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Kathi

Kathi Sterling, VA, United States Member Since 2010

Have re-discovered "quality time." Evenings listening to good books have replaced mindless tv watching. What a difference!

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  • "Absolutely delightful!"

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    Nothing makes me happier than discovering a vintage mystery series I didn't know about, unless it is also discovering that it turns out to be a great read! I gather that this book, starring Miss Withers and Inspector Piper was made into a movie at the time, and I hope to find it.

    Miss Withers, a teacher who has brought her young class to the aquarium, is there when a murder occurs at the penguin pool. She demonstrates very quickly that she has a good, grounded sort of common sense, and is able to point out things to the inspector to keep him on track during the inspection. She tends to be immediately accepted by the inspector, who realizes that as she offers good ideas and takes conversations down in shorthand, she is indispensable to solving the crime. Even though she is not officially part of the case, one quickly realizes that the author intends her to be the brains behind the process of solving it.

    This book is written with a bit of comedic touch, but I doubt the author could have possibly anticipated how much more enjoyable it would become 80 years later to a completely different audience. In these days, we have authors who create female sleuths, trying to insert them into this same time period (just around the timeout of the stock market crash), and they are are fun to read. But this is the "Real McCoy," a woman who was developed into a clever and observant detective (of sorts), even though she is not really acknowledged that way around 1930 or so.

    I love this book, and cannot wait for the next ones. The narrator does a very good job, getting the accents just right! This has been a total treat! Thanks, Audible, for bringing this one on board!

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    The Penguin Pool Murder: Hildegarde Withers, Book 1

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    • By Stuart Palmer
    • Narrated By Julie McKay
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    Although the Stock Market had crashed recently, it was too early for most people to predict that the Great Depression was about to get underway. For 39-year-old spinster schoolteacher Hildegarde Withers, it’s business as usual. And part of her usual business is taking her class for an outing to the aquarium to see the penguins. Instead, she spots the floating corpse of Wall Street broker Gerald Lester and quickly realizes that Inspector Oscar Piper of NYPD Homicide isn’t up to solving this tricky case.

    Kathi says: "Absolutely delightful!"
  • "A REAL TREAT for Poirot fans!"

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    This book was a wonderful surprise. As I am listening my way through all the Agatha Christie books that I read 35-40 years ago, they have so far all been narrated by the great Hugh Fraser. I mean no disloyalty to him when I say that just having listened to "Black Coffee," narrated by the late John Moffatt (one of the actors who played Hercules Poirot over the years) all I can say is, "Wow"!

    Agatha Christie originally wrote this as a play, rather than a novel, somewhat of a departure from her usual style, and Charles Osborne has put it into book form. Many years ago I actually saw the play. (Can you tell I have been a life-long Christie devotee?) As well as I recall it, I think this book is quite faithful to the play--I believe it has kept the same plot/characters/development. This is a "classic Poirot" where he actually does line all the family members up at the end to do his wonderful thing of announcing how the murder was committed, and by whom. Very pleasing to old mystery readers like myself.

    The premise of the book is that Sir Claud Amory, a scientist who has been working on a secret formula for something that has the potential to become a more powerful weapon than any currently available, has reason to believe that someone in his own household wants to steal it. So he hires Poirot to come to the house and help detect who that is. Unfortunately he arrives just in time for Amory's murder.

    This book lays out the plot well, has very good character development, neatly suggests (or leaves the reader guessing) the various possible reasons any person could have killed Sir Claud, and it all flows as well (if not better than) any Christie herself could have written. I think he was largely faithful to Christie's own language and style. My only regret is that I believe he made Poirot a *tiny* bit more pompous and narcissistic than Christie portrayed him, and left me feeling sad with the way Poirot made fun of poor Hastings. I know there was a slight suggestion of that in Christie, but I don't recall it being as strong as Osborne has made it.

