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Bruno, Chief of Police Audiobook

Bruno, Chief of Police

Bruno is a former soldier who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of country life - living in his restored shepherd's cottage; patronizing the weekly market; sparring with, and basically ignoring, the European Union bureaucrats from Brussels. He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it. But then the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army changes everything and galvanizes Bruno's attention.
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Bruno is a former soldier who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of country life - living in his restored shepherd's cottage; patronizing the weekly market; sparring with, and basically ignoring, the European Union bureaucrats from Brussels.

He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it. But then the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army changes everything and galvanizes Bruno's attention: the man was found with a swastika carved into his chest. Bruno soon discovers that even his seemingly perfect corner of la belle France is not exempt from that period's sinister legacy.

©2008 Walker and Watson Ltd.; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Christine 01-29-15
    Christine 01-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Incredibly Appropriate Today"
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    Besides how entertaining and evocative of life in southern France, I found Martin Walker's book to be incredibly timely, given the recent turmoil in France (Charlie Hebdo). The historical accounts of French Resistance fighters, and Vichy and gestapo police, were enlightening and handled with a well-balanced objectivity...the author's journalism background does him proud. Furthermore, Bruno is an entertaining protagonist, albeit a little too good to be true, and some scenes make me groan for their obvious "guy's point of view", but, hey-that can be instructive, too. All in all, a terrific listen.
    As others have noted, the British narrator is distracting, but I think we are always supposed to bear in mind that this is written from a British
    point of view. I will try to get used to him (I see he has read all the books in the series.) because I like Bruno, and I especially like Walker's historical approach so much!

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    private 09-11-14
    private 09-11-14
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    "Not bad but not at all good"
    Would you try another book from Martin Walker and/or Robert Ian MacKenzie?

    No. The book seemed designed to win fans by using all the things the author thinks the reader would like. For instance it's full of uninteresting food porn.
    The reader made every woman sound like an idiot.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Better women's voices


    Any additional comments?

    It's fine to listen to but there is nothing special about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PickyPicky 09-22-13
    PickyPicky 09-22-13

    I adore really well-written fiction, mystery series, and historical fiction, and delight in finding well-narrated translations.

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    "Bruno, his French village, + a mystery! Oh La La!"

    The town and the characters are more important than the mystery, though it's a doozie, illustratiing how WWII's aftermath just keeps on giving.....Great first book in this series, glad there are more!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Share Faerber St. Louis, MO, US 09-15-13
    Share Faerber St. Louis, MO, US 09-15-13 Member Since 2016

    I am an artist and I love to listen to books while I work. Books have always been an important part of my life. Audible Rocks!

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    "A Surprising GEM loved it!"

    Wow. I loved this book. A slow start but it grabs you, and I loved the village and the characters! I wanted to go live there and know these people. Add in a murder mystery with its roots in the history of this region of France, and you have one of my favorite books.
    Part of that was because I was so surprised by it.
    Wrong title I think!
    Give it a try!
    I am going out to get a french cookbook!

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Thierry 10-01-13
    Thierry 10-01-13
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    "Needs a French narrator!"
    What would have made Bruno, Chief of Police better?

    A narrator with a French or neutral accent would have made this audio book spectacular.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bruno


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator has an upper class British accent. Bruno is a lower class French person. The British accent is completely distracting. The narrator would be great for a James Bond novel but ruins this book.


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

    I loved the story and will read the other novels in the series instead of listening to them.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 09-04-12
    Barbara 09-04-12
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    "A great narrator with the wrong book..."
    Where does Bruno, Chief of Police rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle of the pack, would be upper middle if Robert Ian MacKenzie hadn't read the character as though Bruno were Carson the butler of Downton Abbey. Martin Walker the author might be an Oxford-educated British ex-pat, but his/my hero Bruno Courreges the chief of police is supposed to be French! Bruno just might have more common sense in his little finger than 99% of the rest of the world put together, but Bruno was an orphan who got his education in the army, not at Harrow or Oxford.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bruno, of course.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robert Ian MacKenzie’s performances?

    MacKenzie was perfect in his reading of Mark Helprin's Freddie and Fredricka, which unfortunately does NOT work for Bruno, the French village chief of police.


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

    As you probably know by now I had an extreme reaction to MacKenzie's reading of the book. It was phenomenally annoying. The book itself is an excellent variation of the British "cozy" murder mystery, and in the right voice would have been just what I was looking for. I will read the remainder of the series and keep my ear out better uses of MacKenzie's prodigious talent.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-26-12

    Words form the heart, sound forms the soul, intrigue forms the mind.

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    "A very good listen."
    If you could sum up Bruno, Chief of Police in three words, what would they be?

    Yummy, Intriguing, Current


    What other book might you compare Bruno, Chief of Police to and why?

    The MC Beaton books, small village, smart cop, with a love life that is unresolved. I like Bruno better though, he is an incredible cook and seems to have a better outlook on life.


    What about Robert Ian MacKenzie???s performance did you like?

    Good characterizations and seemed to capture what the author was intending.


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

    Not that I can remember.


    Any additional comments?

    The writing is good and keeps you listening, wonderful characters, great descriptions and a look at current problems in France that I knew nothing about.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Inesanna New York, NY United States 08-01-15
    Inesanna New York, NY United States 08-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Ugh"

    The person reading this book was HORRIBLE. The story is set in a small French town. Throughout the whole listening experience I wished a person knowing at least some French pronunciation was reading the book. Or at least if they could get the curse words right. It was painful.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Norwell, MA, United States 04-15-15
    Joseph Norwell, MA, United States 04-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Not bad not good Benign"

    This book was purchased on the basis of audible recommendations resulting from past purchases. Not really a very good recommendation. The book was not bad but it was never engaging in any way. It was like listening to background music unoffending but uninteresting. The most interesting portions of the book were related the the preparation of local food.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary United States 09-13-13
    Mary United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Like a tour of french wine country"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, interesting mystery and wonderfully developed local culture and scenery.


    What other book might you compare Bruno, Chief of Police to and why?

    Hmmmm, kind of unique.


    What about Robert Ian MacKenzie’s performance did you like?

    His multiple voices with French accents were very well done.


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

    No, like good wine, wanted to savor over time.


    Any additional comments?

    Way to go Bruno!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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