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Linda

PITTSBURGH, PA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • An Incomplete Revenge: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (227)

    In the midst of the hop-picking season in the village of Heronsdene, Kent, Maisie Dobbs, Psychologist and Investigator, undertakes an assignment from James Compton, son of her long-time supporter, Lady Rowan Compton, to look into aspects of a land purchase on his behalf. Quickly drawn into the local community, Maisie soon becomes involved in an effort to discover the source of petty crime in the area as well as a spate of fires that has blighted Heronsdene for years.

    Amazon Fan says: "Good but not her best."
    "Different"
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    The mystery in this one is weaker than the others in the series, but the character development is terrific. I really enjoyed it.

    2 of 2 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
    (187)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    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
    (423)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (336)

    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
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    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
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    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
  • Death at Wentwater Court

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Carola Dunn
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (99)

    This first installment of a cozy mystery series transports listeners back to the bygone era of 1923 Britain, where unflappable flapper and fledgling journalist Daisy Dalrymple daringly embarks on her first writing assignment, and promptly stumbles across a corpse.

    Gareth Morgan says: "Wentwater Death"
    "Pretty good"
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    I enjoyed this. The plot and characters were well developed. I didn't like the ending, but I'll try the next in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Leavenworth Case

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Anna Katherine Green
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (12)

    Horatio Leavenworth is a New York merchant whose material wealth is matched by his eminence in the communityand reputation for good works. He is also the guardian of two striking nieces who share his Fifth Avenue mansion. Mary, her uncle's favorite, is to inherit her uncle's fortune at his death. As this mystery opens, that lamentable event has just occurred. Leavenworth has been shot to death and circumstances point to one of his young wards.

    Linda says: "Masterpiece"
    "Masterpiece"
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    This is absolutely huge in the development of the mystery novel. The plot and the characters are well developed. You'll here the detective state fundamentals of detection that have been picked up and used ever since.

    The writing is old fashioned, but it's terrific. The narration is adequate. I strongly recommend this to anyone who loves mysteries, especially classic mysteries. I really wish the rest of Anna Katherine Green's work was available on Audible.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Darkest Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    Myron never saw it coming. A surprise visit from an ex-girlfriend is unsettling enough. But Emily Downing's news brings him to his knees. Her son Jeremy is dying and needs a bone-marrow transplant, from a donor who vanished without a trace. Then comes the real shock: the boy is Myron's son, conceived the night before her wedding to another man.

    richard says: "Myron Bolitar retires. Harlan Coben moves on."
    "Best Yet"
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    I've really enjoyed all this series, but this has been the best one yet. The plot has many twists, but there all set up and all fair.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Classic Crime Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell, Graham Greene, G.K. Chesterton, and others
    • Narrated By Jack Shepherd, Patrick Malahide
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Discover a world of heroes and villains, suspense and intrigue. This riveting and comprehensive collection brings together some of the best crime writing of all time. Ruth Rendell and Frances Hegarty spearhead the modern genre, moving through the popular and rarely recorded Graham Greene, to Edgar Wallace and G.K. Chesterton and his master detective Father Brown. And that's not all.

    Linda says: "Good colection"
    "Good colection"
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    I'm not surprised that the other reviews are mixed. Mystery short stories are a bit different. This collection is much better than average. The narrations were also fine, which i better than average for a collection. I have 2 stories in other collections. (Blue Cross/Bluebeard's Bathtub). I recommend this for those who like mystery collections.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Test of Wills

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Samuel Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    Ian Rutledge returns to his career at Scotland Yard after years fighting in the First World War. Unknown to his colleagues he is still suffering from shell shock, and is burdened with the guilt of having had executed a young soldier on the battlefield for refusing to fight. A jealous colleague has learned of his secret and has managed to have Rutledge assigned to a difficult case which could spell disaster for Rutledge whatever the outcome. A retired officer has been murdered, and Rutledge goes to investigate.

    Carol says: "Difficult to follow the narrator"
    "Glad these early ones were added to Audible"
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    I too was glad to hear the 1st book. It makes understanding the later one easier. The narrators strong Scottish accent bothered me a bit. Only Hamish is Scottish.
    The mystery is very well developed and enjoyable. The story could have been shorter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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