Publisher's Summary

This is the story of how a private dectective "John Black" tracks down a sadistic psychiatric therapist turned serial killer. Set in New York City in 1946, it grapples with the mental illness we call depression. The main protagonist encounters many twists and turns as he delves into the tortured life of his new mystery girlfriend - who turns his life upside down.
©100 Alan Hall (P)2014 Alan Hall
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4 out of 5 stars
By Merlinfan on 07-21-16

Like a Humphrey Bogart "short"...

Would you consider the audio edition of Swings and Roundabouts to be better than the print version?

Yes... but then again I prefer audiobooks that are "performed" well, as this one was. I look for books that are read like a "play" or movie where characters are given distinct voices and personalities. I can set the scenes in my mind and identify individuals more easily. I'm a big fan of this narrator and have listened to nearly all his books.

What other book might you compare Swings and Roundabouts to and why?

"The Old Man and the King" by Joe Corso. Different setting, but the same type of storyline... mystery, drama, murder, intrigue. Another one narrated, or should I say performed by A.T. Al Benelli.

What does A.T. Al Benelli bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

See above... It's about the performance! I'm old enough to remember the radio shows of the 50"s and 60's like Inner Sanctum and Amos & Andy. Good audiobooks take me back to those days where the action is performed and you built the stage or setting in your head. This was such a book with a good story and a performance to match.

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

Yes... And I did. I listened to it in one afternoon, poolside. Only took breaks to refresh my gin & tonic... often!

Any additional comments?

I have listened to a lot of this narrators books. I knew him when he was a stage actor doing summer stock in Pennsylvania. An impressive range of voices!

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4 out of 5 stars
By David Forman on 08-31-14

Narrator brings this story to life!

What made the experience of listening to Swings and Roundabouts the most enjoyable?

The narrator did an absolutely outstanding job! The story was okay, but Al did such an excellent job that he took this book from good to great!

Have you listened to any of A.T. Al Benelli’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first book I listened to Al narrate. He did such an excellent job I'll be on the look out for his next work.

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