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  • Lonesome Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop

    There were times when Rachel Treherne fervently wished that her beloved father had left his fortune to somebody else, so overburdened did she feel with the administration of the estate. And never more so than now for, although she was surrounded by relatives who depended on her, whom she loved and who must surely love her, there was no doubt in her mind that somebody was trying to kill her.

    Constance says: "Scrmptious Classic British Mystery"
    "One of the best Miss SIlver mysteries"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to someone who enjoys classic "cozy" mysteries, ala Agatha Christie.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lonesome Road?

    The suspense of the last few chapters.

    Which character – as performed by Diana Bishop – was your favorite?

    Miss Silver ~ but overall, Diana Bishop is an excellent reader of all characters, with enough differentiation to make the characters recognizable and enjoyable.

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


    Any additional comments?

    All the Miss Silver mysteries have a similar "heroine in jeopardy" plot, and some can be quite dated in terms of the social roles of the 1930s to 1950s. However, the heroine of "Lonesome Road" was strong and interesting, as was the heroine's love interest. Miss Silver is the hero!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Expert in Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nicola Upson
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Revered mystery writer Josephine Tey is traveling from Scotland to London for the final week of her play Richard of Bordeaux, the surprise hit of the season, with pacifist themes that resonate in a world still haunted by war. But joy turns to horror when her arrival coincides with the murder of a young woman she had befriended on the train ride - and Tey is plunged into a mystery as puzzling as any in her own works.

    Trish says: "A well written book about an expert writer"
    "A well written book about an expert writer"

    Josephine Tey's mystery/detective stories are extremely well written, with interesting plots. This new series, which uses Tey as a fictional character, are also well written and plotted, and quite enjoyable as the reader imagines the real Tey involved in these fictional situations.

    The books are narrated by the always excellent Davina Porter. I have listened to only the first book in the series so far, and am looking forward to the next two (I believe another has been written but not yet recorded). I am also eager for more of Tey's books to be presented on audio, as right now there are only two available ("Brat Farrar" and "The Daughter of Time.")

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Farahad Zama
    • Narrated By Tania Rodrigues
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Farahad Zama's debut novel transports listeners to faraway India for a story brimming with endearing characters, homespun wisdom, and blossoming love. After Mr. Ali retires, he launches a matchmaking service that helps an array of clients arrange marriages. But he's unaware of his able assistant's dire need for his marriage bureau.

    Lorriee says: "The Marriage Bureau for Rich People"
    "Very enjoyable"

    This novel started out a little slowly, and I was not sure how it would all come together. It is a charming story of the people running a marriage bureau and their clients, somewhat along the lines of Alexander McCall Smith's "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series. After the first hour or so I was completely enthralled, and I was disappointed that the story had to end. The reader switched between an English accent for the narration, and Indian-accented English for the characters. I can't judge the accuracy of the Indian accent, but to an American listener, it sounded like what we are used to hearing. The characters were well delineated and it was easy to picture each one of them as they spoke. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Vintage Affair: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Isabel Wolff
    • Narrated By Violet Mathieson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Her friends are stunned when Phoebe Swift abruptly leaves a plum job at the prestigious Sotheby’s auction house to open her own vintage clothing shop in London—but to Phoebe, it’s the fulfillment of a dream. In the sunlight-flooded interior of Village Vintage, surrounded by Yves Saint Laurent silk scarves, Vivienne Westwood bustle skirts, cupcake dresses, and satin gowns, Phoebe hopes to make her store the hot new place to shop.

    Laura says: "A Sweet, Leisurely Stroll, but Ultimately Dull"
    "Mildly interesting"

    I enjoyed this story mainly for the details about vintage clothing. I did not find the heroine particularly admirable, although some of the other characters were interesting.

    The narrator had some difficulty with male voices. Her American accents were terrible. She seemed to think that speakers from California produce wandering /r/ sounds at the ends of words - "Californier"; "idear"; "sor" for "saw" - or add them in the middle, as in "farther" for "father" and "tort" for "taught" - or eliminate final /r/ as in "sista" and "brotha." The reader seemed to be trying so hard, speaking very slowly for accents (as she did with male voices), but there was no accuracy or consistency, so those parts of the narration were quite annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moving Finger: A Miss Marple Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson

    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.

    Trish says: "Poor narration"
    "Poor narration"

    This is vintage Agatha Christie, well written and plotted, interesting characters - but the choice of narrator was very strange. The book was read by Joan Hickson, who played Miss Marple on one of the BBC series - a poor choice, as the novel is narrated by a man, with Miss Marple coming in for a short time near the end of the story. In addition, Ms. Hickson's articulation was very slushy and hard to understand; I don't think it was just the age of the recording. She also has some strange (to an American listener) habits, such as producing a one-syllable word at the end of the sentence with four syllables (ta - a- a- alk). This may have been typical of a certain class and/or region of speakers in England but it was very distracting and reduced intelligibility even more.

    I bought this book in a hurry; for once, I did not listen to a sample of the narration. Although the story was enjoyable, I would not knowingly have purchased the book with this narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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