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Aunt Dimity's Death | [Nancy Atherton]

Aunt Dimity's Death

Down-on-her-luck Lori learns she's about to inherit a sizable estate - if she can discover the secret hidden in a treasure trove of letters in Dimity's English country cottage. What begins as a fairy tale becomes a mystery - and a ghost story - in an improbably cozy setting, as Aunt Dimity's indominable spirit leads Lori on an otherworldly quest to discover how, in this life, true love can conquer all.
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Publisher's Summary

Down-on-her-luck Lori learns she's about to inherit a sizable estate - if she can discover the secret hidden in a treasure trove of letters in Dimity's English country cottage. What begins as a fairy tale becomes a mystery - and a ghost story - in an improbably cozy setting, as Aunt Dimity's indominable spirit leads Lori on an otherworldly quest to discover how, in this life, true love can conquer all.

©1992 Nancy T. Atherton (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer Louisville, Ky. 04-27-13
    Amazon Customer Louisville, Ky. 04-27-13 Member Since 2004
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    "great book, lousy reader"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Aunt Dimity's Death to be better than the print version?

    You're kidding, right? Reader Teri Clark Linden is nearly the worst reader ever! I finished reading the book in paperback.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I read this book years ago and loved it, and I wanted to experience it all over again. Even so, I had completely forgotten how charming this modern-day fairy tale was!

    Downtrodden librarian Lori Shepherd is startled to discover that Aunt Dimity, who she'd always thought was an imaginary heroine in her mother's stories, actually lived -- or had lived until very recently. Lori is called upon by the terms of Dimity Westwood's will to accomplish a task. But, Lori discovers, the real task she needs to fulfill so that the dead can rest in peace is a very different one altogether. Along the way, Lori, with the help of a good-hearted and winsome young lawyer, solves more than one mystery.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Teri Clark Linden’s performances?

    Actually, I refuse to listen to any more Aunt Dimity books simply because she's the reader. I love Audible books, and I may break down later if I get so busy that I can't read paperback books at all.

    I almost never check to see who the reader is because, usually, the reader can't ruin the experience for me. In future, I'll be careful not to buy any books that are read by her.


    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Toowoomba, Australia 05-16-13
    Susan Toowoomba, Australia 05-16-13
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    "Good story told badly"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the story and it did keep my attention in spite of the narration


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bill, you just never know what to expect from him.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Teri Clark Linden’s performances?

    Yes


    Was Aunt Dimity's Death worth the listening time?

    For me yes, but then i listen while doing other things.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the narrator never travels to Scotland as she would be arrested for murder of the Scottish accent, and the English accent wasn't much better. If you can't do and accent properly please don't attempt it. Overall the narration was some of the worst I have ever heard and only the story kept me listening.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Bennie Marietta, GA USA 03-11-14
    Bennie Marietta, GA USA 03-11-14 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Save yourselves!"

    Years ago, I read as many of these cute cozy mysteries as I could find. Imagine my delight when I found that they were here on audible.

    I have listened to the first 20 minutes of this book and can go no further. I won't go into greater detail, but will say that a reader can make or break a book or a series.

    This is a real shame.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy 03-10-14
    Sandy 03-10-14
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    "So disappointed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, I would not.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Laurie


    How could the performance have been better?

    They need to find someone who can act to read these books. I own all of the books and love every single one of them, but this narrator is awful!


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

    If it had been read by someone with feeling.


    Any additional comments?

    Get a new narrator Nancy!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    PDX Reader Portland, OR USA 08-22-13
    PDX Reader Portland, OR USA 08-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Nice "Cozy". Reader just short of terrible."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if they like cozies and can find another reader.


    What didn’t you like about Teri Clark Linden’s performance?

    I've been listening to audio books for several years now and I fancy myself a bit of a sophisticated listener. This reader is just flat, flat, flat.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Morton Lafayette, CA USA 04-29-13
    Ann Morton Lafayette, CA USA 04-29-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A terrific book/series *ruined* by narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    No question: would be 5 stars with a better narrator


    What didn’t you like about Teri Clark Linden’s performance?

    I do not appreciated being treated as if I am sitting in a circle in day care - long pauses, sing/song too sweet voice. These charming witty books deserve a narrator who understands and appreciates them!!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    EXTREME disappointment and sadness bordering on anger based on my reaction to the narrator and my love for the books when I read them in print. I was so excited after seeing the series in 'coming soon' and was prepared to purchase the entire series on Audible and have *many* hours of enjoyment. My only good reaction is that I purchased only the first book in 'coming soon'


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Liz Bogart, GA, United States 10-30-14
    Liz Bogart, GA, United States 10-30-14 Member Since 2013

    I'm 30 years old, from the east coast of America, and my favorite books are realistic, but stretch the truth and the laws of physics.

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    "Excrutiating Narration"
    Any additional comments?

