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Yvette

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Moonstone

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Peter Jeffrey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (239)

    T.S. Eliot described The Moonstone as "the first and the greatest English detective novel". The stone of the title is an enormous diamond plundered from an Indian shrine after the Siege of Seringapatam. Given to Miss Verinder on her 18th birthday, it mysteriously disappears that very night. Suspicion falls on three Indian jugglers who have been seen in the neighbourhood.

    Lucie says: "An engrossing detective novel"
    "Great book wonderfully read!!!"
    Overall

    I read this book years ago & loved it, but it is very long, so I have not read it since. I am VERY glad that I invested the time to listen to it now. The book is even better than I remember it. The author was a great talent & the reader's skill makes it a truely amazing listening experience. I whole-heartedly recommend this book & this reader to anyone who wants a quality, intelligent listen.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Death in the Andamans

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By M. M. Kaye
    • Narrated By Soneela Nankani
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Death in the Andamans is a masterpiece of mystery and romance from one of our most beloved authors. When a violent storm lashes the tiny Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal, Copper Randal barely manages a safe return to Government House. She does get back in one piece with her hostess, Valerie Masson, Val's fiancé, and handsome naval officer Nick Tarrent, but one of the islanders is unaccounted for when the boats return to harbor.

    Yvette says: "Great book and good reader"
    "Great book and good reader"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (736)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (678)

    Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

    Marcheta says: "Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes"
    "Absolutely perfect!!!"
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    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (70 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (265)

    Here in one recording is every Sherlock Holmes story ever written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Originally appearing in serial form, these famous stories are here presented in the order in which they were first published beginning in 1887. Included in this definitive, award-winning collection are four novels and 56 short stories, a total of 60 titles. The 56 short stories are aggregated into five named collections, just as they were originally published in book form.

    Yvette says: "Pretty good production & a great value!!!"
    "Pretty good production & a great value!!!"
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    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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Penguin Pool Murder: Hildegarde Withers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Palmer
    • Narrated By Julie McKay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    Although the Stock Market had crashed recently, it was too early for most people to predict that the Great Depression was about to get underway. For 39-year-old spinster schoolteacher Hildegarde Withers, it’s business as usual. And part of her usual business is taking her class for an outing to the aquarium to see the penguins. Instead, she spots the floating corpse of Wall Street broker Gerald Lester and quickly realizes that Inspector Oscar Piper of NYPD Homicide isn’t up to solving this tricky case.

    Kathi says: "Absolutely delightful!"
    "I Loved it!"
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    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Unfinished Clue

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Clifford Norgate
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    The Unfinished Clue is a clever and humorous murder mystery set at a British country estate in the 1930s. There, each of the invited guests, along with the victim's wife and the estate's staff members (the butler, the maids, the gardener), had good reason to hate the arrogant and abrasive victim. Sir Arthur Billington-Smith had successfully alienated each and every one of them.

    Karen says: "There are more Georgette Heyer mysteries!!"
    "One of Heyer's best mysteries! More please!!!"
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    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".

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Album

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated By Lucy Scott
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    For years, the five families on exclusive Crescent Place lived in peaceful seclusion. But that changed when old Mrs. Lancaster was found brutally murdered with an ax. Suddenly, motives and suspects are developing at a rapid pace, and when the killer strikes again - and again - Louisa Hall knows it's up to her to discover the clues that will develop a picture of murder.

    Yvette says: "A great production of a wonderful mystery!"
    "A great production of a wonderful mystery!"
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    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Pig of Cold Poison: Gil Cunningham Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Pat McIntosh
    • Narrated By Andrew Watson
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Although he was watching closely when the mummer was poisoned, it took Gil Cunningham several days and three more poisonings to work out how it was done. Danny Gibson and Nanty Bothwell, rivals for the affections of Agnes Renfrew, the apothecary's pretty daughter, are also good friends.

    Yvette says: "Another great addition to the series!"
    "Another great addition to the series!"
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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Harper's Quine: Gil Cunningham Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Pat McIntosh
    • Narrated By Andrew Watson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    At the May Day dancing at Glasgow Cross, Gil Cunningham sees not only the woman who is going to be murdered, but her murderer as well. Gil is a recently qualified lawyer whose family still expect him to enter the priesthood. When he finds the body of a young woman in the new building at Glasgow Cathedral he is asked to investigate, and identifies the corpse as the runaway wife of cruel, unpleasant nobleman John Semphill. With the help of Maistre Pierre, the French master-mason, Gil must ask questions and seek a murderer in the heart of the city.

    Yvette says: "I really enjoyed this book!"
    "I really enjoyed this book!"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death in Kenya

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By M. M. Kaye
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    When Victoria Caryll is offered a position at Flamingo, her aunt's family estate in Kenya's Rift Valley, she accepts - knowing full well that the move will give her a chance to see Eden DeBrett once again, the man she was previously engaged to. But she doesn't realize that coming to her aunt's home will introduce her to an unstable region still recovering from the bloody Mau Mau revolt, and to a household thrown into grief by a recent murder.

    Yvette says: "Great Mystery!"
    "Great Mystery!"
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    Great mystery by M M Kaye, and great reader in Robin Miles. And, I didn't guess the murderer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Terrible Tide

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated By Christina Frank
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Holly Howe is just beginning to succeed in the cutthroat world of New York modeling when a car accident ruins her good looks forever and she is forced to retreat to the backwoods of Canada, to recuperate in her brother’s ramshackle country house. But Howe Hill is a wreck - dusty, ugly, and utterly lacking in modern facilities - and her brother is no more hospitable. So when Holly hears of a job in town taking care of Mrs. Partlett, an elderly, widowed invalid, she leaps at the opportunity. If nothing else, the Partlett mansion must have indoor plumbing....

    Yvette says: "Great story, but ..."
    "Great story, but ..."
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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