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  • The Murder at the Vicarage: A Miss Marple Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Richard E. Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    "Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe," declared the parson, brandishing a carving knife above a joint of roast beef, "would be doing the world at large a favor!" It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. And one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later - when the Colonel is found shot dead in the clergyman's study. But as Miss Marple soon discovers, the whole village seems to have had a motive to kill Colonel Protheroe.

    Molly says: "Narrator Ruins It"
    "Christie's Story+Grant's Performance = Great Book!"
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    Would you listen to The Murder at the Vicarage again? Why?

    I would certainly listen to it again. The story was brilliant and had me second guessing everything I thought. The clues were all there, but I missed them. I enjoyed trying to piece them together, and the brilliant humor that Christie manages to weave into her books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really loved the vicar and his wife both! They were great characters and had lots of commentary and humor. All of the characters,m however, were wonderful.


    Have you listened to any of Richard E. Grant’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes! I would have to say that this was just as brilliant as the first one to which I listened, "The Moving Finger". He has a wonderful range in his characters and, once again he has proven that he understands Christie's style of writing. It is often hard to fall in love with a book when you aren't reading it yourself, but Mr. Grant makes this possible by his wonderful interpretation.


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

    "Running a church can be murder"


    Any additional comments?

    A definite must-read!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1532)
    Performance
    (1176)
    Story
    (1169)

    Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

    connie says: "the best of both Holmes"
    "Approved by a Doyle Fan Fiction Skeptic"
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    Where does Dust and Shadow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is fantastic and towards the top of my list - particularly of the mystery lists. I am a huge fan of Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes series, of all 56 short stories and 4 novels. I have been notoriously picky over the years of the fact that when people try to write Holmes fiction, they just don't understand the tone. I have to say that Lindsey Faye is one exception. She doesn't try to write more into Holmes, than Doyle would. She uses information for both the characters' of Holmes and Watson and the research from the Ripper cases to present a plausible look of what could have happened should Holmes have investigated Jack the Ripper.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    While Holmes and Watson are and will always be my favorite characters, I have to admit that her additional characters very well-constructed and fit very well with the traditional cast of Holmes cases.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Vance is a brilliant performer and his Holmes was exceptional. Although Watson has more lines, he is not as hard a character to perform as Holmes. Vance performs the tonal qualities, mannerisms, and reactions of Holmes perfectly. I would even love to have him narrate other Sherlock Holmes stories or books.


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

    London's greatest detective versus London's worst nightmare: the Game's Afoot!


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see Ms. Faye write another Holmes novel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of Empire: Riyria Revelations, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4669)
    Performance
    (4265)
    Story
    (4291)

    Best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan’s mesmerizing Riyria Revelations series has found a welcome home with fans of magic, clashing swords, and daring heroes. This second volume finds Royce and Hadrian on a quest to enlist the southern Nationalists to aid the ever-weakening kingdom of Melengar. Royce suspects an ancient wizard is manipulating them all, but to find the truth he’ll have to decipher Hadrian’s past—a past Hadrian wants to keep secret.

    Adnan says: "Great continuation of the first book. Tons of fun!"
    "Think Riyria Can't Get any Better? Think Again!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to a friend in an instant! The team of Sullivan and Reynolds are their own Riyria, making this the best Author/Performer mix!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is intense and the characters are ones you either love or love to hate. The humor throughout is perfectly balanced with lots of wit, and I often find myself cheering out loud for some of the characters.


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

    He brings EVERY. SINGLE. CHARACTER. to LIFE!!! It's just a great experience and I really can't imagine being introduced to this series without his portrayal of these characters.


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

    Wow . . . tough question . . . I'm sure there are a lot of great ideas, but this pathetic offering is the only thing I could come up with right now:
    Love, Betrayal, Loss, Friendship, Family, Magic, Beasts - Battles come in all shapes and sizes, but the outcomes have only two alternatives: Win or Lose.


    Any additional comments?

