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The Old Silent Audiobook

The Old Silent

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Publisher's Summary

In the tenth murderous case for Richard Jury, the New Scotland Yard superintendent witnesses a killing in a West Yorkshire inn called the Old Silent, while his highborn, amateur colleague, Melrose Plant wishes to he could perform one as he drives his impossible Aunt Agatha to the Old Swan in Harrogate.

Caught up in a triple murder, Jury would go to any lengths to help Nell Healey, the lovely widow of one of the victims. But Nell Healey remains silent as the Yorkshire moors, quiet as the grave, while the scope of the mystery widens.

©2013 Martha Grimes (P)2013 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Kindle Customer 10-15-14
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    "Slow to getting to the point..."
    What disappointed you about The Old Silent?

    I really wanted to like the story, but I have gotten used to Ms. Grimes love of pointless musing, irrelevant storylines, and flights of fancy of her characters. The dialogues in her stories can be frustrating at times, especially when you are not sure what this has to do with moving the story along. This story was 2 hours in and I was ready to pull my hair. All the internal dialogue, the witty repartee with no direction, and a whimsy that was very juvenile at times. It just took forever to get to the point.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not, sure. Having a hard time finding anything right now.


    Which character – as performed by Steve West – was your favorite?

    I love Steve West, his performance is the only reason I kept reading


    What character would you cut from The Old Silent?

    Not so much the characters, but the dialogue.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fran Foster 01-25-14
    Fran Foster 01-25-14
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    "Too Much Music, Not Enough Mystery"
    Would you try another book from Martha Grimes and/or Steve West?

    Yes ~~ have been a fan of Martha Grimes and the Richard Jury series for over 20 years, but for some reason missed The Old Silent ~~ am now grateful for small favors !! Have seldom been so disappointed in a book !! It was not a "mystery" ~~ more an anthology of early R&B artists (John Coletrane, Charlie Parker, etc.). Unless the listener has a particular interest in that genre, please do not waste a credit on this one.
    Steve West's narration was, as always, wonderful !!


    What could Martha Grimes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She could have stayed with her tried and true formula of Jury and his friend Melrose Plant investigating and solving the "mystery" behind the murder ~~ The Old Silent does not credit either man with the keen intelligence displayed in her other books; in fact, Plant's actions and language are rather idiotic ~~ here he behaves and sounds like Aunt Agatha !!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The characters living or visiting The Old Silent were totally devoid of interest or purpose to the overall story and the confusing abrupt changes in locales made it impossible to nominate a "favorite."


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None of which I am aware.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Rowen 03-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "At tightly twisted tale"

    This multidimensional murder investigation by a a notoriously famous and supremely self analytical detective inspector

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Waverley 02-12-16
    Waverley 02-12-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Intriguing and sad; they are getting sadder!"
    Would you listen to The Old Silent again? Why?

    Yes; because Martha Grimes is brilliant as is Steve West's delivery of her mysteries.


    What other book might you compare The Old Silent to and why?

    All of the other Richard Jury mysteries; the same characters are strung throughout in the most beguiling manner.


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

    Yes; eleven other Richard Jury Mysteries. This one is just as unique and laden with unexpected turns.


    If you could take any character from The Old Silent out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would love to be friends with Melrose Plant--I want to date Richard Jury, CID; so a nice romantic dinner with Richard please!


    Any additional comments?

    This is yet another book, in the series, where poor Richard is drawn to a woman who is either unavailable or who dies soon after he starts-up a romance; the man is cursed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J.C.D. 10-10-15
    J.C.D. 10-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm not sure. I don't know too many people who want to pay such rapt attention to a story. At least two times, I repeated segments believing I had missed something.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The little girl stole the show. What a delightful little pessimist!


    What about Steve West’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job with the voices.


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

    Why did she kill him?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill 04-26-15
    Bill 04-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I love The Old Silent"

    Having read almost all of Martha Grimes Richard Jury stories, it is a real pleasure listening to them again and reminiscing about the plots. The old gang from Long Pid does not disapoint.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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