    But if you listen to this book for no other reason--I would recommend that you do so just to hear the extraordinarily talented John Moffatt read the whole book, but especially the role of Poirot. It was just stupendous! There were opportunities throughout the book to speak English (mostly), French and Italian. And as far as I could tell, he spoke all three with perfection. But mostly he was able to capture the nuances of tone that left no doubt that is was, indeed, Poirot who was the main feature of the book. I'm not planning to abandon listening to Fraser, for whom I have great fondness, but I certainly am planning to listen to more of the Christies read by Moffatt. His narration was the true gem of this book.

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    Black Coffee

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    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt
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    Sir Claud Amory's formula for a powerful new explosive has been stolen, presumably by a member of his large household. Sir Claud assembles his suspects in the library and locks the door, instructing them that the when the lights go out, the formula must be replaced on the table - and no questions will be asked. But when the lights come on, Sir Claud is dead. Now Hercule Poirot, assisted by Captain Hastings and Inspector Japp, must unravel a tangle of family feuds, old flames, and suspicious foreigners to find the killer and prevent a global catastrophe.

    Kathi says: "A REAL TREAT for Poirot fans!"
  • "Greatly entertaining!"

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    This is a book I hesitated to get, because I thought it could be so much about the history of trains, I might find it boring. I could not have been more wrong! Edward Marston has done a superb job of weaving some information about early trains--but that is more of a backdrop for what proves to be an interesting victorian-style mystery. Robert Colbeck and his sidekick, Victor Leeming, come from the early and still forming Scotland yard. This means that they don't yet have the respect of everybody--though they find clever ways to get people to open up to them. There is a light love interest--who is also sometimes Robert's secret assistant in getting to the heart of the mystery. I was pleasantly surprised to discover how compelling it was to listen to this book.

    Even better, the narration is by the incomparable Sam Dastor. He does various voices with seeming ease--and there is no problem recognizing "who" is speaking.

    The mystery is good (though slightly predictable), the character development is excellent, the background scene was set to perfection without overpowering the story, and it held my interest from beginning to end. I was happiest to discover that there are a few more in this same series of books about Robt Colbeck--and I look forward to listening to them very soon!

    My only puzzlement is, Audible.com: where is book #1? It did not detract to begin with book #2 (as I feared it might--since some authors tend to replay all that occurred in a previous book, thus ruining any motivation to go back and read it.) Happily, that was not the case here. I felt no loss beginning with this volume, nor any reluctance to find the first one and read it later.

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    The Excursion Train: Railway Detective, Book 2

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    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
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    On the shocking discovery of a passenger's body on the Great Western Railway excursion train, Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck and his assistant, Sergeant Victor Leeming, are dispatched to the scene. Faced with what initially appears to be a motiveless murder, Colbeck is intrigued by the murder weapon - a noose. When it emerges that the victim had worked as a public executioner, Colbeck realises that this must be intrinsically linked to the killer's choice of weapon.

    Kathi says: "Greatly entertaining!"
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  • Death of a Cozy Writer: A St. Just Mystery

    "A modern day classic mystery!"

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    Death of a Cozy Writer won numerous mystery book awards when it came out in 2008. I could tell way before I had gotten very far into the story that the awards were most justified!!

    The English countryside and home of mystery writer and millionaire, Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk is the center for this character driven , police procedural murder mystery. Everyone seems to have motive and no one seems particularly honest with their answers. But worst of all, murder seems more of an inconvenience for the family and staff, non of whom are particularly saddened by the deaths of family members.

    The mystery had the necessary turns and twists, with building clues. The descriptions and metaphors were terrific and sometimes quit funny too!! This is the first book in Malliet's DCI St. Just series. I decided to read it because I fell in love with her newest Father Max Tutor series. Now I can't decide which one I enjoyed more. G M Malliet if definitely a modern day Agatha Christie,---or perhaps I'd say that Christie's books ALMOST live up to Ms Malliet's writing----yes, Malliet is that great!! It you like classic mysteries with a modern day twist, this book is definitely for you!!!

  • The Brothers of Baker Street: The Baker Street Mysteries, Book 2

    "Mystery spoof on Sherlock Holmes mysteries!"

