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Linda

PITTSBURGH, PA, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • The Valley of Fear: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    In The Valley of Fear, the great detective Sherlock Holmes has been summoned by a coded message to the house of a man called Douglas. But he and his faithful friend Dr. Watson arrive to find they are too late---Douglas has been murdered, with a mysterious calling card left by his side. Scotland Yard is stumped, but Holmes, detecting the diabolical workings of his arch-enemy Professor Moriarty, has some ideas of his own.

    Jefferson says: "An Uninspired Holmes & Garish American Gangsters"
    "Different"
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    This is a Sherlock Holmes novella at the beginning, which is terrific. Experienced mystery readers will recognize plot devices later copied by others. Then the rest is a prequel like Study in Scarlet. It's not as good, but I ended up enjoying it too.

    This included the story The Final Solution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reckoning: John Madden, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rennie Airth
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (69)

    Inspector John Madden - who debuted in River of Darkness - returns in a gripping post-World War II murder mystery. On a quiet afternoon in 1947, retired bank manager Oswald Gibson is shot in the head while fishing. In Scotland, a respectable family doctor is killed in the same manner - and with the same gun. What is the connection? Scotland Yard’s Detective Inspector Billy Styles and local detective Vic Chivers are baffled until a letter from Gibson is discovered that might shed some light on the case....

    Cary says: "He gets better and better...."
    "More please"
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    Outstanding. I listened to River of Darkness 4 years ago, and have wanted more ever since. I was thrilled to see The Reckoning available. Please please record John Madden books 2 and 3, and make them available to everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World's Greatest Sleuth!: A Holmes on the Range Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Steve Hockensmith
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (55)

    In 1893, the Amlingmeyer boys venture forth from the west in response to a summons from Otto's ("Big Red") publisher - they are to come to Chicago immediately, to the World's Columbian Exposition, and compete with some of the most famous detectives in the world. Set to coincide with the closing days of the first World's Fair and the publication of the story revealing the death of Sherlock Holmes, Gustav ("Old Red") will be competing for the title of World's Greatest Sleuth!

    ch says: "Enjoyable romp through the white city"
    "Absolutely loved this series"
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    Negative reviews seem to want a one size fits all series. This series is unique, and wonderful. Plot and narration. I can't wait for another to be written.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (282)

    Emily “vacations” at an opulent Swiss resort in the hope of locating nine pounds of hijacked plutonium intended for an atom bomb.

    Jean says: "Mrs Pollifax is a delight"
    "Extraordinary narration"
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    The plot is typical of this series: delightful and a bit silly at the same time. These are children's books, after all. Barbara Rosenblat's narration of the boy is just unbelievably great. The other characters are all 1st great as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lord Edgware Dies: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (67)

    When Lord Edgware is found murdered the police are baffled. His estranged actress wife was seen visiting him just before his death and Hercule Poirot himself heard her brag of her plan to "get rid" of him. But how could she have stabbed Lord Edgware in his library at exactly the same time she was seen dining with friends? It's a case that almost proves to be too much for the great Poirot.

    Thomas says: "AKA 13 At Dinner a Somewhat Predictable Mystery"
    "Classic!"
    Overall
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    Unfortunately, I saw 2 different versions of movies based on this book, so I didn't get the full enjoyment. There's one weak plot device, but otherwise this is classic Poirot. Very recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death's Door: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Lieutenant Billy Boyle could have used a rest after his last case, but when his girlfriend, Diana Seaton, a British spy, goes missing in the Vatican, where she was working undercover, he insists on being assigned to a murder investigation there so he can try to help her.

    Linda says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Very enjoyable"
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    The characterizations, as usual, are top notch. Many of the characters are clergy, so it gives this one a different flavor. The narrator is better than he was in #6.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1150)
    Performance
    (1026)
    Story
    (1023)

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    Sharon says: "Louise, what were you thinking?"
    "Different"
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    In a way this disappointed me, because the mystery was much different. The writing and the moral story was so strong though, that overall I loved it. The ending really shocked me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Mr. Quin: A Harley Quin Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    It had been a typical New Year's Eve party. But as midnight approaches, Mr. Satterthwaite - a keen observer of human nature - senses that the real drama of the evening is yet to unfold. And so it proves when a mysterious stranger knocks on the door. Who is this Mr. Quin? Mr. Satterthwaite's new friend is an enigma. He seems to appear and disappear almost like a trick of the light. In fact, the only consistent thing about him is that his presence is always an omen - sometimes good, but sometimes deadly....

    Kathy says: "After I caught on! Or did I?"
    "Different"
    Overall
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    My enjoyment of the stories varied. Some were fantastic. Others just sat there. Thus the 4. Mr. Quin is a bit magical. His powers include knowing when a young lover needs his special help, and showing up to direct Mr. Satterthwaite. They do not include knowing the key to the mystery (I don't think), so the detection in the story is not ruined.

    My favorite was The Man from the Sea

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of Achilles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Boris Akunin
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    In 1882, after six years of foreign travel and adventure, renowned diplomat and detective Erast Fandorin returns to Moscow in the heart of Mother Russia. His Moscow homecoming is anything but peaceful. In the hotel where he and his loyal if impertinent manservant Masa are staying, Fandorin's old war-hero friend General Michel Sobolev ("Achilles" to the crowd) has been found dead, felled in his armchair by an apparent heart attack.

    Angus Davis says: "Genuine Mystery"
    "Each more excellent than the last"
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    Outstanding! Audible please make the rest of the Erast Fandorin mysteries available. I'm totally hooked.

    1 of 1 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
    (355)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (312)

    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"
    Overall
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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
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    "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

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