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James H. Breda

Melrose, MA United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 7 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 227 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • Fade Away

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (156)

    For sports agent Myron Bolitar, the disappearance of a man he once competed against was bringing back memories, of the sport he and Greg Downing had both played and the woman they both loved. Now, among the stars, the wanna-bes, the gamblers, and the groupies, Myron is unraveling the strange, violent ride of a sports hero gone wrong, and coming face-to-face with a past he can't relive, and a present he may not survive.

    Mrs. Bobbi Cork says: ""electronic" narration? Slow-paced story"
    "I love ME"
    Overall

    Coben's use of the double entendre, albeit a tad over the top, actually works! I find his sense of humor to be just right. Like a lot of recent authors, I found his ending to be a bit rushed; but rate this one as one of his best yet. More Myron!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Line

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chris Ewan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    What do you do if your fiancée goes missing, presumed taken? If you're Daniel Trent, a highly trained specialist in hostage negotiation, the answer is simple: you find out who took her and you make them talk. But what if your chief suspect is kidnapped? How do you get him back quickly - and alive?

    James H. Breda says: "A GREAT book with an underwhelming ending.."
    "A GREAT book with an underwhelming ending.."
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. I've read/ listened to seven books written by this author. Simon Vance is one of my favorite performers; and was the reason that I started to listen to Chris Ewan.


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

    The story moved along very well; and it was not too predictable. I was a little disappointed in the the ending. I feel that most authors write a great book; but few know how to gracefully and eloquently close. All of Chris Ewan's "Good Thief Guides" ended in a satisfying way; and I would have preferred a different ending to this one. Having said that, I don't want to give the impression that the book is, in any way, flawed. It's certainly not! It held my interest and developed characters very well.


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

    I have yet to listen to a sub par performance by this narrator. His "American" male character voice in DEAD LINE was a little reminiscent of the American character voice of all of the Patrick O'Brian Jack Aubry books. I found it amusing to think that a US Navy Captain from 1812 was time-transported to modern day Provence..


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I will certainly look for more books by Chris Ewan; and listen to them with enthusiasm..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (393)

    Before Harry took on the neo-Nazi gangs of Oslo, before he met Rakel, before The Snowman tried to take everything he held dear, he went to Australia. Harry Hole is sent to Sydney to investigate the murder of Inger Holter, a young Norwegian girl who was working in a bar. Initially sidelined as an outsider, Harry becomes central to the Australian police investigation when they start to notice a number of unsolved rape and murder cases around the country. The victims were usually young blondes. Inger had a number of admirers, each with his own share of secrets, but there is no obvious suspect.

    Old Hippy says: "Glad I read the all the other Nesbo books first"
    "A Thrilling Ride-- Right up to the very last word."
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Bat the most enjoyable?

    After listening to several books in the Harry Hole series, out of sequence (this book was only recently made avaialble), it was enjoyable to learn some of the back stories alluded to in later books. Anyone just "discovering" Jo Nesbo and Harry Hole will do themselves a great service by starting with book 1.

    I've never been to Australia; but have several good friends who leve there; and John Lee "nailed" the accents as far as I can tell. Most enjoyable was the final chapter. Some may say "predictable"; but it's a helluva finish.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    We get to meet Harry almost on holiday at first; but he soon demonstrates why he was sent to OZ to solve the case.. We also get to see a rather unflattering, yet understandable side of Harry that needed to be told.


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

    To dedicate the narration to Robin Sachs was a thoughtful gesture. He adds (IMHO) authentic Aussie accents and allows you to get into the story very fast.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hornblower and the "Atropos"

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Nicolas Coster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (203)

    In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters

    John says: "Great book. Poor narrator."
    "Uncomfortable listen - too slow of a candence.."
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Hornblower and the Atropos? What did you like least?

    I am sure that Mr. Coster is an excellent performer. he certainly has a trained voice. however, after listening the the previous books by Mr. Rodska, it was a surprise and it took me almost to the end of the second book to get used to the very slow cadance in his p e r f o r m a n c e ...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hornblower and the Atropos?

    escape from the turkish bay


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nicolas Coster?

    Christian Rodska


    Did Hornblower and the Atropos inspire you to do anything?

    no. i will not take up deep sea diving any time soon..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter Mayle's Provence: Including 'A Year in Provence' and 'Toujours Provence'

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Peter Mayle
    • Narrated By Peter Mayle, Patrick Macnee
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    When Peter Mayle and his wife traded England's long, gray winters and damp summers for life in southern France, they entered an enchanting, wonderful, sometimes bewildering world. Now, share their adventures, pleasures, and frustrations: the joys and occasional hazards of wining and dining in France, taking part in goat races, attending a Pavorotti concert under the stars - and much more.

    James H. Breda says: "Peter Mayle's Provence Redux"
    "Peter Mayle's Provence Redux"
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    What did you love best about Peter Mayle's Provence: Including 'A Year in Provence' and 'Toujours Provence'?

    Being able to listen to the author, himself, reading was quite a joy. Not that Mr. Macnee's mellifluous voice was, in any way, of a diminished quality. I had read all of Mr. Mayle's books in the past; and thought it was time to revist them via the spoken work. I was not dissapointed.

    I would like nothing better to be able to listen to all of Mr. Mayle's Provence books, especially HOTEL PASTIS, in the AUDIBLE format.


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

    This was not the kind of "edge of your seat" book that I wanted to rush through to get to the ending. Reading Mayle reminds me of why I sail.. It's the journey, not the destination.

    In fact, I do not want these lovely books to ever end!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Logue, Peter Conradi
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (447)

    At the urging of his wife, Elizabeth, the Duke of York (known to the royal family as "Bertie") began to see speech therapist Lionel Logue in a desperate bid to cure his lifelong stammer. Little did the two men know that this unlikely friendship - between a future monarch and a commoner born in Australia - would ultimately save the House of Windsor from collapse.

    Howard says: "As enjoyable as the film, and then some."
    "Nevrer spoken better.."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The King's Speech to be better than the print version?

    Probably. Since I have not read the text, I cannot say with 100% certainty.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It managed to fill in several gaps in the story of this man's career and personal life that the biopic motion picture did not portray.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    His voice , his tenor, his rhythmic cadence..


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

    Not at all. It was to be savoured.


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliantly performed by one of my favorite narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vintage Caper

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Peter Mayle
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    The story begins high above Los Angeles, at the extravagant home and equally impressive wine cellar of entertainment lawyer Danny Roth. Unfortunately, after inviting the Los Angeles Times to write an extensive profile extolling the liquid treasures of his collection, Roth finds himself the victim of a world-class wine heist.

    James H. Breda says: "Tres Bon"
    "Tres Bon"
    Overall

    I waited several months for this release; and I sipped it, like a fine wine! Mr. Mayle's writing again made me smile. There is something comforting and cozy about all of his books; and I always feel at home reading them. OK, perhaps they are a bit predictable; and no one seems to be murdered.. well except for that butcher a long time ago.. Yet, I find that I read and listen and re-read and re-listen and just enjoy them!

    I have a feeling that Mr. Mayle smiles a lot when he writes! It comes through in his books.

    One minor criticism is the endings.. Alas, all good things must come to an end; but I find that most of Mr. Mayle's books end rather abruptly. I have always had the feeling that there should be an epiloge or at lest a little more time wrapping up loose ends. THE VINTAGE CAPER does actually address this issue a lot better; and for that I was pleased.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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