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  • The Old Fox Deceiv'd

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By Steve West

    It is a chill and foggy 12th Night, wild with North Sea wind, when a bizarre murder disturbs the outward peace of Rackmoor, a tiny Yorkshire fishing village with a past that proves a tangled maze of unrequited loves, unrevenged wrongs, and even undiscovered murders. Inspector Jury finds no easy answers in his investigation - not even the identity of the victim, a beautiful young woman. Was she Gemma Temple, an impostor? Or was she really Dillys March, Colonel Titus Crael’s long-lost ward, returning after eight years to the Colonel’s country seat and to a share of his fortune? And who was her murderer?

    tennreader says: "Second reading through narration a real pleasure"
    "Second reading through narration a real pleasure"
    Where does The Old Fox Deceiv'd rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Richard Jury and Melrose Plant. They are strong men with different personalities formed out of different upbringings yet they develop an intuitive relationship as the books move through the series. While the books can be stand alone, reading them in sequence lets you see this respect grow; you also meet the other characters with all their eccentricities as they move in and out of the books. They are a treat and how Jury and Plant interact with them is great fun.

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

    So far, this is my 3rd book I'm "rereading" with narration by Steve West. The Audible narration is a true delight. I read all the Martha Grimes Richard Jury books years ago, up to her latest. Her earlier ones are her best as one follows the eccentric characters through several books.

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

    These are murder mysteries after all so the subject is not humorous. However, there are lots of chuckles especially with Mr. West's narration catching the sarcasm and off kilter humor of the characters. He conveys the dry humor and quirkiness in these books so well yet the seriousness of the murder(s) comes across strongly in his narration.

    Any additional comments?

    Mr. West has an impressive range for the various voices, so much so at times I almost think more than one person is speaking the various voices. He doesn't use extremes for a female voice or a child's voice yet he captures these very well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • War Brides

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Helen Bryan
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As war moves ever closer, the sleepy English village of Crowmarsh Priors settles into a new sort of normal: Evacuees from London are billeted in local homes. The nightly German air raids become grimly mundane. Rationing curtails every comfort. Men leave to fight and die. And five women forge a bond of friendship that will change their lives forever in this engrossing novel of loyalty, loss, and love in the shadow of World War II.With the hardships of war intensifying every day, the women band together to defeat formidable enemies and find remarkable strength within themselves to help one another. It is a war-forged loyalty certain to endure years and distance. When four of the women return for a celebration fifty years later, their mission is not simply to commemorate or remember. They’ve returned to confront a traitor whose actions cost countless lives — and to avenge one of their own at last.

    Sara says: "Ruined by Narration"
    "ok read"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Would recommend to a friend who would be interested in WWII history of this nature

    What did you like best about this story?

    The perspective of WWII from the female POV

    What three words best describe Tavia Gilbert’s performance?

    Accents, voice changes are quite good

    Was War Brides worth the listening time?


    Any additional comments?

    Sync between voice and text was choppy and not always together; narrator's voice dropped the end of sentences at times that seemed more the fault of the recording, not the narrator's. The narrator's accent was so good and thick at times that I needed to read along for clarity. Story starts and builds slowly so that about a third of the way through I started reading from the last chapter and then back chapter by chapter. I do this with a lot of books that are slow reads. Story is interesting and worth the time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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