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Jeff

Geneva, NY, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Mussolini

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jasper Ridley
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    A complex and contradictory figure, Mussolini won the fascination of many statesmen and writers, and their wives. From his early years raised in the traditions of revolutionary Italian Socialism, to his violent execution by Communist partisans at the end of World War II, we watch Mussolini's power ambitions erode his political ideals, as he evolves from brilliant orator and journalist to empire-building dictator enforcing his authority by death squads.

    Oliver says: "Interesting, but not captivating"
    "Very interesting!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Mussolini?

    I teach American college students in Italy occasionally and this has been a great resource in learning to understand Italy. This is a serious biography that provides a reasonably balanced view of Mussolini. He wasn't a clown or a monster, but a deeply troubled man who did very bad things to Italy. Ridley is convincing that his biggest character flaw was wanting to choose winners -- and his biggest mistake, of course, was betting that Hitler was a winner.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Nadia May as a reader . . . but the book is the point!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whose Body?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    This is the case that introduced Lord Peter Wimsey, one of the greatest characters in mystery fiction. The dashing gentleman detective must solve the murder of a prominent financier, who is found dead in his bathtub with a pair of gold pince-nez perched on his nose and a face that appears to have been shaved after death.

    Sandra says: "First of the 'Lord Peter' series."
    "strongly recommended"
    Overall

    Great book, FINE voice! David Case sounds just as I'd like a Lord Peter narrator to sound -- and does women's voices nicely, too. I will certainly listen to more of his readings (especially if he read others by Sayer!!).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ringer

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Someone is posing as the outspoken, blue-eyed, blond attorney and is wreaking havoc around town, apparently determined to destroy everything Bennie loves. Only one person can pull off this double deception: Bennie's identical twin sister, Alice Connelly. But as far as Bennie knows, Alice left Philly long ago and never looked back.

    Kenneth says: "Borrrring!"
    "Very good voices..."
    Overall

    I don't usually listen to abridged versions, but I have to admit that the pacing in this one was very quick and 'thrilling' -- and Kate Burton has a great voice for Bennie Rosato. She did a good job with the French and German speakers as well; I would certainly listen to more she narrates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Therapy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubenstein
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (53)

    "Been a while since I had me a nice little whodunit," homicide detective Milo Sturgis tells Alex Delaware. But there's definitely nothing nice about the brutal tableau behind the yellow crime-scene tape. On a lonely lover's lane in the hills of Los Angeles, a young couple lies murdered in a car. Each bears a single gunshot wound to the head.

    Susan says: "Fun Listening"
    "All wrong..."
    Overall

    I'm a big fan of Jonathan Kellerman and his Alex Delaware mysteries. This is the first audio version that I've listened to. I must say that after having read all his works up to Therapy and then listening to John Rubenstein; the narration is all wrong. These are west coast characters and, if my memory serves me correctly, Milo is originally from the midwest. To have every character speaking with a strong Brooklyn accent takes away significantly from the story. While the story line is typical Kellerman (in a good way), I had a hard time getting beyond the bad voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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