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Janet Davis

glass lady

Hammond, LA United States | Member Since 2001

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  • 11 reviews
  • 108 ratings
  • 830 titles in library
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  • By the Pricking of My Thumbs: A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    When Tommy and Tuppence visit an elderly aunt in her gothic nursing home, they think nothing of her mistrust of the doctors; after all, Ada is a very difficult old lady. But when Mrs. Lockett mentions a poisoned mushroom stew and Mrs. Lancaster talks about "something behind the fireplace," Tommy and Tuppence find themselves caught up in a spine-chilling adventure that could spell death for either of them....

    Janet Davis says: "Something wicked...truly"
    "Something wicked...truly"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to By the Pricking of My Thumbs again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to this again. Hugh Fraser (Hastings from Poirot stories) does a very good job with the reading. And the story is quite creepy enough.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Albert, the slightly excitable butler, who must read American crime novels in his spare time.


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

    Fraser has the nuances we have come to enjoy from his role as Hastings. His voices are very well done.


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

    The description of Mrs. Packard's face - if hairs rising can be called "moving."


    Any additional comments?

    It's been a while since I read any Tommy and Tuppence and I was not disappointed in this audio version.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Room Full of Bones: A Ruth Galloway Investigation, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Jane McDowell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (212)

    It is Halloween night, and the local museum in King's Lynn is preparing for an unusual event - the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But when Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise, she finds the museum's curator lying dead beside the coffin. It is only a matter of time before she and DI Nelson cross paths once more, as he is called in to investigate. Soon the museum's wealthy owner lies dead in his stables, too. These two deaths could be from natural causes - but Nelson isn't convinced.

    Sires says: "Elly Griffith Is Back in Better Form"
    "Tired of the character"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am giving up on this series. I had high hopes with the first book, but for me, Ruth Galloway has become too much of a silly, weak, insecure character. One wonders how she managed to complete a terminal degree. I would have stopped after book 3 but had already bought #4. We spend entirely too much time in Ruth's head and she has really ridiculous imaginings and flights of fancy. Ridiculous moments of idiotic panic over nothing. A little is fine, but there is too much, almost like filler for filler's sake.
    The reader (McDowell) does a fair job with general narration and most of the female voices. But in dialogue and if she has to use emphasis for any of the characters or be forceful/gruff for a male character, it just does not work. They sound hollow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Run Away to Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By John Creasey
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Some people believe that little old ladies never die, they just fade away. Mrs. George Fortescue met her maker with a snifter of arsenic. At first the case seemed quite simple. Surely one of her own family had committed the heinous crime. Each had his reasons to wish a not-so-loving mother out of the way. Besides, the ancient English manor house exuded death from its every pore; it might have seemed strange if someone hadn't taken advantage of such an auspicious setting. But when the clever killer struck again, this time in the garden, it became a case for Folly of Scotland Yard.

    Janet Davis says: "This is NOT book 2 of the Inspector West series"
    "This is NOT book 2 of the Inspector West series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is actually book 4 of the Superintendent Folly series, which I did not realize until several chapters in since Folly doesn't appear for quite a while. This is a country house mystery with lots of possible killers, stolen art, mysterious goings-on in the night, quarries, fields, and country lanes. The reader did a fine job with the voices, making it simple to keep track of the rather large cast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Recalled to Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Brian Glover
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    1963. It was the year of the Profumo Scandal, the Great Train Robbery, the Kennedy Assassination...and the Mickledore Hall Murder. The guests at the hall that weekend had included a Tory minister, a CIA officer specializing in dirty tricks, a British diplomat with royal connections, and Cissy Kohler, a young American nanny who had come to England for love. And love kept her in England for nearly 30 years. In jail. For murder.

    Lars says: "not as good as others"
    "Complicated and in need of editing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Reginald Hill and/or Brian Glover?

    Reginald Hill yes; Brian Glover no.
    Although this one was VERY complex and could have done with some trimming, it was made worse by Glover's uneven narration. Yes, he does Dalziel's voice well (as he should), he is miserable with the women. Listening to Cissy talk was worse that just about anything I have heard in a while. He also raced through the non-dialogue narration as if he was being paid by the word. And raced in either a monotone or a sing-song. Pacing overall was very uneven.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Already begun Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Brian Glover?

    Jim Dale would be my first choice.


    Was Recalled to Life worth the listening time?