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    This second mystery in a series about Reggie and Nigel Heath, is a serious mystery spoof on the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. In 1997 London, the Heath brothers have leased 221 Baker Street for their law offices. As part of their lease, they must send a form letter to everyone who sends them a letter addressed to the legendary Sherlock Holmes. Right now, that's about all that is happening at their offices. Then the lovely barrister, Darla Rennie asks Reggie to defend a London Black Cabbie against a murder charge. In doing so, Reggie gets himself deep into a deadly situation concerning all of the Black Cabbies.

    This mystery has lots of charm and humor mixed in with serious threats, chases, and an unusual psychological workshop. A letter signed by a "Dr Moriarty" comes to Baker Street sending Reggie onto a clue to save his client, but it also seems to threaten his own life. The London Black Cabbies play an important roll in solving the crime also.

    Clever take on the Sherlock Holmes theme! Looking forward to reading more in this series!

  • Poodle Springs

    "Authors can be "family" too, bu completing another"

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    POODLE SPRINGS is a joint effort by Raymond Chandler, who died after only completing the first four chapters of this book, and Robert B Parker who was chosen to complete this book. I find this particularly interesting when one considers the "family" of authors. Now that Parker has died, author Ace Atkins has been chosen to continue Parker's stories.

    In this book, private eye, Philip Marlowe, and his new rich wife, have just returned home following their honeymoon. His wife wants to continue the fun, supporting them both, but Marlowe feels the need to continue "being who he is". He's been hired by a local gambler to find a man owing him $100,000. Marlowe goes on the hunt, finding more then he'd bargained for, with a dead body, bigamy, blackmail, and pornography. Of course, he solves his case, but how does that affect his marriage?

    Parker did a great job of convincing this reader that he could continue in someone else's writing style. Snappy comebacks, realistic dialogue, and the Marlowe character were done superbly. Definitely an enjoyable classic mystery.

  • Hercule Poirot's Christmas: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    "Audio adds to a terrific mystery!!"

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    A closed room murder, a family gathering at Christmas, and Poirot's little gray cells at work, what more is needed for a good Christmas mystery! The reading of this mystery made a good story great!!

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Laura Philadelphia, PA, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2008
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  • "Mixed Bag of Agatha Christie Stories"

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I did not Isla Blair. Her voice got on my nerves. The audio book would have been much more enjoyable without her.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have a different mix of short stories. I liked the Lonely God and the title story. I had just listened to the Poirot story in another collection. The Isle of Man story doesn't really make sense.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Hugh Fraser is a wonderful narrator. He made Mr. Satterthwaite and Harley Quin come alive. Simon Vance did a credible job as well.


    Do you think The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I followed this book with listening to the Mysterious Mr. Quin. I think the Harley Quin stories work best if you listen to them together.


    Any additional comments?

    Not my favorite of the Agatha Christie short story collections. I would have preferred reading it to using a credit.

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    The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories

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    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser, Simon Vance, Isla Blair
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    A grand treasure for fans of the grande dame of mystery, The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories brings together nine rare and brilliant Christie tales of murder and detection that span nearly half a century of her storytelling genius. In "The Mystery of the Spanish Chest," Hercule Poirot unravels the psychological conundrums that motivate a killer.... In "The Actress," a great star's shady past becomes the plaything of a blackmailer.... In "The Harlequin Tea Set," Mr. Harley Quin helps a man save his loved ones from the greedy hand of murder.

    Die Falknerin says: "Three great narrators, nine classic stories"

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    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

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    “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal.

    barbara says: "Amazing"
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    Arthur Conan Doyle never wasted time in getting his stories moving. His plots are always direct and refreshingly lucid, and the narrative has a velocity that sweeps you along right to the end. This was no doubt a large part of his immense worldwide success. Not surprisingly, each time he tried to end the series, his fans would howl in protest. But, as he says in the preface to his last collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, all good things must come to an end.

