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  • Very Good Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jonathan Cecil, described as having “one of the best-loved voices in audiobooks” by the P. G. Wodehouse Society, narrates this collection of brilliantly entertaining stories featuring Jeeves and Wooster, including: "Jeeves and the Impending Doom", "Jeeves and the Kid Clementina", "The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy", "The Love That Purifies", "Jeeves and the Yule-Tide Spirit", "Jeeves and the Old School Chum", "Jeeves and the Song of Songs", "Indian Summer of an Uncle", "Episode of the Dog McIntosh", "The Ordeal of Young Tuppy", and "The Spot of Art."

    C. Telfair says: "Very, Very Good Jeeves"
    "Dry for ardent PG Wodehouse Fans"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I must say that I listened to the first 80 minutes or so and just had to turn it off. The narration was so very dry and upper-crust British that I had to concentrate to follow the storyline and cath the dry and wry humour at the same time. I love the PG Wodehouse books and writing style...but I did not think it would be so different to listen to it. I listen to books while I am driving - fiction, business, thrillers, comedy and even science...but this combination went in one ear and out the other unless I paid complete attention to it (which I could not - while driving).

    If you’ve listened to books by P. G. Wodehouse before, how does this one compare?

    No listening - only reading (and I love them).

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Cecil?

    It is such a very British series that it must have a British narrator- but perhpas a more delicate British narrator with more dramatic inflection could help,

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shady Palms

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Allen Dusk
    • Narrated By Rose Caraway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A sleazy motel, burrowed on the edge of town, is haunted by rumors of dead hookers found between mattresses and peep holes drilled through walls. When Special Agent Daniels targets the motel during an investigation, the nefarious owner, Sanjay, must scramble to conceal evidence of his own dark deeds. Just when he believes things can't get any worse, motel guests begin to vanish without a trace.

    PJPackwood says: "Okay."
    "Sexually explicit, gory & grisly Fun"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This story focuses on many of the seamy aspects of modern life and the people living it. The genre is best described as a combination of murder mystery & thriller laced with science fiction elements. I am no prude but the author has no holds barred when it comes to portraying prostitutes, homosexual sex and masturbation (among other things - including the excruciatingly gory descriptions of each murder). I spent a good deal of time cringing through the details of this book - but the story was so compelling that it was (just) worth it. The fact that the narrator's voice was rather girlish exacerbated the discomfort of listening to such a grisly story.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes! This would make a very good film if you are inclined towards gore-filled thrillers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unfinished Clue

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Clifford Norgate

    The Unfinished Clue is a clever and humorous murder mystery set at a British country estate in the 1930s. There, each of the invited guests, along with the victim's wife and the estate's staff members (the butler, the maids, the gardener), had good reason to hate the arrogant and abrasive victim. Sir Arthur Billington-Smith had successfully alienated each and every one of them.

    Karen says: "There are more Georgette Heyer mysteries!!"
    "Typical Victorian who-dunnit"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This a good, solid mystery in the Victorian England, houseful of suspects who-dunnit genre.
    The narrator is good at voicing the different characters and so, although the story often plods along, he keeps things interesting. It is not a modern thriller with anything too outlandish; there are no guns, car chases, international spies...this is just a solid murder mystery with strongly written characters. I must admit that I found myself nodding off at times during this listen - but it was very good.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Good ending - unexpected.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

    Debra says: "PLEASE tell me there are MORE !"
    "As good as the originals!"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was as true to the original Sherlock Holmes as can be imagined - thrillng, intelligent, rich in late Victorian-age detail - and Jacobi's performance was perfect. The only reason why I gave this one less than 5 stars was that I deduced what the "House" was and the ultimate perpretrators of the criime very (too) early in to the listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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