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Linda Lee

A classic detective mystery lover. Especially mysteries taking place in quaint English villages!

MO USA | Member Since 2013

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  • A Fatal Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1087)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (734)

    No one liked CC de Poitiers - certainly none of the residents of the village of Three Pines, each of whom CC had managed to offend. Therein lies the challenge for the Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec, called in once again from Montreal to investigate murder in this hamlet. CC has been killed in an apparent electrical accident, and everyone in town has a motive, even the inspector's good friends.

    Patricia says: "Complex, but worthwhile...."
    "Great book but no more for me..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to EVERYONE -IF- it weren't for ONE THING...BAD LANGUAGE - The first book in the series contained a salting of the "F Word" which I found offensive and unnecessary.

    However, I decided to give Louise another chance since her books are, in my opinion, modern day Agatha Christies but with such lovely poetic language included that I was tempted to write down my favorite quotes.I purchased book two within days of finishing the first, paying more than I normally pay for books, and without waiting until I had credits to buy it with. That's how excited I was to continue this journey. This time the "F word" was used with even greater abandon. Frankly I found it offensive. And I'm pretty sure the fact that it is also used in conjunction with the POPE's name will make it extremely offensive to Catholics for sure.

    Personally, I feel Louise's true gift in writing gives her the ability to communicate character without verbally assaulting my ears. I read classic detective stories for a mental challenge and escape. Her prolific use of the "F Word" was just jarring and distasteful to me. I wonder if the language was added in a misguided attempt to make the book seem more contemporary? If that is the trend for "contemporary classic detective" stories I may just have to stick with genuine classics.

    I love you Louise Penny. I would buy every book you write if it weren't for this one issue. I don't suppose there is a chance Louise will read this but if she does... How about producing a "G Rated" version just for me?! :D


    What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oh Ralph... You are my favorite. You could read the phone book and make it sound interesting.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Rule against Murder: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1049)
    Performance
    (716)
    Story
    (708)

    When wealthy, cultured Irene Finney and her four grown-up children arrive at the Manoir Bellechasse in the heat of summer for a memorial for her late husband, the staff springs into action. But as a heat wave gathers strength, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. And the morning after the ceremony, a body is found. The family now has another member to mourn.

    Victoria says: "You will be glad you selected this book"
    "Such a long time to wait for a murder!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you love this series you will want to listen to this one but in my opinion it isn't as good as the first stories.

    The secluded mountain resort setting and back story is interesting and so is the premise for the murder but frankly it seemed like we were half way through the book before anything happened. Really. Nothing happened. The author seemed fixated on describing the affluent messed up family from every way possible. Over and over. And over.

    It was really slow moving compared to the others in the series.


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    He is a joy to listen to. Ralph I love ya.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1478)
    Performance
    (953)
    Story
    (952)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "Call me pleasantly surprised."
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    Where does The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is certainly among the top 10.


    Which character – as performed by Jayne Entwistle – was your favorite?

    She really captured Flavia. Eleven is a tough age for an adult to pull off.


    Any additional comments?

    I was hesitant to try this book because I expected it to be an immature read. However I figured I could always return it and the reviews were great so I decided I have nothing to loose.

    But to my great surprise I loved it. It was a delightful listen and I'm no kid. Flavia is precocious and wise beyond her years. She is a young Miss Marple and Sherlock Holmes rolled into one. She made me want to learn more about chemistry and that is saying a lot.

    The story was well developed and interesting. The characters were fun and the premise a new one for me.

    After the first chapter I was hooked. I'm off to look for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1859)
    Performance
    (1234)
    Story
    (1243)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "Louise Penny I Love You"
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    What did you love best about Still Life?

    Three Pines has stolen my heart in a way that I only imagined quaint English Villages could. The town and its people are rich and vivid and charming in their own way.Louise Penny has the head of Agatha Christiie and the heart of a poet.


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    I could listen to Ralph Cosham for HOURS and in fact I have!!! :). Probably 25-30 hours so far and I just don't tire of hearing him.He is able to bring life and definition to a wide and varied cast of characters without sounding unnatural or false. It feels like it's just me and Ralph enjoying a good read in front of a cozy fireplace.


