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  • Carnage on the Committee

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ruth Dudley Edwards
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    When the chairperson of a prestigious literary prize dies in suspicious circumstances, Robert Amiss (the token sane member of the judging panel) wastes no time in summoning Baroness 'Jack' Troutbeck to step into the breach. Speculation that a killer may be targeting the judges worries the baroness not in the slightest, it's the prospect of immersing herself in modern literature that fills her with dread.

    Joe says: "Welcome to Audible, Baroness Jack!"
    "Very funny, but not for the faint of heart!"
    Overall

    I agree with previous reviewers - this is a very funny book, but you have to be able to tolerate a certain amount of foul language. I enjoyed this book more for the personalities than the mystery.

    The reader was excellent. He managed to keep the voices reasonably distinctive and intelligible to an American ear. Even his female American accent was OK - though it had more "magnolia" in it than is normal for a Minnesotan.

    I'll be on the lookout for more by this author!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Something in the Water

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    There's definitely something in the water at the Maine resort where Peter Shandy is staying on a quest to find some rare lupines. When he witnesses a sudden and suspicious death over dinner, and then stumbles on some extraordinary paintings, that 'something' could be good or bad.... There is no shortage of people with a motive for killing Jasper Flodge, who seems to have been the most hated man in Maine - but no one is admitting to being the creator of the mysteriously unsigned paintings.

    Amazon Customer says: "Very plesant addition to the series"
    "Very plesant addition to the series"
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    I'm a huge fan of Charlotte MacLeod, and am enjoying working my way through them once again.

    This story has Peter Shandy off on his own most of the time - his wife Helen makes an appearance, but is not central to the story.

    John McLain does a fair job of the narration, but his habit of mispronouncing words or names occasionally grates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rest You Merry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    For years, Professor Peter Shandy has been badgered by Jemima Ames, Assistant Librarian and Annual Chairperson, to decorate his campus home for the Grand Illumination which is Balaclava Agricultural College's main fund-raising event. Now he can hold out no longer. Goaded to madness, he buries his small brick house under an avalanche of plastic reindeer, flashing lights, and fake Santa Clauses. Hooks up an amplifier blaring "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth," locks the switches at "on," and escapes to sea on a tramp steamer....

    Amazon Customer says: "A classic story - and great for this time of year!"
    "A classic story - and great for this time of year!"
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    I'm so glad Charlotte MacLeod's mysteries are finally available in audio! I first read this story centuries ago - probably shortly after it was published in 1978 - and I've re-read it every few years since.

    The story is set at a small, private agricultural college in New England. At the opening, Professor Peter Shandy has finally decided to take his revenge on all the faculty wives who have been after him for years to decorate his small house for the holidays as part of the college's "Grand Illumination". He hires a firm from Boston to put every flashing colored light, plastic Santa & reindeer, and recorded music device he can fit on his house, sets the timer, and takes off on a holiday cruise! He comes back a few days later to find one of the most persistent busy-bodies dead on his living room floor. It's meant to look like an accident but Shandy knows it can't be, and his efforts to figure out what really happened are the basis of the mystery. Along the way we are introduced to some of the people that live in the small college town of Balaclava - and they have more than their fair share of interesting characters!

    This is a classic cozy mystery, the first in a series that is well worth reading or listening to. Some elements are rather dated at this point - no cell phones, for example, and some characters have somewhat dated views - but don't let that bother you. Enjoy meeting the residents of Balaclava, and look forward to more of their exploits!

    The narrator of this audio is easy to listen to. He doesn't differentiate the character's voices very much, but it's still easy to keep track of what's going on. One irritant, however, is that he mispronounces words every once in a while, and it can be jarring to the ear. For example, he used the word "crochets" (the needlework) rather than "crotchets" (a quirk or eccentricity). But all in all, a great book to listen to!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Some Like it Hawk: A Meg Langslow Mystery, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Donna Andrews
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    Meg Langslow is plying her blacksmith's trade at Caerphilly Days, a festival inspired by the town's sudden notoriety as "The Town That Mortgaged Its Jail". The lender has foreclosed on all Caerphilly's public buildings, and all employees have evacuated - except one. Phineas Throckmorton, town clerk, has been barricaded in the courthouse basement for over a year. But the lender seems increasingly determined to evict him, and may succeed after one of its executives is found shot, apparently from inside the basement.

