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Jackie

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  • Adam and Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Gillian Roberts
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Gillian Roberts’ witty, literate Amanda Pepper mysteries are irresistible. Following the adventures of Philadelphia’s finest English teacher/detective, the books crackle with humor and suspense.

    Jackie says: "As always Gillian Roberts delivers a great mystery"
    "As always Gillian Roberts delivers a great mystery"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes I would. It's not my favorite of the series, but it's very good and kept me guessing.


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

    Yes, it kept changing and evolving into something entirely different.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christina Moore’s performances?

    No. She's the reason I only gave this book a 3 star rating. She's not a good reader, especially compared to Susan Denaker who also reads the Amanda Pepper series.


    Do you think Adam and Evil needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The series does build on itself and so the next book is the follow-up in a way.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suture Self

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mary Daheim
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Mary Daheim's wonderful world of Hillside Manor is zany, engrossing, and positively addicting! In Suture Self, Judith McMonigle Flynn is scheduled for a hip replacement. Instead of looking ahead to her new mobility, she's worried. "Routine surgery" recently cost a local actress and a star baseball pitcher their lives. Though Judith smells malice, she successfully survives her operation - but another patient isn't so lucky.

    Rita says: "Radical personality changes"
    "A great mystery - not a good reader"
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    If you could sum up Suture Self in three words, what would they be?

    Fun. Dangerous. Entertaining.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Suture Self?

    When Judith and Rene realize what's going on at the hospital.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    A lot. I enjoyed the previous book I listened to of Mary Daheim, but it was a different narrator. This narrator's voices were not good. The main character's husband who supposedly lives in the Pacfic Northwest, sounded like George W. Bush. I won't buy one she reads again.


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

    As usual with the B&B series, it was entertaining, dangerous and fun.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope you put more of the B&B series on audible, but please use a different narrator. Everyone sounded like a man with a hoarse throat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Dead of Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gillian Roberts
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    While teaching summer school at exclusive Philly Prep, English teacher Amanda Pepper feels a sense of foreboding. First, a reading of Romeo and Juliet activates some very strange chemistry. Then the computer science teacher begins receiving anonymous go-back-to-Africa phone calls. A young Vietnamese boy dies in a drive-by shooting. And late one night, outside a Chinatown massage parlor, student April Tuong is kidnapped. Random violence? Perhaps.

    Jackie says: "This was a great mystery!"
    "This was a great mystery!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of In the Dead of Summer to be better than the print version?

    I have read the print version but I do enjoy a good narrator reading to me.


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

    Yes, it kept me guessing. And the ending was very exciting, tense and ultimately satisfying.


    What does Susan Denaker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voices are great, especially for the two main characters, which isn't the case with the other person who reads Gillian Roberts' books.


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

    Who is spreading the hate and violence and why are they after Amanda Pepper?


    Any additional comments?

    A very good listen. I so prefer Susan Denaker to the other person who does this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 'Towards Zero' and 'Ordeal by Innocence'

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    Towards Zero: What is the connection among a failed suicide attempt, a wrongful accusation of theft against a schoolgirl, and the romantic life of a famous tennis player? To the casual observer, apparently nothing. But when a house party gathers at Gull’s Point, the seaside home of an elderly widow, earlier events come to a dramatic head. Ordeal By Innocence: According to the courts, Jacko Argyle bludgeoned his mother to death with a poker. The sentence was life imprisonment.

    Jackie says: "Another enjoyable listen"
    "Another enjoyable listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you don't mind it not being one of Agatha Christie's primary sleuths, then this is a good book. It features a secondary character, Superintendant Battle.


    What other book might you compare 'Towards Zero' and 'Ordeal by Innocence' to and why?

    Secret of Chimneys


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

    I have many of Hugh Fraser's readings and they are always wonderful.


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

    No, but I was always glad to come back to it.


    Any additional comments?

    A very satisfying mystery and I recommend the Battle series of books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • At Bertram's Hotel: A Miss Marple Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    When Jane Marple comes up from the country for a holiday in London, she finds what she's looking for at Bertram's: a restored London hotel with traditional decor, impeccable service - and an unmistakable atmosphere of danger behind the highly polished veneer. Yet not even Miss Marple can foresee the violent chain of events set in motion when an eccentric guest makes his way to the airport on the wrong day....

