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Janette

Nederland, CO, United States

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  • 77 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Dancers in Mourning

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Margery Allingham
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Everyone fell under the spell of Jimmy Sutane, the charming and talented song-and-dance man. Everyone, that is, except the spiteful practical joker who put a pin in his stick of grease-paint and pasted 'Last Week' over the 'House Full' notices. Nothing too deadly. But as soon as Albert Campion is called in to investigate, people begin to die, and there's no shortage of suspects when the first victim's death is so convenient for so many.

    Martha says: "Wonderful book, sadly abridged recording"
    "Philips Franks' readings do Allingham justice."
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    Where does Dancers in Mourning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Albert Campion is always the outstanding character, Lugg an amusing follow-up.


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

    His vocal variety is extraordinary, and he really gets Campion and Lugg across with their unique personalities.


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

    This is a light murder mystery, so really it's just fun.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Mr. Franks does many more of Margery Allingham's books. I have already purchased all of the ones he has done so far. Allingham is one of the great, imaginative writers of all time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Douglas Adams
    Overall
    (616)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (324)

    Kate Schechter would like to know why everyone she meets knows her name - and why Thor, the Norse god of thunder, keeps showing up on her doorstep. Dirk Gently, detective and refrigerator wrestler, can uncover the mystery, and only the absurdist wit of Douglas Adams can recount them with such relentless humor.

    Jackson says: "An Amazingly Perfect Story"
    "Douglas Adams - the best reader of his work"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul the most enjoyable?

    Douglas Adams excellent reading, his lively, fun interpretation of this bizarre and intriguing story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul?

    When Kate Schechter is walking toward her apartment and each streetlight goes out as she proceeds along the road... the time when Thor wakes up glued to the floor of a warehouse... Dirk waking up in the morning.


    Which character – as performed by Douglas Adams – was your favorite?

    Dirk Gently is the best, but Kate runs a close second.


    Any additional comments?

    I really really wish that Audible would carry the rest of the Douglas Adams readings of his own work: the other Dirk Gently book, the entirely of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (five books) and Last Chance to See. I would buy them all, as would many of my friends. The CDs are getting hard to find.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Taylor
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (145)

    An Inscrutable Masquerade', 'The Conundrum of Coach 13', 'The Trinity Vicarage Larceny' and 'The 10.59 Assassin'. Inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes stories, John Taylor has written four more mysteries featuring the world’s greatest detective. Read by acclaimed actor Benedict Cumberbatch, these new adventures share all the suspense of the original tales.

    Janette says: "Cumberbatch is a great Sherlock Holmes"
    "Cumberbatch is a great Sherlock Holmes"
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    What did you love best about Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries and Other Stories?

    Benedict Cumberbatch's excellent reading, John Taylor's great continuation of the Holmes series -- it sounded very much like Conan Doyle.


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

    Yes -- very involving, and good suspense.


    What about Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance did you like?

    His delineation of the various characters is extraordinary -- you can always tell who is talking. He also does a great Holmes -- even if he wasn't already playing Holmes on television I would say that. His voice is perfect for audio books.


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

    Yes, and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    I know that Cumberbatch's career is taking off into films, etc., but I hope he does more audio books! It would be great if he would do a version of the original Holmes canon.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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