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I accidentally stumbled upon "dramatised" audio books, and have fallen in love with them. They are short (often less than two hours); and fully acted out. And if it is a BBC production, then you get a full cast of excellent (known!) actors.
I love Miss Marple, and frequently buy a dramatised production for a quiet, soothing listen. This one was purchased for a similar reason - restless with insomnia, needing a good relaxing listen, I bought At Bertram's Hotel.
The performance, of course, was superb. June Whitfield, who played Miss Marple in the BBC TV Series, is irreproachable as Miss Marple. The other characters are excellent as well.
I did have an issue with the plausibility of the story, and the later Miss Marple's are not my favourites - but I did thoroughly enjoy the book (except when the young female (?) began screaming hysterically and disturbed my peace!).
I will be buying more BBC dramatised books, for certain, as I've barely scratched the surface of the Agatha Christie collection!!
This was an okay listen. It's well narrated, and the characters are fun, like Malliet's other St. Just novels. However - this one really left me feeling flat. It seems to get tied up too quickly, without really having left proper clues. It's as though the author got tired of writing and said, "well, I'll just make this character be the culprit". The characters also were not as well developed as in some other books by this author.
Like I said, it was ok, but if you haven't read G.M. Malliet before, I'd suggest Death of a Cozy Writer (St. Just) or Wicked Autumn (a Max Tudor mystery).
It was not a waste of time, and was a good way to stay entertained while driving and doing other tasks.
Serial killers from the past. And a hint that one may be returning in future novels.
I don't think I've heart this narrator before, but she was very good.
Yes, I suppose so, since I was not in the mood for a demanding listen.
This was okay, a decent listen. Worth the credit if you enjoy romantic thrillers and mysteries.
Hmm. Among British cozy mysteries, it's right up there - a 10, I'd say. Good cast of characters, and, as an earlier reviewer mentioned, they are introduced in a very digestible way so I can remember everyone.
Magretta Simcock, aka Greensleeves, because she is a demanding, colorful, older woman with lots of character.
Yes, I forget which ones. This one was ok, but she didn't really manage the American accent well, and, at times, I couldn't tell when a character was thinking or actually talking. Otherwise, she was good.
I LAUGHED. I enjoyed the characters, and the mystery very much. Good tale, with great (and hilarious) characters. Really really liked this one.
A delightful cast of characters makes this book. This is my third G.M. Malliet book, and I've enjoyed them all. The "Seasonal" Max Tudor books seem to move faster (a bit), but the St. Just books (this is the second) are slower but more...complex and satisfying.
Scott Brick, definitely. He's an excellent narrator. But this book was far-fetched (which is fine, it is fiction), with cardboard characters and an unsatisfying storyline. It was sort of suspenseful; but I prefer real mysteries and detective novels.
Already listened to more books - working my way through Wingfield's Inspector Frost series again :)
The main character. I forget his name.
Well, not really. But since I was multitasking, I don't resent it.
This was really ok. Not awful, not awesome. I think if you like Harlan Coben, you might like this.
Yes, because even though I now know who did it, it was an excellently told (and narrated) mystery, with complexity and subtelty.
The "reveal", when things started to come together.
Two very distnct voices - Mr. Straitley (the school teacher) and the nemesis - who alternately are the narrators of the story, so we get two different points of view throughout.
Schoolmasters and Schoolboys, I suppose.
This was a really good story, well-written and well-narrated. A nice change from some of the less stellar books I've read recently.
I am a mystery and thriller fiend, and I really enjoyed this fast-paced and fun listen. As some other reviewers said, maybe the story isn't totally believable, but this is fiction, and it was fun.
There was enough action and twists and intrigue to keep me hooked, and I did not feel disappointed or cheated by the end.
I enjoyed the narration, and the very well-organized chronological presentation of these lectures. The history recounted focused on major events and as they affected the daily lives of the people, often mainly middle class. It's not about slavery so much, or the downtrodden, but the lives and lifestyles of the average person throughout history.
Really an excellent listen, and a book I'll go back to listen to again, choosing out my favourite lectures!
It is, as another reviewer pointed out, not for absolute beginners. It is a series of dharma talks by Joseph Goldstein, a prominent vipassana teacher renowned for his work in the West.
Roots of Buddhist Psychology by Jack Kornfield, which is also a series of talks on Buddhism.
A sense of peace, and experience. He is a teacher, and verbal transmission just seems to work better.
Being aware, being present, being compassionate.
A few earlier comments indicated that track 6 was out of place - this has been fixed and the audio plays very well.
Yes - this was a good mystery, a fun listen, and I was able to revisit two characters who I really like.
Harper - the female lead and narrator of the story - was my favorite. She's interesting, has super-natural powers, and is actually rather complex for a simple tale.
When they find out the mystery of Harper's sister's disappearance (a mystery that has plagued Harper through the first three books).
Not extreme. This book was good, I recommend it. It had funny parts. It was a fun listen.
If you liked the first three books, give this one a go - it solves a lingering mystery.
Hilarious. Sexy. Action-packed.
This Grave series (Charley Davidson series) reminds me a lot of Victoria Laurie's Psychic Eye series: both are really fun, both have a strong but odd female lead who also has "extra" powers (Laurie's character is psychic; Jones' character is The Grim Reaper and talks to dead people), and a fun male lead, and both are mystery-solvers!
Of course, Charley was my favorite! And Lorelei King has to be one of the best narrators EVER.
This book made me laugh out loud in public places! I had been in a down mood when I found this book, and it was just what I needed.
This is a fun super-natural romantic mystery novel that kept me smiling. I have read or listening to the first four books in the series. I have number five ready, and am excited that number six has just been released!!!
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