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Kathleen

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  • Darkness, Take My Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (192)

    Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro's latest client is a prominent Boston psychiatrist running scared from a vengeful Irish mob. The private investigators know something about cold-blooded retribution. Born and bred on the mean streets of blue-collar Dorchester, they've seen the darkness that lives in the hearts of the unfortunate.

    S. says: "Wow -"
    "A Little Too Graphic"
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    Enjoyed the story, characters, the narrator and the plot; however, some scenes were just a tad too graphic for my taste. Sometimes it is better to imagine a scene or action rather than to have it spelled out in such detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flying Too High: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (325)

    Danger, excitement and love - this is how the glamorous Phryne Fisher is determined to live her life in her second enticing adventure. Walking the wings of a Tiger Moth plane in full flight ought to be enough excitement for most people, but not Phryne Fisher, amateur detective, woman of mystery, as delectable as the finest chocolate and as sharp as razor blades.

    Christy says: "Much better than the first one..."
    "Terrible Narrator"
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    I watched a Ms. Fisher program on PBS and thoroughly enjoyed it. I then downloaded this book and the narrator completely turned me off. So much so that I could not get past the first five minutes.

    Ms. Greenwood's books are very entertaining and enjoyable, but they needs and deserve a better narrator.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 'Murder at the Vicarage' & 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles'

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson, Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Enjoy the first novels that brought the world two of Agatha Christies’ most enduring detectives: Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. The Murder at the Vicarage is the first Miss Marple mystery, one which tests all her powers of observation and deduction. In The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Captain Arthur Hastings, invalided in the Great War, is recuperating as a guest of John Cavendish at Styles Court, the "country-place" of John's autocratic old aunt, Emily Inglethorpe.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great introductions to two iconic mystery series"
    "Sorry Ms. Hickson"
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    Ms. Hickson was a wonderful actor and I have enjoyed many of her performances, especially as Ms. Marple. However, as a narrator she, unfortunately, falls short. Thankfully the second book was narrated by Mr. Fraser who is an excellent narrator and I thoroughly enjoyed his reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Water

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    Times are good in the Cornish village of Portcarrow, as hundreds of unfortunates flock to taste the miraculous waters of Pixie Falls. Then Miss Emily Pride inherits the celebrated land on which Portcarrow stands and wants to put an end to the villagers’ thriving trade in miracle cures, especially Miss Elspeth Cost’s gift shop. But someone puts an end to Miss Cost herself, and Miss Pride’s guardian angel, Superintendent Roderick Alleyn, finds himself on the spot in both senses of the word....

    Constance says: "Excellent classic British mystery"
    "Don't Bother"
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    I've enjoyed Marsh's other novels, but this one was very difficult to get into. I lean toward British mysteries, as their plots have many twists and turns and always keeps one thinking; however, I found this to be a very slow and not very interesting. Also, although I have enjoyed Saxon's narration of other books, this, in my opinion, was not his best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    The one and only Mrs. Emily Pollifax is a part-time CIA operative and full-time garden-clubbing grandmother from New Jersey. In this adventure, she is off to the Sicilian countryside on a daring mission to rescue John Sebastian Farrell, a former CIA comrade, who was shot while trying to track down a document that allegedly bears the signature of Julius Caesar.

    Jackie says: "Great Story-Wrong Narrator"
    "Barbara Rosenblat Where Are You!!!!"
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    I was so looking forward to this book - and then the narrators began - they all were so hurried in their reading it seemed like they couldn't wait to finish.

    Ms. Rosenblat reads at just the right pace for Mrs. Pollifax, and gives the right tone and inflection to all the other characters in the story.

    I just listened to a few minutes of this book and then turned to another Gilman novel, which is being read wonderfully by Ms. Rosenblat.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (272)

    Mrs. Pollifax has a new hat, and only she and Mr. Carstairs know it conceals eight false passports which she must smuggle into Bulgaria.

    Nancy J says: "Another Delightful Adventure"
    "Move Over Ms. Marple"
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    Mrs. Pollifax is a wonder - like Ms. Marple people dismiss her and then she totally outwits and out maneuvers her adversaries as well as her associates. Ms. Rosenblat's narration is excellent, as usual. I am never disappointed with any of her readings. A series well worth listening and hopefully Ms. Gilman's heirs will allow all of her books to be available on Audible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Guns in the Gallery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Simon Brett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Invited to a Private View of the work of controversial artist Denzil Willoughby, the good citizens of Fethering are not quite sure what to expect. And it certainly turns out to be a lively affair, culminating in a confrontation between Willoughby and his ex-lover, followed by a heated argument with the gallery owner and a rival artist. But what no one could have anticipated was that the evening would end in sudden, violent death.

    Kathleen says: "Brett Never Disappoints"
    "Brett Never Disappoints"
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    I have listened to and/or read every book written by Simon Brett. His plots are great, his descriptions vivid, especially when he narrates. A must read for every Mystery aficionado.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3149)
    Performance
    (2566)
    Story
    (2537)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "Early Christmass Gift"
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    Harry Bosch is never boring and Connelly is a master in keeping your attention. The minute I see a Connelly book I automatically download it, and I have never been disappointed. I hope that he continue to write Bosch novels and that Cariou continues to narrate his work -both great.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Knit One, Kill Two: A Knitting Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Maggie Sefton
    • Narrated By Jane Jacobs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (49)

    Kelly Flynn never picked up a pair of knitting needles she liked—until she strolled into House of Lambspun. Now, in the first in a brand-new series, she learns how to knit one, purl two, and untangle the mystery behind her aunt's murder.

    Kim says: "Give us more Sefton"
    "Knit One Kill Two: A Knitting Mystery, Book 1"
    Overall

    I agree- give us more Sefton!! Ms. Sefton's mysteries are very easy reading and listening, but at the same time keeps one guessing. All of her books are very descriptive especially her "Knitting" series. As a knitter I wish I could find a shop like the one she describes. I especially like the reader and look for her narration in choosing an audible.
    Pease obtain series 2 through 8. I've already contacted Audible and received a prompt reply as to why only two have been read. Please keep trying to get the publisher to release more.
    Kate

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Burn: An Anna Pigeon Mystery, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (135)

    Anna Pigeon, a Ranger with the National Park Service, is on administrative leave from her job as she recovers from the traumas of the past couple of months – while the physical wounds have healed, the emotional ones are still healing. With her new husband busy and back at work, Anna decides to go to stay with an old friend from the Park Service, Geneva, who works as a singer at the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park.

    Ilah says: "Bring other narrator back!!!!"
    "Exciting Listening"
    Overall

    I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the Anna Pigeon series, but it took me a few chapters to get into this story. It was a great departure from the usual story line; however, once in it was difficult to stop listening.

    Also, Joyce Bean did a excellent job on the voices and the very unusual characters in the story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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