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  • Hickory Dickory Dock

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser

    An outbreak of kleptomania at a student hostel was not normally the sort of crime that aroused Hercule Poirot's interest. But then he saw the list of stolen and vandalized items: a stethoscope, some old flannel trousers, a box of chocolates, a slashed rucksack, and a diamond ring found in a bowl of soup. The list made absolutely no sense at all. But, reasoned Poirot, if this was merely a petty thief at work, why was everyone at the hostel so frightened?

    Lydia says: "Enter Miss Lemon!"
    "Enter Miss Lemon!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I love that the indefectible Miss Lemon (Poirot's secretary) not only gets a backstory but finally makes a mistake. Of all the minor characters Agatha Christie weaves into her narratives (she's in most Poirot novels) Miss Lemon and her filing system has always appealed to me as the perfect match for Poirot's meticulous nature. Agatha Christie clearly had a ball destroying Poirot's calm and he sets out to solve a clever case of theft just to get his well-ordered domain back. But before long there's murder thrown into the mix...

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

    Many Poirot fans will recognise Hugh Fraser's voice from some of the TV adaptations as Captain Hastings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautifully Damaged: Beautifully Damaged, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By L. A. Fiore
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ember Walsh is a trusting soul with the quiet beauty of her late mother, who perished in a mysterious car crash when Ember was three. A little tomboyish from being raised by her father, Ember packs a punch when a stranger gets pushy with her in a bar, catching the steely blue eyes of a tall, gorgeous tattooed man — Trace Montgomery. Still damaged from her last disastrous relationship and warned off the bad boy by friends, Ember fights the smoldering heat that Trace sparks in her when he begins shadowing her like a dark angel.

    Donna Thomas says: "Great Story"
    "Damaged self esteem"
    Would you ever listen to anything by L. A. Fiore again?

    No. The main female characters are so depressingly damaged in their self esteem and perception of what they deserve from these guys they're hooking up with. Maybe she's trying to set us up for major empowerment but god it's painful to listen to women who seem to be really degrading themselves both with their own thoughts and with the attention they seek from others. Yes having a crush on someone who seems unreachable can make us miserable but this seems on par with Bella in twilight deciding suicide is better than not being with a vampire - unrealistic and downright degrading.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Snob: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter

    Hamish Macbeth is miserable. It's Christmas, and he is alone with a terrible head cold. So when the beautiful Jane Weatherby asks him to spend the holiday at her Scottish island retreat, Hamish is glad to accept. But something is very wrong at this colorful resort - something that will soon claim the life of one of the guests. Now it's up to Hamish to find out who did it.

    Lydia says: "For Hamish read He-whines!"
    "For Hamish read He-whines!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I could only cope with a couple of hours of this book. Such a whining, snivelling, self pitying character has never before be written with such grandeur. He's sick, no one else knows he's sick yet he expects someone to miraculously arrive or call and when they do (god know's why) he is beastly to them.

    Would you ever listen to anything by M. C. Beaton again?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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