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J. Tortorelli

Kevil, KY, United States
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  • Glimpses of the Moon

  • By: Edmund Crispin
  • Narrated by: Philip Bird
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Death and decapitation seem to go hand in hand in the Devon village of Aller. When the first victim's head is sent floating down the river, the village's rural calm is shattered. Soon the corpses are multiplying and the entire community is involved in the murder hunt. While the rector, the major, the police and a journalist, desperate for the scoop of the century, chase false trails, it is left to Gervase Fen, Oxford don and amateur criminologist, to uncover the sordid truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narration of A Satirical British Mystery

  • By Sires on 04-28-13

One of my favorite books

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

I need/enjoy books that are interesting and intelligent, but not too suspenseful or exciting. (Real life has enough drama.) I thoroughly enjoy listening to the characters in this story go about their everyday lives while the murder is solved as one of several intertwined themes. The characters and their experiences are very engaging.
The humor is subtle. "I do irritate people, I talk too much for one thing. Now, as I was saying..."

  • Leave it to Psmith

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

The idyll of Blandings Castle is about to be disturbed, for the Hon. Freddie Threepwood is poised to make his debut as a jewel thief. Freddie, however, is not alone: Blandings is simply brimming with criminals and impostors all intent on stealing Aunt Constance's 20,000 pound diamond necklace. It is left to the debonair Psmith, with his usual aplomb, to unscramble the passion, problems, and identities, of one and all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fundamental Interconnectedness of All Things

  • By Fredtopia on 03-19-07

Wodehouse at his most enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-23-16

Mr. Cecil's vocal repertoire aids the listener's enjoyment of P. G. Wodehouse's characters and a true Wodehouse plot, employing a wonderfully rich vocabulary.

  • The Murders of Richard III

  • A Jacqueline Kirby Mystery
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Grace Conlin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

When attractive American Jacqueline Kirby is invited to an English country mansion for a weekend costume affair, she expects only one mystery. Since the hosts and guests are all fanatic devotees of King Richard III, they hope to clear his name of the 500-year-old accusation that he killed the little princes in the Tower of London. Jacqueline is amused by the group's eccentricities until history begins to repeat itself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good for driving

  • By J. Tortorelli on 04-20-07

Good for driving

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-07

The plot is pretty good--you can see partial solutions then another twist comes. I did not think the narration was very good. The speaker was clear, but the characterizations were distracting rather than enhancing. Also, my recording had a number of skips. They were short enough (I think) that they did not affect the story, but they were annoying.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Right Ho, Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437

All the zany Wodehouse characters are here: Bertie, Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeline Bassett, and Aunt Dahlia. All the humorous chaos of misunderstandings, puns, and pranks are present: someone must hand out prizes at the Market Snodsbury Grammar School, a lovers' spat finds Bertie engaged to Madeline, and a hunger strike causes the cook to give notice. The inevitable rescue by Jeeves, brilliantly conceived and executed, averts disaster and saves nitwit Bertie Wooster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Classic Bertie and Jeeves

  • By Paul Norwood on 02-04-13

Mediocre performance

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-07

This is one of the great “Bertie and Jeeves” novels by Wodehouse, but the production does not do it justice. The narrator often uses the wrong voices for the character who is suposed to be talking. Sometimes he corrects it part-way through the line, sometime he charges on. I am disappointed they did not do another take and correct these errors. They are pretty obvious, and they detract much from the story. On a personal preference, I thought the characterizations missed the mark but others might think they are accurate. I much preferred the audio files once available that were narrated by Frederick Davidson. They were read accurately and, to me, the voices were right on the mark.

To summarize, the story is 5 stars, the production is 1 star for voice and direction, and 5 stars for technical quality. Overall, a 3.

7 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Body Farm

  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: C.J. Critt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

A small town in North Carolina is shaken when an 11-year-old girl is brutally murdered. In this crime, forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta sees eerie and disturbing echoes of a serial killer's work. Her investigation will lead her to a macabre research facility and into a truly horrifying world. New York Times best-selling author Patricia Cornwell fills this novel with knife-edged suspense.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worst narrator I've ever encountered!

  • By Suzie on 11-05-04

Kay irritates me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-26-04

I get pulled in to these books hoping Scarpetta will grow up. She makes poor judgments and takes questionable risks, while scolding everyone else in her patronizing manner (she's a doctor, you know). She expects everyone to follow her rules, except herself. The recording was clear. The narration was slow and deliberate. The protagonist is annoying enough to keep me alert during my commute.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful