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Well-Schooled in Murder Audiobook

Well-Schooled in Murder

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Publisher's Summary

When 13-year-old Matthew Whateley goes missing from Bredgar Chambers, a prestigious public school in the heart of West Sussex, aristocratic Inspector Thomas Lynley receives a call for help from the lad's housemaster, who also happens to be an old school chum. Thus, the inspector, his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, and forensic scientist Simon Allcourt-St. James find themselves once again outside their jurisdiction and deeply involved in the search for a child - and then, tragically, for a child killer. Questioning prefects, teachers, and pupils closest to the dead boy, Lynley and Havers sense that something extraordinarily evil is going on behind Bredgar Chambers's cloistered walls. But as they begin to unlock the secrets of this closed society, the investigation into Matthew's death leads them perilously close to their own emotional wounds - and blinds them to the signs of another murder in the making...

©1991 Susan Elizabeth George; (P)1991 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A spectacular new voice in mystery writing." (Los Angeles Times)
"A compelling whodunit...a reader's delight." (Daily News, New York)

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    Mystery Maven 12-04-15

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    "Mystery Macen"

    This was a terrible audio book. It was a recast of an original production and the sound was horrible.

    Very, very disappointed in Audible!!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-04-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Good author, poor narrator"

    I found the narrator very hard to understand. I thought that he spoke too quickly, and didn't enunciate well. I should have listened to the excerpt before buying. There were large segments that I just couldn't hear properly.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Grace 06-27-16
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    "quality of the audio is awful"

    Very hard to hear and understand - and the music makes it even worse! Had to listen to it at .75% to even understand the words...

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    Karen D Byers 11-26-15
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    "Great story as part of a series..but"

    The production values on this version were terrible. And the music signaling the ellipses of the longer book was bad. Al this was very distracting.

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    Mary 04-16-15
    Mary 04-16-15
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    "Horrible recording!"
    What disappointed you about Well-Schooled in Murder?

    The quality of the recording was extremely poor.


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

    The story itself was quite good - no criticism here.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator detracted significantly from this book - at least for this American listener. He spoke much too quickly, and with his British accent, I missed much of his narration.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Well-Schooled in Murder?

    I would make no changes to the story itself.


    Any additional comments?

    The overall quality of this recording was so bad that I wish I could get my Audible credit back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Bolenbaugh 03-02-15
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    "it was ok"

    not what I expected, subject matter was not for me, nothing more to say now

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Rochester, NY 10-11-12
    Amazon Customer Rochester, NY 10-11-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Not worth one credit"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who likes recordings that sound like they are from a gramophone. The recording quality was exceptionally poor.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was fine, although I made a mistake of not realizing it was abridged. I don't like abridged stories so that was my fault.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Derek Jacobi?

    He was fine.


    Any additional comments?

    Since it was abridged, perhaps the recording had been taken from an unabridged version and that's why the quality was so poor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Pittsburgh, PA, United States 08-27-12
    Susan Pittsburgh, PA, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Extremely poor quality!"
    What would have made Well-Schooled in Murder better?

    Being able to hear it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth George again?

    Yes - I like her books and had wanted to hear the Inspector Lynley books from the beginning so I bought some of the earlier books but the quality of three of them was so bad that I was unable to listen to them.


    What didn’t you like about Derek Jacobi’s performance?

    Couldn't understand a word said.


    What character would you cut from Well-Schooled in Murder?

    N/A. Couldn't hear it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Estero, FL, USA 05-20-04
    Pamela Estero, FL, USA 05-20-04
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    "OK for a lonely weekend!"

    Intertesing. Twists and turns keep you glued to the text...but be ready to listen closely...lots of names and places enter into the dialogue.....but it is slick.....enjoy.

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    Cynthia BAYVILLE, NJ, United States 11-15-13
    Cynthia BAYVILLE, NJ, United States 11-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The Worst Audiobook Ever"
    What would have made Well-Schooled in Murder better?

    Audiobooks must be crystal clear quality with well-paced, well-acted reading. This had neither. This was the WORST AUDIOBOOK I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO. The audio quality was horrible, sounded like the reader was in a barrel phoning it in through a 1940s phone line: crackly and echoey. Derek Jacobi, a fine actor, I expected he would be excellent as a reader. Wrong. He read waaaay too fast; combined with the poor sound quality, the majority of the book was nearly incomprehensible. An utter waste of a credit and an extreme disappointment. Elizabeth George is one of my favorite authors, her books are superb. I had previously read Well Schooled and wanted to listen to the audiobook to refresh my memory because my book club was reading it. This audio version was a disgraceful mistreatment of an excellent novel.


    What other book might you compare Well-Schooled in Murder to and why?

    Any classic British mystery. All Ms. George's mysteries have intriguing plots, well-crafted characters, numerous 'suspects,' and unexpected endings that resolve the mystery but leave the reader wanting more, in a good way. The mainstay characters throughout the series--Lynley, Havers, the St. Jameses--are interesting multi-layered people about whom the reader really cares and wants to keep reading to follow their stories.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    As mentioned above: He read ridiculously too fast, mumbled and ran words together, did not make the characters distinct enough. Just dreadful.


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

    Elizabeth George is a phenomenal author. The story itself is excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    I want my credit back, it was completely wasted on this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    3/26/09
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    "Well-Schooled in Murder"

    Good narration by Derek Jacobi and a good plot as you would expect from this skilled writer

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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