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Deborah

Quitman, GA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries: Mrs. Jeffries Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Emily Brightwell
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    She keeps house for Inspector Witherspoon...and keeps him on his toes. Everyone's awed by his Scotland Yard successes - but they don't know about his secret weapon. No matter how messy the murder or how dirty the deed, Mrs. Jeffries's polished detection skills are up to the task...proving that behind every great man there's a woman - and that a crime-solver's work is never done.

    Sally says: "Very Entertaining"
    "I don't even care...just stop talking, please."
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    Would you try another book from Emily Brightwell and/or Lindy Nettleton?

    Probably not.


    What was most disappointing about Emily Brightwell’s story?

    The main character is lost in a sea of cut outs and caricatures--most with really bad accents. But, accents aside, the story is just a big, lumbering lummox of a thing; tedious and ill-conceived. The author has forced outrageous stupidity into the Detective Witherspoon character--a SY detective!-- for the purpose of creating the Mrs Jeffries (smart servant helps hapless employer while giving employer all glory and making same believe he is the smart one) character. Yawn.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I made it through the South Texas for American accent on one of the 10000 minor characters- because, I've heard much worse- but the Frenchie French-French maid did me in.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Mrs. Jeffries, taken out of the employ of the buffoon SY detective, and allowed to solve cases on her own, could be of interest. Even the narrator seemed to recognize that this role deserved her best effort. But she (Mrs J) just labors and labors the point of 'oh, sirrrh; aren't you clever..?' Like a mother encouraging a backward child through sheer, slavish indulgence. Maddening.


    Any additional comments?

    After some time has passed, I might try a book far down in the Mrs Jeffries series, just to see if her author ever turned her loose

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (782)

    One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

    David says: "Gripping novel, excellent production"
    "Almost lost me at Mrs. Mickleson (sp?)..."
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    Would you try another book from Wilkie Collins and/or Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble ?

    Josephine Bailey does an adequate job with most of the female characters in this work, although she delivers a rather wilted and insipid Laura- but I nearly had to give this wonderful book down during offering of Mrs Mickleson's account. Has to be heard to be fully appreciated, ugh, but sounds as if she is speaking down a long pipe-- tones bearing down on air (think Jan Brady as a fussy noblewoman down at heel and full of pride). Her vocals would have sent poor Mr Fairlie to his grave!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble ’s performances?

    Simon, yes. Ms. Bailey, doubtful- depends upon the story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Oh, yes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Man and Superman

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By George Bernard Shaw
    • Narrated By Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Juliet Stevenson, and others
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Man and Superman was the first drama to be broadcast on the BBC's Third Programme on October 1, 1946. To celebrate Radio 3's 50th anniversary, the play was directed by Sir Peter Hall, and preserved for all time in this lush audio dramatization. 'A comedy and a philosophy', Man and Superman is based on the Don Juan theme, and using all the elements from Mozart's Don Giovanni, Shaw reordered them so that Don Juan becomes the quarry instead of the huntsman.

    Deborah says: "Where's Judi?"
    "Where's Judi?"
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    What disappointed you about Man and Superman?

    I simply expected more of Dame Judi- as she was given first billing in Audible's synopsis (in list of narrators).


    Would you be willing to try another book from George Bernard Shaw? Why or why not?

    Yes; the man was brilliant.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Opening scenes, I suppose. It does labor on toward the conclusion.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Circular Staircase

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    “This is the story of how a middle-aged spinster lost her mind, deserted her domestic gods in the city, took a furnished house for the summer out of town, and found herself involved in one of those mysterious crimes that keep our newspapers and detective agencies happy and prosperous.” So begins The Circular Staircase, a book which has been hailed as the best novel by the most important American woman mystery writer of our time.

    Scott says: "Excellent narrator"
    "40 is the new 75 to this narrator- UGH!"
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    What did you like best about The Circular Staircase? What did you like least?

    Mary Roberts Rinehart is one of my favorite American writers of the light or 'cozy' mystery story, as well as a master of the sardonic style of journal-telling format.


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

    I have read this book a few times; it is somewhat convoluted and maybe not MRR's best.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The Roberts Rinehart heroines deserve MUCH better! A narrator who is as familiar with MRR's style as many of her admirers and readers. Also, one who does not think a middle-aged woman has the vocality of a septua- or even octogenarian.


    Was The Circular Staircase worth the listening time?

    It should have been; however, I hope it will not be the first try by many readers of MRR's books.


    Any additional comments?

    I had been almost angry in the past at Flo Gibson's aging of MRR's middleaged characters- these are strong women, full of wit and sarcasm, daring, and even romance. Yet Flo gave the 80 year-old's quaver to every one of them. In the case of Tish, perhaps, this was acceptable--but not for ALL. Some of these women end up in a romance by story's end with the detective, investigator, etc., of the story--and, incidentally, these same-aged male characters are given a sound normal to a middle aged man. Therefore, I was pleased to see a new name for narration when I found MRR's offerings on Audible.com. Alas, this narrator apparently learned at the knee of Flo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Unkindness of Ravens: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Michael Bryant
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Rodney Williams's disappearance seems typical to Chief Inspector Wexford - a simple case of a man running off with a woman other than his wife. But when another woman reports that her husband is missing, the case turns unpleasantly complex.

    Marilyn says: "Brilliantly written and very entertaining"
    "Awful, dismal, dated and contrived. So contrived."
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    What disappointed you about An Unkindness of Ravens?

