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PaulTheTutor

Paul Osborne

Berkeley, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Put on by Cunning: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Charles Kay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (18)

    Sir Manual Camargue had just announced his intention of taking a second wife, 50 years his junior. On the same cold winter's day, he died as a result of what was surely a tragic accident. But Wexford doubts that Camargue's death came by misadventure.

    PaulTheTutor says: "One of the Best Mysteries I Have Ever Read"
    "One of the Best Mysteries I Have Ever Read"
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    What did you love best about Put on by Cunning?

    The end was so simple, and so obvious, yet it had never occurred to me. Truly a brilliant who done it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maisie Dobbs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Rita Barrington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1516)
    Performance
    (937)
    Story
    (934)

    Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

    A User says: "A delightful discovery"
    "Not a Mystery: A painful thriller, without thrills"
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    What did you like best about Maisie Dobbs? What did you like least?

    This actually could have been a really good mystery, since there were some solid plot elements there, but it was as if the author was too focused on the making her characters one dimensional to do anything with the story. You pretty much new what was going to happen so long before any of it happened it was almost pointless to read. There was also so much back story that the "mystery", if we can call it that, was really more of a setting than a plot.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jacqueline Winspear again?

    I think there was a lot of potential in this book, but it was all fumbled away. I am going to read another to see if she was able to capitalize on her ideas better in future books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    it would be a spoiler


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    possibly. the book did such a poor job, but there were some good ideas. i think this could be one case that the movie might be better than the book.


    Any additional comments?

    NOT A MYSTERY

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ice Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Emma Jameson
    • Narrated By Jack Wallen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (16)

    Summoned to London's fashionable Belgravia to investigate the brutal murder of a financier, Hetheridge must catch the killer while coping with his growing attraction to Kate, the reappearance of an old flame, and the secret that emerges from his own past.

    Lois says: "Terrible narrator!"
    "Good Story, But the Reader was Awful"
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    What did you love best about Ice Blue?

    It was a good mystery with a back story. Bit too much back story, but barely so.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jack Wallen’s performances?

    NEVER!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Famous Fairy Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Adapted by Rosemary Kingston
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    Here is a timeless and wonderful collection from the best sources of fairy tales: Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, and Antoine Galland.

    Roger says: "Put my kids to sleep!"
    "Worst Narration EVER!"
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    Would you try another book from Adapted by Rosemary Kingston and/or Marguerite Gavin?

    NO. She reads like a robot. It's like a female text-to-speech engine not a person.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marguerite Gavin?

    A human? Plus fairy tales need music in the back ground if the narrator isn't going to read with any emotion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eleven Days: A Carrigan and Miller Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Stav Sherez
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (9)

    fire rages through a sleepy West London square, engulfing a small convent hidden away among the residential houses. When DI Jack Carrigan and DS Geneva Miller arrive at the scene they discover 11 bodies, yet there were only supposed to be 10 nuns in residence. It's 11 days before Christmas, and despite their superiors wanting the case solved before the holidays, Carrigan and Miller start to suspect that the nuns were not who they were made out to be. Why did they make no move to escape the fire? Who is the 11th victim, whose body was found separate to the others? And where is the convent's priest, the one man who can answer their questions?

    PaulTheTutor says: "Good Mystery - Eleven Days by Stav Sherez"
    "Good Mystery - Eleven Days by Stav Sherez"
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    If you could sum up Eleven Days in three words, what would they be?

    Good Mystery


    What other book might you compare Eleven Days to and why?

    Poirot, because of the mysterious elements to it. Eleven Days was more of a thriller though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (882)
    Story
    (876)

    “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"
    "Good Mystery with Too Much Soap Opera"
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    Louise Penny found a great thing by putting a solid back story with her characters as well as creating good mysteries. In this installment though, there is just to much peripheral, that it threatens to take over the book. Still a good mystery, but a bit too much drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death at Wentwater Court

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Carola Dunn
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    This first installment of a cozy mystery series transports listeners back to the bygone era of 1923 Britain, where unflappable flapper and fledgling journalist Daisy Dalrymple daringly embarks on her first writing assignment, and promptly stumbles across a corpse.

    Mary A. says: "Fun, 20's era mystery-I love Daisy Dalrymple"
    "Not a Mystery or Whodunit. More of a Crime Drama"
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    What did you like best about Death at Wentwater Court? What did you like least?

    It is important to note that this is not a mystery that you can try to figure out like an Agatha Christie. You are told who did it in the end, of course, but there is really no way to figure it out, and you are not expected to try, as far as I can tell.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carola Dunn again?

    possibly


    Did Death at Wentwater Court inspire you to do anything?

    Write a True Whodunit


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (99)

    Finicky Hercule Poirot has retired to the countryside. Dr. Sheppard, observing his new neighbor, is sure that he must be a former hairdresser. But the brutal murder of wealthy Roger Ackroyd reveals the truth: the peculiar little man is actually a detective par excellence. Poirot shrewdly sorts out the clues and shocks everyone with the facts about the killer, in this stunning landmark of the mystery genre.

    Jon says: "Who killed Roger Ackroyd?"
    "VERY GOOD mystery"
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    Would you listen to The Murder of Roger Ackroyd again? Why?

    One really can't listen to a mystery twice. It just doesn't work


    Have you listened to any of Robin Bailey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Robin Bailey is simply a master.


    Any additional comments?

    The key to a good mystery is that when the final solution is revealed, One sees it should have been obvious. This was a very good mystery, but the end was a tiny touch strained. This is the only this that kept it from being great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8968)
    Performance
    (3201)
    Story
    (3279)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "A Sermon in A Mystery's Clothing"
    Overall

    Seriously, if someone told me that they had a really cool story to tell me, and then came over and preceded to preach at me for a couple of hours, I would be pretty pissed off. I feel like that is what Dan Brown has done to me. Mixing interesting scientific facts, and presenting religious and philosophical theories as the back drop for an exciting mystery has always been Dan Brown's method for creating a good read. The problem is that Lost Symbol seemed to be more about beating us over the head with this particular religious belief than the mystery. To top it off, the whole action part of the book came to a staggeringly disappointing conclusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Practise to Deceive Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By David Williams
    • Narrated By Sion Probert
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The cold-blooded murder of Kevin Rees, Auxiliary Nurse at the private Howell Clinic for stroke victims, is greeted with apparent sorrow by all who knew him. Well, nearly all. But is Dr Edwin Howell, maverick nuero-psychiatrist, and co-owner of the clinic just saving face when he anxiously divines the crime was the work of a burglar? Only when DCI Merlin Parry rejects such a facile solution and digs deeper into Rees's background do the unsavoury aspects of the young man's life emerge.

    PaulTheTutor says: "A Good Book and a Great Reader"
    "A Good Book and a Great Reader"
    Overall

    While the story is fun, it is the reader that makes this book well work the purchase

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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