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Karen

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  • The Attenbury Emeralds

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jill Paton Walsh
    • Narrated By Edward Petherbridge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (199)

    The recovery of the magnificent gem in Lord Attenbury's dazzling heirloom launched a shell-shocked young aristocrat on his career as a detective in 1921. Thirty years later, a happily married Lord Peter has just shared the secrets of that mystery with his wife, the detective novelist Harriet Vane. Suddenly, the new Lord Attenbury—grandson of Lord Peter’s first client—seeks his help to prove who owns the emeralds.

    Michael says: "Classic Sayers"
    "Lord Peter Wimsey Returns"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Attenbury Emeralds?

    Walsh gives the reader one more opportunity to follow Lord Peter Wimsey through a case of murder and mystery in the English aristocracy. The characters were flawlessly Sayers and flawlessly performed.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was less than satisfying, with no real surprises but also no "aha" moment. Some unexpected events and artifacts appear out of nowhere, with little connection to the rest of the story.


    Which character – as performed by Edward Petherbridge – was your favorite?

    Lord Peter was not only written with his original voice, but Petherbridge brought him to life with true accuracy. His subtle portrayal of this reluctant aristocrat was flawless.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I truly enjoyed spending time with the characters as written and read. So,
    I did listen essentially in one sitting, but not because it was a particular page-turner. It's not.


    Any additional comments?

    This novel, which imagines Lord Peter Wimsey's first case, Is for lovers of the work of Dorothy Sayers. Those unfamiliar with the characters may experience the story as a bit weak. But, the exceptional performance goes a long way toward masking the flaws.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Full Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Rita Mae Brown
    • Narrated By Rita Mae Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    New York Times best-selling author Rita Mae Brown, co-writer of the wildly popular Mrs. Murphy mystery series, weaves a captivating tale from her foxhunting series. The New Year's Day festivities of the Jefferson Hunt are about to pick up when a promising Harvard Law School alum is found stabbed to death. As the investigation proceeds, those searching for the truth realize they might not survive to enjoy the next New Year's festivities.

    Judith says: "Where's the mystery?"
    "This was a first!"
    Overall

    Not only was the author's "narration" of this vaguely interesting story dull, she actually stops, goes back and corrects herself, mid-sentence, several times. She also becomes slow and halting, even within dialogue, when the wording becomes difficult. It was all very distracting and I stopped listening after a few hours.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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