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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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