    I like this book. It's a cozy mystery which pulls you along with its momentum and description, and the mystery of it is also enticing. I want to buy the rest of the series. I will not be buying the audio version from audible though, and I urge you not to buy it either. I really cannot believe that this same narrator was hired to do every single book in the series after this terrible performance. Raising the playback speed really only helps alleviate the awfulness of this lady's narration a little, tiny bit. That only takes care of her unnatural slowness. At first, it was irksome, but I actually wanted to punch her in the face after the millionth time she annunciated a word so carefully that even words like "And" ended up with extra syllables on the end. She sounds like a robot which was built only to read illustrated books to five year olds, though I think even a child that age would find her reading style condescending and utterly wooden. Thanks for sucking every bit of personality out of this text, lady. Great job.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rebbecca 03-07-14
    Rebbecca 03-07-14
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    "Terrible Narration!"
    What would have made Aunt Dimity's Death better?

    Better narration!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Haven't finished it yet.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Teri Clark Linden?

    Anybody!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Is this narrator a real person? Or did they get some Siri-type computerized voice to read this thing? Seriously, I have only listed to 5 minutes of the story and I'm not sure I'm going to be able to make it through the whole thing. It's awful! I will try increasing the speed and see if that improves it, but if it doesn't I'm going to seriously regret downloading this one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    bluetopaz 05-19-13
    bluetopaz 05-19-13
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    "Narration could have been much better"
    What made the experience of listening to Aunt Dimity's Death the most enjoyable?

    I love the books in this series, especially the earlier titles and was delighted at the opportunity to listen to this title. The quiet charm of Atherton's characters and story comes through clearly.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Aunt Dimity's Death?

    When Lori discovers that Aunt Dimity actually existed and the aftermath up to arriving in London.


    What three words best describe Teri Clark Linden’s performance?

    Slow, methodical, precise.


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

    not sure.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately, the narrator's slowish pace and careful E-NUN-CI-A-TING (and yes, that's exactly how many of the words and phrasings sounded) occasionally jarred me out of the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Wisconsin 03-14-15
    Amazon Customer Wisconsin 03-14-15

    Fraoch

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    "Wrecked by the reader"
    Would you try another book from Nancy Atherton and/or Teri Clark Linden?

    Atherton yes, IF and only if not narrated by Linden.


    What other book might you compare Aunt Dimity's Death to and why?

    any cozy


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Teri Clark Linden?

    Literally anyone. Part of narration is knowing how to pronounce words properly and understanding where and how to place emphasis. This narrator does not even understand the basic difference between when one says the word "a" as a long a or a short a.

    I'm not quite clear whether she actually understands English because the emphasis is completely wrong in virtually every sentence. Bill sounds as though he has some sort of affliction. awful, horrible terrible.


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

    The story is a nice little cozy. Comfort reading. Destroyed entirely by the narration in this case.


    Any additional comments?

    There are a lot of parents out there with 3rd graders who could use the extra cash - please hire one of their kids to read the next one, It will be a step up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chester, United Kingdom
    4/4/13
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    "Poor Narration"

    The story, whilst not great literature, was a cozy read which kept my interest. It was not helped at all by the narration which sounded-computer generated with really bad attempts at accents.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    4/20/15
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    "Poor narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Aunt Dimity's Death to be better than the print version?

    No. Sounds robotic and monotone. The story might be OK but the narration is too irritating. Shame the series all use the same narrator. Might consider reading a copy of the book myself


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Teri Clark Linden?

    An alternative narrator might improve the performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clair
    4/20/15
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    "Narrator sounds bored so its not a great start!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I think the story was ok but the narrator was so monotone that even interesting parts sounded boring. A different narrator may have brought some expression to the reading.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting was the idea that Aunt Dimity doesn't exist and then a young woman gets a call from a lawyer claiming to be representing Aunt Dimity - sounds intriguing.
    It is quite slow going though.


    How could the performance have been better?

    More expression from the narrator


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment - I was hoping to like this as there are several in the series and I like to listen to a whole series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    2/18/15
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    "Different"
    Where does Aunt Dimity's Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Enjoyed this, the first book in the series. Concept and story different. Likable characters. Narration very good. Enjoyed the book and the audiobook enough to buy the rest of the books and available audiobooks in the series.


    What other book might you compare Aunt Dimity's Death to, and why?

    I could compare this series with the Mrs. Pollifax series and the books by Georgette Heyer who writes mysteries as well as romances. These books tell stories without horror, or adult sex scenes, or "psycho" problems of characters. Excentrics and murders are present but not to the point of acute discomfort.


    Have you listened to any of Teri Clark Linden’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any other performances of Teri Clark Linden but will look out for them. I like her voice (or voices)


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

    Unfortunately yes , as I do need my sleep. Fortunately audible has a chapter stop or I would be up all night.


    Any additional comments?

    I suppose this is like a fairy tale book where the heroine lives happily ever after as well as a happy ending for the title character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Teddy
    London
    1/17/15
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    "Great story, dreadful narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narration - have it done by someone who can do a believable English and Scottish accent, and who knows the difference between a rural English accent an an awful Irish accent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and the plot.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Teri Clark Linden?

    Anyone less less stilted , with a better grasp of English (as opposed to American) pronunciation


    Did Aunt Dimity's Death inspire you to do anything?

    The story inspired me to buy the next one, despite it having the same awful narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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