    Amazon Customer says: "Hurrah! Meg Langslow finally in audio!"
    "Hurrah! Meg Langslow finally in audio!"
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    I've loved the Meg Langslow series by Donna Andrews since the beginning, but haven't been able to find most of them in audio. I'm glad to see this one is available, and hope that it means others will follow.

    I always enjoy visiting with Meg and her (slightly zany) family and friends. Some Like it Hawk is a worthy addition to the series. Bernadette Dunne does a great job giving life to the characters, and makes it easy to keep track of who is speaking. This is just the thing to take my mind off what I'm doing while I'm at the gym working out!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Daughter of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Josephine Tey
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    'Truth is the Daughter of Time' is an old proverb. And The Daughter of Time is Josephine Tey's search for the truth about the murder of the Princes in the Tower. Was the hunchback, Richard III, the monster that Shakespeare and the history books have made him out to be?

    NHealy says: "Great book! Great performance!"
    "This is a classic - for good reason!"
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    If you could sum up The Daughter of Time in three words, what would they be?

    This is the classic armchair mystery. The primary sleuth, Inspector Grant, is in hospital and looking for something to keep himself amused. In desperation, he turns to historical mysteries and becomes fascinated with the story of Richard III and the Princes in the Tower. Since he can't do his own research, he relies on a young American researcher to do his investigating for him. What could be a story of boring, second-hand historical research is, in fact, quite interesting to anyone who has studied history in school and has wondered how "they" decided what was historically correct. It makes one ask - does what is written in the history books actually make any sense when considering human nature?


    What does Derek Jacobi bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator, Derek Jacobi, is a joy to listen to. He uses subtle differences in accent and tone that make it easy to distinguish the "voices" of the characters, which makes it much more interesting for the listener.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    The one and only Mrs. Emily Pollifax is a part-time CIA operative and full-time garden-clubbing grandmother from New Jersey. In this adventure, she is off to the Sicilian countryside on a daring mission to rescue John Sebastian Farrell, a former CIA comrade, who was shot while trying to track down a document that allegedly bears the signature of Julius Caesar.

    Jackie says: "Great Story-Wrong Narrator"
    "Hurrah for Mrs. P!"
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    Would you listen to Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief again? Why?

    I've been a fan of the Mrs. Pollifax books for years, and am delighted that Audible is making them available. This one brings back John Sebastian Farrell - a character that has appeared in several stories. This is a lighthearted romp of a spy story. There is romance, but no sex, and of course the good guys win in the end!


    What about the narrator???s performance did you like?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this performance - in addition to a main narrator, there are several other actors performing the individual parts. I find it easier to keep track of who is speaking when the voices are distinct. The only disadvantage is that, because this is an unabridged recording, the main narrator has to insert the occasional


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shakespeare's Landlord: Lily Bard Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (314)

    From the Anthony Award-winning author of the immensely popular Sookie Stackhouse mysteries comes the first book starring Lily Bard, a reclusive cleaning lady with a penchant for karate. When Lily finds and reports a dead body, her shady past and connections to potential perpetrators make her a leading suspect.

    Bonnie says: "If your looking for Sookie leave this series alone"
    "Good, straight-forward mystery"
    Overall

    This is the first of Charlaine Harris' "Shakespeare" series and, I believe, one of her earliest mysteries. There are none of the supernatural/paranormal elements that you might expect from her better known, more recent, work.

    The Shakespeare series is set in a small Southern town and features a young, single "woman with a past" as the main character. Lily Bard moved to Shakespeare after surviving a horrific rape & assault. She started working as a house cleaner and began studying martial arts. Her work as a cleaning lady gives her an interesting perspective on other residents of the town, and her study of martial arts gives her a feeling of being able to control herself and deal with the unexpected. Up until now she has stayed below the radar, but when she unexpectedly finds a dead body she begins to come out of her self-imposed isolation and get a bit more involved.

