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Death at the Bar | [Ngaio Marsh]

Death at the Bar

A native New Zealander, whose name means "flowering tree," Ngaio Marsh was awarded the Order of the British Empire for her classic mysteries. This one involves a lawyer, a pub, and a deadly dart.
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Publisher's Summary

After an evening of friendly darts and vintage brandy, a distinguished, although amorous, barrister is in no condition to drive - or walk. The poor fellow's expired, leaving one less lawyer in the world. Everyone in the cozy pub swears that the untimely death was caused by a dart that punctured the victim's finger. But to Inspector Roderick Alleyn, the "accident" was really a case of murder.

©1940, 1967 by Ngaio Marsh; (P)1996 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Keith Fountain Valley, CA, United States 04-19-10
    Keith Fountain Valley, CA, United States 04-19-10 Member Since 2009
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    I tried several times to give this audio book another chance, but have found it very difficult to listen to. I finally gave up. Maybe I'll try listening again some day. It was mainly the narrator that I had such a hard time with, and I never really was able to give the story a chance. I can not recommend this audio book, and I would be unlikely to buy anything else narrated by the same person. Very disappointing.

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    Michael Geib 04-02-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Death at the Bar"

    The reader was not vary good, add to that there are distracting noises thought out this reading. The story was just OK The ending was weak.

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    Julia L. Scott 05-05-13

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    "A good mystery ruined by "over narration""

    It is a good classic mystery ruined by the narrator over acting. I almost gave up listening several times but the story kept me going in spite of the annoying narration.

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 05-09-11
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 05-09-11

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "death by detail"

    While I usually like narrator Nadia May very much, she's not a good choice for a Ngaio Marsh tale. Try the other version.

    Also, had I been in the mood for a detailed, and I mean DETAILED, detective novel, I might have rated this higher-- the writing was good, the mystery quirky, the characters and setting, cozy and well-drawn -- just too much damned detail about the location of chalk markers and brandy residue for my mood.

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