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Nicole

Flemington, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • A New Lease of Death: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Wexford had every reason to remember the Painter case - it was the first murder he'd ever handled on his own. There had been no doubts about the case, until now. Someone wants the case reopened, and they want Wexford proved wrong.

    Nicole says: "A New Lease of Death"
    "A New Lease of Death"
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    I enjoyed this one much more than the first Wexford book: it's like Ruth Rendell is getting into her stride, the characters are well painted and the story satisfyingly complex. Nigel Anthony does a good job bringing it to life too: I could almost see the house where the murder took place.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Sleeping Life: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    The body found under the hedge was that of a middle-aged woman. The grey eyes were wide and staring, and in them DI Wexford thought he saw a sardonic gleam. But that must have been his imagination. However, he didn't have much more to go on.

    Linda says: "chapters are repeated"
    "Another great tale of Inspector Wexford."
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    I particularly enjoyed this one, despite quickly uncovering the solution, and having to wait for the Inspector and his team to catch up - but it was a fun ride all the same.

    Other highlights were the descriptions of 1970s London - oh, if only we could visit Hampstead in that day instead of today!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Travels with My Aunt

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time in over 50 years at his mother’s funeral. Soon after, she persuades Henry to abandon South wood, his dahlias and the Major next door to travel through Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, Paraguay...

    Nicole says: "More please!"
    "More please!"
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    Story

    I've read this book many times, it being a personal favourite so I wasn't sure whether hearing it as well would add anything but I was wrong: Tim Piggott-Smith brought it all to life. I didn't want it to end. I'll be listening to this one again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Our Man in Havana

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (103)

    In a legendary novel that appears to predict the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Graham Greene introduces James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman whose life in transformed when he is asked to join the British Secret Service. He agrees, and finds himself with no information to offer, so begins to invent sources and agencies which do not exist, but which appear very real to his superiors.

    Jean says: "Delete the Music and It Would Be Fine"
    "Our Man in Havana"
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    This was an audiobook that I didn't want to end: the story is amusing and entertaining, well written and it really brought the time and place to life. Jeremy Northam does an excellent job reading it, I'd like to hear more of his books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • From Doon with Death: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 1  (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Terrence Hardiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (84)

    The first case for DCI Reg Wexford. When Margaret Parsons disappears, it's assumed that she's run off with another man. But then the missing woman's body is found and a startling discovery is made when Mr. Parsons lets the police into his home...

    connie says: "It's worth starting here"
    "From Doon with Death"
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    Would you listen to From Doon with Death again? Why?

    The first Inspector Wexford story, this story is a little dated as you'd expect as it's almost fifty years old. I surmised the murderer early but it was still satisfying to hear the story unfold.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Grim Grotto: A Series of Unfortunate Events #11

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Unless you are a slug, a sea anemone, or mildew, you probably prefer not to be damp. You might also prefer not to listen to this audiobook, in which the Baudelaire siblings descend into the depths of despair, underwater. The horrors they encounter are too numerous to list, and include mushrooms, a mechanical monster, a distressing message from a lost friend, and tap dancing.

    John S says: "Listen to this series with kids while you can"
    "More Mysteries found in the Gorgonian Grotto"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Grim Grotto to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but I'm loving the audio versions.


    What other book might you compare The Grim Grotto to and why?

    Other Lemony Snickets, of course.


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

    Love Mr Curry - he does an excellent array of voices too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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