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Pamela

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  • My Man Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (167)

    A new Jeeves audiobook is cause for celebration, especially when the stories are not available in print. This hilarious installment of the inimitable manservant Jeeves and his twit of an employer, Bertie Wooster, includes the earliest stories written by the master of the pen, prank, and pun. The stories are woven together with original material performed by Martin Jarvis.

    Tad Davis says: "Martin Jarvis is perfect"
    "Too many non-Jeeves stories"
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    Martin Jarvis is great, and as a newcomer to Wodehouse I found myself really enjoying the stories of Bertie and Jeeves. I give the Jeeves stories 5 stars, but there are only 2 of them, and the other stories here feature a different character entirely: Reggie Pepper. Pepper's stories are not nearly as good, and I was sorely disappointed when I realized that there were so many of them. I suggest downloading a different book in the Jeeves series.

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  • The Coroner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By M. R. Hall
    • Narrated By Sian Thomas
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    When lawyer Jenny Cooper is appointed Severn Vale District Coroner, she's hoping for a quiet life and space to recover from a traumatic divorce, but the office she inherits from the recently deceased Harry Marshall contains neglected files hiding dark secrets and a trail of buried evidence. Could the tragic death in custody of a young boy be linked to the apparent suicide of a teenage prostitute and the fate of Marshall himself?

    karen says: "Best book of the year, so far."
    "Not your average mystery novel"
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    The Coroner is different from most crime novels because the "detective" is a lawyer who has taken the job of coroner in a small town in Wales. Thus her investigation methods are different from your typical sleuth, or even from a medical examiner/detective figure like Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta. I definitely learned a lot about coroner law, which is far more interesting than I expected!

    The mystery itself is a bit bland. The courtroom scenes are far more gripping than the investigation, but overall the central plot is not exciting. Two juvenile offenders end up dead, one in custody and one who has just been released, and Jenny is suspicious of what happened at the facility where they both were detained. From there, it doesn't go anywhere you wouldn't expect it to, and it takes a bit too long to arrive at the conclusion. The main draw here is in the unique main character, and her unique career.

    Jenny is fascinating, in part because she isn't a lovable protagonist. The fact that she suffers from panic attacks is one main focus of the novel, which I found compelling, but if you don't want to hear the explicit details of what it's like to have an anxiety disorder, this is not your next read. The idea of the damaged detective is nothing new, but Jenny Cooper's particular story--her mental illness, her anger about her recent divorce and job change, and her traumatic history--make her unusual for this genre. Sian Thomas's narration fits the character but is nothing spectacular.

    Overall, I would recommend this as a good, but not great, mystery that is worth reading if you are looking for something a little different than the typical detective fare.

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  • Cranford

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Clare Wille
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    This charming piece of social observation throws a gentle spotlight on life in a small village in northern England of the 1850s. The middle-aged ladies, existing in rather impoverished circumstances, nevertheless maintain the rules of politeness which they feel they should live by.

    Angharad says: "Charming episodes, beautifully told"
    "Charming novella, well read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cranford to be better than the print version?

    Listening to the story made it easier to follow along. I switched back and forth and both reading and listening had their merits, but this audio edition is at the very least equal to the print.


    What other book might you compare Cranford to and why?

    It is a bit like Winesburg, Ohio in that it's a series of interconnected stories that describe one town, but the tone is lighter, though the stories do cover some dark topics. It is also a bit like Lark Rise to Candleford.


    What about Clare Wille’s performance did you like?

    Her tone matches the somewhat ironic, sometime sad but often funny voice of the narrator perfectly. Sometimes when reader perform Victorian novels they can drone, but Clare Wile kept the story interesting.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had the time, I could have easily listened to it all in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't a listen for someone looking for lots of drama or plot, but it is sweet, and evokes a time and place quite vividly.

