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Leanne

WarkworthNew Zealand

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  • The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lee Child, David Corbett, Joseph Finder, and others
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    Overall
    (2104)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (490)

    15 thriller masters. 1 masterful thriller! Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, within it's handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to the U.S. to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins.

    BSquared67 says: "A rollicking thriller"
    "A blast and a fantastic listen"
    Overall

    I've only recently found this audio book and have enjoyed it so much I immediately bought The Copper Bracelet. Not only was I fascinated by the concept but all the threads opened up by each of the writers were immensely intriguing. The way Jeffery Deaver pulled it altogether in the last chapter was extraordinary. Kudos to all for taking up the challenge and participating in it so brilliantly.

    Jeffery Deaver and Lee Child have always been favourites of mine and I can't wait for their new works to come out. Not only is The Chopin Manuscript a really, really good listen, but it's opened my eyes and ears to a whole other group of writers that I am now going to investigate as potential favourite authors too. Good going Gentlemen & Ladies!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kate Mosse
    • Narrated By Maggie Mash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    July 1209: In Carcassonne, a sixteen-year-old girl is given a mysterious book by her father which he claims contains the secret of the true Grail. Although she cannot understand the strange words and symbols hidden within, she knows that her destiny lies in protecting it.

    Amazon Customer says: "Dan Brown eat you heart out"
    "What makes an audio book work, or not?"
    Overall

    I am forcing myself to finish listening to this book as I always try to finish what I start (reading-wise anyway). However, it is just plain atrocious. I can't make my mind up whether it is the choice of narrator, who no matter what each character is saying seems to be able to inflict a whining tone (you know, "poor little me"), or whether the writing simply lends itself to this type of narrative.

    It would appear that, except for the main character, everyone spends their time being unreasonably angry or agitated and shouting. Also, the plot is taking too long to develop.

    I'm very surprised to find it so hard to stomach listening to a book that is supposed to be an award winner. It's also just the kind of storyline that I usually love, but Labyrinth is proving immensely unsatisfying and I can only listen to it in very small sittings.

    Sorry, Kate Mosse, but it is highly unlikely that I will be listening to any other books of yours, and I don't think, Maggie Mash that I'll be listening to anything you've narrated either.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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