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Paul and Courtney

Paul Osborne

Berkeley, CA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Put on by Cunning: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Charles Kay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (25)

    Sir Manual Camargue had just announced his intention of taking a second wife, 50 years his junior. On the same cold winter's day, he died as a result of what was surely a tragic accident. But Wexford doubts that Camargue's death came by misadventure.

    Paul and Courtney says: "One of the Best Mysteries I Have Ever Read"
    "One of the Best Mysteries I Have Ever Read"
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    What did you love best about Put on by Cunning?

    The end was so simple, and so obvious, yet it had never occurred to me. Truly a brilliant who done it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Duplicate Death: Inspector Hemingway Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Ulli Birvé
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    Inspector Hemingway has his work cut out for him when a seemingly civilised game of Duplicate Bridge leads to a double murder. The crimes seem identical, but were they carried out by the same hand? Things become even more complicated when the fiancée of the inspector's young friend, Timothy Kane, becomes Hemingway's prime suspect. Kane is determined to prove the lady's innocence – but when he begins digging into her past, he finds it's more than a little bit shady.

    Jerri says: "Another Fine Heyer Mystery"
    "Decent story, Worst narration I've ever heard"
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    I honestly can't figure out how Ulli Birve gets work at all. Her accents would even be adequate for a friend telling a joke at a bar. She really ruins the experience. It's a shame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Wind of Blame: Inspector Hemingway, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Ulli Birvé
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    The superlatively analytical Inspector Hemingway is confronted by a murder that seems impossible – no one was near the murder weapon at the time the shot was fired. Everyone on the scene seems to have a motive, not to mention the wherewithal to commit murder, and alibis that simply don't hold up.

    Monica says: "Not a good read(er)"
    "Horrible Naration: Why Use Australian Accents?"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story was OK, but a little corny in the end. The Ulli Birve was just awful. I really can't believe that she can find work. She can do about three different accents, and two of them sound Australian. Just awful reading. The ending was a little silly.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It seemed exceedingly implausible.


    What didn’t you like about Ulli Birvé’s performance?

    Absolutely NOTHING. It was awful.


    Did No Wind of Blame: Inspector Hemingway, Book 1 inspire you to do anything?

    Hate Ulli Birve's work, and read the next book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Demon Summer: A Max Tudor Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By G.M. Malliet
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    The powerful Lord complains loudly to the local bishop, who asks Father Max Tudor, vicar of Nether Monkslip and former MI5 agent, to investigate. Just as Max comes to believe the poisoning was accidental, a body is discovered in the cloister well. Can Max Tudor solve the case and restore order in time to attend his own nuptials?

    Ronna says: "A must read for all cozy enthusiasts--"
    "Police Procedural more than a Who Done It"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wish it had not reveled the criminal so soon, and given the reader a chance to try to figure it out based on clues


    Would you recommend A Demon Summer to your friends? Why or why not?

    It depends. If they like classic mysteries, then no.


    Did A Demon Summer inspire you to do anything?

    no


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Maisie Dobbs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Rita Barrington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1735)
    Performance
    (1123)
    Story
    (1121)

    Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

    Lori says: "A delightful discovery"
    "Not a Mystery: A painful thriller, without thrills"
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    What did you like best about Maisie Dobbs? What did you like least?

    This actually could have been a really good mystery, since there were some solid plot elements there, but it was as if the author was too focused on the making her characters one dimensional to do anything with the story. You pretty much new what was going to happen so long before any of it happened it was almost pointless to read. There was also so much back story that the "mystery", if we can call it that, was really more of a setting than a plot.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jacqueline Winspear again?

    I think there was a lot of potential in this book, but it was all fumbled away. I am going to read another to see if she was able to capitalize on her ideas better in future books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    it would be a spoiler


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    possibly. the book did such a poor job, but there were some good ideas. i think this could be one case that the movie might be better than the book.


    Any additional comments?

    NOT A MYSTERY

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ice Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Emma Jameson
    • Narrated By Jack Wallen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Summoned to London's fashionable Belgravia to investigate the brutal murder of a financier, Hetheridge must catch the killer while coping with his growing attraction to Kate, the reappearance of an old flame, and the secret that emerges from his own past.

    Lois says: "Terrible narrator!"
    "Good Story, But the Reader was Awful"
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    What did you love best about Ice Blue?

    It was a good mystery with a back story. Bit too much back story, but barely so.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jack Wallen’s performances?

    NEVER!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Famous Fairy Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Adapted by Rosemary Kingston
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    Here is a timeless and wonderful collection from the best sources of fairy tales: Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, and Antoine Galland.

    Roger says: "Put my kids to sleep!"
    "Worst Narration EVER!"
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    Would you try another book from Adapted by Rosemary Kingston and/or Marguerite Gavin?

    NO. She reads like a robot. It's like a female text-to-speech engine not a person.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marguerite Gavin?

    A human? Plus fairy tales need music in the back ground if the narrator isn't going to read with any emotion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eleven Days: A Carrigan and Miller Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Stav Sherez
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (10)

    fire rages through a sleepy West London square, engulfing a small convent hidden away among the residential houses. When DI Jack Carrigan and DS Geneva Miller arrive at the scene they discover 11 bodies, yet there were only supposed to be 10 nuns in residence. It's 11 days before Christmas, and despite their superiors wanting the case solved before the holidays, Carrigan and Miller start to suspect that the nuns were not who they were made out to be. Why did they make no move to escape the fire? Who is the 11th victim, whose body was found separate to the others? And where is the convent's priest, the one man who can answer their questions?

    Paul and Courtney says: "Good Mystery - Eleven Days by Stav Sherez"
    "Good Mystery - Eleven Days by Stav Sherez"
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    If you could sum up Eleven Days in three words, what would they be?

    Good Mystery


    What other book might you compare Eleven Days to and why?

    Poirot, because of the mysterious elements to it. Eleven Days was more of a thriller though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1288)
    Performance
    (1110)
    Story
    (1105)

    “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal.

    barbara says: "Amazing"
    "Good Mystery with Too Much Soap Opera"
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    Louise Penny found a great thing by putting a solid back story with her characters as well as creating good mysteries. In this installment though, there is just to much peripheral, that it threatens to take over the book. Still a good mystery, but a bit too much drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death at Wentwater Court

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Carola Dunn
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (185)

    This first installment of a cozy mystery series transports listeners back to the bygone era of 1923 Britain, where unflappable flapper and fledgling journalist Daisy Dalrymple daringly embarks on her first writing assignment, and promptly stumbles across a corpse.

    Gareth Morgan says: "Wentwater Death"
    "Not a Mystery or Whodunit. More of a Crime Drama"
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    What did you like best about Death at Wentwater Court? What did you like least?

    It is important to note that this is not a mystery that you can try to figure out like an Agatha Christie. You are told who did it in the end, of course, but there is really no way to figure it out, and you are not expected to try, as far as I can tell.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carola Dunn again?

    possibly


    Did Death at Wentwater Court inspire you to do anything?

    Write a True Whodunit


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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