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Jane

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  • Mrs. McGinty's Dead: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    Well, it's no wonder. The plot - suspicion for an elderly woman's murder falls on her mysterious lodger - is from Agatha Christie. The wonderful character happens to be the world's most famous sleuth, Hercule Poirot.

    Jane says: "Poirot at his finest."
    "Poirot at his finest."
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    This is one of Christie's best novels. Poirot is brilliant and engaging, the mystery is thoughful, the characters are from Dame Agatha's usual repertoire, but I love them and the ending is most unpredictable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (7449)
    Performance
    (3983)
    Story
    (4017)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Better than "True Blood"."
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    If you could sum up Dead Until Dark in three words, what would they be?

    NEW Imaginative Fun


    What other book might you compare Dead Until Dark to and why?

    Interview With A Vampire. I compare the two for only two reasons 1) They are set in Louisiana and 2) They both introduce a new mytholgy with original, adult characters.


    Which character – as performed by Johanna Parker – was your favorite?

    Her beautiful southerm accent was perfect for Sookie. She was pitch perfect.


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

    It has sort of been done,but " Vampires Come Out of the Casket" might work.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to continuing the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clocks: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (78)

    Sheila Webb expected to find a respectable blind lady waiting for her at 19 Wilbraham Crescent - not the body of a middle-aged man sprawled across the living room floor. But when old Miss Pebmarsh denies sending for her in the first place, or of owning all the clocks that surround the body, it's clear that they are going to need a very good detective. "This crime is so complicated that it must be quite simple," declares Hercule Poirot. But there's a murderer on the loose, and time is ticking away.

    Christina says: "Too little of Poirot"
    "Where is Poirot???"
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    I really like this book and Hugh Fraser is flawless, but I wonder why Dame Agatha barely used her greatest detective. Poirot does very little in this book. If you listen closely, very closely you can solve the crime yourself. I love it when I get to the last chapter and am right about the killer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three Act Tragedy: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Sir Charles Cartwright should have known better than to allow 13 guests to sit down for dinner. For at the end of the evening one of them is dead - choked by a cocktail that contained no trace of poison. Predictable, says Hercule Poirot, the great detective. But entirely unpredictable is that he can find absolutely no motive for murder.…

    Jane says: "The Queen of Crime at her peak."
    "The Queen of Crime at her peak."
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    What did you love best about Three Act Tragedy?

    I love Hugh Fraser's performance of the world's greatest detective. I like him more than David Suchet on audio.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As with most of Dame Agatha's books I like the twists and her reliable cast of characters.


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

    The listener truely gets a sense of how Perot feels about himself. Mr. Fraser makes you love him in spite of his arrogance and pompous nature.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Every fan of this author loves the "Agatha Christie Moment". That part of the book where all the characters are gathered and the detective procedes to explain the crime and expose the wrong doer.


    Any additional comments?

    While I highly recommend this and all of Agatha Christie's books, if you are new to this author I recommend "The ABC Murders" first.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress - Pax Britannica, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jan Morris
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (132)

    The Pax Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris’s epic story of the British Empire from the accession of Queen Victoria to the death of Winston Churchill. It is a towering achievement: informative, accessible, entertaining and written with all her usual bravura. Heaven’s Command, the first volume, takes us from the crowning of Queen Victoria in 1837 to the Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The story moves effortlessly across the world, from the English shores to Fiji, Zululand, the Canadian prairies and beyond. Totally gripping history!

    Wolfpacker says: "Great Vignettes, Good Overall Story"
    "Ouystanding History"
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    What made the experience of listening to Heaven's Command the most enjoyable?

    An excellent reading of an obsorbing history.


    What other book might you compare Heaven's Command to and why?

    The Life Of Elizabeth I.


    Which character – as performed by Roy McMillan – was your favorite?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    You will probably want to bye the other two volumes.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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