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Robert MacGrogan

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  • Red Square

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (155)

    In the summer of 1991, Arkady Renko has returned from exile and is back on the homicide squad in a newly democratic Moscow. When Arkady’s informant, Rudy Rosen, and his underworld bank-on-wheels are consumed in a ball of fire, Arkady finds himself in an investigation that points to the heart of Russia’s decaying infrastructure.

    janncam says: "Frank Muller is Arkady Renko"
    "A Fascinating Thriller And So Much More"
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    If you could sum up Red Square in three words, what would they be?

    A fascinating story of a fascinating time and place (the old Eastern block as it crumbles and stumbles out of decades of Communism) with psychologically complex characters who experience real emotions, and it just happens to also be an engaging thriller.


    What three words best describe Frank Muller’s voice?

    I found Muller's narration to be difficult to follow for the first hour or two. He uses a very deep, quiet baritone to express the Arkady's ennui, which is appropriate. But I found the narration nearly inaudible in places near the beginning and thought every sentence was read in the same sad, declining cadence. A firey explosion is narrated in the same sad, slow tone of voice he uses to describe Arkady's jaded interactions with black marketeers. However, once he gets his rhythm, Muller's voice really finds a nice, easy to follow tone that adds a lot to the story. (Or maybe I just got used to it.)


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  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8336)
    Performance
    (7894)
    Story
    (7923)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Nice Followup. Awful Reading by Michael Kramer"
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    Any additional comments?

    The writing is all classing Sanderson. A fine followup to the Way of Kings. Other reviewers have adequately covered that ground.

    But for some reason few people are complaining about the awful reading by Michael Kramer. This is one of the worst readings I've heard. There are hours of narration where Kramer give the exact same tired cadence to every single sentence.

    Blah blah blah blah UP, blah blah blah blah UP, blah blah blah blah downnnn.

    A better narrator would have made for a much better experience.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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