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  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    Scandal, treachery and crime are rife in Old London Town. A king blackmailed by his mistress, dark dealings in opium dens, stolen jewels, a missing bride - these are cases so fiendishly complex that only Sherlock Holmes would dare to investigate.

    C. Telfair says: "For the Fun of It"
    "Classic Sherlock Holmes"
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    Classic Sherlock Holmes--everyone knows the stories but with Derek Jacobi's performance they are fresh and entertaining. Excellent for family road trips.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Nag: Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, No. 11

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Shaun Grindell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth is dourer than ever after losing both his promotion and his girl, the loyal Priscilla Halburton-Smythe. A trip to a charming seaside inn with his dog Towser is meant to raise his sagging spirits. Instead he arrives at "Friendly House" to find the ambiance chilling, the food inedible, and his fellow guests less than neighborly. There's an amorous spinster, two tarty girls, a retired military man, a secretive London family, and Bob Harris, who so nags his wife, Doris, that everyone wants to kill him. Then somebody does.

    Julia L. Scott says: "A good mystery with excellent narration"
    "A good mystery with excellent narration"
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    This may be one of favorite Hamish Macbeth Mysteries to date. A good story, plot & characters with good clues, hindsight always makes the clues more fun. What I liked about this book was that the people Hamish had to question were not so rude. I must live in a different parallel because I can't imagine suspects being so rude to the police during a murder investigation. These suspects all lied but at least they weren't obnoxious.

    If you like Hamish I think you will like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unseen Academicals: Discworld #32

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (952)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (475)

    Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old-fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else.

    goddess_of_pipework says: "Punch-in-the-arm fun"
    "A visit to DiscWorld's Unseen University"
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    I love Terry Pratchett's writing. At first this story was not a favorite of mine but after a 2nd listen I enjoyed it more. It is probably because I like the stories about the Night Watch in DiscWorld best but this one has a good part for the Patrician and the magicians draw you in so all in all--if you like Pratchett--purchase it. Stephen Briggs does an excellent job of narration which is essential in an audible book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Doorbell Rang

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    There's no one or no thing the great detective Nero Wolfe won't take on if the price is right. That's something wealthy society widow Rachel Bruner is counting on when she writes him a check for a whopping one hundred grand. The oversize genius and his able assistant, Archie Goodwin, soon find out why the prize is so generous as they lock horns with the FBI. The highly trained G-men have a way with threats, tails, and bugs that could give even sedentary sleuth Nero Wolfe a run for his money.

    Michael says: "The best of the Nero Wolfe series? Perhaps."
    "Classic Detective Story"
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    I have read more than 30 Nero Wolfe detective stories and have enjoyed them all. This was the first one that I have listened to. The narrator will keep me from downloading any more. His voice and flat monotone delivery would be fine for Nero Wolfe but the stories are told from Archie Goodwin's view and this is not the energetic, cheeky voice of Archie Goodwin. So sad...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Steam: The Discworld Series, Book 40

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (787)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (724)

    The new Discworld novel, the 40th in the series, sees the Disc's first train come steaming into town. Change is afoot in Ankh-Morpork. Discworld's first steam engine has arrived, and once again Moist von Lipwig finds himself with a new and challenging job.

    David says: "So much more than funny"
    "An Excellent Wrap-Up"
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    If you have read/listened to the Disc World Series over the years you will find this an excellent romp with your favorite characters and tying up ends. I enjoyed it a lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death at the Bar

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    A native New Zealander, whose name means "flowering tree," Ngaio Marsh was awarded the Order of the British Empire for her classic mysteries. This one involves a lawyer, a pub, and a deadly dart.

    Keith says: "Difficult Listening"
    "A good mystery ruined by "over narration""
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    It is a good classic mystery ruined by the narrator over acting. I almost gave up listening several times but the story kept me going in spite of the annoying narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jewels of Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (59)

    Caterina Pellegrini is a native Venetian, and like so many of them, she’s had to leave home to pursue her career elsewhere, mostly abroad. With a doctorate in baroque opera from Vienna, she lands in Birmingham, England, as a research fellow and assistant professor. Birmingham, however, is no Venice, so when she gets word of a position back home, Caterina jumps at the opportunity. The job is an unusual one.

    Ruth says: "A "mystery" of a different sort, . ."
    "A mystery without explicit violence and vulgarity"
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    The story really drew me in--I enjoyed it enough to listen to it three times. It is different and I liked it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (989)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (553)

    Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

    JOHN says: "TEN STARS"
    "A whole different world and not politically correc"
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    My husband has been listening to this book. He says it is a whole different world. It was slow going for him at first but now that he is connected into it--he has completely tuned me out and is listening at every chance. Be warned--lots of profanity

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Mr. Quin: 12 Complete Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    The 12 stories all feature an unusual detective team: Mr. Satterthwaite, a bachelor in his 60s who has spent his life as a spectator not a participant, and the mysterious Mr. Harley Quin, who appears unexpectedly and disappears as suddenly. Mr. Quin provides Mr. Satterthwaite with insight through carefully worded questions and observations that lead Mr Satterthwaite to the answers.

    Brianna says: "Magical Mystery at it's Best!"
    "Classic 1930's Agatha Christie"
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    Quite enjoyable--the 12 separate short-story mysteries made it a good commute audio book. Hugh Fraser does an excellent job as narrator. Some of the stories were easier to figure out than others but Mr. Quin does remain a mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret of Chimneys

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    It seemed like easy money: deliver Count Stylptich's memoirs to his London publisher and return a packet of compromising letters to the lady who penned them. But within hours of Anthony Cade's arrival in England, three strangers accost him and one ends up dead. A cryptic note leads Cade to the country estate known as Chimneys, accompanied by ravishing aristocrat Virginia Revel.

    Donald says: "One of Christie's Best!"
    "A Bit Dated but Still a Christie"
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    Narration by Hugh Fraser insures an excellent performance. The story is okay--a bit dated and romantic but still a Christie, entertaining and not vulgar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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