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  • The Evil Genius

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: John Bolen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Wilkie Collins' most financially successful novel, The Evil Genius, opens with a jury determining the fate of a sea captain whose ship allegedly facilitated a diamond theft. The story develops into a powerful novel of Victorian private life, including deception, adultery, and divorce...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Story is fine, but not a mystery.

  • By Margaret on 06-06-07

Bad Reader

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

Reviewed: 08-06-12

What did you like best about The Evil Genius? What did you like least?

The insight into late 19th century life. I liked the reader least

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Not good by 21st century mores.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Bolen?

Almost anyone, but certainly British

Did The Evil Genius inspire you to do anything?

Be glad I live in the 21st century

Any additional comments?

I have made a note never to listen to anything read by John Bolen.

  • The Return of the Dancing Master

  • By: Henning Mankell
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 584
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 376

Stefan Lindman, a young police officer recently diagnosed with mouth cancer, decides to investigate the murder of his former colleague, but is soon enmeshed in a mystifying case with no witnesses and no apparent motives. Terrified of the disease that could take his life, Lindman becomes more and more reckless as he unearths the chilling links between Molin's death and an underground neo-Nazi network that runs further and deeper than he could ever have imagined.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bad job of translation!

  • By P. C..S. on 08-20-11

Swedish Mystery

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

Reviewed: 06-04-12

Would you try another book from Henning Mankell and/or Grover Gardner?

By Henning Mankell, not read by Grover Gardner

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

It was interesting

What didn’t you like about Grover Gardner’s performance?

He can't pronounce Swedish names. A foreign book should not be read by someone who can't pronounce the words.

  • Climate Change: Bolinda Beginner Guides

  • By: Emma Tompkins, Emily Boyd
  • Narrated by: James Adam
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Climate change is the greatest single problem we face as a planet. This important introduction skillfully guides us through the complex mix of scientific, political, social, and environmental issues at play in order to examine the manifold threats it poses and to explore the possible futures for our world. Focusing on the fact that the "point of no return" may in fact have already been passed, Boyd and Tompkins highlight the urgent need to start actively adapting to our changing climate if we want to avoid complete catastrophe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Climate Change

  • By SCM and MHC on 06-04-12

Climate Change

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

Reviewed: 06-04-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, if they were interested in a detailed review of climate change science.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

N/A

What didn’t you like about James Adam’s performance?

Very boring. But difficult subject. I don't think he would convince anyone who was on the fence.

Could you see Climate Change: Bolinda Beginner Guides being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore

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