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  • The Cat Who Blew the Whistle

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lilian Jackson Braun
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    When an affluent railcar owner disappears with millions of dollars belonging to Moose County investors, the international police launch an intense investigation to find the fugitive. But journalist detective Jim Qwilleran and his feline crime-busters find a mystery to unravel that is closer to home. Who blew the whistle on the embezzler? And, why did they do it?

    Wendy says: "yet again"
    "RELAXING FUN"
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    From time to time I enjoy taking a literary trip to the world of Jim Quilleran. That world is an unlikely place. It's a small town, several hundred miles from the nearest urban center. The crime rate is low, traffic gridlock doesn't exist, there are good restaurants, an active community theater, a resident millionaire who prefers to share his fortune with the community and two ageless Siamese cats, one of whom may have psychic powers.

    Narrator George Guidall does a superb job. I love the tone of his voice, his diction is excellent, and he seems to hit just the right note with character voices.

    I listen to these books when I want to relax. I often select them when I want to listen to a book while falling asleep. When I was a child (many years ago), I loved being "read to sleep" and had favorite stories for that purpose. The "Cat Who" books are my adult version of those favorites.

    For me this is one of the better books in the series. There are several good mysteries going on, and the introduction of a likeable new character who appears in later books.

    The cats play a significant role in the story. If you dislike cats, you may find "Koko" and "Yum Yum" irritating. If you prefer very "realistic" stories, you may find the entire book annoying.

    However, if you want to relaxing listen that takes place in an idealistic rural setting, this book is a good choice.

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  • Paul Temple And The Margo Mystery (Dramatisation)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Francis Durbridge
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury star in another intriguing case for BBC radio's smoothest sleuth and his glamorous wife.

    Sarah says: "Formulaic, but a great dramatisation"
    "Predictable, Entertaining Fun"
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    This is a BBC radio show from the 1960's. This series ran for over 30 years on the BBC.

    If you have listened to and enjoyed other Paul Temple dramas, you will probably enjoy this one. It doesn't stray from the usual format. This is a vintage radio show. It is not even close to being "cutting edge."

    I am old enough to remember when dramas were broadcast on the radio. There are times when I want a change from current TV, with it's edgy, often violent dramas. Those are the times when I listen to, and enjoy, Paul Temple.

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  • What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Dick Hill, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (140)

    Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain - and in his first-ever memoir, What's So Funny?, that's exactly what he does.

    Ruth says: "Funny Man..."
    "Laughter is a Gift"
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    There is plenty of worry and tension and fear in this world. When someone funny comes along and gives me the "gift" of laughter, I am grateful to that person. Tim Conway has given me something to laugh at time and time again. When his autobiography appeared as a daily special, I bought it without hesitation.

    After reading his life story, I'm not sure why he is so funny. It occured to me that his childhood might have produced a very different personality in another person. Luckily for me, and all those who enjoy the humor of Tim Conway, he turned out funny.

    i found the story of his life to be very interesting. I knew nothing of his background before reading this book. It seemed to me there was a good balance in his story. I never got bored with any part of it. I found the stories about Harvey Korman to be especially surprising and interesting.

    Tim Conway does not narrate the book and I thought that might be a problem. However, after a few minutes I got used to narrator Dick Hill and enjoyed his work.

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  • The Puppet Masters

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (189)

    At key points throughout North America, an invasion force is taking over communications, government, industry, and people's bodies. And the nation is helpless to stop it, because the invaders multiply far faster than they can be destroyed, controlling the mind of every unsuspecting person they encounter. Enter Sam Cavanaugh, a can-do intelligence officer for the United States' most secret service. Cavanaugh is the only man who can stop the invaders. But to do that he'll have to be invaded himself.

    Mike From Mesa says: "An old favorite, but poorly narrated"
    "Great Science Fiction Classic"
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    I discovered Science Fiction as an elementary student in 1950's. As I recall the first SF book I read was written by Robert Heinlein. I don't remember the title, but I don't believe it was this book.

    This book was great fun to read. Heinlein had a view point that comes through clearly, but the book didn't seem "preachy" to me. It's an action packed, fast paced story. Once I got started with it, I found it difficult to stop listening. The book was written in 1951. Some aspects of the book are dated - I expected that. However I didn't find the book as "dated" as I expected it to be.

    The only thing that I didn't like was the narrator's "voice" for the female character Mary. The character is a strong, capable woman. The rest of the narration by Tom Weiner is excellent.

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  • Three Blind Mice and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson, Hugh Fraser, David Suchet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (77)

    A blinding snowstorm - and a homicidal maniac - traps a small party of friends in an isolated estate. Out of this deceptively simple setup, Agatha Christie fashioned one of her most ingenious puzzlers, which in turn would provide the basis for The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in history. From this classic title novella to the deliciously clever gems on its tail (solved to perfection by Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple), this rare collection of murder most foul showcases Christie at her inventive best.

    Charlotte says: "All together now!"
    "The Seeds of Greatness"
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    Many of Agantha Christie's novels are timeless for me. Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot are my favorites. I'm not sure when this collection of short stories were written. I suspect they were written before the novels. I did not find these short stories as satisfying as the novels I have read. Part of the reason is the narration.

    I loved Joan Hickson as Miss Marple in the TV dramas produced by the BBC. I own DVD's of all the Joan Hickson "Miss Marple" programs and have watched them multiple times. However I did not like Ms. Hickson's narrations in this collection. Her voice was excellent in the TV dramas, but is sibilant and hard to listen to in this collection.

    The best of the narrators was Hugh Fraser. He gets the voice of Hercule Poirot just right for an audio book. I believe I might have enjoyed this collection more if Hugh Fraser had read all the stories.

