Terminal City

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1 out of 5 stars
By Joanne on 06-29-14

Truly disappointing

What disappointed you about Terminal City?

It was as if Linda Fairstein gave her formula to a ghostwriter who just didn't get the tone right. Although I generally love her books, and in particular love the details that they generally include regarding the particular area of the New York that she's talking about, in this case,it was way too much about trains. Moreover, the interaction between Alex and Mike was just not believable. Also, and all the other books Alex has been a strong, determined female lead. In this book, she was somewhat simpering and whimpering.

What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

Barbara Rosenblatt is one of my favorite readers and she was very good with this book as well

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Terminal City?

The amount of description regarding the trains, the under ground tunnels and the people who live and then became really tiresome. And as a result, it cut from the time that could have been spent on the relationship between the characters in the book.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By RMG on 07-07-14

Beginning to Lose Interest

I've listened to every one of the books in this series and generally liked them. Linda Fairstein always chooses some part of NYC to focus on, imparting tons of information that most people wouldn't know. I like that part. Though I no longer live outside New York, I enjoy learning about that great city. However (there's always a however in reviews), the story lines seem a bit extreme, though usually based on some real life incidents. When the series began, I always wondered why Alexandra never got together with her sometime partner, Mike. Now that they seem to be moving closer, I'm actually uncomfortable with it - go figure. Guess I changed my mind about their chemistry. I'm not exactly looking forward to the next book to see where this pairing leads.

My last comment is about the narrator. I've always loved Barbara Rosenblatt, especially her reading of the Amelia Peabody series. However, the longer I listen to her as Alex Cooper, the more it feels that this character is a 60 year old dowager. Her interpretation is just grating. Her men's voices are great though her over-exaggerated Brooklyn accent for Mike makes him sound like a stereotype.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By betsabe on 07-15-14

Love the writer, hate the narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Linda Fairstein is one of my favorite writers, but I can't take the narrator anymore. She has a great voice, when is not into a character. Can Mike Chapman sound any more older? and Alex Cooper more of a smoker?

What did you like best about this story?

Is well research and great lessons in history. And the plot is full of twists and turns.

How could the performance have been better?

Try to change the way the characters sound, specially Mike's.

Was Terminal City worth the listening time?

I think I would had enjoy reading it.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Bill on 07-05-14

Not her best

Would you try another book from Linda Fairstein and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

I have read or listened to all of her books. I would buy another book, even though I didn't like this one as much as many of them.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The entire Grand Central story is fascinating. The love angle didn't fit.

Which scene was your favorite?

Down in the tunnel.

Could you see Terminal City being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not really.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Tracy on 06-25-14

Narrator is horrible

The narrator is horrible, she sounds like she has smoked three packs a day for the last 10 years and when she does the men voices it sounds like six packs a day.
While I am happy that there is some movement in the Alex/Mike relationship, she is a little whiney and bitchy, it is our of character for her tough as nails persona
Otherwise, it is a standard Fairstein read, always a great NYC learning tool, her history of the city is always entertaining.

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8 of 10 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By KSHC on 12-12-14

No more of this series

Would you try another book from Linda Fairstein and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

Probably not.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Historic backgrounds about NYC are interesting with different ones included in each book of the series. What has ended my interest is the character development and narration. Alex at times seems the strong woman she is purported to be, other times she puts up with utter nonsense and is far more squeamish than someone with her experience should be. Mike Chapman has become increasingly annoying and unprofessional, and doesn't seem a realistic love interest for Alex.

What aspect of Barbara Rosenblat’s performance would you have changed?

The voice for Alex is wonderful. That of Mike Chapman grating and too old. Mercer sounds southern which makes no sense.

Any additional comments?

The earlier books in this series were nice, easy to follow and flowed well. Either I've outgrown it or it's gone on too long. I'm about halfway through and am going to skip to the last couple chapters to get it over with.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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