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Wonderful story for any age of listener!

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Reviewed: 08-31-19

Cynthia Voigt is an excellent writer, with a gift for creating fascinating and memorable characters. This is particularly true of the Mister Max series. I can’t recommend it enough. And the narrator is perfect.

Wonderful writing, wonderfully performed

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Reviewed: 07-08-19

I love Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe books, but not for their plots. In fact, I almost never remember who committed the murder - which allows me to read them over and over again. What I love about these books is the wit and style of the writing, and his wonderful characters - particularly Archie. (I would love to go out dancing with him, but wouldn’t dare anything more serious. He is the quintessential bachelor.) So I have been reading Stout for many years, and loved the wonderful Timothy Hutton TV series, but have never heard the books read aloud. I wasn’t sure about Michael Pritchard from the audio sample, but decided to trust the reviews. They were absolutely correct; I can’t imagine a better narration. The book is one of Stout’s best, and it is read perfectly. I can’t recommend this recording enough.

Sad, depressing story

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Reviewed: 12-11-18

I got tired very quickly of descriptions of hedonistic parties, and of a sad little man who doesn't seem able to exist without constant attention and praise. It is important, however, to look closely at the financial institutions who abetted his crimes due to their own greed.

Excellent!

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Reviewed: 12-06-18

I was captivated by this story and Will Damron's narration. I lived and worked in Silicon Valley during and after the tech boom, and the author's description of its culture and expectations was thoughtful and accurate. "Bad Blood" is a fascinating, well-written account of an amazing story, but it it is far more than that. You don't need to have any knowledge of business or the healthcare industry to read this book. It is a character study of how overwhelming ambition can pervert the soul. I highly recommend it.

Disagree with his discussion of late Maoist period

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Reviewed: 08-08-16

I bought this book because I wanted to know more about early Chinese history, and Professor Hammond is certainly knowledgeable. I found I couldn't listen very long, however, before losing interest. There was no evidence of the passion I love in my favorite histories. I was going to give this a higher rating until he discussed the Maoist period, particularly the cultural revolution. He described this period mainly as a matter of internal party rivalry; he never mentioned the devastation and death that resulted. He never said Mao had any blame in either that, or the horrors of the Great Leap Forward.

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