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Peggy

Peggy Davis

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  • Italian Shoes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    With more than 30 million copies of his works published, in 37 languages, award-winning author Henning Mankell may be Sweden's most accomplished novelist. Here he crafts the icy, atmospheric tale of Fredrik Welin, a disgraced surgeon living in exile on a small island. When Fredrik receives a surprise visit from a lover he abandoned decades earlier, he begins the difficult road to redemption.

    E. Golladay says: "Wonderful"
    "Wonderful story with perfect choice of narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the fifth book I've experienced by Henning Mankell, the first audiobook. The story is unique and subtle and poignant, strange as only real life can be. Henry Strozier has a voice that perfectly suits the main character. The story begins slowly and flatly to express the emptiness and desolation of this man's life, yet moves forward with the events that pull him back into the land of the living. I both laughed and cried while listening to Italian Shoes. I will listen to this again one day, with great pleasure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The subtlety of this unique first-person story.


    Which character – as performed by Henry Strozier – was your favorite?

    The main character, this damaged, vulnerable and greatly flawed man.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The party for the dying Harriett. Beautiful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Child: Fjällbacka Mysteries, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Camilla Läckberg
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (151)

    Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother’s possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig deep into her family’s past and finally uncover the reasons why. Her enquiries lead her to the home of a retired history teacher. He was among her mother’s circle of friends during the Second World War but her questions are met with bizarre and evasive answers.

    Stevon says: "the author's best work so far"
    "Not a good writer"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Young teens might not object to the amateurish writing, but the material is not appropriate for them.


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

    Simon Vance is an excellent narrator, but even he can't save poor writing.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased the Audible of this book because of my love for Simon Vance's delivery, which is excellent, as always. I have also enjoyed other Swedish crime fiction, particularly Henning Mankell. But Lackberg is no Mankell. Even a fine narrator cannot compensate for poor writing skills.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1231)
    Performance
    (1065)
    Story
    (1084)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Mel says: "Not So Luminous"
    "Long and winding read, but worth the while"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anna


    What about Mark Meadows’s performance did you like?

    Mark Meadows was absolutely fabulous. There were many characters in the novel and he was able to assign a distinct voice to each one. I don't believe I would have enjoyed reading the book as much as I did listening to the story, because of the wonderful narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Troubled Man: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson (translator)
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (297)

    Håkan von Enke, a retired naval officer, disappears during a walk in a forest near Stockholm. Wallander is not officially involved in the investigation, but he is personally affected—von Enke is his daughter’s father-in-law—and Wallander is soon interfering in matters that are not his responsibility. He is confounded by the information he uncovers, which hints at elaborate Cold War espionage.

    Rebecca says: "I'd expect nothing less..."
    "A favorite Henning Mankell"
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    Would you listen to The Troubled Man again? Why?

    Enjoyed Mankell's writing, as always, and Robin Sachs did a terrific job. I'll be looking for more books narrated by him.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Sachs – was your favorite?

    Wallender


    Any additional comments?

    Loved with relationship between Wallender and his daughter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tim Gautreaux
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In this spellbinder by critically acclaimed author Tim Gautreaux, Sam Simoneaux returns from World War I to rebuild his life. But when a girl is snatched from the New Orleans department store where he's working, he hops aboard a Mississippi steamboat to find her - and dredges up ghosts from his painful past.

    Michael L. Wintory says: "The Missing"
    "Poignant period fiction"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Missing to be better than the print version?

    I feel that Henry Strozier's reading enhances an excellent and readable story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character Sam Simoneaux seems like a real person -- kind, gentle, flawed, a man with realistic ambitions and unfortunate luck who perseveres. All the characters in Mr. Gautreaux's story are unique and realistic, some more fleshed out than others. The story flows along with the ups and downs and drama of ordinary life in a difficult time in American history.


    What about Henry Strozier’s performance did you like?

    I seek out books read by Henry Strozier. His voice soothes my mind, as well as bringing characters to life. He paces a book perfectly so every word has the significance intended by the writer.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A story of loss and living.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite books read in the last several years. He is a wonderful Southern writer. I have shared with friends who also enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feast Day of Fools: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1214)
    Performance
    (1015)
    Story
    (1001)

    Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale.

    Mel says: "Shoot Out at the More-Than-OK Corral"
    "Escapism with spiritualism"
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    Would you listen to Feast Day of Fools again? Why?

    I would listen again to nearly anything read, for me, by Will Patton.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Will Patton gives individual voice to each character in the story, with just the right nuance and emphasis.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Mr. Burke is a master at varying the pace and rhythm of his narrative, so that you rock along enjoying the ambience and then are shocked and compelled when action and sometimes violence occurs.


    Any additional comments?

    The voice of the reader is a deal-breaker for any audiobook. Will Patton is the best there I've ever found.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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