Friday, August 14, 2009

Bored Now: The Thief of Venice by Jane Langton

Bored Now

Bored Now will be my new quickie posts about which books I just couldn't finish. I get a ton of books from the library and half of them I don't make it through. So, in case you're wondering "What ever happened to the review for ...?" after seeing my Library Loot posts, this might help. :)

And, in case you didn't already know, "Bored now." is a quote from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode Doppelgangland, spoken by the Vampire Willow from an alternate universe. Hence, the picture above.

I'm actually speechless on this one. The reader was so bad. So bad. He seemed bored by the material himself, and he passed that boredom on to the listener. Contagious apathy perhaps? I have no idea, but this was intolerable. I really wanted to like it since the story sounded fascinating, but I only made it to track six of disc one before I threw in the towel. It was really that bad. I was so distracted by the horrible reader that I'll never know if the story was interesting and I'm not particularly keen to find out now.

The seductive city of Venice has lured Homer Kelly to a rare books conference, and wife Mary has eagerly come along, camera in tow. Upon arrival they find their Venetian host, Sam Bell, reveling in an examination of holy relics entrusted to him by the new Procurator of Saint Mark's, Lucia Costanza. Sam is convinced they are fraudulent. (He may be surprised.). But soon the Kellys' tranquil getaway turns into a life-and-death adventure, when Lucia's soon-to-be ex-husband is killed and Lucia disappears, branding herself the prime suspect. Bucolic Venice begins to look more and more sinister as Sam's borrowed relics disappear one by one and his motherless little daughter, Ursula, begins to behave in a most unusual way. The plot thickens with the help of Mary's simple snapshots of jade-green canals, the Rialto Bridge, the Piazza San Marco, the ancient Ghetto, and churches, palaces, and squares in every remote corner of the city. Before long she is in danger, pursued across a maze of ancient bridges while the lagoon overflows and floods the streets. In the end there is a miracle - could it possibly be real? - and a treasure is uncovered, painfully recalling the fate of Venetian Jews in World War II.


Ryan G said...

LOVE the picture of Willow!

Lit and Life said...

The readers on the audio books can really make a difference. Maybe not for this one, tho! But I've listened to books that I think I would have liked much better if the reading had been better. On the other hand, I love "a mercy" in no small part because Toni Morrison narrated it. And she could entrance a person while reading the phone book!

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