Thanks to Jim French for keeping radio drama alive. The Harry Nile series was broadcast on a local radio station for many years and I was a regular listener. When the show disappeared from radio, I found the Harry Nile web site and ordered the shows on CD. I was delighted to find the series available on Audible.
Harry Nile is a former police officer who now works as a private detective. He is aided by Murphy, a former librarian who has become his assistant. These stories take place before the Internet age, when a librarian had the know how to find information - it just took longer.
Harry Nile is smart and ethical. Once in awhile he finds a client who can pay him well. Often, however, his clients are people of modest means who have big problems. Harry has a hard time saying no to these folks.
These stories are full in interesting historical details about Seattle (where the stories take place). They also remind the listener of how different things were in the early 50's. For instance. in one story Harry flies from Miami to Seattle. There is one flight a week and the trip takes 14 hours!
Each story is about 20 minutes long. The plots are interesting and the production is excellent.
If you enjoy listening to the "old time" radio dramas, I believe you will enjoy Harry Nile.
In this book Arthur C. Clarke creates a fascinating world of the far future. As I listened I was seeing images of it in my mind. I felt I was exploring this world.
The story is captivating and entertaining. This is the type of book that I couldn't put down when I read it as a youngster in the 1950's. It was a delight to find it had the same effect on me now.
I often read for relaxation, so I'm always on the lookout for new "cozy" series. This is one of the best I've found recently.
One thing that appealed to me right away was that the story takes place in Minnesota, which is where I live. The fictional town of Mayville is situated on Lake Pepin. There are several real Minnesota towns in similar locations - it is a beautiful part of the state. I've visited the area often, so it was easy for me to visualize Mayville.
The pace is brisk, with a mysterious death occuring early in the story. Numerous clues are found, some are "red herrings." I wasn't able to guess the final solution until it was revealed near the end of the book.
Though I like cats, I would not describe myself as "cat person." Owen and Hercules, the main "cat characters", have some very unusual abilities that add an element of fantasy to the story.
I liked protagonist Kathleen Paulson. Many other characters are introduced throughout the story. I'm hoping that some of them will show up in future books of this series.
The 10 plus hours of this story went by quickly for me. I plan to listen to more books in this series.
So far I've loved everything about this series. Main characters Duncan Kincaid and Jemma James are interesting, complex characters who have changed and matured as the series progressed.
The story lines are intricate, but not confusing. The pace of the stories is steady, but not overwhelming. In this book Debra Crombie once again skillfully weaves elements from the past into the current mystery. There is tragedy, but there is also hope.
Narrator Michael Deehy is excellent. The tone of his voice is pleasing, his diction is excellent.
I look forward to listening to more books in this series.
I listened to this book while I was in rehab recovering from knee replacement surgery. It was a great choice for the occasion.
This is a typical entry in this series. If you've enjoyed other Hannah Swenson books, you'll probably enjoy this one.
I wanted a book tht would be entertaining and distracting and this book was a good choice.
This book includes recipes. I'm not a baker, so I wasn't interested in the receipes. The recipes are located at the end of chapters, so it's easy to skip them.
This series takes place in a small Minnesota town. There is no explicit violence or sex and no grahpic language.
I didn't enjoy this series very much. The production is fine. However, main character Hilary Caine is just a little too giggly and silly for my taste. I believe this series is meant to be light and humerous. For me Hilary Caine was annoying.
The stories take place in England; the show is produced in the USA. To my ear, the English accents of some of the actors are not very convincing.
I love other Jim French radio shows. Harry Nile is a favorite of mine. Hilary Caine just doesn't measure up to the standard I expect from Jim French.
I read a number of these books when they were first published over 20 years ago. This is the first Audible edition I've listened to. For me the stories stand the test of time very well.
Carolyn G. Hart populates this series with a number of recurring characters who have very different personalities. For me, much of the enjoyment of these books is the way these characters interact with each other. Annie Laurance, proprietor of the bookstore Death on Demand, is a no nonsense young woman who has worked hard for everything she has. Her charming fiancee is Max Darling. Max comes from a wealthy family, He is very smart, easy going, and hard working when he needs to be. The two of them balance each other very well.
I classify this as a cozy series. It takes place on an island populated by a number of interesting characters. The mysteries are complex and well plotted. The pace is brisk. There are a few mild expletives that might be offensive to readers who have low or no tolerance for these words. Some sexual sitations are part of this mystery, but they are not discussed in an explicit manner.
For me this is an entertaining story. Kate Reading is an excellent narrator. I plan to revisit many of these books on Audible.
I'm always on the look out for a good cozy series. This is a promising start.
The things I didn't like are due to my personal taste and may not present a problem for other readers.
One thing that I don't like, even in a cozy, is inept police. That is an issue for me in this book. I'm reluctant to go into detail in order to avoid "spoilers".
The story is set in a small town, and the protagonist is a bookseller. The author has made a good start on establishing what I suspect will be recurring characters that I find appealing. The emphasis is not on graphic violence or sex.
This was book 1 of the series. I intend to read at least one more book in the series, probably skipping to book 3 or 4.
I am partial to narrators who have good diction, pleasing voices and don't "overact" charaters. Cassandra Campbell is good in all these areas.
I'm not a zombie fan. I knew that when I bought the book, but it was a daily special and I chose to take a chance. I live in Minnesota, and I'm a fan of Garrison Keillor.
I did laugh out loud a number of times during the first dozen chapters. However, the longer I listened, the less I laughed. The body count got higher, and the humor got darker. Eventually it wasn't funny to me any more. I wasn't entertained and I wasn't interested any more. I didn't care how it ended and I stopped listening.
The author does a good job of mimicking Keillor's style. And the narrator does a good job of mimicking Keillor's delivery. But be warned - there is plenty of gore, a high body count, and very, very dark humor. If that isn't your taste, you may want to skip this book.
This book has an unlikely premise - an inept Scotland Yard inspector receives assistance in solving crimes from his housekeeper. He's so inept he doesn't even realize she is helping him.
I don't want "realism" from cozy mysteries. What I look for are interesting characters (quirkiness helps), at least moderately complex plots and a good narrator. A little humor adds to my enjoyment.
The narrator of this book is fine. However, the characters seemed bland to me. The inspector was so clueless he annoyed me. There wasn't enough humor to overcome these problems.
I listened to about 70% of the book and gave up. I just didn't care how it ended.
I discovered this series on Audible less than a year ago and am already a devoted fan. When I want to listen to a book with a great plot, a good mystery and characters I like, the Debra Knott series is the first place I look.
One of the things I enjoy about this series is that Margaret Maron has constructed it in a way that allows Debra Knott to be involved in a number of different "environments." This adds alot of variety and interest to the stories.
The pace of the story is brisk, there are plenty of new characters along with the continuing characters. There is a great sense of "place".
It might be best to read these books in order. However I started with one of the more recent books, and have read earlier books after that. It hasn't spoiled my enjoyment of the series.
C.J. Critt is an excellent narrator.
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