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Lorriee

Tell us about yourself! Attorney/Rancher - eclectic taste in books in both fiction and non-fiction. Preference for British authors in mysteries, love well written dialogue and hate historical fiction.

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  • The Saltmarsh Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Gladys Mitchell
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Noel Wells, curate in the sleepy village of Saltmarsh, likes to spend his time dancing in the study with the vicar’s niece, until one day the vicar’s unpleasant wife discovers her unmarried housemaid is pregnant and trouble begins. It is left to Noel to call for the help of sometimes detective and full-time Freudian Mrs Bradley, who sets out on an unnervingly unorthodox investigation into the mysterious pregnancy.

    Lorriee says: "Wonderfully convoluted stories."
    "Wonderfully convoluted stories."
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    If you could sum up The Saltmarsh Murders in three words, what would they be?

    For thinking readers.


    What other book might you compare The Saltmarsh Murders to and why?

    Others by this author.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A film for people who enjoy a mystery. Not for males between the ages of 13 and 35.


    Any additional comments?

    These mysteries which were written in the early 20th Century are definitely dated, but they are quite enjoyable, since the reader is solving the crime along with the protagonist.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4787)
    Performance
    (4359)
    Story
    (4369)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "A Slam Dunk"
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    A contemporary indictment of the British tabloid mentality in the press and the paparazzi, is the backdrop to a larger theme of self indulgence, extreme and sudden wealth, and a plethora of characters who live in the moment in catering to the insatiable demands of a society which lives vicariously. This is a setting for a death of a famous model, a damaged detective who is greater than the sum of his parts, and his skills in finding the truth, in dogged investigation of the discounted and overlooked.

    Much like a skillful deposition, this novel, carefully moves from the basic, "Who are you," and "Where do you live," opening questions of a very good interrogator, into seeming innocuous questions of apparent little import, until the pieces begin to fit together and a true picture of actual events and participants begins to reveal the facts.

    The author has proven that the ability to develop a plot which demands the reader continue, and characters who are well drawn, was not limited to one genre, and one is eager to follow their development for good or evil.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Closed Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The year is 1931. The new and luxurious transatlantic liner Empress of Britain is on her eastward passage. Among the first-class passengers on board are two English confidence tricksters, making a discreet exit from a little awkwardness they have left behind them in the United States.

    Lorriee says: "No Redemption."
    "No Redemption."
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    Well written and well plotted, most of the characters in this book have little conscience or redeeming qualities.. Perhaps, I've met too many like-minded individuals in my professional career, as those in this novel, and as such, I found them as distasteful as characters in a book as clients in a legal field, and I am not be able to recommend the book as entertaining, unless of course, one tends to enjoy saying, "Oh, there you are again, I thought I was done with you and your ilk."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Painting the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (158)

    On a mild autumn afternoon in 1882, William Trenchard sits smoking his pipe in the garden of his comfortable family home. When the creak of the garden gate heralds the arrival of an unexpected stranger, he is puzzled but not alarmed. He cannot know the destruction this man will wreak on all he holds most dear.

    Janice says: "Skeletons in every closet"
    "Unable to stop listening."
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    I am often easily bored with novels, but this one was not only well written, but it's plot was so intriguing that I found myself neglecting everything I needed to do, to keep listening to try to find out, if I would be able to dismiss this, with a "Oh, I know where this is going," and put it down, so I could go about my business.

    Fascinating characters which are well drawn.

    I would highly recommend this book to those who are jaundiced with formulae plots, and want to be kept guessing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Question of Proof: Nigel Strangeways, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Nicholas Blake
    • Narrated By Kris Dyer
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In the first book in the Nigel Strangeways classic crime series, an obnoxious schoolboy is found dead at his school Sports Day. Can amateur detective Nigel Strangeways help find the killer?

    Kathi says: "Think I'll read this in print"
    "Not worth the cost."
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    Characters were silly, story was silly and I really thought the detective should have taken up another career.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tiger in the Smoke: An Albert Campion Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Margery Allingham
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Jack Havoc, jail-breaker and knife artist, is on the loose on the streets of London once again. In the faded squares of shabby houses, in the furtive alleys and darkened pubs, the word is out that the Tiger is back in town, more vicious and cunning than ever. It falls to Albert Campion to pit his wits against the killer and hunt him down through the city's November smog before it is too late.

    Lorriee says: "Very very good, not great."
    "Very very good, not great."
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    Unlike many of the other reviewers, in my opinion David Thorpe makes the characters live. His ability to create both male and female roles, who one recognizes without having to refer back to their names, is indeed an art. I often think that Americans have great difficulty with accents other than a broad American accent and actually cannot understand some narrators, especially if the narrator is familiar with regional accents in his own country.

