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Edward G. Mitchell

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  • The Jupiter Myth

  • Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Marcus was hoping for a relaxed visit to Britannia. But things turn serious at the scene of a murder. King Togidubnus has been stuffed down a bar-room well - leading to a diplomatic situation which Marcus must resolve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite

  • By Abigail on 09-29-11

One of the better Didius Falco Series

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

Reviewed: 11-12-12

Didius is at it again with the usual nasty people, political problems and women problems in a foreign land. Once again they are on the fringes of the Roman Empire in Britain. Good story that moves along and is well read. However, if you don't like historical fiction, this type of mystery may not be liked.

  • Cabal

  • Aurelio Zen, Book 3
  • By: Michael Dibdin
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

When, one dark night in November, Prince Ludovico Ruspanti fell 150 feet to his death in the chapel at St. Peter's, Rome, there were a number of questions to be answered. Inspector Aurelio Zen finds that getting the answers isn't easy, as witness after witness is mysteriously silenced - by violent death. To crack the secret of the Vatican, Zen must penetrate the most secret place of all: the Cabal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deception everywhere and a satisfying conclusion

  • By Gypsy Girl on 03-12-15

Great story, great reader

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

Reviewed: 11-05-12

For fans of Michael Dibdin, this is a real treat. Michael Kitchen is perfect for Zen and his adventures.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Map of Bones

  • A Sigma Force Novel, Book 2
  • By: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: John Meagher
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,465

During a crowded service at a cathedral in Germany, armed intruders in monks' robes unleash a nightmare of blood and destruction. But the killers have not come for gold; they seek a more valuable prize: the bones of the Magi who once paid homage to a newborn savior...a treasure that could reshape the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Sigma Force phenomenon

  • By Dawitski on 02-26-10

OK Story, Bad Reader

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

Reviewed: 08-07-12

I give this book an OK, but it has two big faults. First, the story line is very repetitious and it starts to drag. Still, it is entertaining as a summer read.

The biggest fault of the audiobook is the reading. The reader has a voice completely lacking in ability to add tension and nuance to high energy scenes. In terms of pitch, there is no gravitas; it is as if the author is trying to read the story as quickly as possible. Perhaps he is paid by the word? I am not sure that Steve Berry’s stories are any better, but he at least has a top-notch reader in Scott Brick that adds to the fun. Finally, as others have mentioned, the reader's Italian is poor. When a book takes place in Italy, the reader should be know Italian better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bruno, Chief of Police

  • By: Martin Walker
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian MacKenzie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 804

Bruno is a former soldier who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of country life - living in his restored shepherd's cottage; patronizing the weekly market; sparring with, and basically ignoring, the European Union bureaucrats from Brussels. He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it. But then the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army changes everything and galvanizes Bruno's attention.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By J. Lindsey on 06-11-16

A good listen if you are going to visit France

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

Reviewed: 02-06-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

A little more lively reading would be nice.

If you???ve listened to books by Martin Walker before, how does this one compare?

This is similar to the other Bruno books I have read or listened to.

Would you be willing to try another one of Robert Ian MacKenzie???s performances?

Perhaps

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

While the book is a little slow, it is still a nice listen. A definite listen if you are going to the French countryside for vacation.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • A Murder on the Appian Way

  • A Mystery of Ancient Rome
  • By: Steven Saylor
  • Narrated by: Scott Harrison
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Ancient Rome has been in a state of turmoil as the rival gangs of Publius Clodius, a high-born, populist politician, and his arch-enemy, Titus Milo, have fought to control the consular elections. When Clodius is murdered on the famed Appian Way and Milo is accused of the crime, the city explodes with riots and arson, and even the near sacrosanct Senate House is burned to the ground.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, bad reader

  • By Edward G. Mitchell on 07-10-09

Great book, bad reader

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-09

I love Steven Saylor's books, I have read them all. So I was delighted to see this audio book in the Audible collection.

Unfortunately, I didn't check out the reader before purchasing the audiobook. The thought didn't even cross my mind as I am so use to having good readers on Audible.

The reader has a boring voice completely lacking any depth. He is unable to create different characters so I am constantly in doubt as to who is talking. Finally, his delivery is mechanical without any of the suspense or mystery that a good reader can offer.

My advice is to check out the audio sample for yourself. As for myself, I will stick with the actual books until a new reader comes through.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful