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Cheryl

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Cruise Ship Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By Jean Marie Stine
    • Narrated By Bill Mills, Roxanne Mills
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In this widely reprinted romantic mystery short story by Jean Marie Stine, Dr. Devlin Blake thinks the life of a doctor on a cruise ship will be exciting and romantic. But at first he finds his duties aboard the Pacific Princess dull and monotonous. Then he is called on to solve an "impossible" locked-room murder!

    Cheryl says: "An Homage to John Dickson Carr"
    "An Homage to John Dickson Carr"
    Overall

    This quite-short radio drama honors the Locked-Room genre and is well worth the price, especially when offered on sale.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Speaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (348)

    Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the 500th anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked.

    Donald says: "the best Flavia yet!!"
    "Alan Bradley Keeps Us Guessing"
    Overall
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    Story
    Where does Speaking from Among the Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is Bradley's 5th book in the series and he has said he had 7 in mind when he started. He keeps making Flavia ever more captivating.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Bradley admits in the plot that Flavia's world sure has become a series of murder plots, but we don't mind...


    Have you listened to any of Jayne Entwistle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ms. Entwistle still sounds fresh, still has all the girlish inflections, and still makes us want more.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is a lifelong memory at the end of the first half, where Flavia has a revealing conversation with her father.


    Any additional comments?

    Bradley seems to be moving toward an overarching plot for his last two books. May he be as successful in those as in the ones produced thus far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Candles: Wildside Mystery Classics

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Earl Derr Biggers
    • Narrated By Kiff VandenHeuvel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    "Suddenly, from across the hall, came a cry - sharp, uncanny, terrible. I ran out in the direction from which it had come and stood on the threshold of the Drew dining room. A table was set with gleaming silver and white linen, and in its center stood a cake, on which fifty absurd pink candles flickered bravely. There appeared to be no one in the room. On the other side of the table, a French window stood open to the fog, and I went around to investigate. I had taken perhaps a dozen steps when I stopped, appalled...."

    Cheryl says: "Earl Derr Biggers before Charlie Chan"
    "Earl Derr Biggers before Charlie Chan"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Candles the most enjoyable?

    Good performance of a little known early Biggers novel.


    What other book might you compare Fifty Candles to and why?

    Much better narration than other early Biggers novel, "Seven Keys to Baldpate," which is a comedy.


    What does Kiff VandenHeuvel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good emphasis on story twists.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No great emotional levels are here, but plot develops apace. Denouement is dated, but this book is early 20th Century...


    Any additional comments?

    Purchased on sale and well worth the price.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Agatha Christie: Sparkling Cyanide (BBC Radio 4 Drama)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Peter Wight, Amanda Drew
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    There's Rosemary, that's for remembrance. Published in 1945, "Sparkling Cyanide" is all about remembrance. It begins with six characters recalling the horrific death of Rosemary Barton, a beautiful but shallow young heiress poisoned by a cyanide-spiked glass of champagne whilst celebrating her birthday at a smart London restaurant.

    Cheryl says: "Good performance/Typical Christie plot"
    "Good performance/Typical Christie plot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    BBC productions always rate highly, especially on sale.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting is the mathematical possibilities between four couples...

    Least interesting is why points of view are limited until the denouement...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where the poisoning occurs..."Black Coffee" is another example.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My disappointment was not in the performances, but in the plot, which was not predictable due to hidden information...A second listening may prove me wrong...


    Any additional comments?

    Still a good buy and proof that troupe performances make for good entertainment!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Baldi: Series 5

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Simon Brett, Mark Holloway, Martin Meenan
    • Narrated By David Threlfall, Tina Kellegher, T.P. McKenna
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    On sabbatical from the Franciscan order, Father Paolo Baldi is working as a philosophy lecturer in Dublin when his life takes an unexpected turn and he finds himself helping the police to solve crimes. Returning for his fifth series, Father Baldi investigates a string of curious murders. Along with Tina, Paolo uncovers the truth behind the killings of several rockabilly band members, as well as delving into the highly competitive world of celebrity chefs and exposing a rift in a community of environmental activists.

    Cheryl says: "Another Good Buy/Read!!"
    "Another Good Buy/Read!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Baldi: Series 5 again? Why?

    Strong characterizations, good performances and direction make these radio dramas come alive, as always!