    I enjoy this series, and recommend reading it in publication order so that you can best appreciate the way the characters grow & develop.

    The narrator does a good job - just a hint of "Southern" and just enough differentiation between characters so that you can keep track of who is speaking more easily.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets: An Enola Holmes Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nancy Springer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    Dr. Watson, the right-hand man of master sleuth Sherlock Holmes, has gone missing. This prompts Sherlock to enlist the assistance of Enola Holmes, his intrepid younger sister. She investigates Watson's home just in time to witness the arrival of a bizarre bouquet blooming with convolvulus, hawthorn, and white poppies - flowers that symbolize death!

    Amazon Customer says: "A female Holmes??"
    "A female Holmes??"
    Overall

    The main character, Enola Holmes, is the younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes. Contrary to the plot summary, she does not work with her brothers on the case of the disappearance of Dr. Watson. In fact, she keeps her activities secret from them - and she does solve the case.

    Enola Holmes is a spunky girl, determined to make her way as a detective in Victorian England - despite her brothers' wishes that she be a respectable female. Her mother is a bit of a free spirit, apparently, and is not much help. Enola is, in my opinion at least, rather too focused on her relationship with her mother (very strained - they communicate in code in the personal column of a newspaper) and brothers (they want to send her to a finishing school). Despite that preoccupation, she takes effective action to find the good doctor, and I rather liked her.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Send for Paul Temple

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Francis Durbridge
    • Narrated By Anthony Head
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    A wave of mysterious robberies is sweeping the country, and 50,000 pounds' worth of diamonds has been stolen in six months. During the fourth raid, a nightwatchman is attacked with chloroform, and just manages to gasp out "The Green Finger" before he dies. Chief Inspector Dale has heard the enigmatic phrase before: it was the last utterance of a drowning man wanted in connection with another robbery. But with no further leads, the police are baffled.

    Amazon Customer says: "Wonderful adventure!"
    "Wonderful adventure!"
    Overall

    Anthony Head does a grand job of narrating this story. This is a must-listen for fans of this series, because this is where Paul Temple meets his future wife, Steve. It's a typical Paul Temple adventure - lots of bodies and nefarious characters. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Temple and the Front Page Men

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Francis Durbridge
    • Narrated By Anthony Head
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    When the detective novel 'The Front Page Men' is published, it is a smash hit - not least because no-one knows the true identity of the author, the mysterious Andrea Fortune. Shortly afterwards, two robberies are committed, and on each occasion a card is left at the scene bearing the words 'The Front Page Men'. The police link these thefts to several high-profile kidnapping cases - and then the murders begin. Could the book be linked to the crimes?

    Amazon Customer says: "Great stuff!"
    "Great stuff!"
    Overall

    Anthony Head narrates this story, and he does a wonderful job with the various characters' voices - it makes it very easy to follow. The story is a typical Paul Temple adventure - lots of dead bodies, kidnappings, and nefarious activities!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Striding Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated By Ian Carmichael
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Three perplexing puzzles, and three inimitable Wimsey solutions, told with wit, humor, and suspense. Reader Ian Carmichael, the quintessential Lord Peter, provides great entertainment with his talented performance of these three stories.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fills in the gaps nicely"
    "Fills in the gaps nicely"
    Overall

    For those who always wanted to know "what happened next" after Harriet & Lord Peter's wedding, two of the stories in this collection provide some hints. "The Haunted Policeman" takes place in the wee hours of the night after the birth of their eldest son. "Tallboys" takes place several years later when the family is staying at the farm that figures so prominantly in "Busman's Honeymoon". Together, they provide a limited picture of life for the Wimsey's prior to "Presumption of Death".

    The third story, "Striding Folly", isn't one of my favorites and Lord Peter appears only at the very end. While he does provide an answer to the puzzle, it's not a very satisfying one in my opinion.

    Still, I recommend this book for all fans of Lord Peter - though I don't think it would be a good place to start the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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