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Safety Harbor, FL
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  • One Day in Budapest

  • By: J. F. Penn
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33

Budapest, Hungary. When a priest is murdered at the Basilica of St Stephen and the Holy Right relic is stolen, the ultra-nationalist Eröszak party calls for retribution and anti-Semitic violence erupts in the city. Dr Morgan Sierra, psychologist and ARKANE agent, finds herself trapped inside the synagogue with Zoltan Fischer, a Hungarian Jewish security advisor. As the terrorism escalates, Morgan and Zoltan must race against time to find the Holy Right and expose the conspiracy, before blood is spilled again on the streets of Budapest.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • No character depth, just speed-read Nazi warnings

  • By Janels on 06-17-14

An Exciting, Cautionary Tale

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

Reviewed: 05-02-14

Where does One Day in Budapest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is at the top of my list. Great story, wonderfully presented.

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

The plot was very intriguing as it mimics the tenuous nature of society when deep seeded hatred flows beneath the surface. This is the type of event, sadly, that could occur just about anywhere when mob rule and generational bias boil over into something ugly.

What does Veronica Giguere bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She did an excellent job, giving urgency and clarity to the story and enveloping the characters in their own, distinctive voice.

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

The book made me appropriately uncomfortable and tense when it shows how ignorance and a collective will can become murderous and evil.

Any additional comments?

Penn's story is well crafted and involves such deep and subtle detail that can only come from someone who has been there, visited the locations, understands the culture and knows how to present a possible future if bigotry and ignorance were to reign. The characters are rich and well formed, making this audio book a very enjoyable listen.