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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
    (52)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    "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!!!

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  • 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
    (25)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    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!

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  • Partners in Crime: A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    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"?

    DJDecca says: "Blunt's Brilliant Detectives"
    "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!

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  • The Valley of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By John Bolen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    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.

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  • 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
    (140)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    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!

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  • 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"
    "Another Brilliant Marple Mystery Performance!"
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    Would you listen to A Pocket Full of Rye again? Why?

    I would absolutely listen to "Pocket Full of Rye" again!!! It is a brilliantly done story with great characters and a wonderful performance!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I absolutely loved Inspector Neil! He is shrewd and calculating but just not quite up to Miss Marple's train of thinking - although wise enough to know that he needs her as a collaborator.


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

    I have listened to two other performances by Richard E. Grant and I can honestly say that they are all brilliant. The first was my favorite "The Moving Finger" but that was simply because I liked Christie's characters there better. As far as the performance of this work, it's fantastic! He really makes the characters come to life. Often, so many performers don't understand the author and their humor or particular characters and it makes the book a droll and uninteresting. NOT SO HERE! I think that Mr. Grant genuinely understands the intentions of Christie in her characters and portrays them wonderfully. I would listen to any other Agatha Christie novel that he performs, simply because I know I will have an enjoyable work to listen to.


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

    "Four and twenty blackbirds say you're about to die"

    OR

    "Even Mother Goose can kill"


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for all book lovers, but especially mystery lovers and Agatha Christie enthusiasts!

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  • The Moving Finger: A Miss Marple Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Richard E. Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (38)

    Lymstock is a town with more than its share of shameful secrets - a town where even a sudden outbreak of anonymous hate mail causes only a minor stir. But all that changes when one of the recipients, Mrs. Symmington, commits suicide. Her final note says "I can’t go on", but Miss Marple questions the coroner's verdict of suicide. Soon nobody is sure of anyone - as secrets stop being shameful and start becoming deadly.

    Calliope says: "great characterizations with a little mystery"
    "Brilliantly Performed! Brilliantly Written!"
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    Where does The Moving Finger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Moving Finger is at the top of my list of the audiobooks I have listened to thus far! I travel a great deal and usually leave off listening after I get out of the car. I couldn't do that with this book. I couldn't wait to hear the rest of the story! I kept listening until I had finished with it. It was bloody brilliant! Christie is a wonderful author, but not everyone can do justice to reading her works. Up to now, Hugh Fraser was my favorite, but I have to say that Richard E. Grant's interpretation, was spot-on. I would listen again in an instant.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Moving Finger?

    Any of the scenes with Jerry and Megan were fantastic or when Jerry and Joanna met with Dr. Griffith. But for me (SPOILER ALERT) the scene that was most brilliant was when Jerry brings Megan with him to London. I really don't want to spoil it for people.


    What does Richard E. Grant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Grant has the ability to make you interested from the start. You really feel as if the character is talking to you and telling you this interesting story. He becomes the character and you just want to thump him on the head (as Jerry) and make him realize all sorts of things. It brings an interaction to the story that perhaps would not be available but to the very imaginative few should you read the book without this version.


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

    I absolutely wanted to listen to it in one sitting - but then was afraid to because then it would be over!


    Any additional comments?

    If you've any love for mysteries, for Agatha Christie novels in particular, or simply a good story, try this one. My next purchase will be another Agatha Christie novel read by Mr. Grant. I want to start listening right now!

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