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Yvette

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  • The Mysterious Howling: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Maryrose Wood
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1013)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (898)

    Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: “They must have been raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible children actually were. Discovered in the forests of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "ALL BOOKS ARE JUDGED BY THEIR COVER UNTIL THEY ARE"
    "Wonderful! ... but only the first installment..."
    Overall

    This book, like all really great children's literature, is enjoyable for adults as well as children. Its a somewhat gothic, and very intelligently funny, mystery. I didn't mind too much that it was only the first installment of the story, but I am on the edge of my seat to find out what happens next!

    Also, Katherine Kellgren's reading once again added an extra layer of fabulousness to a great story. She does accents excellently, and portrays the full range of emotions of the characters with great energy & subtlety. This was much more than worth the cost of a credit.

    36 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • Murder at Ashgrove House: Rose Simpson Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Margaret Addison
    • Narrated By Tracey Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    When Sir William and Lady Withers invite friends and family to a weekend house party at their country home, Ashgrove House, they are faced with the arrival of both invited and uninvited guests, the consequence of which is murder. Set in 1930, Murder at Ashgrove House is full of intrigue, clues, and red herrings, with nearly everyone having a motive for wishing the victim dead. This is a classic country house murder mystery set during the golden age of crime and will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie and Downton Abbey.

    Yvette says: "More Margaret Addison please!"
    "More Margaret Addison please!"
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    This was recorded by a small production company, and I hope that they continue with this series. The mysteries are good, and so is the narrator! Thanks Circle of Spears Productions!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Whilton's Wedding

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Barbara Metzger
    • Narrated By Pippa Rathborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Where was Uncle Albert? The day of Lady Whilton's nuptials was fast approaching, and the spiteful old lout had disappeared. Daphne Whilton, the bride's daughter, knew what happened. She had found him dead in his chambers and vowed to keep it a secret, fearing the miser's legacy would destroy her mother's glorious wedding.

    Yvette says: "Funny where's-the-body romance!"
    "Funny where's-the-body romance!"
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    I had such fun listening to this! The reader was great & the story was funny and creative. There is a mention in the plot summary of a body turning up at an inconvenient time, but there is sooo much more to it than that. The characters' stories wind in and around each other, and the center of the confusion is the person who dies, and what happens to his body. This was very funny, and you never knew what might happen next. The usual happy ending of a romance was almost the least important thing that the listener would watch for the resolution of. I loved it! More Barbara Metzger, please!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Audley's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mary Elizabeth Braddon
    • Narrated By Kim Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Lady Audley is universally adored: Beautiful, kind and charming, she enamors all whom she meets. It is not until the strange disappearance of widower George Talboys that her behavior takes an odd turn. George's friend, Robert Audley, Lady Audley's nephew-in-law, is on the case; an upper-class layabout turned detective, he is determined to get to the bottom of things.

    Yvette says: "Great Book with a Great Reader!"
    "Great Book with a Great Reader!"
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    I found this book to be great fun, and read by a talented reader. The basic plot was already known to me (read the plot summary years ago - book published in the mid-1800's), but I greatly enjoyed watching it play out. This book was well written, and the characters well described. The hero made deductions, tried to find proof, and made errors of judgment that sometimes set him back, but then I knew who had done what when I started listening. I had heard of this as being published in the same time period as Wilkie Collins' early books, and was curious. Kim Hicks really brought it to life, and I'm glad that I listened!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Absolution by Murder: A Sister Fidelma Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Peter Tremayne
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (255)

    In AD 664 King Oswy of Northumbria has convened a synod at Whitby to hear debate between the Roman and Celtic Christian Churches and decide which shall be granted primacy in his kingdom. At stake is much more than a few disputed points of ritual; Oswy's decision could affect the survival of either Church in the Saxon kingdoms. When the Abbess Etain, a leading speaker for the Celtic Church, is found murdered, suspicion falls upon the Roman faction.

    Yvette says: "Interesting new (for me) series & great narrator!"
    "Interesting new (for me) series & great narrator!"
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    Finding Peter Tremayne's Sister Fidelma mysteries appearing in the New Releases list in a great big bunch over a period of only a few days, I was curious. So I looked Peter Tremayne up on StopYou'reKillingMe, found out which was the first book, and listened to a segment on Audible. I was pulled right in by the story, and by Caroline Lennon's narration. The perfect match. Having listened to the first, and finding that Audible seems to have all of them, I'm a very happy camper! I think that this series of mysteries set in 7th century Europe (mostly Ireland???) would very likely appeal to Brother Cadfael fans and cozy mystery fans. I'm getting the next few books today!

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Death in the Andamans

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By M. M. Kaye
    • Narrated By Soneela Nankani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    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.

    Pam K. Thomas says: "Good Book. Less than stellar 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.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2361)
    Performance
    (2160)
    Story
    (2157)

    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!

    4 of 5 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
    (1510)
    Performance
    (1383)
    Story
    (1378)

    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.

    Myusollo says: "More collections like this, please!"
    "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.

    22 of 26 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
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    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
    (256)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (139)

    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".

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Album

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated By Lucy Scott
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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