    I bought this collection as an Audible "Daily Special" - it was a good value at the reduced price. I will seek out other Agatha Christie titles narrated by Hugh Fraser.

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  • Sherlock Holmes in America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jon L. Lellenberg (editor), Martin H. Greenberg (editor), Daniel Stashower (editor)
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    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!"
    "Varied Collection of Stories"
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    I enjoyed these stories. The editor chose a variety of excellent writers. Each writer had a unique and interesting idea for a Sherlock Holmes adventure.

    Narrator Graeme Martin is superb. His voice is smooth and pleasing to hear. He deftly differentiates characters. His character "voices" are distinct, but never distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (995)
    Performance
    (899)
    Story
    (895)

    As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable light murder mystery"
    "Escapist Fun"
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    Georgiana Rannoch is the main character in this series. She is a penniless member of the Royal Family, Even though she has never been educated to do anything useful, she is smart and resourceful. I like her alot.

    The story takes place in an elegant Stately Home. The characters are unique and interesting. The mystery is good. I was surprised at the solution when it was finally revealed.

    The overall tone of the story is light. There are scenes that are laugh out loud funny.

    The only thing I didn't like was the voice of the Dowager Duchess. She is a haughty, upper class woman. She is annoying. For me, the voice the narrator used is too annoying (even though it might be accurate).

    Katherine Kellgren does a superb job with the rest of narration.

    Overall this is an entertaining, enjoyable story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Kline, Jason Tomaszewski
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (326)

    From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure or a political one, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.

    Peter says: "This book was one of the worst ideas every"
    "Funny"
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    This book reminded me of some of the huge mistakes made by corporate America during my lifetime. Remember "new Coke"? How about the Yugo? If these items appeared before you were born, you will be astonished that they ever existed.

    This is an easy listen. I found it excellent for keeping a smile on my face as I did house work.

    If you want something light and amusing, this is a good choice.

    A warning - if, like me, you made the unfortunate choice to see "Howard the Duck" in a theater, this book may bring back some unpleasant memories.



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  • Roast Mortem: A Coffeehouse Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    When the firefighters of Ladder Company 189 pull Clare's friends out of a blazing cafe, she happily comes to their rescue. As a favor to the men, she visits their firehouse kitchen to teach them the finer points of operating their newly donated espresso machine. But more than their coffee turns out to be hot. Somebody's torching cafes around the city, and firefighters are beginning to die in suspicious ways....

    Shirley Lafon Strand says: "NOT Awful :-) !"
    "A Salute to Fire Fighters"
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    This story gets off to a fast and frightening start when Clare and two friends are trapped in a fire while visiting a coffee house owned by an acquaintance. They are rescued by the FDNY.

    Fire fighters are key characters in the plot and I found that aspect of the story interesting.

    I loved the first book of this series that I read (Murder by Mocha). I did not like this one quite as much for reasons that are particular to me. I enjoy stories about amateur detective . However, I do not enjoy it when the amateur detective puts herself in danger while following a "hunch". That occurs several times in this story.

    I will give this series another try. The core characters are colorful and interesting. The mysteries are intricate and move along at a steady pace.

    Narrator Rebecca Gibel has a clear voice and excellent diction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sand Sharks: A Deborah Knott Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (34)

    Margaret Maron continues her best-selling Deborah Knott series with Sand Sharks - an "outstanding ... neat mystery that [is] highly recommended" (Library Journal, starred review). Judge Deborah's hopes for relaxation at a seaside judicial conference are dashed when she stumbles upon the murdered body of a colleague. And when more judges turn up dead, Deborah fears she could be next.

    Kathy says: "Sand Sharks"
    "A Trip to the Beach"
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    I discovered this series recently and loved it right away.

    Main character Debrorah Knott appeals to me. She is smart and interesting. She is complex, but well adjusted.

    In this book, as in others in the series, I find a very strong sense of place. I can "see" the locations in my mind. I'm not sure how Margaret Maron does this. There aren't long, detailed paragraphs describing the setting. And I've never been to the location where the story takes place. Yet with some well chosen words, Margaret Maron takes me there.

    The mystery and the characters in the story held my attention. This is the kind of story that I would listen to in one or two sessions if I had the time.

    Narrator C.J. Critt is excellent. Her voice is smooth, her diction is clear and her inflections add interest. Her reading adds interest, but is not distracting.

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  • A Skeleton in the Family: A Family Skeleton Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Leigh Perry
    • Narrated By Katina Kalin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    Moving back into her parents' house with her teenage daughter had not been Georgia Thackery's Plan A. But when she got a job at the local college, it seemed the sensible thing to do. So she settled in and began reconnecting with old friends. Including Sid. Sid is the Thackery family's skeleton. He's lived in the house as long as Georgia can remember, although no one, including Sid, knows exactly where he came from and how he came to be a skeleton.

    A reader in Southborough says: "Stimulating mystery with a wise-cracking skeleton"
    "A Fantasy Mystery"
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    Sometimes I am in the mood for a "cosy" style mystery. A mystery that has an intriguing plot, likable characters, an interesting setting, a bit of humor, and moves along at a relaxed, steady pace. For me this was that kind of book.

    In order to enjoy this book you will need to be able to suspend your disbelief to accept a skeleton who walks, talks, and loses a few bones when he's feeling down, You must also accept that this skeleton (whose name is Sid) has been part of a family for over 30 years.

    Main character Georgia Thackery is a college professor, daughter of two college professors. I know almost nothing about the academic world, so this aspect of the story was interesting to me.

    Narrator Katina Kalin is excellent. I was never confused about which character was speaking. And I was never distracted by extreme character "voices".

    This is a book you can listen to while driving, doing chores, going to sleep, or just relaxing. I found the book to be very entertaining. I look forward to reading more books in this series.

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