From Mary Roberts Rinehart, or "America's Agatha Christie", comes this suspenseful thriller set aboard the luxury yacht Ella. Ralph Leslie takes a job as a steward on the ship's first cruise, and everything seems perfect until one August night, when one of the Ella's officers disappears and an axe-wielding murderer kills three people, setting off fear and paranoia among the remaining crew and passengers. Jim Killavey gives Ralph a masculine vigor that sees him unflappable in the face of the terror surrounding him, making him a compelling presence amid Rinehart's sensational plot.
One of the ship's officers is thrown overboard. Another one is killed with an axe. The killer strikes again and again, and the rest of the passengers begin to panic. Only the young doctor remains calm and tries to solve the murders, but to do that he will have to stay alive, something that won't be easy.
Here is another classic from the Mary Roberts Rinehart, a master of mystery and suspense.
©1996 Jimcin Recordings; Cover Design ©1994 Brian J. Killavey
Most voice mail attendants have more personality than the reader. Threats, love, pleading, begging -- all read in the same slow monotone.
As a separate matter, this is only for people who like dated novels (where the main character goes undercover by removing the letter from his college sweater) and for those who like absolutely no clues to whom the villain might be, but just like the random character reveal in the last 5 minutes.
This audio book, which might have been better read than heard, was unendingly dull and without any level of suspense. I believe the narration had a lot to do with it because the book was read in a near monotone, with poor pacing, and unnoticeable difference from character to character. It's my frist book by this author, which is also sad, as I will be disinclined to try any of her other works. Save your money and don't buy this one.
I liked the story but didn't like the narrator (Jim Killavey). He reads in a monotone and his accent is strange. I found myself trying to place it instead of paying attention to the story. I will not buy any more audiobooks read by Mr. Killavey. (A great narrator is Lorelei King. I'd recommend anything read by her!)
This may be a great book, but I couldn't get past the first chapter because the narrator was so awful. He sounded like he was giving diction lessons -- he was so careful to pronounce every word distinctly that he forgot to pay attention to what was going on. There was absolutely no nuance, and the dialogue was unbelievably stilted. It was so distracting I gave up.
I wouldn?t have got this book if I?d known that it was set in 1911. I don?t enjoy historical novels, but as always YMMV.
I should also add that my idea of a ?good mystery? is one where I have all the clues that the hero has as to who the bad person is, but I don?t catch on. This book didn?t satisfy that criteria; nobody had a clue until the end. But, it was a good story nevertheless.
The thing that really spoiled the book for me, however, was the narrator, Jim Killavey. He reads like ? a three-pack a day ? kinda guy? who doesn?t have enough breath ? for a complete sentence ? and by the time I?ve ? listened to a sentence ? I am ready ? for something stronger than cigarettes!!! Sometimes the narrator really adds to an audio book, and the narrator rarely detracts. However, I tired of Mr. Kilavey very quickly, and I?ll try to avoid anything else he reads.
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