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Fitzwilliam, NH, United States
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  • A Chris Norgren Mystery
  • By: Aaron Elkins
  • Narrated by: Corey Snow
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

It's a headline-making story: the discovery of a previously unknown Rembrandt. Ren Vachey, the iconoclastic art dealer who claims to have uncovered it, wants to make a gift of it to the Seattle Art Museum, but curator Chris Norgren is wary. Vachey is notorious in art circles for perpetrating scandalous shams; not for profit but for the sheer fun of embarrassing the elite and snobbish "experts" of the art establishment. And thanks to the web of strings attached to Vachey's donation (e.g., no scientific testing permitted), even Rembrandt expert Chris is uncertain as to whether or not the painting is authentic.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cringe-Worthy Pronunciation

  • By Peggie on 07-15-16

Cringe-Worthy Pronunciation

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-16

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator's mispronunciation of French words and phrases, and even the names of well-known artists, was truly cringe-worthy--I winced every time. The narrator butchered words unabashedly, which repeatedly took me out of the story. If this sort of thing bothers you, avoid this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Speaks the Nightbird

  • By: Robert McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 30 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,951
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,933

The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!

  • By aaron on 06-05-12

Great Story and Professional Performance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book has taken its place in the pantheon of my favorite books, alongside Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte), The Pickwick Papers (Charles Dickens), Outlander (Diana Gabaldon), and The Quincunx (Charles Palliser). The story is complex and compelling, the characters are unique and complicated, and Edoardo Ballerini has turned in one of the most accomplished performances I have ever heard. Serious readers owe it to themselves to listen.

43 of 50 people found this review helpful

  • Darker Than Night

  • By: Owl Goingback
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

Horror novelist Michael Anthony decides to move his family from New York City to the small Missouri town where he was raised by his eccentric grandmother. Moving into the old house left to him in her will, the Anthonys find something already residing in the walls, under the floors, and in the darkest corners.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great horror book, scary, wow

  • By coreybeth on 05-15-12

Overwrought & Trite

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-12

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I must vociferously disagree with the previous reviewers, which is unfortunate because I really wanted to like this book. The story is thin, the characters are caricatures, and the writing is hackneyed. To add insult to injury, the reader speaks in a monotone, pauses in odd places, and puts on a fake New York accent when he remembers that the characters are from the city. Perhaps this is juvenile literature and I missed the notice?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful