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Hewson's books are great, but I far prefer the other narrator, the one who read The Sacred Cut and The Seventh Sacrament. This one, in addition to mispronouncing Italian words (which the other guy also did), reads all the dialogues with an Italian accent. This is absurd! Italians do not speak to each other in English with an Italian accent! Obviously they would speak in Italian and without a foreign accent, and since the book is in English, can't we just assume we are reading a translation into English of what they said, and dismiss the silly accents, please? As they stand, the accents are very distracting and make a caricature of what are otherwise excellent dialogues. Do listen anyway, though, because these are great books, engaging at every level and far better written than Dan Brown's.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Engaging, amusing characters. Plenty of surprises that keep you guessing until the end. A mystery with special pleasures for archaeology buffs and anyone who has ever visited Rome.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I just want to echo everything that Gwen has said about this book. It is the first audiobook I have actually given up on. I cannot listen to any more of it.
Having listened to and really enjoyed the later Nic Costa books narrated by Saul Reichlin I was delighted when three earlier David Hewson books appeared recently on Audiobooks but I am very disappointed. The narration is so terrible on this one I shall not bother with the other two.
Hopefully Saul Reichlin will narrate any future audiobooks by David Hewson. His narration is brilliant.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
Well if I thought the first book in the Rome series was narrated badly, then this one is awful. I am about an hour from finishing it. The listener will have to endure all of the Italian characters (i.e. most of the characters in the book) being narrated in an accent like 'oh shuddup-a-ya-face'.
I do not know how much this has detracted from this book but I am also disappointed by the main thread of this story - a story often related by less able authors and dirty old men. I also really disliked Eyes Wide Shut for similar reasons.
I am going to proceed to listen to the 5th in the Rome series, safe in the knowledge that Saul Reichlin is reading it, and hope that it will be much less gratuitous than this, the second.
I am aware that this has disturbed me much more than any of the violence in other books - this may be true for other female listeners.
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