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Pam

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Mangilao, GU, United States | Member Since 2000

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  • Blood and Circuses: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (215)

    The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher is feeling dull. But is shebored enough to leave her identity, her home and family behind and join Farrell’s Circus and Wild Beast Show? There have beenstrange things happening at the circus. And when Phryne is asked by her friends – Samson the Strong Man, Alan the carousel operator and Doreen the Snake Woman – to help them, curiosity gets the better of her.

    Nancy J says: "Danger and Joys in the Circus"
    "Phryne goes to the circus"
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    Where does Blood and Circuses rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    All the Phryne Fisher books rank near the top of my favorites. I love Phryne Fisher


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Phryne is my favorite character because I was very much like her in my youth.


    Have you listened to any of Stephanie Daniel???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to other Phryne Fisher books and Ms. Daniel's reading is always wonderful. I love her different voices but her reading style doesn't distract from the story.


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

    Phryne heads for the Big Top.


    Any additional comments?

    A lovely window on '20's Australia. Not to be missed!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Danger Box

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Blue Balliet
    • Narrated By Alex Wyse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    A sight-impaired boy in a small town. A mischievous girl who won't stay in one place. A mysterious notebook belonging to a world-famous scientist. A fire. A stranger. A death. These are the ingredients within The Danger Box, an exciting new mystery.

    Pam says: "It got better!"
    "It got better!"
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    Story

    I had a little trouble getting into this story. The narrator, a young boy, is legally blind and has other problems that make things a little hard to follow at first. But the tale does improve and I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bachelors of Broken Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Arthur W. Upfield
    • Narrated By Peter Hosking
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Among the 28,000 inhabitants of Broken Hill there stalks a killer. Already two elderly bachelors have died horribly from cyanide poisoning. Now, two months later, Detective Inspector Napolean Bonaparte faces a cold trail - no motive, no clues. So Bony waits for what he believes to be inevitable - a third killing.

    Pam says: "Down with sloppy eaters"
    "Down with sloppy eaters"
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    Who is killing elderly men who have food stains on their clothing? In solving that little problem, we also learn a great deal about a marvelous place in Australia called Broken Hill, who killed the female clerk at the police station and a little about glass daggers.

    It's all solved, of course, by Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony to his friends) that marvelous half-caste aborigine with the astounding blue eyes and the incredible nose for winkling out even the most mysterious crime.

    Buy this book. You will never guess the end in a million years!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Space Station Rat

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael J. Daley
    • Narrated By Daniel Bostick
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Jeff thought life on a space station would be a great adventure. Boy, was he wrong! His parents have no time for him, the captain has no use for him, and his weird robot caretaker has no tolerance for him. Jeff is not the only one on the station feeling lost and lonely. Also on board is a Modified rat who accidentally stowed away while trying to escape the lab where she was created.

    Pam says: "Life in the Future"
    "Life in the Future"
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    This is a story of a genetically enhanced rat who ends up on a space station in the not too distant future. On the station is a boy whose parents are too busy to have much time for him. Their interactions with each other and the station itself form the core of the story. And of course, we save Earth as a by-product.

    The tale provides an accurate look at what space travel will really be like in the near future. No Star Trek, no giant battling robots (although robots play a big part in the story), no zombies and no aliens. A real future instead of an imaginary one.

    I highly recommend this book for kids and even adults. The story-telling could be a little more polished and some of the characters are tailor-made for cartoons, but it's still a very good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Rare Benedictine

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    This audiobook contains three tales of intrigue and treachery that let the listener hear Cadfael at the best of his sleuthing form and chronicle the events that led Brother Cadfael into the Benedictine Order.

    Pam says: "Cadfael's Past"
    "Cadfael's Past"
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    I love all of the Brother Cadfael books and Elllis Peters is one of my favorite authors. This book of three novellas is particularly nice because it helps you understand how and why Brother Cafael became a monk so late in life.

    I think the best thing I can say about Stephen Thorne's narration is that you don't think about his narration. There are no annoying mannerisms or mispronunciations; no accents that don't quite ring true. He simply allows the story to shine which is the hallmark of a very good narrator indeed.

    These stories are the 'first' Brother Cadfael stories and a very good place to become acquainted with a marvelous character and a marvelous author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stately Home Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Catherine Aird
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (13)

    At this stately home, now open for public tours, visitors revel in the lush atmosphere created by its three hundred rooms, its exceptional display of fine china, its chilling dungeon with historic suits of armor on display, evoking the spirits of knights from a forgotten age. Young Michael's sister, a visitor to the mansion with their mum, presses her for an explanation of "what's a chastity belt?" while Michael fools around with one of the suits of armor....

    Pam says: "Undoubtedly the best"
    "Undoubtedly the best"
    Overall

    If your 'bag' is English mystery, you don't have to look any further to find its pinnacle and if you enjoy sly humor; this book is the answer to your prayers. I'm not going to add much to the well-done summary except to say that the narrator absolutely makes this book.

