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The Blood of an Englishman Audiobook

The Blood of an Englishman: The Agatha Raisin Mysteries, Book 25

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Publisher's Summary

In this irresistible new mystery from New York Times best seller M. C. Beaton, the adorably cranky Agatha Raisin investigates when a local baker is murdered while performing in a seemingly harmless pantomime.

"Fee, fie, fo, fum. I smell the blood of an Englishman…"

Even though Agatha Raisin loathes amateur dramatics, her friend Mrs. Bloxby, the vicar's wife, has persuaded her to support the local pantomime. Stifling a yawn at the production of Babes in the Woods, Agatha watches as the baker, playing an ogre, struts and threatens on the stage. Then a trapdoor opens…followed by a scream and then silence.

Surely, this isn't the way the scene was rehearsed? When it turns out the popular baker has been murdered, Agatha puts her team of private detectives on the case. They soon discover more feuds and temperamental behavior in amateur theatrics than in a professional stage show - and face more and more danger as the team gets too close to the killer.

The Blood of an Englishman is Agatha's 25th adventure, and you'd think she would have learned by now not to keep making the same mistakes. Alas, no - yet Agatha's flaws only make her more endearing. In this sparkling new entry in Beaton's New York Times best-selling series of modern cozies, Agatha Raisin once again "manages to infuriate, amuse, and solicit our deepest sympathies as we watch her blunder her way boldly through another murder mystery". (Bookreporter.com)

©2014 M. C. Beaton (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    lisa Portland, OR, United States 09-25-14
    lisa Portland, OR, United States 09-25-14

    Mystery Maniac

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    "Great story, awful narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Why on earth did MC Beaton switch from the fabulous Penelope Keith to this third rate narrator? Why? Did Ms. Keith die or something?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blood of an Englishman?

    The plot was great as usual.


    How could the performance have been better?

    So many bad aspects of it I don't know where to start. The characters' voices were flat as a board. Penelope Keith usually narrates this series & has a gift for vividly bringing the characters to life.


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

    Like I said, great story, awful narration.


    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela C. Alger long beach, ca USA 09-18-14
    Pamela C. Alger long beach, ca USA 09-18-14 Member Since 2014

    palger

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    "Voice actor"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Penelope Keith as voice talent


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I found it too painful to listen to the entire story - am reading it instead


    Would you be willing to try another one of Alison Larkin’s performances?

    Never. She has a terrible lisp (so do I so I don't feel bad mentioning it but I would not think voice artist would be an appropriate career choice for me) and no real differentiation between characters. Doesn't do men well. Nor does her agatha raisin have any depth.


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

    MC Beaton always interesting. So far reading the story has been quite enjoyable


    29 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    J. Elliott Virginia Beach, VA 10-15-14
    J. Elliott Virginia Beach, VA 10-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "HORRIBLE HORRIBLE NARRATION"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Keeping the original narrator from the last 20 or so books. Where's Donada Peters? Or when she can't do it, Penelope Keith? This woman makes it apparent that she has NEVER listened to the previous books' narrations and so her work here does not complement their work. She makes Mrs. Bloxby sound like a stupid tart, her Agatha Raisin delivers none of the hilarious characterisms that make people love her. All around Fail for Allison Larkin.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Couldn't bear to make it through it. I read it instead. Agatha is always my favorite -- she's so flawed and endearing.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alison Larkin?

    ANYONE. But certainly Donada Peters or Davina Porter.


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

    Yes, the actual story is wonderful. Charming as ever, this is another hit for Beaton.


    Any additional comments?

    After waiting for this to be released eagerly for a year, Larkin is more than a huge disappointment -- she's a waste of a good credit.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Judith 11-09-14
    Judith 11-09-14
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    "Terrible reading voice"
    Would you try another book from M. C. Beaton and/or Alison Larkin?

    Not from Alison Larkin


    What was most disappointing about M. C. Beaton’s story?

    I actually couldn't get past the first page of this book because of the reader's scratchy, shrill voice. I love M.C. Beaton's books, but will have to give this one a miss due to the
    reading voice.


    What didn’t you like about Alison Larkin’s performance?

    Screechy, shrill, just horrible. Please beg Penelope Keith, who was perfect in all the books I heard read by her, to come back.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Blood of an Englishman?

    Can't comment because I couldn't finish this reading, the reader's voice was so
    inappropriate for the material and shrill.


    Any additional comments?

    I hated Larkin's voice. Perhaps she was not well directed, I don't know. Please, please
    use Penelope Keith in future.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    S. Brown USA 10-26-14
    S. Brown USA 10-26-14 Member Since 2007
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    "such awful narration"
    What disappointed you about The Blood of an Englishman?

    the narration was so bad I couldn't listen to the whole book. I will get it on Kindle and read it for myself.


