Thanks to Jim French, radio dramas are still being produced.
I discovered the Harry Nile series years ago when it was broadcast on a local radio station. Sadly, that station no longer carries the series. So I was very happy to find the shows available at Audible.
Harry Nile is a private detective who, in my opinion, does not fit the stereotypical "hard boiled" description. Harry is a former police officer. He is smart and kind. He is assisted by Murphy, a former librarian.
Each episode runs about 20 minutes. The stories include some unique characters, such as "Keys Louise" and interesting information about Seattle, the location of Harry's business.
For me these shows are very entertaining.
I often read for relaxation, so I'm always on the lookout for new "cozy" series. This is one of the best I've found recently.
One thing that appealed to me right away was that the story takes place in Minnesota, which is where I live. The fictional town of Mayville is situated on Lake Pepin. There are several real Minnesota towns in similar locations - it is a beautiful part of the state. I've visited the area often, so it was easy for me to visualize Mayville.
The pace is brisk, with a mysterious death occuring early in the story. Numerous clues are found, some are "red herrings." I wasn't able to guess the final solution until it was revealed near the end of the book.
Though I like cats, I would not describe myself as "cat person." Owen and Hercules, the main "cat characters", have some very unusual abilities that add an element of fantasy to the story.
I liked protagonist Kathleen Paulson. Many other characters are introduced throughout the story. I'm hoping that some of them will show up in future books of this series.
The 10 plus hours of this story went by quickly for me. I plan to listen to more books in this series.
So far I've loved everything about this series. Main characters Duncan Kincaid and Jemma James are interesting, complex characters who have changed and matured as the series progressed.
The story lines are intricate, but not confusing. The pace of the stories is steady, but not overwhelming. In this book Debra Crombie once again skillfully weaves elements from the past into the current mystery. There is tragedy, but there is also hope.
Narrator Michael Deehy is excellent. The tone of his voice is pleasing, his diction is excellent.
I look forward to listening to more books in this series.
I listened to this book while I was in rehab recovering from knee replacement surgery. It was a great choice for the occasion.
This is a typical entry in this series. If you've enjoyed other Hannah Swenson books, you'll probably enjoy this one.
I wanted a book tht would be entertaining and distracting and this book was a good choice.
This book includes recipes. I'm not a baker, so I wasn't interested in the receipes. The recipes are located at the end of chapters, so it's easy to skip them.
This series takes place in a small Minnesota town. There is no explicit violence or sex and no grahpic language.
I didn't enjoy this series very much. The production is fine. However, main character Hilary Caine is just a little too giggly and silly for my taste. I believe this series is meant to be light and humerous. For me Hilary Caine was annoying.
The stories take place in England; the show is produced in the USA. To my ear, the English accents of some of the actors are not very convincing.
I love other Jim French radio shows. Harry Nile is a favorite of mine. Hilary Caine just doesn't measure up to the standard I expect from Jim French.
I read a number of these books when they were first published over 20 years ago. This is the first Audible edition I've listened to. For me the stories stand the test of time very well.
Carolyn G. Hart populates this series with a number of recurring characters who have very different personalities. For me, much of the enjoyment of these books is the way these characters interact with each other. Annie Laurance, proprietor of the bookstore Death on Demand, is a no nonsense young woman who has worked hard for everything she has. Her charming fiancee is Max Darling. Max comes from a wealthy family, He is very smart, easy going, and hard working when he needs to be. The two of them balance each other very well.
I classify this as a cozy series. It takes place on an island populated by a number of interesting characters. The mysteries are complex and well plotted. The pace is brisk. There are a few mild expletives that might be offensive to readers who have low or no tolerance for these words. Some sexual sitations are part of this mystery, but they are not discussed in an explicit manner.
For me this is an entertaining story. Kate Reading is an excellent narrator. I plan to revisit many of these books on Audible.
I'm always on the look out for a good cozy series. This is a promising start.
The things I didn't like are due to my personal taste and may not present a problem for other readers.
One thing that I don't like, even in a cozy, is inept police. That is an issue for me in this book. I'm reluctant to go into detail in order to avoid "spoilers".
The story is set in a small town, and the protagonist is a bookseller. The author has made a good start on establishing what I suspect will be recurring characters that I find appealing. The emphasis is not on graphic violence or sex.
This was book 1 of the series. I intend to read at least one more book in the series, probably skipping to book 3 or 4.
I am partial to narrators who have good diction, pleasing voices and don't "overact" charaters. Cassandra Campbell is good in all these areas.
I'm not a zombie fan. I knew that when I bought the book, but it was a daily special and I chose to take a chance. I live in Minnesota, and I'm a fan of Garrison Keillor.
I did laugh out loud a number of times during the first dozen chapters. However, the longer I listened, the less I laughed. The body count got higher, and the humor got darker. Eventually it wasn't funny to me any more. I wasn't entertained and I wasn't interested any more. I didn't care how it ended and I stopped listening.
The author does a good job of mimicking Keillor's style. And the narrator does a good job of mimicking Keillor's delivery. But be warned - there is plenty of gore, a high body count, and very, very dark humor. If that isn't your taste, you may want to skip this book.
This book has an unlikely premise - an inept Scotland Yard inspector receives assistance in solving crimes from his housekeeper. He's so inept he doesn't even realize she is helping him.
I don't want "realism" from cozy mysteries. What I look for are interesting characters (quirkiness helps), at least moderately complex plots and a good narrator. A little humor adds to my enjoyment.
The narrator of this book is fine. However, the characters seemed bland to me. The inspector was so clueless he annoyed me. There wasn't enough humor to overcome these problems.
I listened to about 70% of the book and gave up. I just didn't care how it ended.
I discovered this series on Audible less than a year ago and am already a devoted fan. When I want to listen to a book with a great plot, a good mystery and characters I like, the Debra Knott series is the first place I look.
One of the things I enjoy about this series is that Margaret Maron has constructed it in a way that allows Debra Knott to be involved in a number of different "environments." This adds alot of variety and interest to the stories.
The pace of the story is brisk, there are plenty of new characters along with the continuing characters. There is a great sense of "place".
It might be best to read these books in order. However I started with one of the more recent books, and have read earlier books after that. It hasn't spoiled my enjoyment of the series.
C.J. Critt is an excellent narrator.
I graduated from high school in 1961. I first read the book around that time and it was shocking and thought provoking for me. I was living at home and hid the book in fear that my parents might causually pick it up and start to read it.
I held onto that book and read it again about 20 years later. The audio book was the third time I had experienced the story. This time it did seem a bit more "talky". The ideas aren't as shocking as they were the first time. Still, there is food for thought. And even with the "talkiness", I found the story engaging and entertaining.
Younger readers might want to view this book as a "period piece". The technology and attitudes are vastly different from what exists today. However, as one who lived at that time, the attitudes portrayed are advanced compared to the reality of the time.
Narrator Christopher Hurt is excellent.
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