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Henrietta Who? | [Catherine Aird]

Henrietta Who?

Life for Henrietta Jenkins was a quiet, well-ordered affair - a home with her widowed mother and degree studies at university. But her life changed dramatically when, just before her 21st birthday, her mother’s body was found in a quiet road, apparently the victim of a hit-and-run driver. For not only did the simple case turn into a murder hunt, but the post mortem also revealed that Grace Jenkins had never had any children. In which case, who was Henrietta?
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Life for Henrietta Jenkins was a quiet, well-ordered affair - a home with her widowed mother and degree studies at university. But her life changed dramatically when, just before her 21st birthday, her mother’s body was found in a quiet road, apparently the victim of a hit-and-run driver. For not only did the simple case turn into a murder hunt, but the post mortem also revealed that Grace Jenkins had never had any children. In which case, who was Henrietta?

©1968 Catherine Aird (P)2010 AudioGO Ltd

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    HIII Grants Pass, OR, United States 06-24-12
    HIII Grants Pass, OR, United States 06-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Henrietta's humor"

    This is a fun listen! The dry English humor is delightful. I am glad I listened, don't miss this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Ballwin, MO, United States 07-27-11
    Anne Ballwin, MO, United States 07-27-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Not recommended"

    It's an intriguing premise and it starts out well, but I simply cannot finish it. The narration is really pretty awful. Perhaps that's my problem being an American listening to an insufferably nasal British accent. But I've listened to many British narrators who were wonderful. Robin Bailey only seems to have two voices and he runs the dialogue together in such a way that it's often impossible to tell "who" is speaking.

    But that's just part of the problem. This is the slowest moving mystery I've encountered recently and the characters are simply not engaging or interesting enough to keep me interested. And it's more than just "disinterested." It's a good portion of "annoyed" as well. I find Henrietta too shallow and whiney. Her mother is dead. But, as we quickly learn, Mrs. Jenkins isn't her biological mother - that's the mystery. And Henrietta not only appears not to mourn at all, but immediately and deliberately stops referring to her as "Mother" and snapping peevishly at those who do. But this is the only mother she's ever known ... but she can just "dismiss" her?

    Between the insufferable narration and the insufferable main character, I decided I don't care how it turns out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sherryl Wynne VISTA, CA, United States 08-21-12
    Sherryl Wynne VISTA, CA, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Narrator is unintelligible"

    I only made it halfway through this book before I gave up. Buyer Beware! The narrator is likely a talented actor with a great feel for character - but his constant habit of muttering lines under his breath was too irritating for words. I kept missing phrases and had to back up, raise the volume and relisten to a line - then immediately lower the volume again so as not to blow out my eardrums. Call me crazy, but this is a book - isn't it important to be able to understand the words? The story itself, what I heard of it, was only so-so, but interesting enough that I will read the rest of it the old-fashioned way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Napier, New Zealand 07-27-11
    Carol Napier, New Zealand 07-27-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining short read"

    Very entertaining as a short read. The narrator was enjoyable. Worth the four hours listening time.

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    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 05-21-13
    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 05-21-13 Member Since 2010

    I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!

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    "Holiday read.."

    good holiday read, that you can read without too much attention. Not too believable, but overall not too bad!

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    Carolyn Pascagoula, MS, United States 04-02-12
    Carolyn Pascagoula, MS, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Really awful!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narration was the worst. Different narrator could have helped some.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robin Bailey’s performances?

    Never


    Any additional comments?

    Slow moving. Could not finish with only 52 minutes remaining.

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    Wolfe 11-29-11
    Wolfe 11-29-11
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    "If I Could Give Zero Stars, I Would"

    One of the worst narrators I have ever had the displeasure of hearing. I find it unbelievable that the publisher would allow such an awful performance to take place. Robin Bailey has no concept of what voice inflection is about or how to take necessary pauses within the narration. I could never tell when he would switch characters because he used the same monotone voice for everyone, which also made it IMPOSSIBLE to tell when the book moved on to another part. I struggled through nearly half of the book before I gave up in disgust. Sadly, I have no way of knowing if the story was actually good, which is a shame because it could very well be a great story.

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    Melanie Sweden 11-29-11
    Melanie Sweden 11-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "An easy listen"

    Henrietta Who? is an easy listen, and although somewhat predictable, Robin Bailey does a good job of narrating. The plot begins with a mail man finding a body on the road out in the middle of nowhere. Although the dead woman is known to the community, she is not who she claimed to be. The story is about finding out her true identity and why she claimed to be someone she was not.

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    Liz Kailua Kona, HI, United States 11-12-11
    Liz Kailua Kona, HI, United States 11-12-11 Member Since 2011

    I am a serious business person who loves to escape into a book. I like books about another time and place. I am particularly fond of historical fiction and love a narrator with a proper british accent.

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    "A Detective Story with a Surprise Ending"

    Since I didn't know I was listening to a detective story, it was a surprise all the way around. It was interesting to listen to, but I had a hard time understanding the narration at first. It got better as I grew accustomed to it.

    The story was interesting because you take a interesting journey with a very confused young woman and the author helps you experience it from both the detectives perspective and her perspective.

    The end was a surprise and while I was glad to know how it all wraps up, by the end, I didn't really care that much. But it was still fun to listen to.

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    MidwestGeek Ann Arbor, MI, United States 09-07-11
    MidwestGeek Ann Arbor, MI, United States 09-07-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent police procedural; very British."

    I enjoyed this mystery involving Detective Inspector Sloan. I expect readers would be somewhat polarized about this audiobook. First of all, not everyone likes police procedurals, which are slow and methodical, but where there are occasional hints dropped along the way that you may pick up even before the Detective does. Almost the opposite of a thriller, there is little real action. Secondly, the humor is very British, understated and cerebral. The narrator does a good job, but you must like this style of language that is relatively unfamiliar to an American ear. Here it is delivered slowly enough that it is easily understood and followed--somewhat like watching Masterpiece Theater. The cast of characters is small but well-developed. The book is short, taking a little less than 5 hours. It's light fare, but entertaining. I look forward to listening to other mysteries by Catherine Aird in her Chronicles of Calleshire series. All her books are relatively short; I'll try to pick them up when they are on sale, but these definitely goes on my wish list.

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