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Bruno, Chief of Police Audiobook

Bruno, Chief of Police

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Publisher's Summary

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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    J. Lindsey San Fernando Valley, CA 06-11-16
    J. Lindsey San Fernando Valley, CA 06-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing!"

    Historical fiction with a unique protagonist and at realistic fictitious plot that includes criminal activity and great detective collaboration!!
    This is what I live for in listening to a book.
    Bruno was a switch for me, as well. I look forward to following him through parts of French history that have occurred during my lifetime and that I was totally uninformed about.After reading a lot of British, Irish, Russian and other novels of this genre, the French is new to me. There are nuances of the culture and the language, even in translation, that I look forward to getting used to.
    I never get great marks for my reviews, but I love expressing my thoughts anyway!!! Yay, Bruno!!

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    Hobbehod 10-13-15
    Hobbehod 10-13-15
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    "Very enjoyably read/listen."
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    Enjoyable characters and story. A little history and French cuisine/wine knowledge mixed in. Made me want to listen to more Bruno stories (and I have enjoyed them also).

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    Liz Jameson Tallahassee, FL USA 03-09-15
    Liz Jameson Tallahassee, FL USA 03-09-15 Member Since 2008

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    "Don't read on an empty stomach!"

    Love the French setting and the food. Bruno is adorable. Plot makes important progressive statements.
    I highly recommend this book!

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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!!!

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    ArtC 08-06-12
    ArtC 08-06-12 Member Since 2010

    Mysteries, classics, non-fiction, time travel, Bounty hunters, grim reapers... anything but vampires, please!

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    "A weekend in Provence."
    What did you love best about Bruno, Chief of Police?

    I adore books that transport you to another place and let you eat, sleep, and look around while keeping you entertained with a good story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was interesting to learn a little more about French immegration and political history. I had google a few of the mentioned skirmishes to get a feel for the implied import.


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

    Believable. Just haughty enough.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A little egotistical, but then the best French Detectives are, now, aren't they?


    Any additional comments?

    Bought the next two. . . He's doing a pretty good job of not being formulaic, but this first is the most enthralling.

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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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