san francisco | Member Since 2008
That title doesn't make much sense, but, like a rich Italian entree, I'm trying to figure out all the ingredients that made this short novel so enjoyable to listen to. The writing is precise and introspective, the tone is self-deprecating, the atmosphere, urban with a splash of European beach culture. The narration (not an Italian accent) is seductive, chiseled and intimate.
The story is besides the point...this is a character study squisito with Milhone-style details (instead of pulling on jeans and a sweatshirt, our protagonist slips into soft Italian loafers). Avvocato Guido shares his meals with us along with his embarrassments, unromantic notions and Italian points of law. Veramente buono!
This is the real thing, folks. Intriguing mystery, creepy narration, cinematic writing and unflinching storytelling that brings characters into your lives you'll actually care about. Download with abandon and get ready for a genuine earbender.
Jim McCance, as the narrator, did a decent job telling this tale of serial killing, attorneys, childhood trauma with a dollop of art and romance but the story is really far-fetched, hackneyed and ridiculously unrealistic. Not hateful but pretty disappointing.
The story is intriguing--I *think*--but I'm so annoyed by the over dramatized style of the narrator that I can't find a toe hold. Giving up half way into it.
This may end up being one of your favorite new series but it was just fluff to me. I really enjoyed the narrator and liked that it takes place in Flagstaff, AZ but that's about the extent of it. It reads like a light version of The Blacklist or some other TV show where a woman finds out how strong she really is under the guidance of a man who is not who he appears to be. Oh, and throw in the current but stale theme in screenplays, corporate greed, add a little romance, sprinkle with some between-girls banter and you've got Don't Order Dog. Yawn.
There were fleeting moments when I was listening intently, gripped by mystery and eager to hear each word--but they weren't very often. To me, the book came *this close* to sounding "preachy" and if it wasn't Tana French I don't think I would have had the patience to listen through the coming-of-age story of girlhood, being part of a clan and exploring the differences between the sexes and the classes. More of a YA novel than a mystery...definitely not as arresting as her first three books.
With a hint of Matthew Mcconaughey in there, J. Rodney Turner's voice is startlingly arresting, not only because of its charming accent but because Mr. Turner's warm tone just makes you want to hear what he's gonna say next.
The story? Reedonkulous. But listening to Mr. Turner suspended my disbelief for 12 hours.
The narration is okay but the story is so far-fetched that it's ridiculous. There are also some good moments where Koryta teaches us about survival and Montana and fire fighting but even then it's pretty preach-y and ham-fisted. All in all, not my favorite 11 hours.
What a fun, scary romp through Lucas Davenport's chase to catch his creepiest arch enemy. Highly recommend!
Southern, ooze-y, boozy and bleak with the kind of protagonist we love to root for. Michael Kramer is pitch perfect, confessing a hit man's philosophy through a story of botched redemption.
Campbell Scott's narration blends serious doom with contemporary snark in a story about the end of the world that left me wanting to work backwards and change events for a hopeful finish. So cinematic and way before its time...before The Walking Dead, before Avatar, before I Am Legend...with a heartbreaking longing for the things we take for granted on planet Earth.
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