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Carmela

Walterboro, SC, USA | Member Since 2010

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  • Spotlight

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    Gregory Porlock’s party was a very successful one - from Gregory’s point of view. He was in the highest of spirits, and the fact that his guests were obviously not in a party mood only added to his enjoyment. He knew they all had good reason to fear and dislike him, and it amused him to play the part of the genial host, and to watch each of his visitors trying to act the part of a gay and carefree guest for the benefit of all the others. Gregory never knew that one of his visitors played two roles that evening, that someone doubled the part of guest and murderer, for in that drama Gregory Porlock was cast for a different role.

    Constance says: "Fantastic, smart classic British mystery!"
    "Wicked Uncle- Miss Silver Mystery book 12"
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    Patricia Wentworth is a master of the Cozy Mystery. If you like a good puzzle without gruesome details her stories are ideal. The characters are believable and the settings are varied and interesting but this is where realism ends. So if you want realism the Miss Silver mysteries are not for you. If murder should ever be (and you need it if you want a murder mystery) then it should be like the murders Miss Silver typically encounters. With a few exceptions, it's the really bad people who get killed, and you can hardly wait for it to happen cause they are so nasty. In most books, the murderers turn out to be mean overwhelmingly bad people too; so there is not much sympathy extended for the murderer and great relief for all the innocent people who were unjustly suspected. In sum, good mental exercise for the reader trying to figure out the clues, appealing characters (none so much as Miss Silver herself), a bit of romance, and a fairly happy ending. What more can you want from a "cozy"?

    This particular Miss Silver mystery was also called Wicked Uncle. It is listed with that name under the Miss Silver series list as book 12 and audible says its not available - but of course it is available under this title (Spotlight). It's not really difficult to guess who will get killed. However, with the set of unsavory characters assembled at a house party there is no lack of potential killers. There are also some nice people around- will this be the exception book- the one where a nice person did it? There are definitely enough great motives. Great story with lots of twists.

    I actually read the print version before, but I love this Narrator so even though I realized from the blurb that this is "Wicked Uncle" I got it and loved the performance. Indeed when I read other Miss Silver mysteries that are not available in Audio format I seem to hear Diana Bishop's voice in my head, her voice"S" are the voices of the characters for me. I hope audible gets them all in the future- I will not hesitate to buy even the ones I already read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Sum of All Men: The Runelords, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs)
    • By David Farland
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (316)

    Young Prince Gaborn of Mystarria is traveling in disguise on a journey to ask for the hand of the lovely Princess Iome of Sylvarresta. Armed with his gifts of strength and perception, the prince and his bodyguard stop at a local tavern, where they spot a pair of assassins who have their sights set on Princess Iome's father. As they race to warn the king, they realize that more than the royal family is at risk - the very fate of the Earth is in jeopardy.

    Lore says: "A world of interesting magics and moral choices."
    "performance? what performance?"
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    What did you like best about The Sum of All Men? What did you like least?

    The story was interesting but there was no performance. The rate and tone of the reading in the middle of a battle is the same as during a courtship scene... all the same- very boring reading. I would like to get more of the books of the series but maybe I'll get them paperback not audio because of the narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sum of All Men?

    There is very touching moment that is indicated by the cover art of the paperback version but it would be a spoiler so I don't want to put it here.


    What didn’t you like about Ray Porter’s performance?

    Reading all the words in the right order is not a performance. It was very hard to listen and I didn't understand way because the story was interesting until I realized the reader reads all the scenes exactly the same, no excitement no tranquility just a steady sad reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Can we get the last book read by someone else?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Stanek
    Overall
    (1076)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    After the Great War that divided the peoples, the kingdoms of men plunged into a Dark Age that lasted 500 years. To heal the lands and restore the light, the great kings decreed that magic and all that is magical, be it creature, man, or device, shall be cleansed to dust. The cleansing raged for so long that no human could recall a time without it and it is in this time that the Dark Lord Sathar returned from the dark beyond.

    Will says: "Excellent -- one of the best!"
    "Better than a sleeping pill!"
    Overall

    The narration is the worst I can possibly imagine!!! The story MAY be good, I can’t tell. I tried very hard to listen to it but the narrator just drones on and on in the most monotone voice I have ever heard. The farthest I made it was one hour and it doesn’t get better! The plot changes from one storyline to another and the narrator doesn’t even pause to take a breath so it is very hard to follow the plot. Because other reviewers said it was a good book I’ve decided to buy the paper version. Don’t waste your money on this version!!! (Unless you have trouble sleeping- in which case this is highly recommended!)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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