    T. says: "a list of what you'll find in Volume 3"
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    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won sweeping critical acclaim and an impressive collection of awards for her writing. Although other writers have tried, no one has matched King's ability to capture the allure of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes.

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    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won or been nominated for every major award in mystery writing. King's beloved sleuth Mary Russell here attempts to reverse her legendary husband, Sherlock Holmes', greatest failure.

    mike says: "To all Holmes buff's,"
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    The Game: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

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    The seventh Mary Russell novel finds her searching for the missing Kimball O'Hara, the famous "Kim" of the Rudyard Kipling novel.

    Kat Coz says: "another very enjoyable trip"
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Simon Vance

    The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection

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    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
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    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

    Santa Fe Painter says: "A Table of Contents & Audible Part/Chapter Notes"
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    The Lions of Lucerne

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    On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality: thirty Secret Service agents have been viciously executed and the vacationing president of the United States kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East - the Fatah Revolutionary Council. But surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath doesn't believe the Fatah Revolutionary Council is responsible for the attack.

    Carol says: "Great Scott Harvath"
  • And Then There Were None (






UNABRIDGED) by Agatha Christie Narrated by Dan Stevens

    And Then There Were None

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    Here in one recording is every Sherlock Holmes story ever written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Originally appearing in serial form, these famous stories are here presented in the order in which they were first published beginning in 1887. Included in this definitive, award-winning collection are four novels and 56 short stories, a total of 60 titles. The 56 short stories are aggregated into five named collections, just as they were originally published in book form.

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    “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal.

    barbara says: "Amazing"
  • Sherlock Holmes in America (






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    Sherlock Holmes in America

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    • By Jon L. Lellenberg (editor), Martin H. Greenberg (editor), Daniel Stashower (editor)
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    Just in time for Sherlock Holmes, the major motion picture starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law: the world’s greatest fictional detective and his famous sidekick Dr. Watson are on their first trip across the Atlantic as they solve crimes all over 19th-century America - from the bustling neighborhoods of New York, Boston, and D.C. to fog-shrouded San Francisco. The world’s best-loved British sleuth faces some of the most cunning criminals America has to offer and meets America’s most famous figures.

    Amy says: "Terrific for Sherlockians!"
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (






UNABRIDGED) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Simon Prebble

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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    A colonel receives five seeds in the mail---and dies within weeks. A young bride disappears immediately after her wedding. An old hat and a Christmas goose are the only clues to a stolen jewel. A son is accused of his father's murder. These mysteries---and many more---are brought to the house on Baker Street where detective Sherlock Holmes resides. No case is too tricky for the world's most famous sleuth and his incredible powers of deduction.

    Richard Hoskins says: "This version is complete"
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  • Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (






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    Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again....

    Jennifer says: "Masterful Performance!"
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    The girl in the photograph has been missing for five years. Neither her body nor the secret documents she was carrying have ever been found. Now, post-war England's economic recovery depends on finding her and getting the papers back. But the two young Brits working undercover for the ministry know only that her name was Jane Finn, and the only photo of her is in the hands of her rich American cousin.

    Philip Hofstetter says: "I'd have to say: meh"
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UNABRIDGED) by Laurie R. King Narrated by Jenny Sterlin

    Locked Rooms

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
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    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won sweeping critical acclaim and an impressive collection of awards for her writing. Although other writers have tried, no one has matched King's ability to capture the allure of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes.

    Melanie says: "Don't miss this jewel!"
  • The Language of Bees: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (






UNABRIDGED) by Laurie R. King Narrated by Jenny Sterlin

    The Language of Bees: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
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    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won or been nominated for every major award in mystery writing. King's beloved sleuth Mary Russell here attempts to reverse her legendary husband, Sherlock Holmes', greatest failure.

    mike says: "To all Holmes buff's,"
  • The Red Headed League (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Ben Lindsey-Clark

    The Red Headed League

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Ben Lindsey-Clark
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    "The Red-Headed League" is one of the 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Conan Doyle ranked "The Red-Headed League" second in his list of his 12 favorite Holmes stories.

