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  • 4 reviews
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  • 46 purchased in 2015

  • Death of a Cozy Writer: A St. Just Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By G. M. Malliet
    • Narrated By Davina Porter

    From deep in the heart of his 18th century English manor, millionaire Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk writes mystery novels and torments his four spoiled children with threats of disinheritance. Gathering them all together for a family dinner, he announces his latest blow - a secret elopement. Within hours, eldest son and appointed heir Ruthven is found cleaved to death by a medieval mace. And soon Sir Adrian himself is found slumped over his writing desk - an ornate knife thrust into his heart.

    Ronna says: "A modern day classic mystery!"
    "Good writing, narration not so much"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book as authored by Malliet was very enjoyable.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Davina Porter has a talent for rendering different voices and dialects, but she reads with an emotive, overemphasized style that detracts from the story by drawing attention too much to herself. She would be a great narrator if she could tone it down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead in the Water: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Carola Dunn
    • Narrated By Mia Chiaromonte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    >In July of 1923, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple travels to Henley-on-Thames to visit her aunt and uncle, as well as to work on her latest writing assignment: covering the Henley Royal Regatta for an American magazine. Daisy plans a simple trip researching her article, enjoying the races, and, come the weekend, having a pleasant time with her fiancé, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. But the tensions between the Ambrose team's coxswain, Horace Bott - a shopkeeper's son and scholarship student at Oxford - and rower Basil DeLancey - the younger son of an earl and all-around bounder - are constantly threatening to erupt into violence.

    consuelo says: "Narrator doesn't know how to pronounce the words!"
    "This author deserves a better narrator."

    Carola Dunn writes good enough stories that I have listened to quite a few of her titles, but I do not love the narrator. Mia Chiaromonte's attempt to speak with a British accent (according to Google search she is American) often sounds kind of forced. I don't let this bother me too much for the most part, and I'm able to get into the flow of the story, but it is jarring when Ms. Chiaromonte quite often just plain mispronounces a word. For example, I've never heard of a place called "Glowster." I assume it is Gloucester...? At another point, a character, worried about how his father would react to something, is heard to say, "the patter will be livid." According to every other narrator I've listened to, it's supposed to be "the pater" (long-a, from the Latin for father). My gold standard of a British narrator is David Thorpe. I wish there more like him!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sick of Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter

    Captain Harry Cathcart and Lady Rose Summer got engaged so Rose can avoid being sent to India with all the other failed debutantes. Bored with endless parties, teas, and balls, Rose befriends Dolly Tremaine, a beautiful young girl newly arrived from the country. Rose is delighted to have a protégé, but their friendship is cut tragically short when Dolly is found floating in a river. Now Harry must solve the mystery of Dolly's death, and keep Rose from being the murderer's next victim.

    C. Schmidt says: "Exciting"
    "Why the singing?"

    Davina Porter is an expressive narrator, but I wish she would not actually sing when songs occur in the story. Even if her renditions were really good (which alas they are not), I find it unpleasant when narrators break into song. I prefer a book to be read without any musical soundtrack added.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in the Dark: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The delectable Phryne Fisher has been invited to the Last Best party of 1928. When three of the guests are kidnapped, Phryne finds she must puzzle her way through the scavenger hunt clues to retrieve the hostages. This is another sparkling mystery from Australia's Queen of Crime, Kerry Greenwood.

    penguinnj says: "Favorite Fisher"
    "Exceptional with some exceptions"

    The author always delivers a good story and Phryne Fisher is an amusing and strong character; but I could do without the occasional too-much-information sex scene that annoyingly interrupts a good plot.
    The narrator - Stephanie Daniel - is very good at conveying the different characters with nimble changes of accent or tone of voice; but I really wish she would not sing when song lyrics are quoted: this is not where her talent lies!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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