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Kathy

Kathy

Spokane, WA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Golden Ball and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser, Christopher Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Is it a gesture of goodwill or a sinister trap that lures Rupert St. Vincent and his family to a magnificent estate? How desperate is Joyce Lambert, a destitute young widow whose only recourse is to marry a man she despises? What unexpected circumstance stirs old loyalties in Theodora Darrell, an unfaithful wife about to run away with her lover?

    In this collection of short stories, the answers are as unexpected as they are satisfying. The Queen of Mystery takes bizarre romantic entanglements, supernatural visitations, and classic murder to inventive new heights.

    Kathy says: "Surprise - Great Stories that I hadn't read"
    "Surprise - Great Stories that I hadn't read"
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    What a treat it was to listen to these stories. For one thing, I never knew Agatha Christie wrote any stories concerning the supernatural. Not all of these employ supernatural elements, but they are all enjoyable and the narrations are over-the -top. I think I feel my British roots asserting themselves!
    Highly recommend, a great summer listen as they are short stories and you can finish in a car or plane ride.
    I hated to see these end and will definitely listen again sometime - you know, there's always some subtle things you miss the first time. That said, in the story with the cat, I have never seen two such clueless characters trying to solve the mystery. But it was very entertaining anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Various Haunts of Men: A Simon Serrailler Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (240)

    A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquility and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet town. Young policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case; she's new to the job, compassionate, inquisitive, and dedicated to the task of unraveling the mystery behind this gruesome sequence of events.

    karen says: "Best of the best...."
    "Kept my interest"
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    I am a fan of Susan Hills storytelling skill. I don't know why I didn't love this book as much as Mist in the Mirror and The Small Hand. Probably because it didn't have the supernatural element.
    I do think I will get the next in the series though. I'm such an Agatha Christie fan it's sad when you've exhausted the Audible library of her stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philomel Cottage

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    The recently married Alix Martin is obsessed with a recurring dream of her new husband's murder. Each time she can see the murderer clearly, and it's the mild-mannered man she had previously been engaged to, taking his revenge. But, what's worse is that at the end of the dream she thanks the murderer. Perplexed, Alix tries to calm herself by spending time in the garden of her picturesque cottage. But her gardener confuses her further by wishing her well on her trip to London - a trip which Alix knows nothing about. Now Alix is scared: Is the gardener imagining things, or is she?

    Laura says: "Good Christie short story"
    "Tense, suspenseful and fast-moving"
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    All the enjoyable aspects of an Agatha Christie story, told in a short story form without
    sacrificing any of the tension - I think you'll like it! Hugh Fraser is an outstanding narrator. The stories would not be the same without his genius.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Mr. Quin: A Harley Quin Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    It had been a typical New Year's Eve party. But as midnight approaches, Mr. Satterthwaite - a keen observer of human nature - senses that the real drama of the evening is yet to unfold. And so it proves when a mysterious stranger knocks on the door. Who is this Mr. Quin? Mr. Satterthwaite's new friend is an enigma. He seems to appear and disappear almost like a trick of the light. In fact, the only consistent thing about him is that his presence is always an omen - sometimes good, but sometimes deadly....

    Mollie says: "Harley Quinn or harlequin?"
    "After I caught on! Or did I?"
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    I love these stories, and actually listen to them more than once, because I'm sure I
    missed a clue, same as poor Mr. Satterthwaite .

    Luckily, he gets some mysterious help!

    Can't tell you more, but get it and
    listen, you won't be disappointed!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 'Towards Zero' and 'Ordeal by Innocence'

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    Towards Zero: What is the connection among a failed suicide attempt, a wrongful accusation of theft against a schoolgirl, and the romantic life of a famous tennis player? To the casual observer, apparently nothing. But when a house party gathers at Gull’s Point, the seaside home of an elderly widow, earlier events come to a dramatic head. Ordeal By Innocence: According to the courts, Jacko Argyle bludgeoned his mother to death with a poker. The sentence was life imprisonment.

    Jackie says: "Another enjoyable listen"
    "Towards Zero - terrific!"
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    A story that really pulls you in, even though it doesn't feature Poirot (although he is mentioned once) or Miss Marple. The characters spring to life in turn as the book progresses for an engrossing, entertaining mystery. The telling of the story is one of her best.It's almost like you're there! It makes you realize what a talent Agatha Christie really was.
    Sometimes I look at my audio library and think I should branch out a little in my listening habits, but I find her books so relaxing and yet they make you think long after your listening session is over!
    I highly recommend this - it is the first of two books, the other being "Ordeal by Innocence".
    That one I haven't liked much so far - the modern setting and storyline are not quite what I like -in fact it strays quite a bit from her usual style - but we'll see as I listen further to the second book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Five Little Pigs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    Beautiful Caroline Crale was convicted of poisoning her husband, but just like the nursery rhyme, there were five other "little pigs" who could have done it: Philip Blake (the stockbroker), who went to market; Meredith Blake (the amateur herbalist), who stayed at home; Elsa Greer (the three-time divorcee), who had her roast beef; Cecilia Williams (the devoted governess), who had none; and Angela Warren (the disfigured sister), who cried all the way home.