  • Inspector Queen's Own Case: November Song (






UNABRIDGED) by Ellery Queen Narrated by Robert Fass

    Inspector Queen's Own Case: November Song

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ellery Queen
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
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    For years, Inspector Richard Queen had been outshone by his writer son. Now, with Ellery away, he had a case all his own - or did he? The verdict had been accidental death, and only the victim's nurse had seen the one thing that made it murder. Recruiting a senior citizens corps of retired cops, Dick Queen tracked a murderer - and found himself courting his only witness! No wonder he kept muttering, "What's Ellery going to say…?"

  • The Mystery of Cloomber [Russian Language Edition] (






ABRIDGED) by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Arcady Bukhmin

    The Mystery of Cloomber [Russian Language Edition]

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Arcady Bukhmin
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    Tajna Klumbera - roman britanskogo pisatelja Artura Konan Dojlja, vpervye opublikovan v 1889. Rasskaz vedetsja ot imeni shotlandca Dzhona Fozergila Ujesta, kotoryj pereehal s otcom i sestroj iz Jedinburga v grafstvo Uigtaunshir na juge Shotlandii. Nepodaleku ot ih doma nahoditsja starinnoe pomest'e Klumber-Holl, pustovavshee mnogo let. Odnazhdy v Klumber-Holle pojavljajutsja novye zhil'cy - sem'ja generala Hjezerstona, voevavshego v Indii.

  • Murder on the Orient Express (






UNABRIDGED) by Agatha Christie Narrated by Dan Stevens

    Murder on the Orient Express

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
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    Agatha Christie's most famous murder mystery, read by the inimitable Dan Stevens. Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer - in case he or she decides to strike again.

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  • Spider #48, September 1937 (The Spider): Will Murray's Pulp Classics #40 (






UNABRIDGED) by Grant Stockbridge, Radio Archives Narrated by Nick Santa Maria

    Spider #48, September 1937 (The Spider): Will Murray's Pulp Classics #40

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Grant Stockbridge, Radio Archives
    • Narrated By Nick Santa Maria
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    For 10 grim years, the Spider battled the underworld, imprinting his scarlet seal on the bodies of the criminals he slew. No one knew his name. His face was unknown. Pursued by the police, sought by the mob, the Master of Men crushed crime with a blazing intensity never witnessed before or since. Now he's back with a vengeance in a new series of audiobooks retelling his pulp-pounding exploits, as chronicled by Norvell W. Page, writing as Grant Stockbridge.

  • Spider #69, June 1939 (The Spider): Will Murray's Pulp Classics (






UNABRIDGED) by Grant Stockbridge, RadioArchives.com Narrated by Nick Santa Maria

    Spider #69, June 1939 (The Spider): Will Murray's Pulp Classics

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Grant Stockbridge, RadioArchives.com
    • Narrated By Nick Santa Maria
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    By 1939, Richard Wentworth had been operating as the Spider for nearly six harrowing years. He had been through everything a good pulp hero could expect to face. Malevolent master villains. Sinister Asian world conquerors. Mad scientists more diabolical than anything conceived before that point. And of course since the Spider was a wanted criminal, endless police officials, uniformed cops, homicide detectives and other officers of the law had been pursuing him with single-minded fervor.

  • The Adventure of the Speckled Band (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Ben Lindsey-Clark

    The Adventure of the Speckled Band

    • UNABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Ben Lindsey-Clark
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    Arthur Conan Doyle once remarked that The Adventure of the Speckled Band, first published in 1892, was his best Sherlock Holmes story. In it, a young woman, Helen Stoner, consults Holmes about her ill-tempered stepfather whom she suspects had some part in the death of her twin sister, Julia. She fears her stepfather has the same plans for her: he has forced Helen to move into the mysterious and disturbing room in which her sister died under suspicious circumstances.

    Canberra Dilettante says: "One of the greatest of the Sherlockian classics!"