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Linda

Jay, NY, USA
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Wrong reader

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

Simon Vance is very hard to listen to after Patrick Tull. Tull embodies Aubrey, while Vance acts Aubrey. He is a good reader but not for this series.

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original, compelling and brilliantly read- classic

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

Neil Gaiman has so many positive reviews - but I can't resist adding another. His writing is so non- formulaic. This novel is very different from my last Gaiman which was American Gods, and I couldn't stop listening - which made me late for work. Now I'm in mourning for having finished the book, but will relisten in a year or so. The reading, which is by Neil Gaiman himself, is wonderful and expressive. Its a perfect audiobook, and an addictive tale.

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Wonderful dark well read and written.

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

Trespasser is a complex dark modern mystery but when you add Hilda Fay's extraordinary reading this becomes one of the "great" audiobooks. The ones you don't want to end.

I started Tana French with this book and only later realized I started well into the series, but it was the narration that led me to buy this book. I'll read the others on paper to avoid frustration.

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Couldn't hold my interest. Returned

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-17

Normally enjoy the series, and think the narrator is excellent but somehow this was just too far fetched without having a driving plot to carry it along. I don't expect high literature from this series but somehow the multiple detective theme bogged down the plot here so it wasn't even entertaining.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Overly dramatic reading, antisemitism

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-16

This is a simple story of heroics counterpoised with comedy, however the reader exaggerated certain characters voices to the point that it interfered with the story. I also felt that this emphasized the already antisemitic nature of the book, although it masquerades as pleading for fair treatment of Jewish people. For the time, this was perhaps a liberal perspective, but it is hard to listen to today. I won't even discuss the role of women, because who expects a Regency romance to be other than sexist. Nonetheless I enjoyed it, as a period piece.

0 of 8 people found this review helpful

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I'm in mourning because I finished it

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

Reviewed: 10-13-13

This is a broad sweeping book, and it helps if you are interested in art history and world history of the late 19th and early 20th century, or are interested in making things, or love fairy tales. As with other Byatt novels, some parts are challenging, while others are magical. For me it brought a great revival of my own interest in making things. I also became caught up in the historical changes, which increasingly build with a sense of doom toward World War I. There are a number of theses and themes interwoven in the cycles of childhood and adulthood that I found interesting and will not mention here to avoid spoiling the plots. There are many stories looking backward while time marches forward. There are, perhaps better on paper, somewhat lengthy catalogues of world events for each period of the book. But I've rarely been so unwilling to part with a book and plan to buy it again in paper. The narrator Rosalyn Landor is extraordinary, and manages male, female, children, magical animals, and multiple foreign accents and latin with great success. Highly recommended.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Not a series that improves for me

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

Reviewed: 09-28-13

The first of this series is a really fascinating book, somewhat surreal but also touching and human. The reader uses a scandinavian accent at times, and an american one at others; it worked. The next two have degenerated. I'm not sure if its the sneering BBC uppercrust voice that the new narrator gives the lead character, the fawning and almost racist portrayal of Assad, or the writer. But I'm out of love with these books.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Solid consistent series, enjoyable & well plotted

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

Reviewed: 08-08-13

Its hard to review one of this series, rather than the group. When I listened to the first one, I liked it, but wasn't addicted. These are not flashy action adventures. However I enjoyed the book, and went back for more; by the end, I was very bummed to run out of books. Over the series a few strengths in these books have struck me as part of their charm. The main protagonist is, yet again, an aging white policeman. In his case, however, he really is aging, not some fantasy of superhuman strength who can do anything and always gets the the sexy supergirl. Sometimes he makes mistakes, is clumsy, gets sick. He has chronic insomnia, implied PTSD. The series leaves out focus on sexuality in favor of the foibles and tragicomic behaviors of people in small town Posadas. In this New Mexico, the focus is on Latino/American culture and Native Americans don't seem to exist (a weakness perhaps, or the author avoiding writing about a culture he isn't familiar with). I will probably relisten to them again later, because they are pleasant, and plausible and I love hearing about New Mexico, its landscape, culture and food. Read them in sequence, because they do evolve. PS, Rusty Nelson is a perfect reader for this role and has amazing range.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I really bogged down on this one

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

Reviewed: 07-12-13

What was most disappointing about C. J. Sansom’s story?

Increasingly, he seems very slow... and worries issues to death, so that the book became boring and I stopped caring about the characters. The balance of plot to description is off on this one, and the plot, perhaps, rather weak, designed to show off the author's research.

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Beautifully read, but not up to Dumas standard

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-08

Somehow, I keep getting bogged down. The story drags, although this IS Dumas, and the reader is excellent. The prose is elaborately wordy, which might read better on paper than as a listen. But if one gets bored in listening to the description of a major battle and desperate rescue, there is a problem...

2 of 4 people found this review helpful