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  • Beckoning Lady: A Campion Mystery

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Margery Allingham
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Campion's glorious summer in Pontisbright is blighted by death. Amidst the preparations for Minnie and Tonker Cassand's fabulous summer party, a murder is discovered and it falls to Campion to unravel the intricate web of motive, suspicion, and deduction with all his imagination and skill.

    Carl Smith says: "should have listened to the first reviewer"
    "What did he say??"
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    This book is unlistenable due to Phillip Franks' extremely fast reading. While I have enjoyed his acting, and thought I would like hearing him narrate, I cannot follow the story at all.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Place: Maisie Dobbs Mysteries, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (205)

    Spring 1937. In the four years since she left England, Maisie Dobbs has experienced love, contentment, stability - and the deepest tragedy a woman can endure. Now all she wants is the peace she believes she might find by returning to India. But her sojourn in the hills of Darjeeling is cut short when her stepmother summons her home to England; her aging father, Frankie Dobbs, is not getting any younger.

    Cheryl says: "OKAY"
    "OKAY"
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    Performance
    Story

    Perhaps I'm getting tired of this series, but it does seem to be getting too syrupy for me. Maisie is too perfect and too all-knowing. The "mystery" was not interesting, and the story is too much a romance of sorts.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in Thrall

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Anne Cleeland
    • Narrated By Marcella Riordan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    First-year detective Kathleen Doyle is a plucky Irish redhead of humble origins and modest means. Chief Inspector Michael Acton is her antithesis: a British lord turned cop. He's tall, handsome, and enigmatic - to a fault. He also has a knack for solving London's most high-profile crimes. Acton selects Doyle out of the newbie squad to partner with him on a series of investigations because she always knows when someone is lying - a trait that comes in handy when interviewing suspects and witnesses.

    Tracey says: "Great new entry into British mysteries"
    "Way too creepy."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Calling this a mystery is a stretch as it is surely just a romance, and a creepy one at that. Not my genre and I certainly will not listen to any more books by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Workshop: Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Alex Grecian
    • Narrated By John Curless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    London, 1890: Four vicious murderers have escaped from prison, part of a plan gone terribly wrong, and now it is up to Walter Day, Nevil Hammersmith, and the rest of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad to hunt down the convicts before the men can resume their bloody spree. But they might already be too late. The killers have retribution in mind, and one of them is heading straight toward a member of the Murder Squad, and his family.

    Kandi says: "Violent and Lacks Coherence"
    "Creepy"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This was not what I expected at all. The story is a good one, but the gruesomeness was chilling. That said, I enjoyed it very much. Go figure. The narrator is perfect for the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Murder: Nell Sweeney Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By P.B. Ryan
    • Narrated By Leigh Ryan
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (67)

    Boston, 1868: The dawn of the Gilded Age, an era of burgeoning commerce and invention, of unimaginable new fortunes and lavish excess—for some. Born into dismal poverty, young Nell Sweeney scratches by on her wits and little else until fortune blesses her with a position as nursery governess to the fabulously wealthy Hewitts. But she soon learns that ugly secrets lurk beneath the surface of their gold-plated world.

    Consequences Schmonsequences says: "Outstanding mystery and narration!"
    "Not the best choice."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This may be a good series to read, but the narrator is very poor in the audible version. She has a sweet little voice that makes the prostitutes sound like they're in a high school play. The plot is somewhat shallow, although being the first in the series it deserves some time to develop the characters. I don't expect that I will continue with the series.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Sleeping Murder: Miss Marple's Last Case

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (72)

    Soon after Gwenda moved into her new home, odd things started to happen. Despite her best efforts to modernize the house, she only succeeded in dredging up its past. Worse, she felt an irrational sense of terror every time she climbed the stairs.

    In fear, Gwenda turned to Miss Marple to exorcise her ghosts. Between them, they were to solve a "perfect" crime committed many years before.

    Erin says: "Good Old Fashioned Murder Mystery!"
    "A Wonderful Miss Marple Story!"
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    This is the last Miss Marple book and it's a great finale. The story holds your interest and the narrator does a great accent for the main character. An easy listen.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Death in a White Tie

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (76)

    The season had begun. Debutantes and chaperones were planning their luncheons, teas, dinners, balls. And the blackmailer was planning his strategies, stalking his next victim. But Chief Detective-Inspector Roderick Alleyn knew that something was up. He had already planted his friend Lord Robert Gospell at the scene. But somebody else got there first.

    Christina says: "A credit to Marsh"
    "Always a good story."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    You can't go wrong with a Ngaio Marsh story and James Saxon is a wonderful narrator.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas Nickleby

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (252)

    The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in 19th-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccentrics in Dickens's pantheon.

    Robert says: "A knockout!"
    "Best Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
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    NN is just what we expect from Dickens and probably most of us have read it at some time before listening to it. Often, listening to a classic is just like spending time with an old friend, and that is the case here. Simon Vance makes the characters jump off the page. I find myself listening to his voice and being amazed by the range of characters he creates. Sometimes I purchase books that I might not have considered because he is the narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fashion in Shrouds

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Margery Allingham
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    First, there is a skeleton in a dinner jacket. Then, a corpse in a golden aeroplane. After another body is found, Albert Campion nearly makes a fourth. Both the skeleton and the corpse have died with suspicious convenience for Georgia Wells, a monstrous but charming actress with a raffish entourage. Georgia's best friend just happens to be Valentine, a top couturier and Campion's sister. In order to protect Valentine, Campion must unravel a story of blackmail and ruthless murder.

    Cheryl says: "Too Fast!"
    "Too Fast!"
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    I thought, at first, that the ipod was playing this book at a faster speed than normal. It is impossible to listen to and to follow the story - it's just too much work to be enjoyable.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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