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TRIPLE "WOW"!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-24-13

What did you love best about Trout?

Despite formula true crime books, "Trout" has a tremendously complicated story to tell, yet in in a highly intelligent narrative of extremely complex people, judicial and Supreme Court decisions, neurological studies, and a religious conversion in which the reader heartily hopes for but proves to be a bandaid on a gaping wound that will never heal. The true kicker comes in the last 5 minutes of this book. It is a conclusion, a theory is proposed by one of the convicted, in 1991, which makes perfect, logical sense and brings "Trout" to a throughly satisfying conclusion.

What other book might you compare Trout to and why?

Being a loyal Ann Rule fan, I would compare "Trout" to "The Stranger Beside Me" in the unabridged Part 3 book wherein Ms. Rule must come to terms and to honesty with herself in an Epiphany of who she thought she was, who she hoped Ted Bundy was, in reality, all just a small pile of ashes relative to a mountain of many beautiful, young women destroyed by a total narcissist.

Which character – as performed by Bob Malos – was your favorite?

Bob Malos portrayal of Peter is convincing at every turn -- a confused, conflicted teen embarking on murder; an introspective young man; approaching middle age in what appears to be a sincere religious conversion, then back again to a totally messed-up teenager mind-set and his ridiculous plans of fame, fortune and a reality TV program that is just madness.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

"Ah ha!" "Eureka!" When the last puzzle piece fits into place, it is the same total satisfaction that your fingers feel as that last piece snaps flat on the table. It is contained in the last 5 minutes of the book. Revealing it here would make no sense having not heard all of the book. I actually smiled.

Any additional comments?

If you are an ardent reader of personal crime stories like me, GET THIS BOOK! The literary construction is flawless, and the mind-blowing conclusion is perfect.

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Beautifully Written, Historically Accurate

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

Reviewed: 11-17-12

Where does Wolf Hall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is equal to my copy of Gustav Flaubert's "Madame Bovary", Mantel being one of the greatest writers of our time.

What did you like best about this story?

"Wolf Hall" has a lyrical and deadly style. Ms. Mantel does not, for once, portray Thomas Cromwell as an inky, little slacker, but a full-bodied thinking man of the 21st Century.

Which character – as performed by Simon Slater – was your favorite?

Absolutely perfect.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

What moved me the most was Cromwell's tender memories of his lost girls, and his steel eyed interrogation of Thomas More.

Any additional comments?

Best book I've had in decades!