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Mollie

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  • They Came to Baghdad

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Baghdad is holding a secret superpower summit, but the word is out, and an underground organization in the Middle East is plotting to sabotage the talks.

    Into this explosive situation appears Victoria Jones, a young woman with a yearning for adventure who gets more than she bargains for when a wounded spy dies in her hotel room.

    The only man who can save the summit is dead. Can Victoria make sense of his dying words? "Lucifer...Basrah...Lefarge."

    Amazon Customer says: "Last 2 chapters missing!!"
    "Christie fails to deliver"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have read almost 70 of Agatha Christie's works, and this is by far, one of her worst ever!


    What was most disappointing about Agatha Christie’s story?

    The book is not finished. Christie just quits in the middle of the action!


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

    I love Emilia Fox's voice. She is a great narrator, and it is only her narration that made the book durable.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from They Came to Baghdad?

    I would not cut any! I would just finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    This would be a good book if the book had been completed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • And Then There Were None

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (550)

    Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen". At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die. Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?

    Jill Johnston says: "One of the best Christie books"
    "Favorite Christie book"
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    What did you love best about And Then There Were None?

    I think this is Christie's best book. I have read it, listened to it, and seen it performed as a play. I think the plot is solid, and because the characters are all being bumped off on an island, they know the killer is one of their party. It's quite fun to see how they turn on each other, which is typical human behavior. When the going gets tough, the fingers start to point!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, because every few minutes someone is shuffling off their mortal coil!


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

    His reading was very well done. I was slightly doubtful about Stevens doing the reading because most of the Christie books on Audible are performed by Hugh Fraser, who was Captain Hastings in all of the David Suchet "Poirot" films. Solid performance.


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

    No, I listened to this one while walking, so I had to break it up into shorter segments.


    Any additional comments?

    Great work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Next Door: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    In the waning months of the second World War, a group of children discover an earthen tunnel in their neighborhood outside London. Throughout the summer of 1944 - until one father forbids it - the subterranean space becomes their "secret garden," where the friends play games and tell stories. Six decades later, beneath a house on the same land, construction workers uncover a tin box containing two skeletal hands, one male and one female.

    Jean says: "ANOTHER EXCELLENT RENDELL NOVEL"
    "Almost, but not quite"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The book is intended as a suspense work, so readers who like suspense may enjoy it.


    What was most disappointing about Ruth Rendell’s story?

    So much tension was built up, but the ending was anti-climatic.


    What about Ric Jerrom’s performance did you like?

    Solid read


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I first saw this book on the shelves of a store in Australia. I read the book jacket, and it promised to be engaging. Right from the start of the work, the reader knows who is killed, who did it, and why. But, it's not until sixty years later that the bodies are discovered and the crime investigated. That worked. What did not work was 70 something year sleuths and their crimes of passion that bordered on the ridiculous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Runcie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    Sidney Chambers, the Vicar of Grantchester, is a 32-year-old bachelor. Tall, with eyes the colour of hazelnuts, he is both an unconventional clergyman and a reluctant detective. Working in association with his friend, Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is able to go where the police cannot, eliciting surprise revelations and confessions from his parishioners.

    Emily says: "English mysteries featuring a clerical detective"
    "Enjoyable first book in a new series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, so I cannot offer an opinion about this question.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, I would not say it kept me on the edge of my seat, but the crimes and characters are engaging.


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

    I love his reading of the book. He is an excellent narrator, and he has such a smooth and calming delivery.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Great read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Runcie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    1955: Canon Sidney Chambers, loveable priest and part-time detective, is back. Accompanied by his faithful Labrador, Dickens, and the increasingly exasperated Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is called to investigate the unexpected fall of a Cambridge don from the roof of King's College Chapel; a case of arson at a glamour photographer's studio and the poisoning of Zafar Ali, Grantchester's finest spin bowler. Alongside his sleuthing, Sidney has other problems. Can he decide between his dear friend the glamorous socialite Amanda Kendall and Hildegard Staunton, the beguiling German widow?

    Maine Colonial says: "Good writing, but weak mystery, and awful reader"
    "Sidney Chambers is still entertaining"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is made up of different cases that Sidney Chambers and his friend Detective Inspector Geordie Keating become entangled in. Most of the books feature 4-6 different cases. In this book, I did not like how Sidney got involved in a mystery outside of Grantchester. I do not like his involvement in German affairs. Also, Hildegard is starting to get on my nerves.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Meh


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked some of the cases better than others, but I did not have a favorite this time.


    Did Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night inspire you to do anything?

