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  • One Day in Budapest

  • By: J. F. Penn
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33

Budapest, Hungary. When a priest is murdered at the Basilica of St Stephen and the Holy Right relic is stolen, the ultra-nationalist Eröszak party calls for retribution and anti-Semitic violence erupts in the city. Dr Morgan Sierra, psychologist and ARKANE agent, finds herself trapped inside the synagogue with Zoltan Fischer, a Hungarian Jewish security advisor. As the terrorism escalates, Morgan and Zoltan must race against time to find the Holy Right and expose the conspiracy, before blood is spilled again on the streets of Budapest.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • No character depth, just speed-read Nazi warnings

  • By Janels on 06-17-14

Painful listen--and not a great story either

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

Reviewed: 07-16-14

What would have made One Day in Budapest better?

This book had an interesting premise, but it was such a shallow story and not fleshed out in any depth. It just jumped in, told a very short story--and ended. Shortest book I've ever listened to.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I won't ever read another book by this author, if this is an example of his/her work. I think I got this one on a "Daily Deal," so I must have been intrigued by the story description--I love a good thriller and a good neo-Nazi thriller would have been right up my alley. But, this one was definitely a disappointment, to say the least.

How could the performance have been better?

I thought this was one of the worst audiobook performances I have ever listened to. I'm not sure how to describe it, except to say her voice grated on me horribly (high and chirpy) and there was no nuance or inflection in the reading--just a breathy over-dramatic sameness to every sentence. It was awful! I will definitely keep track of her name and make sure I never buy another book read by her.

Any additional comments?

I listen to 90% of my books these days, and I am very sensitive to how a book is read--would I have emphasized that word there, used that inflection if I were reading it to myself? Most of the time, it's just an occasional "I wouldn't have read that sentence that way" feeling--but from the first paragraph to the end, this reading seemed all wrong to me.

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