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  • The Death of an Effendi

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Pearce
    • Narrated By Nigel Carrington
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Cairo, 1909. The murder capital of the world, where deaths are two a piastre. But the death of an effendi? That is something different. Effendis, the Egyptian elite, are important. Especially if, in a country ruled by foreigners, they happen to be foreign. Gareth Owen, the Mamur Zapt, is called in to investigate. But is he the right man to be investigating?

    Terry says: "One of the best of the British mystery writers"
    "Lots of detail on foreign culture."
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    Michael Pearce's mysteries are interesting and appealing if you like to be immersed in historical fiction set in countries we don't read much about. I have read or listened to 3 of his novels and haven't become bored. To me they are at least as good as John Grisham. The narrator, Nigel Carrington can do many different characters plausibly; he is very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mingrelian Conspiracy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Michael Pearce
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Cairo of 1908 lives by and in its cafes. Now, suddenly, Cairo's cafe culture is threatened by gangs in the protection business. The task falls to Gareth Owen, the Mamur Zapt and head of the secret police, to find out who is behind this threat to Cairo.

    Yvette says: "More Mamur Zapt books, Please!!!!"
    "Historical suspense"
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    Bill Wallis is a phenomenal narrator. He does multiple voices with different accents that are remarkably convincing and distinctive. It's like listening to a cast.
    The imagery of a foreign country which comes through from the writing is vivid. The story is a little too much like the last Michael Pearce novel I listened to but still pretty interesting.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sherlock Holmes Short Stories (Adaptations): Oxford Bookworms Library

    • UNABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle, Clare West (adaptations)
    • Narrated By John Graham
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Adapted from the stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.... Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective of them all. He sits in his room, and smokes his pipe. He listens, and watches, and thinks. He listens to the steps coming up the stairs; he watches the door opening – and he knows what question the stranger will ask.

    In these three of his best stories, Holmes has three visitors to the famous flat in Baker Street – visitors who bring their troubles to the only man in the world who can help them.

    Amazon Customer says: "Don't Adapt Arthur Conan Doyle"
    "Don't Adapt Arthur Conan Doyle"
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    I didn't pay enough attention to the details of the description but, when I first listened, realized this wasn't the original. One of the most enjoyable aspects of reading Sherlock Holmes is the prose, including quirky names and details. For example, in "The Speckled Band", the cheetah and the ape, running loose on the estate.
    Little of this is present in this adaptation. Perhaps this retelling is o.k. for a child first hearing the Sherlock Holmes short stories but for those of us who love these stories and were looking for a good performance of the classic, it leaves something the be desired.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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