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V. Crowley

Wyoming, MI United States | Listener Since 2009

  • 2 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 303 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "Wonderful Book"

    This book has a wonderful, gentle pace. It was disconcerting at first because I kept waiting to be swept into the main plot, but that never seemed to happen. Don't be put off by the unusual format because it soon becomes addictive.

    The main storyline is not concerened with one case as most detective novels are. Instead, we have vignettes from the life of Precious and her first cases as a detective. The main case, the disappearance of a child, is a dark subplot, which brings forward the memories of spousal abuse experienced by Precious herself.

    This is a really satisfying book. I can see why it was televised by the BBC and featured on HBO. I just purchased the next in the series and can't wait to get started.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • O is for Outlaw: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye

    Through 14 books, listeners have been fed short rations when it comes to Kinsey Millhone's past. This time, Grafton feeds you an entire feast, including the juice about Kinsey's first husband!

    Lisa says: "Did not like the narrator"
    "Judy Kaye makes enjoyment impossible"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    With books A-N, Mary Pfeiffer, captured Kinsey's youth, strength, emotional vulnerability, and sense of humor. She was great with the minor charactors as well.

    Unfortunately, Judy Kaye gets it all wrong. With Judy's narration, it's impossible to picture Kinsey as a physically fit 36 year old with restless energy and a wounded soul. All you can see in your head is a 58 year-old over-weight chain smoker, who doesn't have the energy to get up from her chair and has lost the ability to care about her own life story.

    And her portrayal of Henry was just... awful. In the books, Kinsey is half in love with Henry and describes him as a sexy octogenarian. We should be picturing Don Ameche from the movie Cocoon when Henry speaks, but Judy portrays him like she's voicing Granny from the Beverly Hillbillies.

    I purchased P is for Peril at the same time and now I'm stuck with both audio books. If I had known, I would have downloaded the written version to my Kindle instead. It's really impossible to enjoy this audio book with Judy Kaye's narration.

    Does the story rate higher than 3 stars? Maybe. Who can tell based on this production? I optimistically gave it a 3 only because I've enjoyed Sue Grafton's other books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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