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  • The Long Goodbye

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Raymond Chandler began his writing career at age 45. His muscular, fast-paced style set the standard for American hard-boiled mysteries. He distilled the essence of life in Southern California in the 1940s and 1950s. In The Long Goodbye, private eye Philip Marlowe befriends a down-on-his-luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he's divorced and remarried. She ends up dead. Soon Lennox is on the lam, and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.

    Carol says: "Ruined by a poor reader"
    "The Long Goodbye"
    Overall

    I tried fast paced hard-boiled and found the genre wanting. Very typical of the time it was written in terms of sexism and stereotypes. Plot overly complicated. Probably best enjoyed as a movie.

    1 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Latter End

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Things had never been quite the same at Latter End since Lois had taken over. Suddenly life seemed to be an endless succession of bitter family rows - which Lois, needless to say, invariably won. More than one person at Latter End found themselves stretched to the limit by Lois and her bullying, and it was only a matter of time before somebody snapped.

    Mary says: "Hurrah for Miss Silver!"
    "Latter End"
    Overall

    As I am an unabashed fan of Patricia Wentworth having read all the Miss Silver novels several times, I thoroughly enjoyed this reading as it lent a different perspective/interpretation to well-loved characters. This is obviously not great literature but it is good writing if you like a body and a romance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunted Hotel: A Mystery of Modern Venice

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Traci Svendsgaard
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    When the Countess Narona meets Agnes Lockwood, the woman jilted by her husband-to-be, she feels a great sense of foreboding. After the marriage, she moves with her husband, Lord Montbarry, to Venice. As much as Agnes tries to forget the episode of her broken engagement, her fate and that of the Countess seem to be inextricably woven. Both are relentlessly drawn to the Palace Hotel in Venice for a final and dramatic encounter, in the room where more than past emotions resurface to haunt them.

    Amazon Customer says: "The Haunted Hotel"
    "The Haunted Hotel"
    Overall

    Not Wilkie Collins' best but expertly narrated. The plot is rather flat and predictable with a rather lame and contrived ending which does not do justice to the interest generated in Agnes' future in the orientation. The character of Lady Montberry is a rather confusing one. The Moonstone and The Woman in White are far superior in terms of penmanship.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Room with a View

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    This Edwardian social comedy explores love and prim propriety among an eccentric cast of characters assembled in an Italian pensione and in a corner of Surrey, England. A charming young Englishwoman, Lucy Honeychurch, faints into the arms of a fellow Britisher when she witnesses a murder in a Florentine piazza. Attracted to this man, George Emerson---who is entirely unsuitable and whose father just may be a Socialist - Lucy is soon at war with the snobbery of her class and her own conflicting desires.

    Sam says: "Comically Enlightening"
    "A Room with A View"
    Overall

    A very satisfying 'read' which was very well narrated by Steven Crossley to accentuate the comic elements of the characters.Forster's irony often made me chuckle - there is much gentle social satire here but also a great degree of verisimilitude in the psychological insights. I like the way the author deliberately makes much out of nothing much using only a handful of deftly woven characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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