    It continues to be interesting to pick out Allingham's personal opinions put into the mouths of her characters. Such as the one in which she describes a fog settling on London for days, sufficiently unpleasant enough to make contemporary Londoners wonder why their ancestors insisted own building a city in a swamp - which may make Americans, who live and visit Washington, D.C., also wonder if there was a DNA requirement for the Colonists to want to build their capital in a swamp

    Sometimes Allinghams characters are so foolish as to make me to lose patience with them, such as the Vicar, but, then, he may very well represent many of the foolish we also meet today, so one just has to take a deep breath and hope he doesn't do any more harm than he does.

    This is not one of her best plots but it is still entertaining and I continue to be hooked on Campion and his friends and relatives.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deirdre and Desire: The Six Sisters, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton, Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Charlotte Anne Dore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    What clever woman would want a man like Lord Harry Desire? Why, he was clearly a lummox - languid, vain, and bland. Not even his beautiful face could redeem him. But he stood to inherit a vast fortune, and that was good enough for Deirdre's father, a spendthrift vicar who arranged the match to rescue himself from imminent financial collapse. Leave it to Deirdre to contrive an escape, a quick elopement with her one true love, the dashing Guy Wentwater.

    Jay says: "Okay"
    "Silly but okay."
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    Characters are well drawn, but it is of the genre that after you read one or two, it's just fine, you don't need to read this format over and over and over. Lesser Jane Austin also rans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Benevent Treasure: A Miss Silver Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    Somewhere among the dust and cobwebs of the sinister Benevent Mansion lies the legendary Benevent treasure. But a terrible death has been prophesied for anyone who uncovers it.

    When Candida Sayle is invited to visit her elderly maiden aunts, she dismisses such gloomy thoughts. But, as Candida begins to discover the family's dark secrets, she puts herself in grave danger. Thankfully, Miss Silver is at hand with investigative skills of her own.

    Constance says: "Clever British Classic"
    "A excellant cozy mystery."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Benevent Treasure the most enjoyable?

    The convoluted plot.


    What other book might you compare The Benevent Treasure to and why?

    Many of Wentworth's damsels in distress might deserve to be thrown off cliffs, buried in a chasm or drowned in a tidal pool, because they seem to have no frontal lobes and lack foreseeability, but with that caveat, I find that she has enough variety in her plots to make me keep listening.


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

    I quite enjoy Diana Bishop's performances. She keeps me coming back to hear more.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not all witches ride a broom.


    Any additional comments?

    One has to keep in mind that many of Patricia Wentworth's young female love interests, have the survival instincts of a lemming, but the rest of the characters are quite fascinating, and I just when I think I know where the story is going, Wentworth likes to make a sharp right turn.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cop to Corpse: An Inspector Peter Diamond Investigation, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    In the small hours of a Sunday morning in the city of Bath a policeman on beat duty is shot dead by an unseen gunman - the third killing of an officer in Somerset in a matter of weeks. The emergency services are summoned. Ambitious to arrest the Somerset Sniper, the duty inspector, Ken Lockton, seals the crime scene, which is confined by the river on one side and a massive retaining wall on the other. He discovers the murder weapon in a garden - and is himself attacked and left for dead. Enter Peter Diamond, Bath's burly CID chief....

    Lorriee says: "Keeps you guessing."
    "Keeps you guessing."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to people who like stories about police trying to solve a crime. Has the right amount of action for males, and enough story for those who believe a book should have a plot.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoy Simon Prebble's performance of this book. In fact, I often look up the books of which he is the narrator, just to listen to his performance.


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

    Neither laugh nor cry, but I enjoyed it.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • False Report

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Veronica Heley
    • Narrated By Patience Tomlinson
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    While Bea Abbot worries that she’s lost control of her domestic agency, she’s asked to find some domestic help for an eccentric little musician falsely accused of murder. She doesn’t realize how dangerous this might be until Jeremy - fleeing from attempts on his life - lands up on her doorstep. Researching the gang who’d used an attractive girl to entrap Jeremy, Bea finds traces of them throughout high society. Can Bea keep Jeremy - and herself - alive, while all he thinks about is composing a song for pretty, dead Josie?

    Lorriee says: "Protagonist is not too bright."
    "Protagonist is not too bright."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would make the protagonist a little smarter and less buffeted by events and people around her, she has the foreseeability of a chicken trying to cross a six lane highway.


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

    Most of the story was not too interesting.


    Which character – as performed by Patience Tomlinson – was your favorite?

    Patience Tomlinson can make even a character without a frontal lobe interesting.


    Could you see False Report being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Probably, it's about the level of the average television viewer.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't like the protagonist, nor her son, nor her ex-husband. The most interesting of the characters were the two kids who were living with her, and if I had not purchased another of this series, before I heard this one, I would not purchase another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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