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Judith

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  • The Mysterious Montague: A True Tale of Hollywood, Golf, and Armed Robbery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Leigh Montville
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    He was a 1930s golf legend and Hollywood trickster who adamantly refused to be photographed. He never played professionally, yet sports-writing legend Grantland Rice still heralded him as "the greatest golfer in the world". Then, in 1937, the secrets of John Montague's past were exposed - leading to a sensational trial that captivated the nation.

    Judith says: "Even if You Don't Play Golf"
    "Even if You Don't Play Golf"
    Overall

    this book is interesting and fun. The narrator is excellent. He has just the right tone for the material. I had never heard of Montague but it seems likely that Kevin Costner's character in Tin Cup is based on him.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Charles Paris: Murder in the Title (BBC Radio Crimes)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Bill Nighy
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Charles Paris is his own worst enemy, a louche lush who can resist anything except temptation - especially in the form of women and alcohol. He’s been out of work so long now he feels he may never get a job and he’s driving Frances, his semi-ex-wife, mad. So when he’s offered a small role in a play, she nearly pushes him out of the door. But it seems that ‘The Message is Murder’ is such a terrible production that someone wants to kill off the cast.

    Cheryl Waters says: "Another BBC Value Performance"
    "Charles Paris Rules!"
    Overall
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    Story

    These radio plays are good mysteries but Bill Nighy as Charles Paris makes them great. He is witty, unbearable, sexy, hilarious, and mostly drunk. Suzanne Glover as his long suffering wife Frances is absolutely perfect. It's easy to see why they achieved 35 years of "divorce avoidance." They have great vocal chemistry. The rock and roll sound tracks are a big plus. More, please.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gun in Cheek: A Study of 'Alternative' Crime Fiction

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated By Chet Williamson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Love mystery? Then you'll love this book. Hate mystery? Then YOU'LL love this book. Pronzini is a fount of information about the "best" (read: hilariously inept) in mystery fiction. He's read every book ever written in the genre, it seems, and shows genuine affection for the form. The fun he pokes at the authors and their works is gentle and doesn't distract at all from your wonderment at the fact that these books ever even existed. It might, however, make you want to seek them out and try for yourself.

    Judith says: "A hoot."
    "A hoot."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This audiobook is funny. The narrator seemed to really enjoy himself and so did I. I haven't heard of most of the detectives and I wouldn't want to read any of the books, but you don't have to be a fan of trashy detective stories to get a kick out of this audiobook. Of course, if you are, well, so much the better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death Comes to Pemberley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (718)
    Story
    (736)

    It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.

    Michelle says: "Not As Interesting as Print Reviewers Suggested"
    "A disappointment."
    Overall
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    I tried to like this book. Unlike some others, I thought the narrator was fine and I liked the "where are they now?" beginning. But Elizabeth and Darcy weren't much like Austen's characters, there wasn't enough dialogue, and the murder mystery was pretty bad. Jane and Mr. Bingley were better and some of the minor characters were good, especially Mr. Bennett and Lydia. But without a successful Elizabeth & Darcy or a good murder mystery, why bother?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1464)
    Performance
    (1279)
    Story
    (1281)

    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Larry says: "What a great book."
    "Gripping"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a great true crime book and is very effective as an audiobook. Although not unbearably scary, I found it very creepy. The murders are gruesome and Manson and the family members are truly frightening. The narration of the investigation and the trial are very detailed and fascinating. I agree with most of the other reviewers that Scott Brick does a very good job. Though long, the book never drags. Simon Vance is my favorite narrator, but Scott Brick is a close second. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1364)
    Performance
    (1024)
    Story
    (1019)

    Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

    connie says: "the best of both Holmes"
    "I agree"
    Overall

    with the other reviewers that is a very good audiobook. I was a little worried that I wouldn't like it because of the prologue but once the Ripper murders started I could barely turn it off. The story is effectively creepy but not especially gory or violent. Simon Vance is a great narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Laura

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Vera Caspary
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Eileen Stevens, Oliver Wyman, and others
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    Laura Hunt was the ideal modern woman: beautiful, elegant, highly ambitious, and utterly mysterious. No man could resist her charmsnot even the hardboiled NYPD detective sent to find out who turned her into a faceless corpse. As this tough cop probes the mystery of Lauras death, he becomes obsessed with her strange power.

    Judith says: "I like this a lot."
    "I like this a lot."
    Overall

    I have always loved the 1940's movie of Laura with Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews and several years ago it prompted me to read the original novel, which is a bit dated but still quite a good read. This is a very creditable audio version. The novel is told from several different points of view and it works well with the multiple readers. My only small criticisms are that Laura's voice is a bit more girlish than the one I hear in my head when I read the novel and Shelby didn't have any trace of a Southern accent. But Waldo Lydecker and Mark McPherson are perfect. I recommend this. I'm already on my second listen.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Why Didn't They Ask Evans?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    When Bobby Jones goes to retrieve his wayward golf ball at the bottom of a cliff, he little expects that he will find a dying man there. With his last breath the man asks, "Why didn't they ask Evans?"

    Tammy says: "Agatha Christie never fails!"
    "Not the greatest Christie"
    Overall

    but still a lot of fun to listen to. Emilia Fox is an excellent narrator. The book is a bit too long and the plot is completely unbelievable but several of the characters are good. I especially liked how Christie treats the relationship between Bobby and his father. Although clearly meant to be amusing, it seemed a pretty good depiction of two family members who love each other but can't communicate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cotillion

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (237)

    The three great-nephews of cantankerous Mr Penicuik know better than to ignore his summons, especially when it concerns the bestowal of his fortune. His freakish plan is that his fortune will be his step-daughter's dowry.

    connie says: "Don't judge this book by its cover."
    "My favorite Georgette Heyer book"
    Overall

    sounds great as an audiobook. The narrator is excellent. One can easily distinguish the characters and the book is even funnier read aloud. Cotillion is Heyer's best book because its hero is totally unlike her standard, rather annoying, heroes. And the Regency slang is great. The book starts a little slowly but hang in for the first couple of chapters. You'll be glad you did.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba...and Then Lost It to the Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By T. J. English
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (176)

    Havana Nocturne takes listeners back to Cuba in the years when it was a veritable devil's playground for mob leaders Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano. Thanks to strong ties with the island's brutal dictator, President Batista, the mob soon owned the biggest luxury hotels and casinos and launched an unprecedented tourist boom. But their dreams collided with those of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and others.

    Paul Abbott says: "Not for reactionaries"
    "I liked this a lot."
    Overall

    I don't know much about pre-Castro Havana or the Cuban Revolution, but I thought this was a good introduction. The description of the gangsters and their relationships to the Batista regime were very detailed. It is clear that the author interviewed several people who were eye witnesses, including Meyer Lansky's driver. They seem to feel some nostalgia for the era. I imagine the depiction of the revolution will not please everyone since it is rather sympathetic but I thought it was very interesting. The narration was well-done.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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