This is yet another of MM Kaye's great mysteries. As usual, the characters are interesting, the storyline has tension, humor, romance, and many twists and turns. And MM Kaye describes the islands so well that you can see them clearly in your mind's eye. And, Soneela Nankani is a darn good reader. At first, it threw me off that this book full of British people was being read in an American accent. But I soon realized that Soneela's reading is clear, her characterizations are very good, she has a fine sense of the internal drama of each character as they are speaking and thinking, and (unlike some readers) she actually knew how to pronounce the words (with a very few minor exceptions). One of my pet peeves is the reader who has the right accent, but who keeps stumbling over the proper pronunciation of the words. Soneela is a very good reader, so I got over the accent pretty quickly.
I love this book as much now as when I discovered Loretta Chase a few years ago. I kept asking myself "why is it that no one has recorded any of her books?". Well they finally have, and it was worth waiting for. Kate Reading is the perfect reader for this book, and I hope that she can be convinced to record more of Loretta Chase's books in the future. I suspect that I will listen to this again and again in the future. It is FABULOUS!
Anyone who knows the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle knows if they like them or not. They are a little dated, being originally published between 1887 and 1927, but they are pretty good stories, and quite enjoyable. The only reason that I gave this a 4 is that the reader needs to work on his accents, and his women's voices are somewhat annoying. If you can ignore this, this production is well worth the cost of one credit for over 70 hours of darn good detective stories.
I was delighted with my first encounter with Stuart Palmer's Hildeguard Withers. It was s fun trip though a contemporary 1931 mystery ... so the listener has to remember that this is NOT a historical mystery, it is a mystery WRITTEN in the early 1930s. It is a product of its time and culture ... and as such, it was a little progressive when it was written, even though it is a little behind by our standards. Julie McKay was a little rough in places, but did a good job over all.
This is a great cozy mystery in the country house setting, but with a few wonderful surprises. Georgette Heyer wrote twelve mysteries in her lifetime, and most of them were early in her career. The puzzle is good, but the characters are wonderful, especially the Mexican fiancée (who would be at home in an Erte creation) and her press agent. The reader is pretty good. He reads the book as if he were actually paying attention, which is not true of all audio book readers.
The person who said that this is a Victorian mystery is off by several decades. This book is set in the time when it was written. It was originally published in 1934. Heyer wrote twelve mysteries, most of them in the thirties, all of them have been recorded by British publishers. Unfortunately, Audible only has two of them - some of the best. I wish that Audible would acquire the others, especially "No Wind Of Blame". If you enjoy Heyer's dialog, you will adore that one even more than "Unfinished Clue".
The Album was first published by 1933, and is a great example of Mary Roberts Rinehart's talent for writing complex mysteries full of complicated characters and the details of daily life at the time they were written. Prepare yourself for a lot of detail, suspenseful atmosphere, and humor.
I enjoyed it greatly, and have already listened to it twice. Lucy Scott does a great job as reader! I only have one fault to find ... Lucy Scott uses British accents. Why is this a problem? (She speaks very well & her characterizations are wonderful.) Because this is an American author, of an American book. It is not easy to tell this, but the use of American terms, and the clear statements in several places that one of the characters is a "bootlegger", give it away. Prohibition ended in December of 1933, and from 1920 through the end of 1933, it was illegal to buy of sell almost anything alcoholic anywhere in the USA. A bootlegger was someone who made and/or sold this illegal beverage.
All in all, a great recording of a wonderful book. (I can ignore the accents, and you should, too!) It was well worth the credit!
This is a great mystery! The characterization is wonderful, the mystery is interesting and well-crafted, and Andrew Watson is a great reader. I have enjoyed all of the stories in this series so far (I'm listening to them in order).
The historical detail is fascinating. The series takes place in Glasgow, Scotland, during the 1490's, and Pat McIntosh brings it to vivid life. She shows how the religion, culture, and the level of scientific knowledge of this period effect how people think and behave.
The only problem that I have with the series is with a decision of the Audible production people. This series has author's notes in the original text format. The author's notes explain aspects of the stories that the readers might not be familiar with. Unfortunately, the audio format has had the author's notes left out. It would be nice if Audible could put the author's notes back in.
Thanks to those who recommended this book to those who enjoyed the Brother Cadfael books. They were right. I loved this book from beginning to end, and Andrew Watson did a really great job. I will be following the entire series.
Great mystery by M M Kaye, and great reader in Robin Miles. And, I didn't guess the murderer.
I read this years ago in a library book, and enjoyed it so much that I hunted it down in a used book store. It is another of Charlotte McLeod's fun, well written, and very well plotted, stand alone mysteries. However, it was almost ruined by the reader & the bad production values.
I suspect that Christina Frank could have done a better job, but it seemed like they recorded the first read-through, instead of letting her go through it a few times to become familiar with the text and punctuation before recording. My opinion of the bad production quality was reinforced by several small dubbed-over sentences here and there. The dubbed-over bits were significantly louder than the surrounding parts, and the dubbing was also a little bit echoed.
I enjoyed the story, but I wish that Audible would use better production teams to do their recordings. I am getting increasingly hesitant to buy Audible's recordings of some of my old favorites. I am never sure if they have bothered to find good readers & good production teams.
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