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  • The Modern Scholar: Detective Fiction: From Victorian Sleuths to the Present

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By M. Lee Alexander
    • Narrated By M. Lee Alexander
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    From mysterious origins through the Victorian sleuths and the "Golden Age" of the genre (the 1920s through the 1940s) and to the present day, detective fiction, mysteries, and spy thrillers have consistently topped best-seller lists around the world. Professor M. Lee Alexander provides listeners with a lively discussion of groundbreaking authors from Edgar Allan Poe and Arthur Conan Doyle to Agatha Christie, Ian Fleming, and modern writers such as Nevada Barr and Jonathan Kellerman.

    C. Telfair says: "Depends on What You Want"
    "It's A Schlolarly Lecture On Detective Fiction"
    Overall

    Professor Alexander's course is very thorough, and she seems to be passionate about the subject. But she is an academic giving a lecture. She pauses quite frequently, Her rhythm is not that of a professional actress reading a book but that of a lecturer speaking from an outline. I assume that her students (who are furiously scrbbling notes) appreciate the frequent pauses. This audio "book" is therefore not as polished as an Agatha Christie audiobook, but it is extremely worthwhile. Her rhythm was initially a little jarring, but the information is very good. I've listened to it several times now, there's so much in it. I recommend it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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