    The murder just does not make sense. There is no meat in it, nothing to serve as catharsis, or even reward, for trudging through the mid-1970s hippie trappings (as imagined, clearly, by someone not of the tribe. And the talked singing passages--cringe. More importantly, the victim, introduced immediately, is summarily abandoned, remaining a nonentity for the balance of this loose tale. By the time (finally) the murderer is revealed and the scene described, I had ceased really to care. And the misinformed use of marijuana as psychotic motivator just seems so silly. Bad trip all the way.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Michael Bryant: Thank you for NOT singing; you did your best with the talk-sing. Still; ugh.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Lords A-Leaping: A Father Christmas Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By C. C. Benison
    • Narrated By Steve West, Jean Gilpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Although Father Tom Christmas serves his little church in enchanting Thornford Regis with a glad and faithful heart, he never expects to find himself skydiving to raise money for it. Nor, safely back on the ground, to see two of the other divers leap from the plane, then tangle in a midair punch-up and begin falling to the earth.

    Deborah says: "Was this really written by CC Benison??"
    "Was this really written by CC Benison??"
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    What would have made Ten Lords A-Leaping better?

    Coherence, an outline, and a reduction of force (living and dead) As I had enjoyed the two other Father Christmas mysteries available through Audible, I looked forward to a pleasant listen with Ten Lords.. Alas. The appearance of the labyrinth in the story setting might have been a warning. Granted, any mystery worth air time has twists and turns; but the shifting accounts, behaviors, alibis and characters- many of whom are known by multiple names!--is like the labyrinth once one is properly lost: nothing seems real or accountable. I was hard pressed to keep in mind even the name and significance of the murder victim--THIS one, not the 4 or 5 others who keep popping up with apparent relevance (as, on a ouija board- ugh). When the two-named girl came on the scene to add her complication, labyrinth turned to maelstrom. Let me off!


    Would you ever listen to anything by C. C. Benison again?

    Yes; but not for a while, and not without numerous strongly positive reviews.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Steve West and Jean Gilpin ?

    Steve West is lovely forMartha Grimes' Richard Jury mysteries. He was, however, not at his best with this reading, strident and urgent too much of the time. He really did bring Max to life, though- I felt I could see him and like him. Too babyish, perhaps, with Miranda. Oh, yes, and Canadians do NOT sound like MidWesterners who've spent a lot of time in Alabama!

    Ms Gilpin must be as provoked as by now I am with Madrin's (sp?) stuttering letters to her mother. In print, are the words actually CROSSED OUT?? No one types or writes letters that way; ridiculous. Ridiculous that anytime the character will use a word of more than 2 syllables, the author refuses to let her get it right the first time--Madrin's poor mother, having to sort through all the blunders, EVERY DAY.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, of these; recognition of time wasted. And, it must be said, although I am not proud to admit it, I was completely put off (off put?) by * SPOILER ALERT * Father Tom's bedroom escapade, and continued mention of arousal. I've just never thought of him 'that way'


    Any additional comments?

    Just once more, to all Brit narrators, beloved as you are: Not all Americans come from Texas, S Carolina, and/or Tennessee. Just as annoying to the American ear, as must be the American narrators' habit of making all UK dwellers either cockneys or dowager duchesses. But I still love you all!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Vault: An Inspector Wexford Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (78)

    The impossible has happened. Chief Inspector Reg Wexford has retired. He and his wife now divide their time between Kingsmarkham and a coachhouse in Hampstead belonging to their actress daughter, Sheila. For all the benefits of a more relaxed way of life, Wexford misses being the law. But a chance meeting in a London street, with someone he had known briefly as a very young police constable, changes everything. Tom Ede is now a detective superintendent, and is very keen to recruit Wexford as an adviser on a difficult case.

    Norma says: "This said it is unabriged, but is it"
    "Will not finish this one.."
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    Would you try another book from Ruth Rendell and/or Steven Crossley?

    It is difficult to stay involved in this story line- so unusual with a Rendell offering- because it seems that fully 2/3 of the characters are long deceased. Never having met either possible victims or presumed killer/killers; I can hardly be spellbound by the working out of this puzzle (cannot call it thriller)


    Which character – as performed by Steven Crossley – was your favorite?

    Wexford, of course.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Body on the Beach: A Fethering Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    Recently retired, Carole Seddon is residing in Fethering in the cottage she purchased with her ex-husband. There she maintains a quiet and sensible life with the companionship of Gulliver, her Labrador retriever. But everything changes when she and Gulliver, while taking their daily constitutional, find a corpse on the beach. What's more, there are two wounds on its neck. The body mysteriously disappears and the police dismiss Carole as a befuddled middle-aged woman.

    John L says: "I loved it!"
    "Abysmal."
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    Any additional comments?

    I can only assume that Simon Brett is an eccentric millionaire who edits and publishes his own writings, utterly without benefit of additional opinion.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • As the Pig Turns

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (203)

    The picturesque Cotwsold village of Winter Parva has decided to warm the post-Christmas season by roasting a pig in the town square. Agatha, always one for a good roasting, organizes an outing to enjoy the merriment. But as the rotary spit is placed over a bed of fiery charcoals and the pig is carried toward its final resting place, Agatha realizes that things are not as they seem... Stop!" she screams suddenly. The "pig," in fact, is Gary Beech, a policeman not exactly beloved by the good people of the village. Although Agatha has every intention of leaving matters to the police....

    G. Byrge says: "Beaton always delivers"
    "Dear MC Beaton's fact-checker,...."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Plot very scatty; also, see below


    What was most disappointing about M. C. Beaton’s story?

    Simon Black's parents, decidedly dead when first we met him, are here miraculously resurrected to spoil him and attend his wedding--and with no fanfare, marveling, or explanation given.


    Which character – as performed by Penelope Keith – was your favorite?

    Agatha, always


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Depends on cast


    Any additional comments?

    Finally, Ms Keith has realized that not all Americans have southern accents--praise be! In Busy Body, she gave the residents of Philadelphia inappropriate and definite drawls. ugh

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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