    I try to do series in the order they are written and this was next in line. It was a bit long, even though the story was complex and had characters sort of appear randomly, but I stuck it out anyway. My hope is that the next installment is better.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Needle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Eric Lincoln
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2129)
    Performance
    (1188)
    Story
    (1194)

    One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Just OK by Follett Standards"
    "Irritating narration"
    Overall

    I generally do not like a tag-team of narrators, so this did take a bit of adjustment. But beyond that, there are times where Lincoln seems to be just trying to get words out as fast as he can - as if that will heighten suspense. He reads in a monotone, which makes him sound bored with the story, even in the parts where he is speed-talking. The story is vintage Follett, so it is a pity that Brilliance did not use either a better or better-directed reader.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Water Room: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated By Tim Goodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (156)

    Best-selling author Christopher Fowler has won a widespread following for his senior citizen detectives Arthur Bryant and John May. Here a woman is found drowned in her basement - with nary a drop of water to explain the crime.

    Cholmondeley says: "Baby Boomers Rejoice: This is a book for our time."
    "Really great fun"
    Overall

    I bought this book last fall and realized that it was the second in a series. Being a serial reader, I located the first book and read it. Then I jumped into this one. I can honestly say that this author is getting better with each book (and no, you don't have to read book 1 first - they mention events from it but it's not required). As others have said, the prose is delightful; dialogue outstanding; Bryant and May are a terrific pair, well-suited to each other. Fowler assumes that he is writing to an audience that is bright and does not stoop to explain the obvious. After a few hours of listening, I searched the web for London's lost rivers to get a general map of the area.
    Tim Goodman does an excellent job with the narration and the voices for all the characters - from the women to the tramp.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Lemon Meringue Pie Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    Hannah Swensen, owner of The Cookie Jar bake shop, finds that she spends more time as a sleuth than as a baker. This time she must solve the mystery behind who killed the local drugstore clerk.

    Christine says: "Lemon Meringue Pie Murder"
    "Beyond suspension of belief"
    Overall

    In this fourth book in the series (and my last), the characters are more of the same - boring, insipid, unbelievably naive. I should have stopped by at least book #3.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Study: An Anna Pigeon Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (214)

    It is January, and Park Ranger Anna Pigeon is sent to Isle Royale in Lake Superior to learn about managing and understanding wolves, as her home base of Rocky Mountain National Park might soon have its own pack of the magnificent, much-maligned animals. But what was once an idyllic refuge becomes a place of unnatural occurrences and danger beyond the ordinary.

    W. Black says: "Perhaps better than reading it"
    "A Great Selection for Summer's Heat"
    Overall

    A major character of each Anna Pigeon story is the park in which it is set, so the physical descriptions are vital to the plot. Winter Study finds Anna returning to Isle Royal (abbreviated by the park service as ISRO and pronounced "Is Row"), so we have the park of A Superior Death, but in the depths of winter.
    I have read or listened to all of the Anna Pigeons and this one rates as one of my favorites. Barbara Rosenblatt does her usual excellent job with the reading.
    My only regret is that now I have to wait a year for another new Anna.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ruling Passion

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Brian Glover
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (26)

    Peter Pascoe is in shock. A weekend in the country with old friends turns into a nightmare when he finds three of them dead and the missing fourth a prime suspect in the eyes of the local police. They want his cooperation. Superintendent Andy Dalziel wants him back in Yorkshire where a string of unsolved burglaries are turning nasty. But it is all getting too much for Pascoe?

    Kathy says: "Good Grief !!"
    "reader ruins the book"
    Overall

    The reader takes what may have been a good story and ruins it. His reading is uneven in volume and pace and even is monotone at times. He hurries along as if he is going to be paid a bonus if he finishes the book more quickly. His interpretation of voices is so vague that you cannot easily tell who is who. Dalziel, with his frequently mentioned size, has a high-pitched voice that rightly belongs to a smaller person. All of this makes finishing this book a matter of endurance, which is a shame. I like the series.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Baroness Emmuska Orczy
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    Inga Duncan says: "Unabridged Rocks!"
    "Wonderful classic, but terrible reader"
    Overall

    This is really a terrific story, but it is made nearly unbearable by Zimmerman's reading. He pauses in odd places within sentences and this results in a choppy reading. Example: "An arm (pause) reached through the door." He emphasizes the wrong words in phrases and sometimes reads in a monotone. It is as if he does not understand the meaning of the sentences. Nadia May (for example) would have done a much better job. I plan to avoid this reader.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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