    Having suffered through narrators that read in a dismal monotone, or mispronounce key worlds throughout ('Galileo' is pronounced Gali LAY-O; NOT Gali LEE-O), I can say without reservation that this man is an absolute delight. His British accents are flawless, everyone sounds different and he reads asides and parenthetical comments as they should be read.

    Listen to this book! Trust me, you won't regret it!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ruddy Gore: A Phryne Fisher Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (181)

    The glorious Phryne Fisher returns to the spotlight in her seventh adventure. Fisher is an independent, unconventional PI with competence, unflappability and flamboyance in equal measures.

    Running late to the Hinkler gala performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore, she meets some thugs in a dark alley and handles them convincingly before they can ruin her silver dress. Phryne then finds that she has rescued a gorgeous Chinese, Lin Chung, and his grandmother, and is briefly mistaken for a deity.

    Pam says: "Great fun!"
    "Great fun!"
    Overall

    What a marvelous book! Lovely story and I learned SO much. I didn't even know that Gilbert and Sullivan had written a play called Ruddigore. I learned about it, about Australia in the 1920's and had a marvelous murder mystery to boot!

    If you're into sex, suspense and sadistic gore, this is NOT the book for you, but if you love old-fashioned whodunits, download this book today!

    The narrator is wonderful and she even sings! (Quite well, too!). More Phrynie Fisher please!! She's wonderful!

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Canapes for the Kitties

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Marian Babson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    The outcry when Conan Doyle pushed Sherlock Holmes over the Reichenbach Falls and the dismay when Freeling shot Van der Valk are as nothing compared to the chaos that ensues when Lorinda Lucas tries to dispose of Miss Petunia and her siblings, Lily and Marigold. Not only does the lid blow off the fictional village of St. Waldemar Boniface, but the literary colony of Brimful Coffers is shaken to its foundations.

    Pam says: "Wonderful!"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall

    Fasten your seatbelts (in the car and on the couch) and hang on for a hilarious ride through a newly-created mystery writer's colony in England. Most of the authors are obsessed with their pets, obsessed with the resident critics and obsessed with their characters (and absolutely novel ways to get rid of them!)

    There's no sex, no terror and no violence here, unless you count the many ways Lorinda [our novelist heroine] devises to dispatch her hated main characters, a trio of unlovely English spinsters. But there is wonderfully sly humor and a cast of memorable characters like 'Macho' MaGee, a mousy academic who writes horribly dated American gangster novels and Plantagenet Sutton, a terminally snobbish wine critic who does scathing book reviews on the side. From the fireworks-laden Guy Fawkes to the regrettable demise of Boswell the Rat, this marvelous satire will keep you laughing out loud. I highly recommend it!

    And thanks to the narration of the ever-wonderful Nadia May, I now know how to pronounce 'pince-nez'!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost World of the Kalahari

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Laurens van der Post
    • Narrated By John Nettleton
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    From childhood, Sir Laurens van der Post was fascinated by stories of the Bushmen - a people without violence, who were even then rapidly becoming extinct. Here is the story of van der Post's 1957 expedition to the Kalahari desert to find the remnants of this unique people. It's a grand adventure, but it is also an affectionate and vivid portrayal of Bushman culture.

    Timothy says: "Science becomes stunningly entertaining"
    "Stuck in the past"
    Overall

    I simply could not get through this book. It is an excellent product of its times and prejudices, and even though the author was sympathetic to the natives he talked about, he could not transcend his upbringing. The book is long, verbose and ultimately boring. I'd give it a miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who Killed Bianca?

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Emma Darcy
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Bianca Bernini did not foresee she would inspire her own murder when she boarded the legendary Ghan for the two-day train trip from Sydney to Alice Springs. As the most read, most listened to gossip columnist in Australia, she was revelling in her power to ruin the lives of eight other passengers, eight highly placed, privileged people, who were determined on hiding their secrets at any cost. What would they pay to stop the public revelations she could and would make?

    Pam says: "Murder on the Ghan Express"
    "Murder on the Ghan Express"
    Overall

    What a delightful find! The characters are devine, the setting exotic and the mystery obscure! Join KC Gordon on a trip to Australia's heartland on a famous train and learn a little about this wonderful country in the process! I'm happy that Audible has both her other KC Gordon books ("Who Killed Angelique" and "Who Killed Camilla") and they will be my next 'listens'.

    Ms. Darcy seems to have made a successful transition from romance writer, even though KC Gordon (the protagonist) is one. I personally could have done without the short and not particularly graphic sex scenes, but they do further character development. There is also very minimal use of the 'f' and other 'cuss' words (again, appropriately used and not liberally sprinkled for effect) so you might not want to listen when small children are present.

    These are minor drawbacks to an excellent mystery and the narrator is very good. You'll hate Bianca, and have a wonderful time discovering who killed her. Enjoy!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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