A Novel Murder

| April 07, 2005

Fat Ollie’s Book -
Ed McBain

Reviewed by Robin Huskey
Baker Packing Trucking

Listening Time: 5 hours
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Retail: $26
Genre: Mystery/comedy

Plot: Detective Fat Ollie Weeks goes to investigate the murder of councilman Lester Henderson. With him is the only copy of a book he is writing. While there, someone steals his book. He and two fellow cops investigate the murder and try to find his book.

Which character was your favorite? Why?: Fat Ollie. He was so obsessed with his book and getting it back. He thinks it is the greatest novel of all time, but it is only 10 short chapters in one cop’s life.

What’s best (or not)? The comedy along with the murder and theft of Ollie’s book make for good listening.

Would you recommend?: Yes, it was great entertainment for the road.

Narrator’s style: I think he sounded like a New York cop. He just has the right tone to his voice for all his characters.

How would you grade the book? B

Sin Killer -
Larry McMurtry

Reviewed by Vicky Stowers
Wife of owner-operator

Listening Time: 8 hours
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Retail: $35
Genre: Western

Plot: The Berrybender family, an aristocratic English family, have left their mansion in England and decided to travel down the Mississippi River and experience the wild West for themselves. The year is 1832, and the riverboat they travel on is the Rocky Mount. They encounter Indians, bad weather, death among the family members and much more.

Who are the main characters?: Tasmin Berrybender is the oldest daughter. She’s headstrong and beautiful. Jim Snow is a frontiersman who fights Indians. Lord Berrybender is an aristocratic miser.

What’s best (or not)? I liked the plot. I like all of Larry McMurtry’s books.

Would you recommend?: Yes, because it’s a great story told with realistic details to make you feel as if you are there, right in the middle of the river with the whole family.

Narrator’s style: The narrator is Alfred Molina. He did a good job with the various voices, and there were a lot of them.

How would you grade the book? A+


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