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Mindfield | [William Deverell]

Mindfield

It is 20 below in Montreal, and for the first time in 25 years detective Kellen O’Reilly is going to pieces. Flashbacks frequently take him back to the psychiatric clinic of Coldhaven Manor and the terrifying experiments of Dr. Gregor Satorius.
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It is 20 below in Montreal, and for the first time in 25 years detective Kellen O’Reilly is going to pieces. Flashbacks frequently take him back to the psychiatric clinic of Coldhaven Manor and the terrifying experiments of Dr. Gregor Satorius.

©1990 William Deverell (P)2013 Steve Scherf Audiobooks

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    Marc United States 04-24-14
    Marc United States 04-24-14
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    "Fantastic narration for a great story"
    Any additional comments?

    Set against the backdrop of project MKUltra (a real program (1950-1973) that experimented with the behavioral engineering of humans by the CIA), Mindfield is the latest William Deverell novel brought to life by Steve and Maggie Scherf. Of the Deverell novels I’ve listened to as audiobooks, this has been my favorite. First, the setting is Montreal in the 1970’s, so listening to it was like a trip back to my youth. Second, it is a very well written book, engaging and satisfying. Finally it was very well read, making it easy and enjoyable to listen to.
    Mindfield is the story of Kellen O’Reilly, a Montreal Police Detective, and the flashbacks he has to a time when he volunteered for a program that he thought would help him deal with the death of his father, also a Montreal Police Officer (and give him a bit of money on the side). O’Reilly finds himself on a case that has ties back to this program, and his flashbacks increase in frequency. The story covers his journey back to his past where he finds the clues to unlock his current case, and mixes in the backdrop of a Police strike with a newly found love interest. O’Reilly not only has to confront his own demons, but also deals with the death of a close friend and the bureaucracy of an urban Police Department.
    The story is very well read by Steve and Maggie Scherf. The way that they bring the characters to life, and make it so easy to keep track of each character (and Mr. Deverall’s novels always have a large cast of characters), make it a joy to listen to.
    If you haven’t been exposed to William Deverell’s novels before, this is a great place to start. If you are a fan of audiobooks you can’t do better than listen to this one.
    Great book, fantastic narration, 5 stars.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    H. Barr 06-17-14
    H. Barr 06-17-14
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    "Mindfield"
    What did you love best about Mindfield?

    I enjoyed the book very much. It was an interesting story that kept me engaged til the end.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The idea of mind control by the government was most interesting, and least interesting was probably the setting for me.


    What does Steve Scherf and Maggie Scherf bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A lot of audio books have one voice trying to become both male and female voices. Having both voices adds to the ability to understand the different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    It was an enjoyable book and easy to follow.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 05-05-14
    Anne 05-05-14
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    "Riveting Suspense – Master Performance"

    This tension filled thriller should be added to your “Must Listen” list.

    We loaded with eager anticipation the latest Deverell-Scherf book as part of our audio stock for a recent five-day road trip. It did not let us down. The plot twists and turns, fast pace and building suspense – as the hunter became the hunted – had us glued to our seats.

    Scherf is a performer extraordinaire – not simply a narrator. The unique voice of each character conjures up a vivid image – from the sinister Dr. Sartorius to sleazy thugs to a bureaucratic police chief to our hero - the Montreal cop Kellen O’Reilly. Maggie Scherf adds spice as she brings the sexy and standoffish lawyer Sarah Paradis to life.

    Highly recommended.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Ishtiaq Khan 07-05-14
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    "Highly Recommended, definitely worth listening!!"
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    Without a doubt, William Deverell is a pro at writing crime thrillers and Steve Scherf does an excellent job of bringing this intriguing story of sordid subterfuge to life. What a treat to listen to Steve Scherf’s clever renditions of the multitudinous characters that play a key role in uncovering one of the CIA’s best kept secrets. With his vivid interpretation of characters such as the tormented protagonist, police officer Kellen O’Reilley, and the ruthless experimenter Dr. Sartorius, Steve Scherf transports us to an unimaginable world of mind control in downtown Montreal in the 1950’s. Meanwhile, Maggie Scherf’s talented rendition of characters such as the tenacious Sarah Paradis keeps this suspenseful thriller moving at a fast pace. C’est une histoire fantastique!

    Highly recommended.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 06-19-14
    Sharon 06-19-14
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    "Too awful performance to listen to"

    The narrators are awful, particularly the woman. She sounds like she is reading a bad script, not acting the part, and she sounds like she's in a tunnel. It's irritating enough that I'm not finishing the book. It didn't have a good start any way.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Yearout 07-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "STUPID Book"
    What disappointed you about Mindfield?

    This was one dumb story and hard to follow. Wasted my money.


    What was most disappointing about William Deverell’s story?

    The story was hard to follow.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Better story line. Audible should not have feature the book.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jody Coupeville, WA, USA 05-09-14
    Jody Coupeville, WA, USA 05-09-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Decent story, disappointing performance"
    What did you like best about Mindfield? What did you like least?

    The story itself had a certain something, with an interesting premise. The performance failed to deliver.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Steve Scherf and Maggie Scherf ’s performances?

    No. It was rife with hokey accents, wooden deliveries and mispronunciations. The French accents sounded more like bad Spanish or Mexican, the Canadian accents were just weird. The American accents were OK, but you'd expect that from Americans. Where one character's voice was described as 'bass', as in low-pitched, the reader said 'bass' as in the fish. Stolichnaya vodka became Stolicknaya vodka. On the whole, I'd expect as much from a high school drama club. The only positive thing I can say about it is that at least nobody had to attempt to voice the opposite gender.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe. Then again, Hollywood would probably just make it worse.


    6 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Smitty7979 06-10-14
    Smitty7979 06-10-14
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    "Um..Terrible"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Just like other reviewers, the story is okay but the narration had me pulling my hair out in under 9 minutes and that's a record for me in this genre


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Don't know yet


    How could the performance have been better?

    New narrators


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mindfield?

    Didn't get far enough!


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Lawton 06-09-14 Member Since 2002

    I am so enraged by the pop-up, pop-down ads that mostly hide the page I am using to try and buy an Audible book, that I may quit.

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    "Terrible"
    Would you try another book from William Deverell and/or Steve Scherf and Maggie Scherf ?

    NO


    Would you be willing to try another book from William Deverell? Why or why not?

    No.
    The story is formulaic and barely believable. In fact, it is not believable. The male narrator is passable, but the female is not. The same tinny, nasal voice, which sounds like very early electronic product.
    Do not waste your time or money.


    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kaaren 06-01-14
    Kaaren 06-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Mindfield?

    I couldn't follow the story, it did not hold my attention at all.


    What was most disappointing about William Deverell’s story?

    The readers, especially the female voice.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Completely.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I should give it another chance, but there are too many other wonderful Audible books out there.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
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