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  • The Butterfly Man

  • By: Heather Rose
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

On November 7, 1974, a young English nanny named Sandra Rivett was murdered in London's West End. Her employer, Lord Lucan, was named as her attacker. It was widely assumed he had mistaken her for his wife. Lord Lucan disappeared the night Sandra Rivett died and has not been seen since. Henry Kennedy lives on a mountain on the other side of the world. He is not who he says he is. Is he a murderer, or a man who can never clear his name? And is he the only one with something to hide?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved everything about this story

  • By SuperLuckyCat on 12-03-09

A good book, raised to excellent through narration

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

Where does The Butterfly Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best of the 20 or so audiobooks I have enjoyed so far.

What did you like best about this story?

I had liked how Humphrey Bower narrated 'the Great Gatsby' and so I browsed his other readings. The narration was very convincing, and brought you in to the emotional lives of the various characters, but especially that of Henry Kennedy. There's plenty to think about in terms of people's secret lives and their past, through the contrast between Kennedy and the unravelling of the past and motivations of his lover and others.

Which scene was your favorite?

One of my favourite scenes was Kennedy asking his friend Jimmy to administer traditional indigenous funeral rites, and Henry's expression of his motivations in so doing.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It passed the time on a number of very long drives.

Any additional comments?

In summary, a good story, good characters, thought provoking, profound, but not hard to follow, and above all, an excellent performance by the narrator. What else could you want?

  • Fifth Business

  • The Deptford Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Robertson Davies
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 452

This first novel in The Deptford Trilogy introduces Ramsay, a man who returns from World War I decorated with the Victoria Cross but who is destined to be caught in a no man's land where memory, history, and myth collide. As we hear Ramsey tell his story, we begin to realize that, from childhood, he has influenced those around him in a perhaps mystical, perhaps pernicious way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Been waiting for this

  • By Vinity on 12-10-11

Masterful reading of a Canadian classic ...

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

Reviewed: 02-14-16

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifth Business?

Davies parses out the nuances of his characters deftly, and never better when, at the beginning of the novel, he shows us the hardiness and inflexibility of the Scottish Presbyterian parents of the main character around the turn of the 20th century.

Which character – as performed by Marc Vietor – was your favorite?

Has to be Dunstable Ramsay ... a fascinating book and fascinating life. Vietor is an excellent reader; he reads at a good clip, with very crisp enunciation, and with expression but not overbearingly so.

Any additional comments?

Davies maintains a high ironic view throughout the novel, but always with respect and feeling for the people of his world. That world, Canada in the early 1900s, was not so very long ago, but has faded, and this novel remains as an engaging account of that time.

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