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Beverly

Bronx, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 74 ratings
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  • Something Fresh

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    The one thing that could be expected to disturb the peace of life at Blandings is the incursion of imposters. Blandings has imposters like other houses have mice. On this occasion there are two of them--both intent on a dangerous enterprise.

    Beverly says: "So That's Where "Upstairs, Downstairs" Came From!"
    "So That's Where "Upstairs, Downstairs" Came From!"
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    Having either read or listened to a number of the Blandings Castle stories, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Lord Emsworth and his looney family. I guess this book was probably written early in the series, before Freddie's marriage and the introduction of "The Empress". Although it contains many of the same plot elements of other Blandings sagas, there is a lot more action "below stairs" in this one which really does make it SOMETHING FRESH.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Unnatural Death: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated By Ian Carmichael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (196)

    The wealthy Agatha Dawson is dead and there are no apparent signs of foul play. Lord Peter Wimsey, however, senses that something is amiss and he refuses to let the case rest - even without any clues or leads. Suddenly, he is faced with another murder - Agatha's maid. Can super-sleuth Wimsey find the murderer and solve the case before he becomes the killer's next victim?

    Alicia Czechowski says: "At last! Sayers read by Ian Charmichael"
    "Please give me more"
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    I devoured the Lord Peter Wimsey books back in the 1970's. Though worn & tattered from decades of reading & rereading, they are a prized part of my library. But I would dump them in a minute if I could replace them with audio versions read by Ian Carmichael. I took great delight in the television adaptations he was able to create & sighed along with his wistful article in MURDER INK about the struggle just to get 5 of the books produced by the BBC. Please tell me there are more unabridged Lord Peter books narrated by this wonderful actor.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hound of Death and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    A dog-shaped gunpowder mark; an omen from "the other side"; a haunted house; a chilling séance; a case of split personalities; a recurring nightmare; an eerie wireless message; an elderly lady's hold over a young man; a mysterious SOS - unexplained phenomena with no apparent earthly explanation. To discover the answers, delve into the supernatural with Agatha Christie in these short stories.

    Beverly says: "A Collection to listen to time & again"
    "A Collection to listen to time & again"
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    WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION was my favorite story in this collection and just remembering all those old Hammer horror films added a whole other level of "spooky" to Christopher Lee's narration. When it comes to Christie's short story collections, I like THE MYSTERIOUS MR. QUINN a bit more, but THE HOUND OF DEATH is still pretty high on my list of favorites.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City of Gold and Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    In search of a missing uncle, Charlotte Rossignol travels to the ancient Roman site of Aurae Phiala on the Welsh border, where she is assisted in her search and the solution to a murder by Inspector Felse.

    Beverly says: "A Hard Story to Set Aside"
    "A Hard Story to Set Aside"
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    I discovered Ellis Peters through the Cadfael series and enjoyed those books so much I thought I'd give Inspector Felse a try. I was not disappointed. I started listening to this while doing needlework, but I got so interested in the plot, I had to set my handwork aside so I could devote my full attention to the story. With all the twists and turns, it held my attention to the very end. This is one of those stories I will listen to again in the future and I will certainly buy more of Peters' work.
    Simon Prebble has been on my list of favorite narrators for a long time. His work here is excellent.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Meeting of Minds: Volume I

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Steve Allen
    • Narrated By Steve Allen, Joseph Earley, Jayne Meadows
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Beverly says: "The Art of Intelligent Discourse"
    "The Art of Intelligent Discourse"
    Overall

    This show was "must see TV" in my household back in the day. Now when we're surrounded by tweets, unending, unedited blogs, and YouTube videos, it is so nice to plug into really intelligent discussion and conversation once again. I purchased all the volumes audible has available and I'll end here by holding up my iPod & saying, "Please, sir, I want some more."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Moonstone

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (291)

    No, the "Moonstone" isn't a celestial relic, it's a gigantic yellow diamond of unearthly beauty that was given to Rachel Verinder as a present on her 18th birthday - and stolen that very night! Betteredge, one of the most beloved butlers in English literature, is the focus of this seminal detective novel, which examines how one family's life is turned upside-down by the theft. And find out why the answers to all of life's problems can be found in the pages of Robinson Crusoe.

    Catherine says: "One of the best readings ever"
    "An Perpetual Favorite"
    Overall

    This is a book I have read and reread over the years and I had high hopes for the audio version. Those high hopes were all realized. What an excellent version! The multiple readers were superb and really brought the characters to life. Of all the different audio versions of The Moonstone, I'm glad I purchased this one. I recommend it to anyone who is a Wilkie Collins fan and to anyone who enjoyed the multiple reader version of The Woman in White.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heavy Weather

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Galahad Threepwood is causing scandal again...this time by deciding to NOT publish his potentially humiliating high-society memoirs. His decision causes rifts in the ranks at castle Blandings and all involved split into three camps: those who want the book suppressed, those who want it published, and those, who for some reason or another, that have been sent to steal it.

    Beverly says: "Oh, those fateful memoirs"
    "Oh, those fateful memoirs"
    Overall

    This is the next chapter, so to speak, in the saga of the Hon. Gallahad's memoirs and follows SUMMER LIGHTNING. It is a wonderful romp, in true Wodehouse fashion. One I know I will be listening to again and again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Code of the Woosters: Jeeves to the Rescue

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (305)

    Witty Wodehouses�s best-loved creation is the master-servant team of Bertie Wooster, the charming nitwit, and Jeeves, his effortlessly superior valet and protector. Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters." Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters."

    Philip says: "Best Wodehouse narrator"
    "For the love of a cow creamer!"
    Overall

    I loved this story when I saw the Stephen Fry/Hugh Laurie version. Listening to the whole book is even better. I've found that P.G. Wodehouse stories are wonderful companions on car trips. The miles seem to go by much faster when you're laughing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Illustrated Man

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (142)

    Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man is a kaleidoscopic blending of magic, imagination, and truth, widely believed to be one of the grand master's premier accomplishments. Collected here are eighteen tales, startling visions of humankind's destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin, visions as keen as the tattooist's needle and as colorful as the inks that indelibly stain the body.

    Beverly says: "Curling up with an old friend"
    "Curling up with an old friend"
    Overall

    I have an old dog-earred paperback copy of this book and have enjoyed the 30-minute versions of several of the stories produced for radio. But nothing beats the unabridged book when it comes to my listening enjoyment. Paul Michael Garcia does a very good job with the narration. This is one of those audio books I will listen to again and again.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Mr. Quin: 12 Complete Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    The 12 stories all feature an unusual detective team: Mr. Satterthwaite, a bachelor in his 60s who has spent his life as a spectator not a participant, and the mysterious Mr. Harley Quin, who appears unexpectedly and disappears as suddenly. Mr. Quin provides Mr. Satterthwaite with insight through carefully worded questions and observations that lead Mr Satterthwaite to the answers.

    Brianna says: "Magical Mystery at it's Best!"
    "An Unexpected Pleasure"
    Overall

    I've read, watched, or listened to an awful lot of Agatha Christie stories over the years, but they were mostly Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple tales. I had never heard of THE MYSTERIOUS MR. QUINN, but what a delightful surprise! Hugh Frazier's narration was excellent. I'm certain I'll be purchasing more Agatha Christie in the future.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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