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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!!
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!!!
If you enjoy the original Frost books by R.D. Wingfield, you will probably really enjoy this book. The narrator is excellent (the same as for the original books, I think), Frost is his usual disorganized and yet brilliant self, and the writing is very well-done.
In this book - the second written by Wingfield's successor, James Henry - we see Frost's conflicted relationship with his wife and with PC Clarke; we see the friction between him and Mullet; and we see the good rapport Frost seems to have with most unlikely people - felons and coppers alike.
This was a fun listen, with parts that made me laugh, and did not get too sappy or emotional, so it stayed pretty light.
I hadn't heard of Victoria Laurie before listening to this, the first in the Psychic Eye series, and it was such a gem to find.
Since this book, I've listened to a lot more in the series, or read them in ebook format. Love this series, but this, the first, is my favourite!
The Charley Davidson "Grave" series by Darynda Jones - like the Psychic Eye, these books have a funny female investigator with supernatural or special powers.
Abby, for sure - but this is probably because she is the first-person narrator of the book.
It was so funny, and very light, and entertaining. It was just what I needed to pick me up at that time.
If you feel like a nice, light listen, with a funny narrator who has a knack for sticky situations, and a sexy potential love interest in the FBI, and if you don't mind laughing out loud when listening in public, get this book.
This story was not what I expected, I suppose, and so I feel cheated because it did not have the resolution of a real mystery or suspense novel. I don't want to give any spoilers but, well, unlike other legal thrillers, this one does not provide an investigation and capture of the real criminal....
This book was good in other ways, though. First, it provides a look into the Italian judicial system, which is especially interesting now in light of the Amanda Knox case. It's a system that seems bizarre to North Americans, I am sure.
Second, and best, was the narration. Sean Barrett (the narrator) did an amazing job conveying the personality of the novel's protagonist and narrator, the lawyer, Guido. He also was amazing at capturing different voices throughout the novel, and especially good at the Senegalese accent of the accused.
So, it wasn't an awful book, but I felt very cheated without a proper solving of the case. The story is really just about Guido coming to terms with his life situation, dragging himself back into life, taking on a very challenging case, and defending his client.
I bought this book as a Deal of the Day, so I don't feel too peeved. But I would have been very annoyed, indeed, if I had used a credit or paid more than $3 for it!
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