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Murder at the Brightwell Audiobook

Murder at the Brightwell

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Publisher's Summary

Amory Ames is a wealthy young woman who questions her marriage to her notoriously charming playboy husband Milo. Looking for a change, she accepts a request for help from her former fiance, Gil Trent. Amory accompanies Gil to the luxurious Brightwell Hotel in an attempt to circumvent the marriage of his sister Emmeline to Rupert Howe, a disreputable ladies' man. Amory sees in the situation a grim reflection of her own floundering marriage. There is more than her happiness at stake, however, when Rupert is murdered and Gil is arrested for the crime. Amory is determined to prove his innocence and find the real killer. As the stakes grow higher and the line between friend and foe becomes less clear, Amory must decide where her heart lies and catch the killer before she, too, becomes a victim.

©2014 Ashley Weaver (P)2014 Dreamscape Media, LLC

What the Critics Say

"This debut novel by a librarian lays the foundation for a stylish series with Milo and Amory channeling Nick and Nora Charles." (Booklist)

"Fans of plucky female amateur sleuths will welcome Amory Ames, the heroine of Weaver's pleasing debut set in 1932 England... the affable Amory could carry a series." (Publishers Weekly)

"A witty and charming debut mystery with a believably spunky sleuth and a compelling story of love that never runs smoothly." (G.M. Malliet, Agatha Award-winning author of the St. Just, and Max Tudor mysteries)

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    Maribee7 Earth 05-04-15
    Maribee7 Earth 05-04-15

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Horrible Narration"

    I bought this book because it was an Edgar nominee for best novel or best first novel. Also looking for something like The Royal Spyness mysteries. Big Mistake. This lady keeps pausing or putting the periods behind each word, like she is reading from a paper where she hasn't practice her speech. Annoying. I can't take it. I returned.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Paul and Courtney Berkeley, CA, United States 02-01-16
    Paul and Courtney Berkeley, CA, United States 02-01-16 Member Since 2016

    Paul Osborne

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    "worst narrator ever"
    Would you try another book from Ashley Weaver and/or Billie Fulford-Brown?

    honestly, i couldn't listen to more than 3 minutes of this person reading. i have no idea about the story. the narrator made me want to run away from my phone.


    Would you recommend Murder at the Brightwell to your friends? Why or why not?

    no. un-listenable-to


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Billie Fulford-Brown?

    anyone


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

    not sure.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Miller Massachusetts, USA 01-04-16
    Heather Miller Massachusetts, USA 01-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good mystery, horrible narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would recommend the book to anyone who likes Agatha Christie type mysteries - but in book format, not audio. It's not the best or most gripping mystery, but if you like the genre it's a pleasant read.


    If you’ve listened to books by Ashley Weaver before, how does this one compare?

    1st one


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator over pronounced her lines, made strange pauses and inflections, and gave annoying voices to many of the characters. Enough to make me want to stop listening to the story.


    Did Murder at the Brightwell inspire you to do anything?

    Write a review. I don't do that often, but I bought the book despite another reviewer's comments about the narration and deciding to add my hearty agreement when it really was so stilted that it detracted from the story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sweetwilliam Kennebunkport, Me 11-17-15
    Sweetwilliam Kennebunkport, Me 11-17-15 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid reader of mysteries. I dwell in the golden years of English mysteries and the well written words by master story tellers.

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    "The narrator ruined this book for me."
    What did you love best about Murder at the Brightwell?

    The story was cute and kept moving. It is a lighthearted mystery/romance story.


    Would you recommend Murder at the Brightwell to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes I would. Easy story to drive to. It doesn't take a lot of concentration. But the book was fun.


    How could the performance have been better?

    To be honest the narrator ruined the book for me. I almost stopped listening several times.The cadence of her speech was way off. It was painful to listen to, my mind would reconstruct each sentence after she spoke. Too hard to explain here but the good news is that the next book that follows has a different narrator. I will never buy another book read by her. Too bad really.


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

    No, not that gripping. Just. Lighthearted story. Just what I need sometimes when I am multitasking.


    Any additional comments?

    So glad to see a new narrator was hired for the next book, this one does not do the story justice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce A. Bolesky 11-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Painful to listen to."
    What would have made Murder at the Brightwell better?

    A story is in the details: NO details in this story. Every gown has a color, but not a picture. I knew how many of the sentences would end before I heard them. The characterization was based on the reading voice, but not on the depictions of the people.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Huge Frasier reading Agatha Christie. What a relief. This book seemed as if it were an imitation of Agatha Christie, but didn't quite make it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader's voice is very irritating. Her British accent is extreme. Her imitations of the men's voices is terrible.


    What character would you cut from Murder at the Brightwell?

    The German actor pretending to be British. He seemed extraneous to the story, even as a might-be murderer.


    Any additional comments?

    Well, it was something to listen to. Perhaps the author's next novels will be better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. Moore Los Altos, CA 06-21-16
    L. Moore Los Altos, CA 06-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrible Narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different narrator. This one spoke slowly and haltingly, as though reading for the mentally impaired. Her narration robbed the story of all humor and life. The story shows such promise, but I couldn't get past the second disc.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Rogers Cheyenne, WY USA 11-25-15
    B. Rogers Cheyenne, WY USA 11-25-15 Member Since 2008

    brstartingknitter

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    "I'm gritting my teeth"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, it's an ok 1930s English mystery, but I suspect better enjoyed as a book than listened to.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A different narrator. I'm not usually picky; this is the first time in having listened to many Audible books that I've reacted so viscerally and negatively.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator's performance is so annoying that it interferes with enjoyment of the plot. Why in the world she drags out every sentence, puts strange emphasis on the odd adjective or verb, and can't produce a soft female voice that doesn't sound insipid, to name a few of my objections, I do not know. Is it the narrator's responsibility or that of the producer to ensure the delivery isn't weird? Probably both.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Te Gurule 09-15-15
    Te Gurule 09-15-15 Member Since 2016

    gliderider

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    "cute"
    What did you like best about Murder at the Brightwell? What did you like least?

    nice agatha christie type novel.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    a little irritating trying to speak the male parts. over-exaggerated in a few other parts as well.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cougar 03-28-15
    Cougar 03-28-15 Member Since 2014

    Cougar

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    "Superb who done. it"

    The author has woven a spectacular tale. The narrator makes the story come alive. Together they are an unbeatable team. I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Willis Charlotte, NC 01-03-16
    C. Willis Charlotte, NC 01-03-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Fine story"

    The plot line is good, very classic style and setting with decent characters. The narration is at times distracting. Male voices in particular have too-large pauses between each word during dialogue. I actually checked several times to make sure I hadn't accidentally slowed the playing speed. This makes it sound like a spoof or a joke, a couple of times I laughed out loud it was so bad. I was able to tolerate it and enjoy the story after a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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