    It wasn't until this set that I realized just how much research Sullivan has done! Most of my graduate work was in the Age of Sail and the nautical terminology, the feel for life on board ship, and the way ranks worked were worthy of O'Brian and Forester.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Miser of Mayfair

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (143)

    Is Number 67 Clarges Steet the unluckiest house in Mayfair? Every season the beau mondes of the Regency would hire a house in the heart of London’s fashionable West End at disproportionately high rent for often inferior accommodation and yet Number 67 Clarges Street, a town house complete with staff, remains vacant from year to year. Could it be that it is associated with ill luck and even death? Something must be done so that the servants of this house don’t lose their livelihood.

    Patricia says: "Love this series!"
    "Enjoyable, Predictable, Not Pride and Prejudice"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Miser of Mayfair to be better than the print version?

    I honestly haven't read the print version, so I couldn't tell you.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I enjoyed the aspect that the servants were a major part of the story, but the ending was very predictable and it wasn't as exciting as I would have thought. It was humorous at times, and if you're just looking for a relaxing read, it's a fun title.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narration is really a personal preference in many cases. In this case, the narrator was very good except for the fact that the voice of the heroine got on my nerves. I know the character was Scottish, but Nettleton's high-pitched Scottish accent for the heroine was annoying at times. It's probably just me because I really loved how she performed the rest of the characters.


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

    A Gamble on Fortune, A Gamble on Love, A Gamble on What's for Dinner.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life, the Universe, and Everything: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Martin Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1387)
    Performance
    (856)
    Story
    (872)

    The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads, so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the white killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.

    J. Morgan says: "It's my favorite of the series"
    "Don't Judge Great Performers for Awkward Stories"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would only recommend this if they were die-hard Adams fans - or if they simply like good performances regardless of the writing. Don't get me wrong, I love "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe", but this book was not one of Adams' better attempts. Freeman does a wonderful job with the material with which he has to work, but the story really didn't flow.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    There was a very funny scene where Thor tries to take Trillion home at a party, and the whole recurring Cricket Match theme was funny, but the flow of the story and the underlying themes just didn't seem to pop like they did in the last two. Again, no fault of Freeman's. He did the best he could with what he had.


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

    Honestly, I probably wouldn't have gotten through it if it weren't for Martin Freeman's performance of this work. His portrayals of Arthur, Ford, and Zaphod are truly brilliant and he understands Adams' dry style of humor.


    Did Life, the Universe, and Everything inspire you to do anything?

    It certainly didn't inspire me to read the next one any time soon. I might get to it eventually, but I have others I want to jump to right now.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6050)
    Performance
    (5555)
    Story
    (5555)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    AudioAddict says: "And I didn't think I liked fantasies..."
    "The Ultimate Combination of Story & Storytelling!"
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    Where does Theft of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is perhaps my most favorite book to which I have listened so far! A book is only as great as the quality of the story. A great audio book is only as good as the way it is interpreted by its narrator. Michael J. Sullivan is one of the best fantasy writers out there and Tim Gerard Reynolds is one of the best audio performers in the industry. The combination of these two to present this story is fantastic!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I LOVE the humor and intensity of the story. The characters became so very real.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    It is hard to choose between Hadrian and Royce because they really are the best of friends and I can't imagine one without the other in the story. But if I had to choose, it would be Hadrian. He's kindhearted, funny, a master of swords and weapons, and he doesn't take any crap from either Royce or Alric.


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

    While there were times that I really wanted Hadrian to let Royce throw Alric in a river, the scene where Alric rides into battle was very moving. Without spoilers, I appreciated the depth that Sullivan gave his characters and the way in which Reynolds brought the whole scene to life.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must-read: I travel a lot, it only took me two weeks to get through all 25 hours of this book! It made me laugh more times than I can count, it surprised me, riveted me, and even made me mad (mostly because I had reached the end and was in an area where I couldn't download the next one). If there are audio book awards, both author and performer should be win all the ones for which they are eligible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • By the Pricking of My Thumbs: A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    When Tommy and Tuppence visit an elderly aunt in her gothic nursing home, they think nothing of her mistrust of the doctors; after all, Ada is a very difficult old lady. But when Mrs. Lockett mentions a poisoned mushroom stew and Mrs. Lancaster talks about "something behind the fireplace," Tommy and Tuppence find themselves caught up in a spine-chilling adventure that could spell death for either of them....

