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Mystery Maven

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REVIEWS
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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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  • Death Before Wicket

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (153)

    It all sounds simple enough as Phryne sets new investigations into motion. But when greed and fear are the motivating factors, people become ruthless and Phyrne quickly finds herself enmeshed in blackmail, secrets, lies and the dangerous influences of deep magic.

    Genevieve says: "Howzat! Great storyline!"
    "Interesting turn of events"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure I would recommend this book for a simple reason that I am a prude and although I'm understanding of Phryne's 'habits' with the opposite sex, I was uncomfortable with the level used in this installment of the series.


    Have you listened to any of Stephanie Daniel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to all of the series to this point and Ms. Daniel's never, ever fails to bring the book to life and her command of the various characters (and their voices) were up to her usual grand standards.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood and Circuses: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (227)

    The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher is feeling dull. But is shebored enough to leave her identity, her home and family behind and join Farrell’s Circus and Wild Beast Show? There have beenstrange things happening at the circus. And when Phryne is asked by her friends – Samson the Strong Man, Alan the carousel operator and Doreen the Snake Woman – to help them, curiosity gets the better of her.

    Nancy J says: "Danger and Joys in the Circus"
    "Another Winner for Phryne"
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    Where does Blood and Circuses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks well in the Phryne series. Interesting plot and sub-plots and excellent reader - Kerry Greenwood writes a wonderful yarn and Stephanie Daniel brings it all to life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The detail of circus life and the training required by the horse folk.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I've seen the ABC1 version and truthfully unless you take all of the book and are true to the Kerry Greenwood Phryne I'm not certain it would be a good move separate from the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cocaine Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (576)

    It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "A series that just gets better"
    "Listen to This Suggests Mystery Maven!"
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    If you could sum up Cocaine Blues in three words, what would they be?

    I've read all of the series and hearing them was delightful. The story is the first and sets the stage of who Ms. Fisher is, how she thinks and opens so many doors to the delight you experience under her direction. Her companions are drawn from the selection of humanity placed before her and her ease of deciding a persons worth, regardless of their situation. Her desire for adventure becomes obvious immediately and that curiosity that drives her makes for fun and danger but what a lovely ride, especially with her lovely sports car.I look forward to listening to the entire series and what a pleasure.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Phryne, confident, charming, kind, fearless; what a wonderfully drawn character.


    Which character – as performed by Stephanie Daniel – was your favorite?

    Frankly Ms. Daniel did a wonderful job on all the characters and their various voices.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Pocket Full of Rye: A Miss Marple Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Richard E. Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his "counting house" when he suffered an agonizing and sudden death. On later inspection, the pockets of the deceased were found to contain traces of cereals. Yet, it was the incident in the parlor that confirmed Miss Marple's suspicion that here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme....

    Calliope says: "Performance brings down an otherwise good story"
    "WHO DOESN'T ENJOY AGATHA?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Pocket Full of Rye to be better than the print version?

    THE REASON I DECIDED TO START AUDIOBOOKS WAS TO HEAR SOMEONE ELSE'S INTERPRETATION OF THE CHARACTERS AND RICHARD E. GRANT DOES A WONDERFUL JOB. I'VE DECIDED I LIKE THE AUDIO BETTER.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    MISS MARPLE OF COURSE - SHE'S THE WHOLE STORY EVEN THOUGH A GOOD DEAL HAPPENS PRIOR TO HER APPEARANCE.


    What about Richard E. Grant’s performance did you like?

    EVERYTHING ABOUT HIS PERFORMANCE IS WONDERFUL; STYLE FOR EACH CHARACTER FIT PERFECTLY AND HIS PLAY ON MISS MARPLE WAS JUST TERRIFIC.


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

    NO PARTICULAR MOMENT STRUCK ME AS KEY, THE WHOLE STORY IS RELEVANT AND WHEN YOU HEAR THE TRUTH - DOWN TO THE LAST CHAPTER - YOU RECALL DIFFERENT PIECES THAT MADE IT ALL FALL TOGETHER.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Garden Mystery: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Carola Dunn
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    In this second installment of Carola Dunn's cozy mystery series set in 1923 England, plucky Daisy Dalrymple embarks on another assignment for Town and Country magazine and discovers that daffodil bulbs aren't all that's buried in a country estate's flower bed.

    Wadie says: "Can't wait for more"
    "THE START OF EVEN MORE FUN AND ROMANCE."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES, I'VE READ THE ENTIRE SERIES AND DECIDED TO START MY AUDIOBOOK USE WITH A FAMILIAR FRIEND. ALTHOUGH THIS IS THE SECOND IN THE SERIES, IT PROVIDES JUST ENOUGH 'HISTORY' TO PUT YOU AT A VERY GOOD JUNCTURE. I ENJOY MYSTERIES, SERIES, NICELY WRITTEN AND RELAXING TALES = READ CAROLA DUNN AND HER DAISY DALRYMPLE SERIES.


    What did you like best about this story?

    IT'S RELAXING AND MOVES ALONG WITH ENOUGH 'MYSTERY' TO KEEP YOU INTERESTED.


    Have you listened to any of Bernadette Dunne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I HAVEN'T HEARD MS. DUNNE PREVIOUSLY, I AM NEW TO AUDIOBOOKS, BUT I WOULD NOT HESITATE TO READ ANOTHER BOOK SHE NARRATES, NICELY DONE AND SHE UNDERSTOOD THE STORY AND THE CHARACTERS.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    IT KEPT MY INTEREST, EVEN THOUGH I'D READ IT A WHILE AGO, AND I ENJOYED IT FROM BEGINNING TO END.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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