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  • The Golden Egg: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In The Golden Egg, as the first leaves of autumn begin to fall, Vice Questore Patta asks Brunetti to look into a minor violation committed by the mayor’s future daughter-in-law. Brunetti has no interest in helping his boss amass political favors, but he has little choice but to comply. Then Brunetti’s wife, Paola, comes to him with a request of her own. The mentally handicapped man who worked at their dry cleaners has just died of a sleeping pill overdose, and Paola loathes the idea that he lived and died without anyone noticing him, or helping him.

    PhilR says: "A British Brunetti"
    "Disappointing performance"
    What disappointed you about The Golden Egg?

    I have read some but listened to all available audio books in this wonderful series, all narrated by David Colaci, who is wonderful and he is Brunetti. I cannot believe that on the last, for now at least, book of the series, the narrator has changed. I have tried to give him a chance through chapter 8, but cannot bear to listen to him. Besides the British accent, the book sounds as if I have the timing set to 2x; plus he has no intonation for the different characters and is simply reading the book as fast at he can. I will get the written version on my Kindle and at least I can imagine the wonderful Italian accents and distinctive voices I have loved and become accustomed to.

    If you’ve listened to books by Donna Leon before, how does this one compare?

    See above, VERY disappointed in the performance! Do not recommend this to a new reader because they will not get the full experience of the series, and do not recommend to readers who are completing the series. Get the printed verison.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Rintoul?

    David Colaci.

    What character would you cut from The Golden Egg?

    I have not completed the book; need to return this one a buy the printed version.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, a must to finish the series, but with the disclaimer that it's disappointing. After thousands, and thousands of pages and hundreds of hours, this last book has so many subplots that are not tied up and those that are are too quickly done, with subplots with no depth and meaning to them, making them insignificant and left me wondering why they were included at all if 'that's all there was.' Spoiler: Rachel pops a baby boy with no tender scenes of Ean's joy; Jamie disappears overnight to kill Clare's rapist with no discussion, remorse, no vanquishing dialogue and Bree and family show up and that's it, the end. Extremely important events all crammed into the last chapter - reminded me of packing for a trip at the last minute. DB is too good a writer to have done this.

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

    Left out superfluous scenes: the surgery for a fistula. No relevance whatsoever.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The performance and narrator continue to be my favorite.

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

    Yes; watched an enjoyed the first episodes; scenery, acting, excellent. I'm guessing there will be a book 9 that I hope is redemptive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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