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CompuDoc

San Francisco, Ca USA | Member Since 2006

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  • The Booktaker: A Nameless Detective Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (347)

    The Nameless Detective is called upon to find out how rare books and maps are being stolen from an antiquarian bookshop with a faultless alarm system. He goes undercover in the store, only to be foiled when a theft occurs right under his nose. Then, as he ponders the case (while on a date with the lovely Kerry), he’s violently struck from behind by a car that seems bent on driving him off the road. Will Nameless survive this attempt on his life and solve the case?

    Nicolette says: "Great story"
    "Classically structured mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Booktaker? What did you like least?

    This is a classic mystery with clear clues along the way leading to a conclusion that you might reasonably be able to figure out before you get to the final paragraph. For example, I thought in the early paragraphs that a physical characteristic of a central character was likely an important clue. Unfortunately, I set that aside and didn't use it appropriately - thus missed getting the answer until the author revealed it. I enjoyed the book but would not place it on my list of favorites.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bill Pronzini again?

    Yes


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

    No - not that I recall.


    Do you think The Booktaker needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (3)

    This exquisite novel tells the story of one of the most compelling heroines in modern literature, Emma Bovary. Unhappily married to a devoted, clumsy, provincial doctor, Emma revolts against the ordinariness of her life by pursuing voluptuous dreams of wealth, ecstasy and love. But her sensuous and sentimental desires lead her only to suffering, corruption, and downfall.

    CompuDoc says: "Great classic, old recording"
    "Great classic, old recording"
    Overall

    This is, of course, a great classic, and the reading is fine but not outstanding. The topic is even more relevant today than when it was written. It is an old recording, however, and not up to the standards of more recent times.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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