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  • The Charlemagne Pursuit: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As a child, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone was told his father died in a submarine disaster in the North Atlantic. But now he wants the full story. He asks his ex-boss, Stephanie Nelle, to secure the military files. What he learns stuns him: His father's sub was a secret nuclear vessel lost on a highly classified mission beneath the ice shelves of Antarctica. But Malone isn't the only one after the truth.

    Matthew says: "Another classic Steve Berry complexity"
    "Not as good as Templar"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Too long by at least 20%. Could have used a good editor to tighten the dialog and kill a few characters. The premise was fascinating but by the fourth section, it had become redundant, difficult to keep track of the numerous (too many) characters. Unlike the other "Berry" novels that preceded this one, the mystery wasn't, the killings formulaic, and the women, dreadful..

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

    Not as good as others.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader was strangled by an unwieldy, text. Maybe Berry could have saved the nasty Admiral or the boring hired gun for another book.

    Could you see The Charlemagne Pursuit being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe half of it, but not the entire book -- too many strings and not enough brass.

    I don't go to movies so I haven't a clue. I do understand theater, how ever, and this book, for the most part, missed the boat.

    Any additional comments?

    Other books by the author attest to his skill. This work did not benefit from his obvious talent.

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  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "Printed Version would be better choice."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I LOVE historical fiction and I am more than familiar with English History, but this book is too dense, filled with long descriptions and side-bar information to absorb in a single "hearing" on audio. Don't even think about multi-tasking while listening ... unless you really don't care if you don't understand relationships at the end of the day. I have listened to chapters 1 - 5 multiple times each, just to fix the various relationships in my mind. The story is fascinating, but for me -- it would be better served up in print, or, if presented by a troupe of actors who could put some individual personality behind the characters.

    Did Simon Slater do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No, that is one of the problems that has created my initial comment. I've "read' many books, fiction and non-fiction on audio. Some readers are better than others but this voice is flat, not descriptive and down-right boring. He does nothing to differentiate one character from another, not even an ageing male from a young woman .....It is hard to understand why the audio version was released in this way, the story is too good to fall victim to a bad narrator. Moreover, tthere are many splendid narrators at Tandor and Brilliance to indicated that there is not a derth of talent.

    If you could take any character from Wolf Hall out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    King Henry -- why not -- he is the instigator behind the tragedy.

    Any additional comments?

    I have many audio books in my personal library. This is the first time I've considered putting an audio version down before finishing the "book". This will not dissuade me for ordering again, but it was not a good way to start a relationship with

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