    Janet Davis says: "Something wicked...truly"
    "Tommy & Tuppence, Christie & Fraser"
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    Where does By the Pricking of My Thumbs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It really is fantastic! I love the story and I love how much trouble Tuppence always seems to get into. The relationship between these two only progresses with age and I love that they are very real as a couple. The mystery was very different and I enjoyed listening to it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of By the Pricking of My Thumbs?

    One of the most memorable scenes for me was that of Tommy leaving for his conference and telling Tuppence to keep out of trouble while she isn't listening to him and is immediately plotting her adventure as he's walking out the door. I LOVE them!


    What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Fraser is perhaps the most talented performer of audio books I have heard. His vocal range is brilliant and he completely understands Christie's writing.


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

    I don't include spoilers, but the scene that reveals the killer was very intense.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Partners in Crime: A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are restless for adventure, so when they are asked to take over Blunt's International Detective Agency, they leap at the chance. Their first case is a success - the triumphant recovery of a pink pearl. Other cases soon follow - a stabbing on Sunningdale golf course; cryptic messages in the personal columns of newspapers; and even a box of poisoned chocolates. But can they live up to their slogan of "Any case solved in 24 hours"?

    Cece says: "Cute enough"
    "An Ingenious, Hilarious Performance & Story"
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    Where does Partners in Crime rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's up there. I really can't determine where, but it is definitely one of my favorites! I love these characters and they really are my favorite of the Christie detectives.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tuppence is most definitely my favorite. She is usually very blunt and brilliant, and she really loves Tommy but won't say it often. She has some hair rained schemes sometimes, and usually outwits quite a few people.


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

    Hugh Fraser is one of my most favorite performers in audio books! He has such a wonderfully wide range of characters and has a great understanding of the books he reads. His portrayal of Tommy and Tuppence is spot-on to how I imagined them. Bravo!!!


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

    It made me laugh in public!


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant, hysterical, a must-read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Valley of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By John Bolen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Only Holmes and Watson can get to the bottom of this baffling murder mystery. John Douglas is found in his study, blasted faceless by a sawed-off shotgun. There is no obvious motive or suspect. Douglas and his wife, Ivy, a rich and locally popular couple, have lived for years in the ancient, moated Birlstone Manor House. Despite Douglas' nightly ritual of raising the drawbridge, the perpetrator had somehow concealed himself, shot Douglas, and made a clean getaway.

    Amazon Customer says: "Automatic computer reader would be better"
    "A Great Novel Poorly Performed"
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    What disappointed you about The Valley of Fear?

    The novel itself is great. I have read it before. What killed this version was the performance.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Bolen’s performances?

    Emphatically NO. He had a wooden, robotic performance and very little range. I was bored from the beginning with what has been one of my favorite of the Holmes novels. I don't really see why this production is still available to hear. Why does a Holmes novel have to be a drag? This is one of the most exciting ones - or should have been.


    Any additional comments?

    Just don't bother.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Adversary: A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    The girl in the photograph has been missing for five years. Neither her body nor the secret documents she was carrying have ever been found. Now, post-war England's economic recovery depends on finding her and getting the papers back. But the two young Brits working undercover for the ministry know only that her name was Jane Finn, and the only photo of her is in the hands of her rich American cousin.

    Philip Hofstetter says: "I'd have to say: meh"
    "A Mystery Duo You Want to Cheer For!"
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    What did you love best about The Secret Adversary?

    The hilarity of the almost stumbling nature Tommy and Tuppence coupled with their ability to find trouble and work through mysteries is positively wonderful! Christie has great characters who are so far-removed from Poirot and Marple. They are young and energetic and delightful! Nadia May does a brilliant job of performing this book!


    What other book might you compare The Secret Adversary to and why?

    I'm not sure I have a book against which I can really compare it.


    What about Nadia May’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic performance! Ms. May really understand the characters and understands Christie's style of writing. She has a great diversity of voices and is truly a brilliant performer! She is one of only three performers from whom I will listen to a Christie novel (the other two being Hugh Fraser and Richard E. Grant)


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, great performance, a must-read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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