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Baltimore Blues Audiobook
Baltimore Blues
Written by: 
Laura Lippman
Narrated by: 
Deborah Hazlett
Baltimore Blues Audiobook

Baltimore Blues

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Unemployed at 29, Tess Monaghan is willing to take any freelance job to pay the rent - including a bit of unorthodox snooping for her rowing buddy, Darryl "Rock" Paxton. In a city where someone is murdered almost every day, attorney Michael Abramowitz's death should be just another statistic. But the slain lawyer's notoriety - and his noontime trysts with Rock's fiancée - make the case front page news...and point to Rock as the likely murderer. But trying to prove her friend's innocence could prove costly to Tess.

©1997 Laura Lippman; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks

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    Dana L. Benson Texas 02-27-10
    Dana L. Benson Texas 02-27-10 Listener Since 2009

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    "Baltimore Blues"

    Hard to get into. I am having a hard time listening to this, she just seems to jump around and not get to the point. I haven't completed listening because of this.

    16 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    R. Sippel San Jose, CA United States 04-26-12
    R. Sippel San Jose, CA United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2007

    Chef

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    "story was interestering"

    If you want a book that is not violent, not many curse words
    (I think they say the F bomb once), sex, drugs, humor, or action this book is for you.
    The story was good just not full of anything that would put me on the edge of my seat.
    I have to say that I'm not keen on women narrators, sorry, a lot of women use funny voices for the man parts, (they seem to try to hard) but I think Deborah did a great job and did not grate on my nerves.
    I was hoping for more to motivate me in the series, but I may try the second book in the series.

    14 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Jordan 03-21-15
    Jordan 03-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Average at best."

    Reader was easy to listen to but the story seemed choppy and frustrating to follow. Lots of things were left unexplained and parts(mostly various characters actions) made no sense. Ok story, could have been a lot better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron P. Lazar 07-19-16 Member Since 2012

    Aaron Lazar

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    "A true gem!"

    I wish I had discovered this talented author years ago! Lippman is an outstanding writer, with plenty of "literary gems" gently sprinkled within the prose of the mystery. The characters feel real and the scene setting rings true, setting the reader smack dab in the city of Baltimore - superb local color. In addition, the dialog is very natural-sounding.

    The only issue I had was with the narrator, who seemed to rush her words so much that I had a hard time listening at the normal speed. I solved the problem by reducing the speed to 75%, which imparted a lovely, soft, luxurious feel to her voice. I will continue to do this as I go forward through the series now.

    I've already started to listen to book #2 and am loving it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Spokane, WA, United States 06-19-16
    Kenneth Spokane, WA, United States 06-19-16 Member Since 2010
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    "This story is so. . . slow"
    What would have made Baltimore Blues better?

    This story is so slow I couldn't get past the first couple hours. Could not finish because it was impossible to get into it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Laura Lippman again?

    I don't know


    Would you be willing to try another one of Deborah Hazlett’s performances?

    She was fine just reading a book with no hook.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I'm not sure as I couldn't get into it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Reademandweep 04-23-16 Member Since 2014

    and a penny for your thoughts

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    "Terrible reader ruined the experience."

    Save your credit. The store is OK with the reader absent. My fifth-grader could have done just as well, probably better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Voracious Reader NY 02-02-16
    Voracious Reader NY 02-02-16 Member Since 2012

    Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.

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    "1st Tess Monaghan--she's unfocused, a novice..."
    Would you try another book from Laura Lippman and/or Deborah Hazlett?

    I've read a number of the later books. My favorite is By a Spider's Thread. It was a bit disconcerting to read this, the first in the series, because I'm more accustomed to a more experienced, polished Tess... It was good but she was so young & a bit scattered...


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

    I've read a number of the later books. My favorite is By a Spider's Thread. It was a bit disconcerting to read this, the first in the series, because I'm more accustomed to a more experienced, polished Tess... It was good but she was so young & a bit scattered... I guess everybody has to grow at their chosen profession & everybody starts out a bit raw....


    What does Deborah Hazlett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Love being read to.


    Could you see Baltimore Blues being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. Didn't see it from this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the best part was meeting some of Tess's relatives. I LOVE her uncles - the one who works for the government & the one who runs the bar! And I love Aunt Kitty. What a supportive family! Tess is super lucky!
    Good whodunit - enjoyable, logical solution.
    I thought book was a THREE parter because I mistakenly somehow downloaded part 2 twice so when the book ended I was like--what?! I didn't realize the big climax was the big climax. Oops! Wrapped up well, tho.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Musser Atlanta 10-19-15
    A. Musser Atlanta 10-19-15 Member Since 2013

    Engineer, wife, audiobook addict. I live for those books that you just cannot put down.

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    "Uninspired"

    I usually don't struggle to write a review. However, this audiobook felt so uninspired that I am having trouble coming up with enough coherent words to write a more competent explanation of my dislike of the book beyond "sophomoric" which is a word I feel I've overused in my reviews of late. I think I would have enjoyed this book when I was in 10th grade but the story line felt too mature for young adult lit.

    What I liked about the book: It was set in Baltimore, a city I spent many years exploring and know very well. And, I didn't fall asleep listening.

    What I didn't like:
    The narrator reads Tess with a sort of immature and snooty voice. Coupled with her brash nature and her disregard for the fact that her actions could have a real impact on people's lives and her inability to grasp that she could be doing more harm than good made me really dislike her. She was arrogant and immature and in some cases outright subversive, attempting to manipulate people instead of just dealing in truth which would have been more believable of an ex-reporter.

    The story never really explains or wraps up some of Ava's more peculiar traits. In fact, I felt like Ava becomes sort of tossed away used as a means to get to the story the author really wants to tell. It felt like unskillful writing. A better author would have been able to give Ava more closure without tossing her out with the bathwater half way through the story only to come back and give her some unnecessary post script happy-ish ending that doesn't tie up any of the loose threads of her story.

    Finally, we're supposed to believe Tess can make these investigative leaps that are a stretch of logic but she's too stupid to realize the danger she is in at the end of the book? I don't want to give any more away than that but just suffice it to say that given her recent predicaments and her ability to make these insane leaps of logic, it was totally unbelievable that she wasn't more cautious toward the end of the book. For me, this trend of super smart characters that turn around and lose all their common sense in order to create drama and plot climax for authors too unskilled to weave a more believable scenario has become a tired cliché in these types of investigative stories. It's not believable and it's a disservice to the reader and the plot.

    I'd recommend skipping this book altogether.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ML 10-08-15
    ML 10-08-15
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    "I enjoyed this book."

    this was a good book. I liked the caracters. the ending was a little blah, but mist if the book kept my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Leuck 09-26-15
    M. Leuck 09-26-15 Member Since 2010
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    "ENGAGING STOREY"
    Would you listen to Baltimore Blues again? Why?

    NO, I JUST DON'T DO THAT EVER


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    TESS GREAT FLAWED HEROINE


    What about Deborah Hazlett’s performance did you like?

    THE VOICES SHE USES FOR THE VARIOUS CHARACTORS


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO IN CAR, TOOK ABOUT A WEEK TO COMPLETE


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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