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Celia

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  • Resurrection Men: An Inspector Rebus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Joe Dunlop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (88)

    Inspector John Rebus is sent to a reform school for damaged cops. While there, among the last-chancers known as "resurrection men", he tries to gain evidence of a drug heist orchestrated by three of his classmates. But the group has been assigned an unsolved murder that may have resulted from Rebus's own mistake. Detective Sergeant Siobhan Clarke and Rebus join forces and find themselves in the midst of an even bigger scandal than they imagined.

    Celia says: "Terrific value for the best of Inspector Rebus"
    "Terrific value for the best of Inspector Rebus"
    Overall

    Resurrection Men is one of the best of the Inspector Rebus stories. More convoluted than some of the others, it does require close attention, preferably not while driving. The narrator does an excellent job of differentiating the large cast of characters and can actually pronounce Irn Bru correctly. However, Scots may be annoyed by a tendency for Scottish characters to break into English vowels occasionally and Rebus sounds far too Edinburgh genteel if you have always thought of him as using the broad Scots of author Ian Rankin. Terrific value.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Murder Is Easy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    Retired policeman Luke Fitzwilliam thinks life will be calm now. But on the train, he meets a woman who tells the most amusing stories about murders in her village. She must be imagining things. But when she is killed, and Luke hears about a second murder, he is no longer amused. It sounds like a serial murderer is stalking the town.

    Celia says: "Classic Christie with amateur sleuth ("
    "Classic Christie with amateur sleuth ("
    Overall

    Murder is Easy is a classic Agatha Christie murder mystery beautifully read by Hugh Fraser. The hero is a stereotypical retired colonial police officer, but the general style is the same as most of the Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot mysteries.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The General Prologue and The Physician's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated By Richard Bebb, Philip Madoc, Michael Maloney
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The Canterbury Tales, written near the end of Chaucer's life and hence towards the close of the 14th century, is perhaps the greatest English literary work of the Middle Ages: yet it speaks to us today with almost undimmed clarity and relevance.

    Celia says: "Workmanlike reading in clear Middle English"
    "Workmanlike reading in clear Middle English"
    Overall

    The General Prologue is read rather slowly and clearly, making it pretty easy for a modern English speaker to understand (especially if you have a written version to follow along with), but not making it an especially enjoyable dramatic performance. The Tale of the Physician is faster and more exciting. Both readings in the original Middle English are followed by a reading in a modern English translation. If you ever doubted how much better Chaucer is in the original, hearing him back-to-back in Middle English and then in modern English makes the point. If you will forgive the comment and just to prevent anybody else being confused, Beowulf is an Old English (Anglo-Saxon) chant or song about Norse heroes and dragons, nothing remotely like this 14th century poem of English pilgrims telling a mix of folk stories and bawdy jokes.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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