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  • The Impersonator

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Mary Miley
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    In 1917, Jessie Carr, fourteen years old and sole heiress to her family's vast fortune, disappeared without a trace. Now, years later, her uncle Oliver Beckett thinks he's found her: a young actress in a vaudeville playhouse is a dead ringer for his missing niece. But when Oliver confronts the girl, he learns he's wrong. Orphaned young, Leah's been acting since she was a toddler.

    Anastasia Burke says: "Premise = good; Execution = not so much"
    "Fun mystery set in the 20s"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the protagonist is personable and interesting. If they like historical mysteries, or books set in the 20's, this one is not to be missed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Josephine Tey's Brat Ferrar is one of my favorite books and the inspiration for this mystery, and at first I was worried this one would fall flat in comparison. But the author pulled it off, and did a wonderful job painting the setting, both physical and historical.


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

    No, but she was excellent at giving different characters their voices. Leah/Jessie in particular is given an appealingly young and spirited sound.


    If you could take any character from The Impersonator out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Leah, but I'd rather see her in one of her vaudeville shows!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (324)

    "My name is Mike Ross. I'm a Ferryman. I help people with ghost problems, or ghosts with people problems. Funny thing, no one ever helps me with my problems. Civil War ghosts bent on killing me, Skinwalkers who just want my body, and a vindictive spirit linked both to my bloodline and my destiny... It turns out the dead still hold a good deal of influence over the world, and they don't want to give it up. I'm in way over my head. Fortunately, I'm too stubborn to quit."

    DonNel says: "Like Harry Dresden? You will love Michael Ross!"
    "Awful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different handling of the premise. Very cool idea, appalling execution.


    What was most disappointing about Jim Bernheimer’s story?

    Characters were broad to the point of stereotype, ugh. Offensive stereotypes, at that.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I was able to return it.


    Any additional comments?

    Stopped listening to it. I almost always finish a book I start, but not this time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in Mesopotamia: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Nurse Amy Leatheran is recruited to care for the frightened wife of an American archeologist at an excavation in the Iraqi desert. Are the wife's fears mere hallucinations? When she is found bludgeoned to death, her paranoia proves - too late - fully justified. Famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, nearby on another mission, gets involved and realizes that every member of the team could be a suspect. Can Poirot stop the murderer before he or she strikes again?

    Elisa says: "Murder in Mesopotamia"
    "Fun listen"
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    I've always liked this Poirot novel, even with its less believable (even for Christie) plot points. Amy Leatheram makes an appealing POV character, filling in for Captain Hastings as Poirot's sidekick. She's a lot sharper than Hastings, but still remains a step or two behind Poirot. Sometimes Christie's characterization can be a bit shallow, but it shines here, particularly with Amy and Mrs. Leidner. The dusty Iraqi location is almost another character. Add in Amy's appealing narration, and this becomes a mystery I've read more than once. Christie's familiarity with Iraq and archeological sites makes for a palpable sense of place. The audiobook narrator does a great job, giving the characters' unique voices. The one thing I found jarring was how different her Poirot sounded from David Suchet's, but that's to be expected. Overall a very enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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