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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
    (143)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    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"
    "Great story + fantastic narration = A Fine Art!"
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    Would you listen to Murder as a Fine Art again? Why?

    This time era has always held a fascination for me since I discovered Sherlock Holmes when I 10 years old. The story sounding intriguing, so I thought I'd give it a go. It is VERY evident that Mr. Morrell did extensive research into the time & location in which he set his story. Characters are fleshed out well & both intellectually & emotionally distinct, plot is tight & the descriptions are so detailed you can't help but feel you're right along beside the characters on the spooky, fog-laden streets of London. I should add the details aren't done in a laborious way. He walks the tightrope of giving you what the reader/listener needs, to create the visual without being bogged down. No synopsis...you can get that above; but his blending of historical fact & fiction is seamless. I almost forgot at times it was a fictional portrayal of a few factual characters. It was engrossing & kept my attention throughout.


    Which character – as performed by Matthew Wolf – was your favorite?

    The main protagonist....De Qunicy. Morrell's writing of the character & Wolf's performance made him jump out in 3-D fashion. Brilliant, flawed, frustrating & courageous....that only begins to describe the complexity of this character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    One of my biggest praises is Matthew's Wolf's narration of this great book. I have the Kindle version as well; but often I chose to actually 'read' very little of it. Why? Because the job he did on the narration was that WELL DONE! Surprisingly I found myself just 'following along' with the highlighted Kindle passages as I listened. I don't think a man can ever do a true-sounding woman's voice justice, so the voice of Emily wasn't the best. However, the slight change in syllable emphasis, pitch & tone of his voice with the other characters gave the feel of a multi-person cast. It truly captured the essence of the time & place.


    Any additional comments?

    Whether you read or listen, I can't recommend this book more highly. It certainly is one of the most enjoyable reads I've experienced & definitely one of the finest narrations I've heard for a work of fiction ever.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Life With the Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Martin
    • Narrated By James Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (88)

    Be inspired by saints like never before in My Life with the Saints by James Martin, SJ. This best-selling memoir of spiritual self-discovery is an homage to the saints who have accompanied Fr. Martin throughout his life. From a lukewarm childhood Catholicism, to the Wharton School of Business, to the executive fast track at General Electric, to the Jesuits, to a media career in Manhattan, Martin has relied on the saints to intervene in and guide his life.

    Amazon Customer says: "The title describes the book"
    "Engaging, Informative, Inspiring"
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    What made the experience of listening to My Life With the Saints the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the approach taken when writing this book. It wasn't just another dry, biographical depiction of saints with a new person covered with each chapter. Father Martin gives a solid 'cliff notes' biography of each person with several anecdotes added for flavor; but the book was enhanced with his stories how he came to know about each of these saints & what role they played in his life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    A favorite character doesn't apply for me in this case; but Father Martin's presentation has prompted me to further explore the lives of a couple of these men & women I wasn't that familiar with.


    Have you listened to any of James Martin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to James Martin before; but his narration was very engaging.


    Any additional comments?

    The key word would be 'relational'. I often forget that even though these people are saints (yes some he talks about are not cannonized), they had faults & vices just like all of us. There are many more saints out there to explore & ask for intercession when we need it. I think we have a lot more in common with these people than what we realize.

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