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  • The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (500)

    Emily Pollifax is one of a precious few gray-haired female sleuths who solve their cases through unflagging determination, moral courage and wisdom that comes with age. In "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax", Emily answers the call of that “nice Mr. Carstairs” to go to Istanbul as a courier and search for a missing agent.

    Coffee Lover says: "Wonderful story, perfect narration!"
    "Another exotic locale"
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    Where does The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was as good as the other Mrs Pollifax stories I've listened to, which means it was fabulous.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This series is like comfort food - you go back to them because you know you're going to enjoy them and although there is a familiarity to them, they are never boring. I also love the exotic and unusual places Mrs Pollifax travels to, and the way those cities and countries are described.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Colour Scheme

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (96)

    It was a horrible death: Maurice Questing was lured into a pool of boiling mud and left there to die. Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn, far from home on a wartime quest for German agents, knew that any number of people could have killed him: the English exiles he'd hated, the New Zealanders he'd despised, or the Maoris he'd insulted. Even the spies he'd thwarted...if he wasn't a spy himself.

    Leslie says: "Waiting on R. Alleyn"
    "Interesting Time and Place for a Mystery"
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    The location, a remote thermal hot spring in New Zealand, was one I would never have imagined for a Second World War mystery. This is far from so many of today's mysteries, which rely on detailed forensic evidence. This mystery is solved through observation, characterization, and old-fashioned alibi-busting. Interestingly, Inspector Alleyn's role is downplayed in the story, and some of the other characters get a chance to shine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Nun in the Closet

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Roslyn Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    From the author of the classic mysteries starring the irrepressible CIA spy, Mrs. Pollifax, comes a delightfully different mystery with a most unholy twist. Filled with all the hilarious surprises and good old-fashioned suspense that her fans have come to love, A Nun in the Closet is the story of two high-spirited nuns who accidentally stumble into a dangerous plot involving ghosts, gangsters, and Protestants.

    Pam says: "Groovy 70's Nun Farce"
    "Interesting Characters"
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    Like the Mrs. Pollifax series, Dorothy Gilman has come up with a cast of interesting characters, specifically Sister John and Sister Hyacinth, who are the centrepiece of the story. It is a classic 'fish out of water' story; in this case the two nuns come out of cloister after many years. The world they remembered no longer exists and the country has been dealing with the upheaval of the 1960s. The main characters are charming and the story has the gentle humour I've come to expect from Gilman. Unfortunately, the story reads as very dated, and the mystery is not complex enough to sustain the novel. For all that it was a charming and enjoyable story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2782)
    Performance
    (1565)
    Story
    (1558)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "A Great Start to the Series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Crocodile on the Sandbank the most enjoyable?

    I'd read several of these books over the years (in random order), and listened to some of them on audio. However, I'd never read the first of the series, and I'm glad I made a point of it. This answered several questions I didn't know I had, and filled in blanks in Amelia's story. So much so I'm going to continue on with #2 in the series and keep on going.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    It was superb. I have now listened to several of her narrations of these books and can recognize the characters by her voice alone. I think that's pretty impressive given how many regular characters she has to portray in the books.


    Any additional comments?

    The only downside was that I figured out WhoDunIt fairly early on. But it didn't marr my enjoyment of it, and I still had to read all the way to the end to see if I was right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5634)
    Performance
    (4837)
    Story
    (4846)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "A Nice Christmas Treat"
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    What about Alan Cumming’s performance did you like?

    Unstrained, natural narration and a nice take on the voices of Holmes and Watson. It's always difficult to put your own stamp on something that other actors have made so famous. Alan Cummings does a great job. A nice Christmas treat.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1475)
    Performance
    (1144)
    Story
    (1139)

    Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients - or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.

    Roger says: "review of Abby Cooper series"
    "A New Twist"
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    I liked the fact that the author has come up with a fresh way to address the mystery novel. On the other hand, nothing about this book was great. Good, but not 'Wow', including the narration. However, I may try another because someone I know who has read the books told me the series gets better as it goes along.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Importance of Being Earnest: Free Performance

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    Overall
    (1268)
    Performance
    (1125)
    Story
    (1125)

    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Susan says: "So much fun!"
    "A Fun Listen"
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    I've always enjoyed this story with its ridiculous plot and memorable characters. This version was fine - not the best I've seen/heard but certainly not bad. Some reviewers have mentioned the quick pace, so I almost expecting helium voices, but in fact the pace (somewhat breakneck) is exactly what you get with Wilde. It's probably heightened by the fact you don't get the visual pauses that you would watching a play or movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your First Listen

    • ORIGINAL (4 mins)
    Overall
    (22178)
    Performance
    (8864)
    Story
    (9071)

    Your Audible adventures begin right here.

    aareal says: "It was great"
    "Vintage Steve Martin"
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    Quite simply, hilarious. A great way to start my listening and a reminder of why Steve Martin was always a favourite of mine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1831)
    Performance
    (1589)
    Story
    (1605)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "Very Enjoyable, But No Surprises"
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    I always enjoy the Stephanie Plum books, and this was no exception. But there were no surprises, either. And after 19 books, there needs to be something new every now and again or it's going to get dull...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Pollifax on Safari

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (224)

    A safari expedition in Zambia is the disguise Emily employs in order to locate a professional assassin among her fellow explorers. Along the way, she meets an extraordinary man named Cyrus.

    Jeanene says: "At last!"
    "Intrigue and Romance in Africa"
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    I chose this particular Mrs. Pollifax mystery based on the locale - I've always wanted to go on a safari, and these stories are perfect for armchair travellers.
    As is the case with the other books that I've read in this series, I enjoyed it immensely. Towards the end of the book there were a few scenes that didn't really ring true to me, but the story was strong enough that it didn't spoil it. There was also a little romance in this book - it's on safari that Emily meets Cyrus, so that filled in some gaps in her storyline for me.
    Barbara Rosenblatt's narration is terrific, as it has been for anything I've listened to of hers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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