    What other book might you compare Baldi: Series 5 to and why?

    All the Baldi collections provide good value, entertainment, and high production values.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Baldi is not a 'book' character so much as a BBC creation, but faithful to its core character, a priest drawn to solving crime, though not in quite the same way as Chesterton's "Father Brown."


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    These collections of radio episodes differ as much in their plotting, as in their moral lessons. All of them offer insights to criminal motivation, with much sympathy for the fallen.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep them coming!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Reconstructed Corpse (BBC Radio Crimes): Charles Paris Mysteries, Episode 1

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Bill Nighy
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Bill Nighy returns as Charles Paris: unsuccessful actor, bad husband, and dipsomaniac. Desperately in need of work, having been kicked out of his marital home, Charles jumps at playing a missing property developer in a crime-reconstruction program. But the missing person case soon turns to murder when severed body parts begin to appear.

    Cheryl says: "Well worth the sales price!"
    "Well worth the sales price!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    These BBC productions are funny, clever, tightly written and well-acted.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot is a bit far-fetched, but the cast's reaction to the situation is the true entertainment.


    Have you listened to any of Bill Nighy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nighy's take on Charles Paris is ideal.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    These Charles Paris stories are like literary rice pudding--you could consume the whole batch in one sitting, but taking it in reasonable servings is probably the best bet. It lasts longer that way...


    Any additional comments?

    Grab these productions whenever they're on sale! That way, their value only pays more in dividends!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Charles Paris: Murder in the Title (BBC Radio Crimes)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Bill Nighy
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Charles Paris is his own worst enemy, a louche lush who can resist anything except temptation - especially in the form of women and alcohol. He’s been out of work so long now he feels he may never get a job and he’s driving Frances, his semi-ex-wife, mad. So when he’s offered a small role in a play, she nearly pushes him out of the door. But it seems that ‘The Message is Murder’ is such a terrible production that someone wants to kill off the cast.

    Cheryl says: "Another BBC Value Performance"
    "Another BBC Value Performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Charles Paris: Murder in the Title (BBC Radio Crimes) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    BBC Radio Drama rates usual kudoes!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Soundtrack mimics Golden Oldies of Charles Paris's past, reminding us of his age. Dialogue is sparkling.


    Have you listened to any of Bill Nighy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    All Bill Nighy's performances as Charles Paris are delightful, well worth the modest cost...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I did so twice...


    Any additional comments?

    Only the Colonial Radio Theater performances come close to matching the BBC Radio Crime dramas. Both troupes are well worth snapping up every offering.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unraveled: A Knitting Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maggie Sefton
    • Narrated By Jane Jacobs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Spring is in the air of Fort Connor, Colorado - a time of new beginnings for the House of Lambspun knitters. But for fellow knitter Jennifer's new real-estate client, it is his end. He's been murdered, and Kelly Flynn is left unraveling a tangle of clues. This may prove to be her most challenging project yet.

    Cheryl says: "Maggie Sefton"
    "Maggie Sefton"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Unraveled again? Why?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm an avid knitter and have been waiting for Ms. Sefton's books to be released in audio format. I only hope more of this series is soon in audio format.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Calling of the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Simon Beckett
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    ‘At first glance it could have been anything – a stone, a knotted root – until you looked more closely. Thrusting out of the wet earth, its bones visible through rags of flesh, was a decomposing hand…’It was eight years ago that they found the body buried on the moor. They were certain that this was one of psychotic rapist and multiple murderer Jerome Monk’s teenage victims. Which left just two more bodies to find.

    Cheryl says: "A Course in Forensics"
    "A Course in Forensics"
    Overall

    This is not Simon Beckett's first novel centered around forensic anthropology, but it is the first available on Audible. The plot--the search for a corpse believed to be a victim of an imprisoned serial killer--keeps twisting as little can be taken for the truth.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Smokin' Seventeen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1844)
    Performance
    (1227)
    Story
    (1226)

    Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list. Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it’s time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend and the other bad boy in her life....

    Joan says: "Been there read that!"
    "Still Red Hot After 17 Years"
    Overall

    There are more laugh-at-loud scenes protrayed in this latest edition than you would expect from an author this deep into series characters. While Janet Evanovich is in no need of strong reviews--her books break into the bestseller lists even before the release dates--she does deserve them.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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