©1976 by Ira Levin.; (P)1994 by Blackstone Audiobooks
Ira Levin is a genius, but this audiobook sounds like it was recorded on a battery-operated 1960s mini-tape recorder while viewing Niagara Falls. I have never listened to an audio book with such a poor signal-to-noise ratio.
An incomprehensible series of murders, engineered by Angel of Death Dr. Josef Mengele, are underway. Nothing about the victims would make them targets of the Nazis. Renowned Nazi hunter Yakov Liebermann- who is underfunded, understaffed, and possibly facing eviction from his office quarters due to the sheer weight of his files affecting the floor- doesn't believe this crazy story...at first. Then as the deaths start occurring, he struggles with not only putting the pieces together but with trying to get anyone else to believe.
I loved this book when I first read it years ago that I had to get it when I saw it was on Audible. Simon Vance is my favorite narrator, he always does a phenomenal job.
The only reason why I gave it four stars has nothing at all to do with the quality of the story. It's an excellent thriller. This book was written in the 1970s and some of the things in the story would be mindblowing to people reading it at that time. I don't think today's reading audience will have that type of visceral reaction.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
i have never read the print version, but i did enjoy the audiobook very much.
i guess lieberman, but i liked them all. tha reader did a great job with the accents.
i will spoil the book if i say. lets just say that a big discovery was made, that brought the reason for the killings to light.
again i don't want to be a spoiler.
the preformer was amazing. he did german and english accents so well. he is talented.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Those naughty Nazi's are up to no good and bent on ruling the world. A little high fetched but believable and the book does not drag on with details and coincidences. Characters are real, Simon Vance reads the book nicely with excellent accents and Ira Levin did a great job throwing it all together. The movie with Gregory Peck and Sir Lawrence Olivier is also good. Worth the read, listen to and watching.
This endeavor has gone beyond my expectations as the story unravels and the depth of human depravity explored and revealed.. The voice
This book defies comparison. It's uniqueness is compeling. .
Vanc leads the listener through the frenzy of events in a determined tone of unlimited expectations. Mr. Vance wants the reader to enjoy this amazing story as much as he does.
There are so many breathtaking moments. At the beginning when the girl admits to placing the tape recorder in the room is extremely memorable because of the chain of events that follow. It sets the tone for the book.
I read a lot of the reviews before I dowmloaded this book! Some criticized Simon Vance and thought that the audio quality was unacceptable. WELL....I don't know if this has been reissued since the first recording BUT both are excellent now!! Enjoy!!
I've read this book a few times, and I'm used to my timing, inner voices etc. Simon Vance was fine but a bit monotone. It's purposely dead pan, so it needs something to bring out the wryness, the irony, the omg.
Of course. He's a genius, and seeing (hearing) the way every word counts is a thrill. Like listening to music. I also downloaded R's Baby, and I look forward to A Kiss before Dying.
I like simon vance a lot. But he didn't seem to be having fun.
who says I didn't love this book? I do love it.
A wonderful book, and it's nice to be able to wash dishes or fall asleep while you listen to it, but it is a little better when you read it yourself.
Great novel and Vance is also a great reader, but the audio quality is very poor. It is old and there constantly is noise in the background. Also, you often hear an echo.
Great story (and story teller) spoiled by an "echo". The quality of the sound was extremely poor throughout. It was hissy and the echo nearly drove me mad. I could only listen in small bouts as it was so annoying. Avoid this version like the plague. I don't normally leave reviews but this was so dreadful I feel duty bound to warn other listeners. If I could leave no stars in the Overall category I would.
Captivating, intruiging and thought provoking from the beginning to end, i loved it and highly recomend this book!!
Surprised but found this book boring, I hit a point where I could have turned it off. Strange as I thought I'd love it.
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