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  • A Share in Death

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Michael Deehy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (332)

    A week's holiday in a luxurious hotel is just what Scotland Yard's Superintendent Duncan Kincaid needs. But his vacation ends dramatically with the discovery of a dead body in the whirlpool bath. Despite a suspicious lack of cooperation from the local constabulary, Kincaid's keen sense of duty won't allow him to ignore the heinous crime, impelling him to send for his enthusiastic young assistant, Sergeant Gemma James. But the stakes are raised significantly when a second murder occurs....

    connie says: "series readers, start here"
    "Vintage Kincaid and James"
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    If you could sum up A Share in Death in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, puzzling, engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the characters and the glimpses into the motivations and hidden parts of their lives and actions. They are not all black and white, but complex and interesting. There are still enough likable ones to keep me reading. It is fun to see the beginnings of the developing relationship between Kincaid and Jenna James.


    What about Michael Deehy’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to; not obtrusive or distracting.


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

    I think the climax, although a bit predictable, was still moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Great British mystery for fans of cozy and not too gory mysteries. Well written.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2618)
    Performance
    (1697)
    Story
    (1692)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "Interesting start; disappointing ending."
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    Would you try another book from Kate Morton and/or Caroline Lee?

    No. I thought the book was fascinating at first with lots of mysteries to be unraveled. But somewhere along the line, I lost interest in the characters, many of whom were totally self-absorbed. And the main character disappointed as well, in my opinion. Descriptions of the era were great, however. That part was enjoyable.


    What could Kate Morton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't know, short of changing the whole story line.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She did a good job except for the fact that her young voice did not seem to fit with the age of the person telling the tale. If she could have changed her voice to sound older at times when the older woman is speaking, it would have been more enjoyable for me.


    Could you see The House at Riverton being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I unfortunately could see that, and I would not care to speculate!


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps it is my value system that kept me from enjoying this book. In my opinion, adultery is never romantic or beautiful, even though it might be understandable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Final Curtain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    Beautiful Troy Alleyn, artist wife of Inspector Alleyn, had been warned about the famed old Shakespearean actor, and his eccentric household. But she was not prepared for their acts of malice and mischief.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Visit Troy & Roderick Alleyn near the end of WWII"
    "Cheers for Troy!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely, if they like classic British mysteries and great writing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy any of Njaio Marsh's book that show the relationship between Alleyn and Troy. She is an especially delightful and unique character, and I find her refreshing and funny. It is a good mystery as well, with many quirky characters.


    Which character – as performed by Nadia May – was your favorite?

    It would have to be Troy. I wish there were more books with her!


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

    Maybe the time when Troy first realizes that all the strange events that have been happening at the house since she first arrived might be adding up to something quite sinister and dangerous, and she wishes for Alleyn's return.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth listening to a second time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pigeon Pie Mystery: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Julia Stuart
    • Narrated By Hannah Curtis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    When Indian Princess Alexandrina is left penniless by the sudden death of her father, the Maharaja of Brindor, Queen Victoria grants her a grace-and-favor home in Hampton Court Palace. Though rumored to be haunted, Alexandrina and her lady's maid, Pooki, have no choice but to take the Queen up on her offer. Aside from the ghost sightings, Hampton Court doesn't seem so bad. The princess is soon befriended by three eccentric widows who invite her to a picnic with all the palace's inhabitants, for which Pooki bakes a pigeon pie. But General-Major Bagshot dies after eating said pie....

    Yvette says: "The best thing I've heard for ages!!!"
    "Simply ridiculous."
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    If you could sum up The Pigeon Pie Mystery in three words, what would they be?

    Much too silly!


    Has The Pigeon Pie Mystery turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm not sure what genre this would be, but it has definitely turned me off from any books by this author!


    What three words best describe Hannah Curtis’s voice?

    Easy to understand.


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

    No! I kept listening in the vain hope that it would get better or more interesting. The characters are unbelievable and definitely not sympathetic.


    Any additional comments?

