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THE INTELLIGENCER

by | Read by Jan Maxwell, Alfred Molina

Mystery & Suspense • 7 hrs. • Abridged • © 2004

If you can accept the premise that a modern private detective's life might be in danger because of a secret she uncovers about sixteenth-century Christopher Marlowe, then you'll have fun with this book. Admittedly, the abridgment is necessarily cut-to-the-chase, leaving little room for story development. In his silky English baritone, Alfred Molina gives a nuanced, fine-tuned reading of the sections of the book about Marlowe, which are set in sixteenth-century England. Jan Maxwell reads the present-day part of the story about American private eye Kate Morgan in a pleasant, well-enunciated American voice. She uses a quick edge-of-your-seat style appropriate to the hard-boiled writing used in the modern sections. The problem is that the two fine narrators unintentionally emphasize the book's uneven writing--the moody tone of historical England doesn't mesh well with the fast, tough tone of 21st-century America. Too bad. A.C.S. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/ SEP 04]

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Formats

Trade Ed. • Simon & Schuster Audio • 2004

CS ISBN 0743536487 $26.00 • Four cassettes

CD ISBN 0743536495 $30.00 • Six CDs

DD ISBN 0743539303 $16.95

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