    Pamela says: "One of my favorite Agatha Christies"
    "A pleasant stay at Bertram's."
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    If you could sum up At Bertram's Hotel in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing. Complicated. Entertaining.


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

    Yes it did. There were many twists and turns that went in all directions before the end.


    What does Stephanie Cole bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voices are good and clear.


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

    Wanted to, yes! If only.


    Any additional comments?

    Most Christie books are a good listen but this is definately one of my favorites.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Labors of Hercules: A Hercule Poirot Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    In appearance Hercule Poirot hardly resembled an ancient Greek hero. Yet, reasoned the detective, like Hercules, he had been responsible for ridding society of some of its most unpleasant monsters. So, in the period leading up to his retirement, Poirot makes up his mind to accept just 12 more cases: his self-imposed "Labors". Each would go down in the annals of crime as a heroic feat of deduction.

    JGrace says: "The Little Grey Cells Prepare for Reatirement"
    "Agatha Christie's Poirot as always - excellent"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! If they like mysteries, an Agatha Christie book read by David Suchet or Hugh Fraser is a no-brainer. If you like short stories, this one is for you.


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

    Yes. It is a collection of short stories and each one is excellently done.


    What does Hugh Fraser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration is very good and it gives the familiar feel of the episodes because you recognize Hasting and Poirot's voices.


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

    The solution always is great.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Father Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    Pretty Amy Denovo wants to find the father she has never seen, but she can't afford Nero Wolfe's outlandish fees...or can she? Suddenly, she's knocking on the detective's door with a parcel full of bills in hand - and a quarter of a million hidden in her closet. It's all part of a nest egg left by her unknown father. But when Wolfe and his able assistant, Archie Goodwin, begin to trace the money to the man, they make a startling discovery: Amy's father murdered her mother, and now he may be after her.

    Michael says: "Great Wolfe but not the very best story"
    "Typical Rex Stout quality"
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    If you could sum up The Father Hunt in three words, what would they be?

    intriguing. entertaining. Enjoyable.


    What other book might you compare The Father Hunt to and why?

    Fer-de-Lance had the same kind of intricate plotting and character development.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Prichard – was your favorite?

    Archie Goodwin, as always.


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

    Wanted to but couldn't of course. Every chance I got I went back to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Like all the Nero Wolfe books read by Michael Prichard, this was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Champagne for One

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    There's nothing like murder to spoil a good meal. That's what Archie Goodwin, the able assistant to Nero Wolfe, discovers at a lavish dinner party hosted by a billionaire. It was a casual evening among gorgeous society girls, until champagne became a murder weapon.

    Michael says: "Standardly Great"
    "Another great Nero Wolfe tale"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Champagne for One to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because Michael Prichard does such an excellent job of bringing the story alive.


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

    Yes. It was a great adventure with suspects that all could have done it and had motive and opportunity. Those are the best ones.


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

    Michael Prichard always reads these books very well. He is the perfect Archie Goodwin, relating their most recent case.


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

    Not one in particular, no.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend any of the Nero Wolfe audiobooks read by Michael Prichard. They are all fabulous and although my favorite is "A Family Affair" they are all excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Body in the Library: A Miss Marple Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Cheap satin and peroxide blondes were a rare sight in St. Mary Mead, at least before film man Basil Blake bought a cottage and invited down the London crowd. Then a girl in garish get-up is found strangled in Colonel Bantry's library, and it appears Basil is involved, or did the colonel also prefer blondes? While titillating rumors swirl in the village, Miss Marple uses keen instinct and observation to find the killer.

    Alan Winterrowd says: "Solid in all ways"
    "Very enjoyable audio book"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Body in the Library the most enjoyable?

    It was a very good story and well read.


    What other book might you compare The Body in the Library to and why?

    Any of Agatha Christie's works are bound to be good.


    What about Stephanie Cole’s performance did you like?

    She had an engaging manner and did good voices.


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

    Who was really in the library?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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