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Linda

PITTSBURGH, PA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Gorky Park

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (299)

    At first, the case of the bodies found in a Moscow park looked straightforward: a "troika", probably three on a bottle, drunk together and then frozen to death together in the brutal Russian night. But Chief Homicide Investigator Arkady Renko hits a sharp and complicated turn with the arrival of the KGB's Pribluda. Suddenly, his access to a routine investigation is blocked. Why?

    IVAL says: "Still the BEST"
    "This ended up being fun"
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    It took me a while to get into this one, and a while to like the main character. This started as a procedural, but most of the mystery was revealed half or two-thirds of the way through. The rest was just a thriller, but a good one.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer (editor)
    • Narrated By William Dufris, Karen White, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (258)

    With this anthology, best-selling author Brad Meltzer introduces 21 original stories from today’s most prominent mystery writers. In Laura Lippman’s "Waco 1982", a young reporter stuck with a seemingly mundane assignment on lost-and-found boxes unwittingly discovers a dark crime. In Joseph Finder’s "Heirloom", a scheming neighbor frightens the new couple on the block with an unnerving tale of buried treasure. In R. L. Stine’s "High Stakes", a man on his honeymoon gets drawn into a bizarre bet involving a coffin, a bet he may pay for with his life.

    Sharon says: "Worth the Credit"
    "Odd collection"
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    I agree with the other reviewers that many of the stories are contrived to fit the box theme. Many are not mysteries. However, I think the theme is interesting, and the collection worth the credit. All are well written and narrated.

    The 1st story is my favorite. The Most Private Detective is my next most favorite. A number of others were very interesting as well.
    The last one, about the world record, is explicit and raunchy, so beware.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Man in the Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Emmuska Orczy
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    "The Old Man" rivals Sherlock Holmes in his insightfulness but is much closer to Sherlock's brother, Mycroft, in his methods. Like Mycroft, the old man reasons through mystery cases but leaves the legwork to others.

    Linda says: "Classic"
    "Classic"
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    These stories are part of the foundation of the mystery genre. These were one of the influences for Agatha Christie. The plots are clever and well developed.

    The only thing I don't like is that the old man does not share his conclusions with anyone but Polly, who he relates his cases to. The criminals are not brought to justice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Great Classic Mysteries: Thirteen Unabridged Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, and others
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kim Hicks, Simon Vance, and others
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Enjoy the great detectives of the Golden Age of classic mysteries in this unique collection of audio whodunits. Newly recorded for this original anthology, the crimes, criminals, and sleuths depicted here set the standard for decades to come, and remain as entertaining today as they were when first published. Fantastic narrators including Simon Prebble, Kate Fenton, Bill Wallace, and Robert Fass breathe new life into these stories.

    Linda says: "Best mystery anthology I've heard"
    "Best mystery anthology I've heard"
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    As with all anthologies, the quality varies. There are several that are outstanding. The worst is pretty good. The narrations are all good. There were several that I skipped because I'd heard them in other collections, but most of these are not easily found. I recommend these to those who love mysteries.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Mortal Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    Two officers from the American troops stationed in Caserta, Italy, not far from Naples, have been found murdered. The MOs are completely different, and it seems like the officers had no connection to each other, but one frightening fact links the murders: each body was discovered with a single playing card: the Lieutenant, the 10 of hearts; the Captain, the jack of hearts. The message seems to be clear: If the murderer isn't apprehended, the higher ranks will be next.

    E. Start says: "Different Narrator"
    "Less the the previous books"
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    I too had a hard time with all the American characters suddenly having Southern accents. The story is also not as good as the previous book. The ending was very interesting, but disappointing to me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Like You: DS Roy Grace Mystery, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Peter James
    • Narrated By David Bauckham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    The Metropole Hotel, Brighton. After a heady New Year’s Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims’ shoes are taken by the offender.... Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realises that these new cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in the city back in 1997.

    Jean says: "Better read than listened to"
    "Enjoyed the complexity"
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    This is indeed a complex plot, but I thought it was well done. I enjoyed how it was woven together.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sketches by Boz Vol 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The ‘sketches’ in this... volume are more the substance and length of short stories illustrating the development of the tools of the Masters trade: farce, parody, irony, black humour and wonderful one liners which unerringly hit the mark. The ensuing narrative, however, brings the listener bumpily back to earth with a reminder of the mean and often tragic lives that were being endured in the busy, uncaring metropolis.

    Linda says: "Early stories"
    "Early stories"
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    The narration is absolutely wonderful. All the stories are brilliantly written of course, and the characters are wonderful. I enjoyed some terrifically, and some just well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • H is for Homicide: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Mary Peiffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    It started with the murder of Kinsey Millhone's sometime drinking buddy, an insurance claims adjuster. But before long Kinsey stumbles onto a massive insurance scam. Going undercover as a wisecracking vamp, Millhone descends into the Los Angeles nether world of machismo and gang hideouts. Her companion, terrified at having crossed the violent crook Raymond Maldonado, is Bibianna Diaz, no Girl Scout herself.

    James says: "Abrupt Ending!"
    "Not much mystery"
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    This is more of a thriller than a mystery. There's a bit of a surprise at the end, but not much. Everyone knows who-dun-it about a quarter of the way in. Even the action to catch the guy is just stuff that happens, rather than a plan. I enjoyed it some, but not as much as others in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Body of Evidence: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (379)

    Late one night Beryl Madison turns off her burglar alarm, puts down her gun and opens her door to the man who has stalked and terrorized her for months. Hours later, her brutally mutilated body lies in the city morgue. As Scarpetta begins searching for the microscopic clues to the killer’s identity, one question keeps nagging her: why did Beryl let him in?

    Ryan says: "Annoying narrator"
    "Narrator good"
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    I enjoyed this very much. The plot and characterizations are well developed. I understand the criticisms of the narrator. She does indeed take pauses sometime, and it takes getting used to. I think it's usually when the thought is changing, and not when a tight dialog is going on. Her tones of voices are very different for the different characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Classic Railway Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Baroness Orczy, Maurice Leblanc, Victor Whitechurch, and others
    • Narrated By Patrick Malahide
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    An original and entertaining selection of crime stories all committed on the railways. Authors include Baroness Orczy (most famous for The Scarlet Pimpernel) and Maurice Leblanc (most famous for Arsene Lupin.)

    Linda says: "Classic indeed"
    "Classic indeed"
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    Four stories written as mystery writing was just underway. Not the very best, but well worth it for those that like the mystery classics. The narration is good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Design for Murder: A Death on Demand Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Carolyn G. Hart
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Invited to stage a Mystery Night for the annual antebellum house tour of the Historical Preservation Society of Chastain, South Carolina, Annie Laurance instead finds herself the leading lady in a flesh-and blood drama. The play's the thing when the curtain falls on grande dame Corinne Webster. While jeweled fingers point, accusing Annie of murder, the perpetrator lurks among the cast and the murder weapon is one of the props. Now it will take all of her sleuthing skills to discover the real killer.

    Miriam says: "Great book!"
    "Interesting plot"
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    I'm so glad the early books were added. I started with the earliest Death on Demand available on Audible at the time. They don't have to be read in order, but it seems more fun that way. Classic mystery techniques.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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