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anthony

santa rosa, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Burglars Can't Be Choosers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    In this first in a series of wickedly funny mysteries, best-selling author Lawrence Block introduces Bernie Rhodenbarr, sometimes burglar, sometimes sleuth. Pulling only an occasional, very discreet job, Bernie manages to maintain his comfortable New York City apartment and keep his unorthodox vocation a closely-guarded secret. Every burglar knows never to trust anonymous phone calls. But when the caller offers easy money for an hour's work, Bernie can't ignore the job.

    Bodiccea says: "Wonderful Wise-Ass Humour"
    "Absolutely painful and dull"
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    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Burglars Can't Be Choosers better?

    A better story, a better narrator. Unbelievably tedious and boring. Tried to listen thinking this might get better but had to return it.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1539)
    Performance
    (1332)
    Story
    (1331)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "Insufferable, painful listening from the start"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jussi Adler-Olsen again?

    I doubt it


    Would you be willing to try another one of Erik Davies’s performances?

    Absolutely not


    What character would you cut from The Keeper of Lost Causes?

    Page one through the end of the book


    Any additional comments?

    Oh where to begin? Why can't I rate it zero or negative 5 stars? I am a huge fan of Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole detective collection and Steig Larson's Dragon Tattoo series so when listeners likened this book and the subsequent novels of this author to those, I was intrigued. Were they ever wrong! This book is horrible in so many aspects. First of all the writing is simply childish, dull and intensely predictable. I found myself completing one cliche after another before it was even uttered. The protagonist, Carl Mork, is unlikeable, a slacker with no depth. Actually not a single character had much depth but how could they with writing so simple-minded and boring?

    The author attempts to interject humor. Oh lord, please help me, is all I can say! Dry, dead-witted and so on. I stopped and asked myself, "Really, did I just hear that? Was it supposed to be funny?"

    To top it off, I can't think of a narrator that made me cringe each time he launched into his impressions of what a Norwegian should sound like. Does he really think changing "we" to "vee" and using some stereotypically ridiculous somewhat German lilt will make us think we are in Norway listening to Norwegian detectives? Why in the name of good narration would someone attempt to fake these accents? If a work is translated from its native language into English, read the story without the Hogan's Heroes Colonel Klink affectations. Who thought this was a good idea?

    Anyway, I slogged through 2 hours of this drivel hoping the story might get better, hoping I could get used to the narration, hoping I'd stop rolling my eyes, hoping for some redeeming quality such as a story line, but I just had to stop, call Audible and politely ask for a refund.

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