's essay "On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts". Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter, Emily, and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives.

    Amy says: "Historical Fact + Fiction = Gothic Mystery"
    "5 Stars All-Around!"
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    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Due to listening to this book, I can now define the niche genre of "Victorian Gaslight Mysteries and Thrillers." I always liked this genre, but didn't have a name for it, exactly. I intend on reading/listening to much more of this category, but they may pale in comparison to this one. I don't give 5 stars for everything very often. The story was so totally engrossing and you could really get the feel of being there. Morrell described the lifestyles, customs and conduct of all levels of Victorian society so very well and then created an equally compelling mystery. I was so amused by the regular concern of various male character's that Emily (De Quincey's daughter) or "a lady" must leave the room, or could not hear the more graphic or certainly violent descriptions of police work or even relatively innocent conversations, by today's standards. And I had no idea that in Victorian England, that a surgeon was a step below a physician and that a physician (who treated the upper classes) would never touch his patients. Totally nuts, but that was accurate, I'm sure. And then Matthew Wolf did a superb job as narrator and dramatically enhanced what was already such a very well-written tale. Then the bonus of the post-script was very interesting. If you're a history buff or a fan of this genre or just a mystery fan, I think you'll love it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked it all. But besides the terrific story, Matthew Wolf's narration was spot-on.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Maybe, but it was always nice to come back to later.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1347)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (656)

    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    "Incredible Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, most definitely.


    What other book might you compare No One Would Listen to and why?

    I can't think of a book, but I can definitely relate it to a documentary I saw on Enron.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The frustration and incredulity was clearly apparent in the narration, which was a big part of the story, and contributed to the title.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really, but I still wanted to know what was going to happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I listened to this book and even though I was familiar with the Madoff scandal, it was truly fascinating to read about Markopolos and his heroic efforts to get this crime out to the public...and then he stayed with it for 10 years? He did tear the SEC apart when their "day in court" finally came, but they certainly deserved it. I can only hope they're run better now than they were then.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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