    Sixteen years later, Caroline's daughter is determined to prove her mother's innocence.

    Kathi says: "Good, but not Christie's best"
    "Don't let the name scare you away!"
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    This was a very well-told, engrossing mystery that I thought I had figured out several times - enough said about that!
    I highly recommend this book on every level - great characters, action, suspense and a wonderful feel for the period of summer houses, England, and the great performance by Hercule Poirot himself. The way he solved this mystery was seemingly simple (which is why I thought I had solved it) but was clever because he had each character involved in the murder write a summary of what happened - 16 years later. And it takes little grey cells to unravel the truth.
    Hugh Fraser is so consistently good I am in awe of his talent - his reading of the characters makes you forget you're not there listening to them speak.
    Don't miss it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mist in the Mirror

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Matt Addis
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    An inveterate traveller, Sir James Monmouth has spent most of his life abroad. He arrives in England on a dark and rainy night with the intention of discovering more, not only about himself but his obsession with Conrad Vane, an explorer. Warned against following his trail, Sir James experiences some extraordinary happenings - who is the mysterious, sad little boy, and the old woman behind the curtain? And why is it that only he hears the chilling scream and the desperate sobbbing?

    Die Falknerin says: "An author at her best"
    "A rare find in the world of ghost stories!"
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    Believe me when I say I have read a lot of ghost stories!
    This is so well-written (by the author of The Woman in Black) and the descriptions are so vivid that it is like being right there in a haunted library at a very old boys school in England. Many other locales and situations in the book spring to life with the able narration of Matt Addis. I am so reluctant to have this book end that I have been rationing it out on my walks to make it last!
    Get it - you will not regret it, and you will have a good story to listen to around the fire as autumn and the holidays approach. There is a great chapter showcasing Christmas in the English countryside.
    It is so rewarding to find a tale like this - enjoy!
    Thank you Susan Hill!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 'The Capture of Cerberus' and 'The Incident of the Dog's Ball': Rediscovered Hercule Poirot Stories!

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Long lost Christie stories found! This audiobook presents two recently rediscovered Hercule Poirot short stories by Agatha Christie. The stories were found inside 73 notebooks discovered at Greenway, Christie's family home in Devon, when the archive at the National Trust property was being established.

    Phebe says: "There may be a reason why books aren't published"
    "Relaxing, engrossing, well-written and narrated"
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    Well, you see, I love Hercule Poirot and his little gray cells. This didn't disappointment me even though I had previously heard one story in "The Labors of Hercules". You ponder, you relax, and sometimes, you drop off to sleep.C'mon, confess!
    But the great thing about Audible is that it is right there when you are ready to listen again and figure it out! Have a good time istening to this - I sure did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Willows

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Algernon Blackwood
    • Narrated By Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    FNH Audio presents a full reading of "The Willows" by Algernon Blackwood. This story written in 1907 has stood the test of time. It is today, just as creepy and unnerving as it was in its own time. Algernon Blackwood is probably best known for this story and another classic "The Wendigo". Although his writings do not focus on horror, he has in this case created an outstanding work in that genre. It's not blood and gore based horror, but rather a story that works on the mind.

    Jefferson says: "H. P. Lovecraft???s Favorite Horror Story"
    "Leaves you thinking"
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    Do you ever go camping? Have you seen the leaves turning over in the wind at the edge of a campfire? Then you can really relate to "The Willows". Don't miss this seemingly normal little trip down a flooded river - not sure if I'll ever camp where there are willows again - enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Over Innsmouth and Dagon

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Wayne June
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (101)

    Howard Phillips Lovecraft has been hailed by literary critics as the inventor of modern horror and a cultivating force behind such modern writers as Robert Bloch (Psycho), Wes Craven (The Craft, Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), and Stephen King (Pet Semetary, Carrie, Children of the Corn), just to name a few.

    Johannes says: "A rekindled spark"
    "An outstanding narration"
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    For some reason I like Lovecraft now and then for an absorbing tale. But if you've read him, you know you can get totally tangled up with the never-ending sentences and paragraphs.
    But what makes this story so good is the narration. Because the narrator reads the characters in different-sounding voices and accents, you can keep up!
    I can honestly say I've never heard such a captivating telling of a story! At first when the deep voice of the narrator came on, I thought I wasn't going to like it. But I think you would agree it is perfect for a Lovecraft tale.

    I'm going to see if he narrates "The Mountains of Madness"! Thanks for the entertainment on my nightly walks! I have to remember it's getting dark earlier now and maybe switch to something a little less spooky!

    Kathy in Spokane

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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