    Read the next book in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Runcie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    It is the 1960s and Canon Sidney Chambers is enjoying his first year of married life with his German bride Hildegard. But life in Grantchester rarely stays quiet for long. Our favourite clerical detective soon attempts to stop a serial killer who has a grievance against the clergy; investigates the disappearance of a famous painting; uncovers the fact that an "accidental" drowning on a film shoot may not have been so accidental after all; and discovers the reasons behind the theft of a baby from a hospital.

    Emily says: "Sidney Chambers is back! Hallelujah!"
    "Still entertaining but waning"
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    Would you try another book from James Runcie and/or Peter Wickham?

    I would.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling


    Which character – as performed by Peter Wickham – was your favorite?

    Sidney Chambers


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Actually, it has been adapted into a PBS mini-series, and I have been watching and enjoying it.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is good, but I think James Runcie may be at the end of this series. I just do not know how much more he can do with his vicar turned part-time detective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25342)
    Performance
    (21063)
    Story
    (21049)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Too much hype, too little delivery"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book because it was not enjoyable. The idea of it was good, but in the end, too much time was spent on the main character's drunkenness than on building suspense. The main character became much less sympathetic as the story went along. Plus, I figured out the ending about half-way into the book, and that is never a good thing.


    Has The Girl on the Train turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Suspense, thriller, and mystery books are my favorite, so I will keep reading in this genre.


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

    The book is told from more than one point-of-view, so I enjoyed "hearing" the different women's perspectives. It made me feel like I got to know the characters more intimately.


    Did The Girl on the Train inspire you to do anything?

    I'm afraid not. This book was disappointing because so much hype had been built up about it.


    Any additional comments?

    Many compare this book to "Gone Girl," but I do not think they are similar. I had a very hard time getting into "Gone Girl," but this book drew me in. Only, it ended up being disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser, Simon Vance, Isla Blair
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    A grand treasure for fans of the grande dame of mystery, The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories brings together nine rare and brilliant Christie tales of murder and detection that span nearly half a century of her storytelling genius. In "The Mystery of the Spanish Chest," Hercule Poirot unravels the psychological conundrums that motivate a killer.... In "The Actress," a great star's shady past becomes the plaything of a blackmailer.... In "The Harlequin Tea Set," Mr. Harley Quin helps a man save his loved ones from the greedy hand of murder.

    Die Falknerin says: "Three great narrators, nine classic stories"
    "Great collection of short stories"
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    Would you listen to The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories again? Why?

    Yes. I have enjoyed the mysterious character of Harley Quinn, and I enjoy Mr. Saitherwaite's fussiness.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The work is a set of short stories. You are able to stop after each story, so no.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Mr. Saitherwaite


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

    No, I listened to it while I was out walking, so I was motivated to walk each day until I finished. It gave me something to look forward to.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3819)
    Performance
    (3495)
    Story
    (3514)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "Forget Twilight--Read the Original Vampire Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it is the start of all great vampire tales.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    Not sure


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed the Van Helsing narration best. This was an ensemble performance, and all of them were great.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Already is a film


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tracy Chevalier
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (191)

    After earning a graduate degree in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, Tracy Chevalier was immediately recognized for her literary talent. In Girl with a Pearl Earring, she recreates the 17th-century world of Johannes Vermeer.

    Elizabeth says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Great historical fiction"
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    Where does Girl with a Pearl Earring rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the middle. Not the best, but certainly not the worst!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The love story that developed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the market place scenes!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It's already a film.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read three books by this author, and this one is certainly her best effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One, Two, Buckle My Shoe: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    The dentist was found with a blackened hole below his right temple. A pistol lay on the floor near his out flung right hand. Later, one of his patients was found dead from a lethal dose of local anaesthetic. A clear case of murder and suicide. But why would a dentist commit a crime in the middle of a busy day of appointments? A shoe buckle holds the key to the mystery. Now - in the words of the rhyme - can Poirot pick up the sticks and lay them straight?

    Anastasia says: "Does Agatha ever disappoint?"
    "Another classic Christie"
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    If you could sum up One, Two, Buckle My Shoe in three words, what would they be?

    Unexpected plot twists


    What other book might you compare One, Two, Buckle My Shoe to and why?

    Any other Christie work


    What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

    I have enjoyed listening to Hugh Fraser's performances of Christie's works. I have listened to several, and he does such a great job as narrator.


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

    No, I was okay with drawing it over several sittings. It got a little slow in places, and the ending seemed a little improbable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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