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  • Treasure Hunt

  • The Inspector Montalbano Mystery
  • By: Andrea Camilleri
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Interest in Andrea Camilleri's taciturn but epicurean inspector is at an all-time high. And with three of the last five novels in the series, including the award-winning The Potter's Field, hitting the New York Times bestseller list, this latest installment is certain to up the ante and win over a multitude of new fans. In Treasure Hunt, Inspector Montalbano is hailed as a hero after news cameras film him scaling abuilding, gun in hand, to capture a pair of unlikely snipers. Shortly thereafter the inspector begins to receive cryptic messages in verse from someone challenging him to a treasure hunt. Intrigued, he accepts, treating the messages as amusing riddles - until they take a dangerous turn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Series with a Great Reader

  • By Michael W. on 11-20-13

Verging on the weird

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

I have enjoyed most of what I've read of Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano books but this novel was too grotesque for me.

  • The Golden Egg

  • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 22
  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

In The Golden Egg, as the first leaves of autumn begin to fall, Vice Questore Patta asks Brunetti to look into a minor violation committed by the mayor’s future daughter-in-law. Brunetti has no interest in helping his boss amass political favors, but he has little choice but to comply. Then Brunetti’s wife, Paola, comes to him with a request of her own. The mentally handicapped man who worked at their dry cleaners has just died of a sleeping pill overdose, and Paola loathes the idea that he lived and died without anyone noticing him, or helping him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Brunetti

  • By PhilR on 06-05-13

Where is David Colacci??

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

Listening to this clipped British accent loses all the flavor and intonation of the book. I couldn’t even get through the second chapter. Why would you do this? I’d like a refund.

  • Willful Behavior

  • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 143

Mystery lovers everywhere are addicted to Donna Leon's ever-honorable Commissario Guido Brunetti and her portrayal of Venice's beautiful but sinister byways and canals. In Willful Behavior, Brunetti is approached for a favor by one of his wife's students. Intelligent and serious, Claudia Leonardo asks for his help in obtaining a pardon for a crime once committed by her now-dead grandfather.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pronunciation

  • By Lawrence Hicks on 11-06-11

Poor Listening

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The reader was unintelligible. I couldn't finish the novel because I couldn't understand the the reader who barreled ahead without any of the important pauses or intonations that are so important in a reading

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He was terrible and it was so exasperating to the listener

  • Restaurant Man

  • By: Joe Bastianich
  • Narrated by: Joe Bastianich
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398

How does a nice Italian boy from Queens turn his passion for food and wine into a nationwide empire? In his intrepid, irreverent, and terrifically entertaining memoir, Restaurant Man, Joe Bastianich charts his remarkable culinary journey from his parents’ neighborhood eatery to becoming one of the country’s most successful restaurateurs, along with his superstar chef partners: his mother, Lidia Bastianich, and Mario Batali.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real look at restaurants

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-13-16

Foul, fowl and factual

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

Reviewed: 10-16-16

Loved the story of immigrant parents' and first generation's struggles to assimilate in America, realizing that their differences and mores gave them an advantage although hard work and smarts were essential. Poignant tale told with a few too many four letter words but laced with colorful and often hilarious stories and commentary. I will exercise more care with my future wine choices after reading Restaurant Man!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

  • A Novel
  • By: Lionel Shriver
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,462

Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way

  • By aaron on 01-09-12

Ultra rapid delivery diminishes impact of the book

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

Reviewed: 05-31-15

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Rapid delivery with poor enunciation made what would have been an excellent read a real struggle. The writing and story are fascinating but the hastily read job by narrator detracts.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful