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DJDecca

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  • Murder in Mesopotamia: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Nurse Amy Leatheran had never felt the lure of the "mysterious East", but she nonetheless accepts an assignment at Hassanieh, an ancient site deep in the Iraqi desert, to care for the wife of a celebrated archaeologist. Mrs Leidner is suffering bizarre visions and nervous terror. "I'm afraid of being killed!" she admits to her nurse. Her terror, unfortunately, is anything but unfounded, and Nurse Leatheran is soon enough without a patient. The world's greatest detective happens to be in the vicinity, however....

    DJDecca says: "Poirot Goes Digging for a Killer"
    "Poirot Goes Digging for a Killer"
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    Would you listen to Murder in Mesopotamia again? Why?

    Yes, I would. It's a good mystery wonderfully performed by the amazing Anna Massey. Full of interesting characters and a non-typical setting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the nurse, Amy Leatheran. Her matter-of-fact personality and her interactions with Poirot were charming and very well written.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Oh, the last scene definitely. It's always fun when Poirot gathers all the suspects and reveals the solution to the crime.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was, though I couldn't. I did get through it very fast, though, because I was nicely engaged.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Pocket Full of Rye (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By June Whitfield
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation starring June Whitfield as Miss Marple, the deceptively mild spinster sleuth. Wealthy businessman Rex Fortescue is found dead with rye grain in his pocket. His death is followed in quick succession by a woman dying while eating bread and honey, and a maid in her garden. Inspector Neele, in charge of investigating the spate of murders, consults with Miss Marple, who has an interesting and surprising theory to offer.

    DJDecca says: "But What About Blackbirds?"
    "But What About Blackbirds?"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    As with all of the BBC radio productions, this one was expertly cast and a thorough delight to listen to.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Why do I feel like this question was intended for a non-fiction book? If you haven't listened to one of these full-cast productions, this will probably make you want to check out more of them.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Hmmm....another question for a non-fiction book. It seems Mr. Audible thinks A Pocketful of Rye is a book about the history of growing rye in Britain.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peril at End House: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    On holiday on the Cornish Riviera, Hercule Poirot is alarmed to hear pretty Nick Buckley describe her recent "accidental brushes with death". First, on a treacherous Cornish hillside, the brakes on her car failed. Then, on a coastal path, a falling boulder missed her by inches. Later, an oil painting fell and almost crushed her in bed. So when Poirot finds a bullet hole in Nick's sun hat, he decides that this girl needs his help. Can he find the would-be killer before he hits his target?

    diane says: "great narration - agatha never seems to disappoint"
    "Poirot on the Case"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Peril at End House to be better than the print version?

    I greatly enjoyed the book, but it's always fun to listen to a good actor interpret a good story.


    What other book might you compare Peril at End House to and why?

    I also enjoyed the BBC radio full-cast performance of Peril at End House. It was great fun.


    Have you listened to any of Hugh Fraser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Mr. Fraser is consistently good in his performances. He has a wonderful style and is a lot of fun to listen to. But it's a bit odd to hear "Poirot" as interpreted by "Hastings."


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

    Not moved me, but I loved the way in which Poirot took personally how he was constantly baffled by the solution to the crime.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of Shane MacKade: The MacKade Brothers, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (136)

    Shane MacKade enjoyed everything about women - the look of them, the smell of them, the taste of them. So the last thing he expected was to become a one-woman man. And even more surprising is that it's the Ph.D.-toting academic Rebecca McKnight who has him headed for a fall. Could Shane's days as a bachelor be coming to an end?

    Penelope says: "The narrator was too much!"
    "Falling Can Be Good for You"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it is a charming story well-performed with a nice romance and a bit of supernatural mystery.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked the opposites attract relationship between Shane and Rebecca.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator has a nice voice with a good, fluid style and subtle but unmistakable differentiations between characters.


    Do you think The Fall of Shane MacKade needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it stands on its own. However it is part of the Brothers MacKade series so there are more chances to read about the characters of this novel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Partners in Crime: A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are restless for adventure, so when they are asked to take over Blunt's International Detective Agency, they leap at the chance. Their first case is a success - the triumphant recovery of a pink pearl. Other cases soon follow - a stabbing on Sunningdale golf course; cryptic messages in the personal columns of newspapers; and even a box of poisoned chocolates. But can they live up to their slogan of "Any case solved in 24 hours"?

    DJDecca says: "Blunt's Brilliant Detectives"
    "Blunt's Brilliant Detectives"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Partners in Crime to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed both. I think I liked the book better because I was able to picture the two actors from the BBC adaptations. But Hugh Fraser is a wonderful narrator and brought a nice, light touch to the novel.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I wasn't on the edge of my seat, but it wasn't that kind of book. It's a collection of short stories featuring the delightful Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. But each story was nicely written and solved.


    What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

    I love the way he portrayed the interplay between this charming couple. He had a nice way of capturing their playful banter.


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

    Cocktails and crime


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death in a White Tie

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (43)

    The season had begun. Débutantes 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 someone else got there first...

    Patricia McBride says: "Abridgment, Narration Highlight Weaknesses"
    "White Tie and Blackmail"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Death in a White Tie to be better than the print version?

    I love the book, but Benedict Cumberbatch's performance adds an extra dose of goodness.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death in a White Tie?

    I loved the scene between Alleyn and Lord Robert where the inspector enlists his friend to "go undercover."


    Have you listened to any of Benedict Cumberbatch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to two others and all are absolutely wonderful. Aside from his deliciously sexy voice, he has a real knack for character voices and gave each their own personality.


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

    The interactions between Alleyn and Troy were very sweet.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Other Worlds

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Barbara Michaels
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    One foggy evening, the most famous crime specialists in the world meet in an exclusive club, their minds on murder. On the agenda: two tantalizing, unsolved cases of ghostly terror. New York Times best-selling author and unsurpassed master of suspense Barbara Michaels delivers a fireside story in the grand tradition with Other Worlds.

    DJDecca says: "It was a dark and stormy night...."
    "It was a dark and stormy night...."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the story, it kept me intrigued and wanting more.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I'd add another story. I love the concept of a circle of people telling ghost stories in a cozy setting. I just wanted more. Perhaps a sequel with the other members of the club adding their own tales?


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I thought the narrative performance did a great job of creating a nicely spooky atmosphere.


    Did Other Worlds inspire you to do anything?

    It made me go back and read some of my old favorites by Ms. Michaels.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Supernaturals

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David L. Golemon
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (483)

    Seven years ago, Professor Gabriel Kennedy's investigation into paranormal activity at Summer Place ended in tragedy, and destroyed his career. Now, Kelly Delaphoy, the ambitious producer of a top-rated ghost-hunting television series, is determined to make Summer Place the centerpiece of an epic live broadcast on Halloween night. To ensure success, she needs help from the one man who has come face-to-face with the evil that dwells in Summer Place, a man still haunted by the ghosts of his own failure. Disgraced and alienated from the academic community, Kennedy wants nothing to do with it. But Summer Place has other plans....

    DebaDeb says: "Scary!!"
    "Going bump in the night"
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    What did you like best about The Supernaturals? What did you like least?

    At the center of the book is a top-notch ghost story that was very compelling. Sadly the secondary plot dealing with back-stabbing and in-fighting at a major TV network bogged things down.


    Would you be willing to try another book from David L. Golemon? Why or why not?

    I might. Though I was a bit put off by the obvious "this is going to be a series" ploy at the end.


    Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

    I really liked his performance as Gabriel and his foibles and fears.


    Could you see The Supernaturals being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I think it could be a good film, if they got rid of the network subplot and just focuses on the haunted house at the paranormal team determined to find and fight whatever is inside.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Murder is Announced (Dramtised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By June Whitfield
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    A BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation starring June Whitfield as Miss Marple, the deceptively mild spinster sleuth. 'A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29, at Little Paddocks, at 6:30pm. Friends please accept this, the only intimation.' Nestled among the usual notices about dogs for sale and appeals for domestic help, the startling entry in the personal column of the Chipping Cleghorn Gazette has the the entire village agog with curiosity. Is it a game? And who is meant to attend?

    DJDecca says: "Death comes to a party"
    "Death comes to a party"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's a fun and imaginative entry in the cozy mystery genre.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, but it kept me interesting and guessing.


    What three words best describe June Whitfield’s performance?

    Intelligent, playful, professional


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were a few giggles, but no outright laughter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer of the Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    The opportunity to spend some time at an archaeological dig on an Arizona ranch was everything a young graduate student trying to prove herself might want. And it was...until another guest suffered an accident, then disappeared. Suddenly, the guests were eyeing each other with fear and suspicion.

    Aryn says: "Readers can sometimes make the book. Or not,"
    "Dragons? In Arizona?"
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    If you could sum up Summer of the Dragon in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, intelligent, engaging


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the interplay between DJ and Tom.


    What about Grace Conlin’s performance did you like?

    She did a wonderful job with the character of DJ.


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

    It's hard to find when you don't know what you're searching for.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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