    There are definitely moments of humor throughout the book. This is its only redeeming quality in my opinion. I'm still not sure if it was supposed to be a comedy, a historical novel, or a mystery?

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2746)
    Performance
    (1530)
    Story
    (1525)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "Story & Narration Rate Five Stars!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If the friend has a good imagination and likes mysteries with humor and romance, I would definitely recommend this book. It is a delight to listen to Barbara Rosenblatt perform all the characters I have grown to love. The characters, the setting, the humor--all of these things combine for a great listening experience.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't help but say Amelia Peabody Emerson! She is such a unique character, full of herself and full of a love for adventure and danger. With all her faults and outlandish behavior, she is a very likable character.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I have listened to many, over and over! They are all like old friends to me. This one was one of the best. For other authors, she does just as well, but Elizabeth Peters' books are my favorites to listen to her.


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

    Adventure, mystery, and romance set in exoctic Egypt!


    Any additional comments?

    You can see I am a huge fan of these books, especially the audio. I just wish Elizabeth Peters would write more! Maybe "the editor" could find some more missing manuscripts!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Comes to Pemberley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (868)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (740)

    It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.

    Michelle says: "Not As Interesting as Print Reviewers Suggested"
    "Great for Jane Austen fans!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Death Comes to Pemberley the most enjoyable?

    P.D. James excellent writing is always enjoyable to read or hear. The narration was good.It was great fun to meet again the familiar, loveable, and humorous characters from Pride and Prejudice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death Comes to Pemberley?

    I loved the moment when the carriage driver pulled up in front of Pemberley with the hysterical Lydia! She hasn't changed a bit!


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to; did not overshadow the writing or the story.


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

    I liked all the times when you were allowed to see the relationship and caring between Elisabeth and Darcy, and how their characters had matured over time.


    Any additional comments?

    I could not decide if P.D.James was serious, or if this was a parody or satire of sorts. I would be glad to know what other listeners thought! Nevertheless, I enjoyed it a lot!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Third Girl: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    Three single girls share a London flat. The first works as a secretary; the second is an artist; the third, who comes to Poirot for help, disappears believing she is a murderer. There are rumours of revolvers, flick-knives, and blood stains. But, without hard evidence, it will take all of Poirot's tenacity to establish whether the third girl is guilty, innocent - or insane.

    C. Schmidt says: "It's all there now, and it's great"
    "Good, but not one of Christie's best."
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    If you could sum up Third Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, but slow.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Agatha Christie? Why or why not?

    I am a diehard fan of Agatha Christie. Her books are like comfort food for my brain, especially if narrated by Hugh Fraser.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked all the parts with Ariadne Oliver, but especially when she was


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

    Mostly I laugh at Poirot's idiosyncracies and Ariadne Oliver's arguing with him. It is all part of the charm.


    Any additional comments?

    Please keep supplying me with Agatha Christie mysteries narrated by Hugh Fraser, if possible!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Enter a Murderer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    The crime was committed on stage at the Unicorn Theatre, when an unloaded gun fired a very real bullet. The Victim was Arthur Surbanadier, an actor clawing his way to stardom using Blackmail victims. The stage was set for one of Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn’s most baffling cases.

    Erin Willard says: "Wholeheartedly recommended"
    "Vintage Marsh."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was interesting and not predictable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the interaction between Allyn and his team, as well as Bathgate.


    What about James Saxon’s performance did you like?

    He is very easy to listen to and very British.


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

    Can't think of one.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Classic Detective Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle, Colin Dexter, more
    • Narrated By Edward Hardwicke
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    This collection features some of the greatest fictional detectives ever, including: Sherlock Holmes, Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond, Father Brown, Morris Klaw, and Inspector Morse amongst others. Reader Edward Hardwicke, who played Watson to Jeremy Brett's Holmes in the early 1990s, makes an ideal reader for the genre.

    Terrie says: "Mostly enjoyable."
    "Mostly enjoyable."
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    What did you love best about Classic Detective Stories?

    I liked the narrator a lot. I liked the more classic, country stories rather than the detective stories of less refined characters!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the Sherlock Holmes stories.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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