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Lisa

I adore English mysteries!!! I love nothing better than hearing a British accent in my earphones!

Member Since 2007

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  • The Mystery of Mercy Close

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    As the youngest of the five Walsh girls, Helen has had a tough time finding her way in the world. At 33, her job as a private investigator has proven less than fruitful and after losing her apartment, she’s moved back in with Mammy Walsh. In desperation, Helen takes on a case to locate the missing member of a once wildly popular boy band. The only hitch is that she has to work with her ex-boyfriend.

    Tiffany says: "I love Marian Keyes"
    "Everyone is unlikable!"
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    What would have made The Mystery of Mercy Close better?

    I found the main character totally unlikable and unsympathitic.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I do like Marion Keyes and will read her again but not this series.


    What didn’t you like about Caroline Lennon’s performance?

    She does have a pleasant speaking voice but, after listening to Gerard Doyle, her Irish accent was unlike any other I've heard and I wondered if it was real.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Question of Proof: Nigel Strangeways, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Nicholas Blake
    • Narrated By Kris Dyer
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In the first book in the Nigel Strangeways classic crime series, an obnoxious schoolboy is found dead at his school Sports Day. Can amateur detective Nigel Strangeways help find the killer?

    Kathi says: "Think I'll read this in print"
    "Almost unlistenable, but great Classic"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Nigel Strangeways! I find him amusing and entertaining. This was the first and we learn the snipe was always a prodigy from a young age. Blake's characters are pleasingly eccentric, and well- representative of their classes' stereotypes. Golden age mysteries!!!


    What didn’t you like about Kris Dyer’s performance?

    His voice was OK but some insane director/producer had him read in a very annoying, stilted manner with oddly placed hesitations. I've not ever heard the like before even after listening to over 2000 audible books.


    Any additional comments?

    I have persevered listening to this classic series with long gaps in between books. I have to wait for my TMJ flare-up to abate. I need to be able to grit my teeth throughout! The stories are good, some more than others as in any series and worth the downsides.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy in the Suitcase: A Nina Borg Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lene Kaaberbøl (author and translator), Agnete Friis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (448)

    Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is trying to live a quiet life. The last thing her husband wants is for her to go running off on another dangerous mission to help illegal refugees. But when Nina's estranged friend, Karin, leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, and begs her to take care of its contents, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous case yet.

    Sarah says: "Not recommended"
    "Narration makes this almost unlistenable."
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    What would have made The Boy in the Suitcase better?

    Better narrator. Far less angst on the part of the heroine. Why all the hand -wringing about whether she sould try to help a helpless child? Isn't that a "no brainer?"


    If you’ve listened to books by Lene Kaaberbøl (author and translator) and Agnete Friis before, how does this one compare?

    This was my first one. It was an interesting story idea.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration was so painful, I almost stopped listening in the middle. It really set my teeth on edge. Maybe it played a part in my irratation with the protagonist's angst.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irratation!


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Girl 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Will Carver
    • Narrated By Nicki Paull, Richard Aspel
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Detective Inspector January David has always put his professional before his private life, but the two worlds are about to clash horrifically as he visits his latest crime scene. He is confronted by a lifeless figure suspended ten feet above a theatre stage, blood pouring from her face into a coffin below. This gruesome execution is the work of an elusive serial killer. Three women from three different London suburbs, each murdered with elaborate and chilling precision. And as January stares at the most beautiful corpse he's ever seen, he detects the killer's hallmark.

    Amazon Customer says: "Original story, good listen"
    "Fantastic listen! Finished it in one sitting!"
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    Would you listen to Girl 4 again? Why?

    Yes, very original handling of an old genre.


    Have you listened to any of Nicki Paull and Richard Aspel ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nicki's reading is marvelous. Richard's nasal tone is just short of annoying and makes all his "characters" sound much the same, but listenable.


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

    Loved, loved,LOVED the ending!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for his next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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