At what point in the day could the note have been slipped into his pocket, his left breast pocket? It was an ordinary sheet of glazed squared paper, probably torn out of an exercise book. The words were written in pencil, in a regular handwriting that looked to him like a woman's. For pity's sake, ask to see the patient in room 15. When Inspector Maigret's wife falls ill on their seaside holiday, a visit to the hospital leads him on an unexpected quest to find justice for a young girl.
I've read quite a few Maigrets but never found this in print. Has all the elements: rich atmosphere of a place, upper and lower class characters played off against each other, maigret's irritable doggedness. This narrator is excellent as well. Very good with the voices.
Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman's daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those excellent women - the smart, supportive, repressed women whom men take for granted. As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighbors - anthropologist Helena Napier; Helen's handsome, dashing husband, Rocky; and Julian Malory, the vicar next door - the novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived.
Nice to see Audible offer this and hope to see more Pym. The narrator does a nice job with the deadpan sharpness of main character's observations and to the self satisfied obtuseness of those around her in a way that will be familiar to Austen fans.
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A captivating comic novel from Angela Thirkell's much-loved 1930s Barsetshire series: trainee barrister Colin Keith makes an ill-advised foray into teaching at Southbridge School. To his parents' dismay, Colin Keith - out of the noble but misplaced sense of duty peculiar to high-minded young university graduates - chooses to quit his training for the Bar and take a teaching job at Southbridge School.
Would you consider the audio edition of Summer Half to be better than the print version?
Yes, the reader was wonderful and does the different voices of kids and adults, schoolmasters and servants, clever people and fatheads, so well I laughed 3x as much as I would have reading it for myself
What other book might you compare Summer Half to and why?
Not quite Barbara Pym but definitely Anthony Trollope as Thirkell herself thought, given she named the area Barsetshire.
Which scene was your favorite?
The one where Rose, the spoiled brat, throws a tantrum upstairs, while her father and her fiancé are downstairs discussing the engagement and trying to be serious, ignoring her cheering and the moment when a bath sponge flies out the window
If you could rename Summer Half, what would you call it?
The novel I wished I'd read before I thought I was in love at 16
Any additional comments?
Wonderful reader! If only she'd do Barbara Pym (or Jane Austen for that matter).
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Gold Dagger-winner and best-selling author in the United Kingdom, Ian Rankin crafts absorbing crime novels with solidly drawn characters and first-rate plotting. In Strip Jack, he portrays a shocking murder investigation that exposes the sordid side of Edinburgh politics and society. Detective John Rebus suspects a set-up when a respected Member of Parliament is caught in a police raid on a brothel—and his flamboyant wife suddenly disappears.
Would you listen to Strip Jack again? Why?
Who was your favorite character and why?
Have you listened to any of Samuel Gillies’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No, but want to
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
The Scottish accents make it, well performed and it's good Rankin
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