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  • Death of a Kingfisher: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (147)

    When Scotland is hit by the recession, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices that the Highland people are forced to come up with inventive ways to lure tourists to their sleepy towns. The quaint village of Braikie doesn't have much to offer, other than a place of rare beauty called Buchan's Wood, which was bequeathed to the town. The savvy local tourist director renames the woods "The Fairy Glen," and has brochures printed with a beautiful photograph of a kingfisher rising from a pond on the cover. It isn't long before coach tours begin to arrive.

    Chablis from Seattle says: "A delightful, tangled web of intrigue!"
    "Disturbing and Disappointing"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you like the usual Hamish books, this is not for you. Evil children (who remain on the loose) are only part of the problem. International crime, barely explained murders, all a jumble. Skip this one.


    Has Death of a Kingfisher turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I think this was a aberration. All the other Hamish books have been quite entertaining, slyly amusing and calm.


    What about Graeme Malcolm’s performance did you like?

    I like his voice and portrayal. Good Scots accent.


    Could you see Death of a Kingfisher being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    Had bad dreams about it the night after I finished....unheard of for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew's Brain: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By E. L. Doctorow
    • Narrated By E. L. Doctorow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Speaking from an unknown place and to an unknown interlocutor, Andrew is thinking, Andrew is talking, Andrew is telling the story of his life, his loves, and the tragedies that have led him to this place and point in time. And as he confesses, peeling back the layers of his strange story, we are led to question what we know about truth and memory, brain and mind, personality and fate, about one another and ourselves. Written with psychological depth and great lyrical precision, this suspenseful and groundbreaking novel delivers a voice for our times - funny, probing, skeptical, mischievous, profound.

    Barbara says: "An utterly satifying novel"
    "Very interesting but very strange"
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    Where does Andrew's Brain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not very high


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Where was Andrew when this took place? Not clear.


    What three words best describe E. L. Doctorow’s performance?

    monotone (which helped one see Andrew's mental state)
    disparing
    comotose


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    It held my attention because I was looking for something to happen or some explanation of how he got to his current situation (whatever that was--prison?) Did he kill or harm the child drawing at the table on the farm? Who was "coming?" Why was he in Norway or was he?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cocaine Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (778)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (554)

    It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "A series that just gets better"
    "Bit of "romantic" Fluff with mystery thrown in"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not-- very light weight though entertaining in parts


    What could Kerry Greenwood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing


    Have you listened to any of Stephanie Daniel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Do you think Cocaine Blues needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    This is part of a series but I gather they don't follow this subject--just Phrynne the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a good book to listen to when your mind doesn't want to be burdened. The heroine's sexual dalliances are gratuitous but obviously part of her persona. I thought at times I stumbled into a seamy romance novel.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Victim in Victoria Station: A Dorothy Martin Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jeanne M. Dams
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    Dorothy Martin's husband, a local police inspector, is out of town. On a trip to London for a doctor's appointment, Dorothy talks to a young man who, by the time the train reaches Victoria Station, is very dead. No one seems to think anything is amiss and the man who told her he was a doctor and would take care of everything seems to have done just that. The body has disappeared. Dorothy has a mystery on her hands and, with her husband in Zimbabwe, there's nothing to do but begin an investigation.

    Linda says: "Entertaining, Easy Listen"
    "Dorothy Martin Does It Again"
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    If you could sum up The Victim in Victoria Station in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining light mystery


    What did you like best about this story?

    A good mystery but no violence to speak of. Every one was quite civilized--even the murderer. (Especially the murderer)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Dorothy and friends were prowling around the offices where she was a fake receptionist to find evidence to accuse a murderer


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Typical "cottage" type English mystery except the heroine is American by birth and this took place in London. Have enjoyed her other books very much which on the whole I liked better.
    Character development was a bit weak in some instances.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Maid

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (80)

    Mrs. Gillespie is famous for being the best maid in the northwest of Sutherland. But to Hamish Macbeth, she is a malicious gossip who bangs around the furniture and clanks pots. When Hamish wins Mrs. Gillespie's services in a church raffle, he spends most of the day trying to avoid her. He doesn't understand how she managed to gain such a fine reputation. Then she is found dead, struck down violently by a metal bucket of water.

    Barbara says: "Death of a Maid"
    "Murder and great entertainment in north Highlands"
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    Where does Death of a Maid rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up there in this genre. Amusing, gentle (for a murder) and great character development of Hamish Macbeth, constable of tiny Highland village and his life.


    Have you listened to any of Graeme Malcolm’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Love his scottish interpretation and accent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes,


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to more! Only wish I had done them in order.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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