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B. Hobbs

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REVIEWS
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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
8

  • My Man Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By David Thorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (148)

    Wodehouse introduces us once again to the "wonder butler" Jeeves, who, as usual is able to solve any and all of Bertie Wooster's endless problems with ease and finesse. And he also introduces us to a character not dissimilar to Bertie . . . by name of Reggie. Such fun to follow Jeeves in the hijinks!

    Noora says: "Brilliantly narrated light reading"
    "Great stories, too bad the narrator is an idiot"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Wodehouse never disappoints, but the narrator's mannerisms can be distracting. I would recommend it with that caveat. The stories are fantastic. Maybe another recording with a different narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Thorn’s performances?

    NO. He rolls his "r's" in his normal speech. If he was doing it to illustrate a character, that would be one thing-- but the affectation of rolling "r's" is just too distracting. And seriously annoying.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Death in the Stocks: Inspector Hannasyde Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Ulli Birvé
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    In the dead of the night, a man is found murdered, locked in the stocks on the village green. Unfortunately for Superintendent Hannasyde, the deceased is Andrew Vereker, a man hated by nearly everyone, especially his odd and unhelpful family members. The Verekers are as eccentric as they are corrupt, and it will take all Hannasyde's skill at detection to determine who's telling the truth, and who is pointing him in the wrong direction. The question is: who in this family is clever enough to get away with murder?

    Glenda says: "Hated it, loved it"
    "One of my favorite mysteries!"
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    This is my favorite of Georgette Heyer's mysteries. The characters are charming, the mystery is gripping, and it's hard to guess who the killer is ! The reader does a nice job, really suiting the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heretics

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By G.K. Chesterton
    • Narrated By Ulf Bjorklund
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    "Nothing more strangely indicates an enormous and silent evil of modern society than the extraordinary use which is made nowadays of the word orthodox. In former days the heretic was proud of not being a heretic. It was the kingdoms of the world and the police and the judges who were heretics. He was orthodox. He had no pride in having rebelled against them; they had rebelled against him. The armies with their cruel security, the kings with their cold faces, the decorous processes of State, the reasonable processes of law - all these like sheep had gone astray...."

    B. Hobbs says: "Poor reading of a great book!"
    "Poor reading of a great book!"
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    Wooden reading and weird mispronunciations. Luckily, G.K. Chesterton is amazing. Interesting character sketches of the early 20th c, still applicable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death in Kashmir: A Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By M. M. Kaye
    • Narrated By Shibani Ghosh
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    When young Sarah Parrish takes a skiing vacation to Gulmarg, a resort nestled in the mountains above the fabled Vale of Kashmir, she anticipates an entertaining but uneventful stay. But when she discovers that the deaths of two in her party are the result of foul play, she finds herself entrusted with a mission of unforeseen importance. And when she leaves the ski slopes for the Waterwitch, she discovers to her horror that the killer will stop at nothing to prevent Sarah from piecing the puzzle together.

    Amazon Customer says: "The wrong Narrator"
    "Great story, but the narrator ruins the experience"
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It's an interesting idea, having someone with an Indian accent read the book, but Ghosh's narration is very harsh. I had an audiotape recording of the book, read by Virginia McKenna, which was amazing. Despite how much I love the story, I had to stop listening after less than an hour because she was giving me a headache. I was unable to focus on the beauty of M.M. Kaye's writing because the narrator's forceful speech was so jarring. It's really a shame, because I adore this book, but I will be returning this recording.


    Was Death in Kashmir worth the listening time?

    Story? Yes. Narration? AVOID.


    Any additional comments?

    I have loved M.M. Kaye's mysteries since I discovered one in France. Death in Zanzibar was the only English book available, so I read it, and became an instant fan. Death in Kashmir is a great story. M.M. Kaye's descriptions are extremely vivid, her characters are charming, and the plot moves quickly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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