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

    I couldn't stay tuned to the story because I was distracted by the dreadful narration. This woman is NOT suited to the Agatha stories and ensemble we've all, as devoted fans, come to love.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alison Larkin?

    Why diidn't you get Penelope Keith or Donada Peters?


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

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    Please give us a refund and reissue the book read by someone else.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Peapod77 10-02-14
    Peapod77 10-02-14
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    "Penelope Keith where are you??!!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    NO! The reader is dreadful. She doesn't "get" Agatha, Bill, or any of the regular characters. No depth, no charm, no humor, just a flat sappy reading. I have listened to ALL of the Agatha Raisin books many times over and I'm only into this one an hour and can't bear any more. I will read the book instead and imagine Penelope Keith's narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them - when the Agatha books are read by a dynamic reader who "gets" these books and their attitude and humor!


    How could the performance have been better?

    It could be read by Penelope Keith! Why change a great narrator who has all the attitude necessary to "be" Agatha Raisin? This reading has all the bravado of a wet noodle.


    Could you see The Blood of an Englishman being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Dumb question


    Any additional comments?

    What a disappointment. I was so looking forward to listening to another great Agatha Raisin.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Marguerite Darling 09-27-14

    "detective simplicite"

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    "Too painful to get through it"
    What disappointed you about The Blood of an Englishman?

    Unrecognizable! Where were all the characters we had learned to love? Where is Penelope Keith?
    This was not Agatha Raisin, in fact, we couldn't recognize anyone.
    Talk about ruining our week!


    What didn’t you like about Alison Larkin’s performance?

    OH PLEASE!! The falsetto voice was unbearable. We didn't recognize performance.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Blood of an Englishman?

    Is it the book? If so trash it. Again, I ask where is Penelope Keith and all the characters we
    loved?


    Any additional comments?

    Please give us back the real Agatha Raisin, we looked forward to Sept. for the new release,
    can't tell you how disappointed.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Paul L. 10-02-14
    Paul L. 10-02-14 Listener Since 2009
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    "Terrible narrator"
    Would you try another book from M. C. Beaton and/or Alison Larkin?

    Yes but not the same narrator.


    What could M. C. Beaton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Bring back Penelope Keith. She is the voice of Agatha Raisin.


    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 10-11-14
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 10-11-14 Member Since 2014

    OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!

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    "WHY CHANGE A NARRATOR AFTER 20+ BOOKS?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator is absolutely awful with her irritating nasal voice.


    What was most disappointing about M. C. Beaton’s story?

    I didn't get that far. The narration made my teeth hurt after 30 minutes.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    First, this is #25 of a series admirably narrated by Penelope Keith. Why change such a vital element of an audiobook? Great narrators make mediocre book much better. Keith gave Agatha Raisin a crochety jaded mature attitude - man mad and vain. This narrator makes Agatha sound like a teenager sucking on a helium balloon! The performance lacks depth and all of the characters sound alike.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm very, very disappointed in this book. I had to stop listening after a half hour.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Sylvia CULLMAN, AL, United States 07-17-16
    Sylvia CULLMAN, AL, United States 07-17-16 Member Since 2016

    Armchair traveler

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    "More complex but every bit as good as the others"
    What did you love best about The Blood of an Englishman?

    This one seemed to have more sub-plots so that even when one issue was being resolved, others continued or new ones cropped up. Sometimes one wondered whether this or that issue was related to the others. That formed part of the mystery too. So, it was nice to be able to rewind and replay when I hadn't been paying good attention to the details.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mrs. Bloxby remains my favorite character. Though not a very colorful character, she remains the voice of reason and calm and has so much intuition. As "the reader", I often relate more with Mrs. Bloxby than the other characters. I, too, often want to share some good sense with Agatha. Were I Mrs. Bloxby however, the vicar would have been one of the murder victims long before this book, LOL! I am impressed with Toni's dedication to Agatha and how her staff rallied round in this book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Agatha's 2 close calls were the "closest calls" in any of the books! Edge of your seat sort of stuff!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was very concerned about Agatha's 2 close calls. I was not looking at how close I was to the end of the book, so I didn't know if one of these was going to be the end of Agatha! Worrisome!


    Any additional comments?

    I prefer Penelope Keith's narration. But Allson Larkin was okay. Still, the characters did not have the strong distinctions they have when Keith narrates. And I sure hope this isn't the last we hear of Agatha Raisin.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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