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  • Postmortem: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (957)
    Performance
    (791)
    Story
    (794)

    Four young women have been found murdered—tortured and strangled in their own beds—all victims of the same brilliant monster. Using a skilled hand and the latest technology in forensic medicine, Kay Scarpetta begins the process of gathering the microscopic clues the latest battered body has to give.

    Wayne says: "Serial killer vs Dr. Scarpetta"
    "Good story, disappointing narrator"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you like procedurals, this is a very good one. It is a little bit dated, but not in a way that detracted from my enjoyment of the story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    What I like about this plot is that it is always moving forward. Too many detective novels get overly sidetracked in ancillary plots about the protagonist's issues or there the investigation gets bogged down. This doesn't take too much time to linger on insignificant details.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator is terrible at doing the other characters' voices. She does a particularly offensive job with the blue collar detective, the gay scientist, and the nanny. She also reads slowly, so if you don't like a slow reader, she isn't for you. I


    Could you see Postmortem being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I think it would look something like the UK's Prime Suspect with Helen Mirren, only Kay Scarpetta is a much softer character. It has that same well-paced but detailed procedural feeling to it.


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  • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Maryrose Wood
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (190)

    Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: “They must have been raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible children actually were. Discovered in the forests of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

    Yvette says: "Wonderful! ... but only the first installment..."
    "Charming, funny story"
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    First of all, I should admit that I am a grown woman who often enjoys listening to juvenile or young adult fiction, but I'm often disappointed by the quality of the writing. This story, however, is just charming. The narrator's asides are witty and Penelope Lumley, the governess from Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is a delightfully satirical heroine in the vein of Jane Eyre. I will say that for the sequels I switched to reading the print versions, because while Katherine Kellgren does do a great job with her narration, I didn't love her portrayal of the children. She was a bit too shrill with their howling and too growly with their dialogue. That said, while I was reading the subsequent books, I heard her voice in my head as the narrator, because she is spot-on for that particular voice.

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  • The Gods of Gotham

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (510)

    It is 1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever.... Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, fantasizing about the day he has enough money to win the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this new "police force".

    Joanne says: "A wonderful book"
    "Strong mystery"
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    Where does The Gods of Gotham rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is among the more pleasurable audiobooks in the mystery genre that I've listened to.


    What other book might you compare The Gods of Gotham to and why?

    The Alienist by Caleb Carr, because they are both about serial killers in 19th century New York, delve into some of the history of their respective time periods, and show amateurish detectives. However, Gods of Gotham is better written!


    Which character – as performed by Steven Boyer – was your favorite?

    Boyer seems like a perfect fit for the narrator, Timothy Wilde.


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

    I found the final lines surprisingly moving, but other than that it isn't an especially poignant story. It is, however, thrilling.


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  • The Sleep Room

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Frank Tallis
    • Narrated By Matthew Brenher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When promising young psychiatrist, James Richardson, is offered the job opportunity of a lifetime by the charismatic Dr. Hugh Maitland, he is thrilled. Setting off to take up his post at Wyldehope Hall in deepest Suffolk, Richardson doesn't look back. One of his tasks is to manage Maitland's most controversial project - a pioneering therapy in which extremely disturbed patients are kept asleep for months. If this radical and potentially dangerous procedure is successful, it could mean professional glory for both doctors.

    Pamela says: "Not worth it"
    "Not worth it"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure--fans of horror won't be pleased because it isn't particularly scary, and fans of psychological thrillers will be disappointed by its lack of psychological depth.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    1. The ending is cheap. It feels unearned. It seems like it's meant to be a "twist" but it is by now something of a cliche. 2. I would have focused on the central mystery of what was actually going on in the sleep room a lot more. There were a lot of interesting tidbits hinted at that were ultimately glossed over.


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

    Matthew Brenher does a great job bringing the story to life. He kept me interested in the narrator, who otherwise might have come off as dull.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The first half is strong--the mystery unfolds in an interesting way, but ultimately it doesn't pay off.


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