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

    Yes I DID! I was SHOCKED at the language. I am just not used to hearing the "F WORD" and I don't think I want to become used to it. I read classic detective stories for a bit of a mental challenge and to escape. The "F WORD" is a jarring assault in an otherwise PERFECT read. Please Louise spare my aching ears.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2082)
    Performance
    (1639)
    Story
    (1638)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "Fascinating but don't read at NIGHT!"
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    What did you love best about The Psychopath Test?

    This was disturbing, creepy, eye opening and FASCINATING!

    To make a long story short, I thought I was listening to a mystery. You know. Like Miss Marple?! Lol What I heard was an intense look into the mind of real life psychopaths.

    I discovered this slight miscalculation as I lay... IN THE DARK, away from home, BY MYSELF! I could have topped but it grabbed me like the wreck you know you should look away from but you just can't. I was compelled to finish this thing and pro,poly told everyone I love about it.

    It may not be everyone's cup of tea but this piece of investigative journalism or whatever you choose to call it is FASCINATING!


    What about Jon Ronson’s performance did you like?

    Jon Ronson is THE PERFECT person to read his own work. I'd love to chat with him any time.


    Any additional comments?

    BAD LANGUAGE ALERT! I would typically leaf through a book and scan for bad language. I can't see that as an option here so I chose to ignore the bad language I heard. Never-the-less the language used is quotes from psychopaths. I suppose they of all people are least interested in my distaste for the use of the "F Word". ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories: Featuring Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Mr. Parker Pyne

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser, Joan Hickson, David Suchet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    There's a body in a trunk; a dead girl's reflection is caught in a mirror; and one corpse is back from the grave, while another is envisioned in the recurring nightmare of a terrified eccentric. What's behind such ghastly misdeeds? Try money, revenge, passion, and pleasure. With multiple motives, multiple victims, and multiple suspects, it's going to take a multitude of talent to solve these clever crimes. In this inviting collection, Agatha Christie enlists the services of her finest - Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Parker Pyne.

    Michelle says: "well done"
    "Short but sweet!"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    While this is a good collection of short mysteries, many of which have been dramatized for television quite successfully, I miss the more leisurely read of the longer Agatha Christie works.

    The colorful worlds and characters she invites us into are too quickly gone leaving me feeling less satisfied at the end than I have been with others of her stories. Don't get me wrong, she still has the knack of writing a compelling short story but I guess I was left wanting more at the end of these.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Perhaps the best use of this book would be for someone looking for a short but fun diversion whilst on short car trips or for someone wanting a little "bedtime story". If that is your goal then you will most likely thoroughly enjoy these little peeks in to Agatha's creative mind.


    1 of 1 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
    (180)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (157)

    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 says: "At last! Sayers read by Ian Charmichael"
    "A Vintage Mystery Classic"
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    What did you love best about Unnatural Death?

    In the style of vintage classic mysteries, this story has the English village setting I love and a rich cast of quirky characters to tell the story.

    My favorite character has to be the spunky spinster who is commissioned to ferret out the truth among the lies. Lord Peter sees the value of her skills and places great faith in her natural abilities. I love it that she works to play the part with such enthusiasm that she purchases woolen under garments to complete the look. Lol. I'm not sure who she expects will see these articles of woolen under clothing but perhaps she is wanting to play it safe just in case there is a stiff breeze or something.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story has the element of an unexpected family member entering the picture but this one enters with a back story that would have been scandalous at the time. It has a few twists and turns that make it a fun read.


    What does Ian Carmichael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ian Carmichael's reading of the story is just right allowing the listener to form vivid mental images of of the characters and and the mystery being presented.

    I found his voice to be interesting but also soothing to listen to. It's just what I'm looking for while trying to escape for a while.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big fan of classic detective stories. If you hold up Agatha Christie's works as the standard for the genre then Dorothy Sayers is not quite at the top but certainly approaching the upper end of good clean fun mystery reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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