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  • Death in a White Tie

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

A body in the back of a taxi begins an elegantly constructed mystery, perhaps the finest of Marsh’s 1930s novels. The season had begun. Débutantes and chaperones were planning their luncheons, teas, dinners, balls. And the blackmailer was planning his strategies, stalking his next victim. But Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn knew that something was up. He had already planted his friend, Lord Robert Gospell, at the scene. But someone else got there first....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible sound quality ruins the experience

  • By David Adams on 03-23-16

Terrible sound quality, great story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-18

Such a shame that the bad sound quality of this recording interfered with what was otherwise six stars.

  • The Whole Art of Detection

  • Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974

Internationally best-selling author Lyndsay Faye became enamored with tales of Sherlock Holmes and his esteemed biographer, Dr. John Watson, as a child and later began spinning these quintessential characters into her own works of fiction - from her acclaimed debut novel, Dust and Shadow, which pitted the famous detective against Jack the Ripper, to a series of short stories for the Strand Magazine, whose predecessor published the very first Sherlock Holmes short story in 1891.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yay! More Sherlock!

  • By KadySiga on 03-13-17

Practically Perfect Sherlock Holmes Stories

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-18

You will think you are listening to a hidden cache of stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. Everything is spot on. Holmes is, perhaps, a little less snotty then he is in the originals, but personally I like him better this way. No fear, he is still the same Holmes we love but just a bit more human.If you love Holmes And Watson you won’t be disappointed by any of these great stories. Narrator Simon Vance is once again perfection.

  • A Study in Charlotte

  • Charlotte Holmes, Book 1
  • By: Brittany Cavallaro
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

Jamie Watson has always been intrigued by Charlotte Holmes; after all, their great-great-great-grandfathers were one of the most infamous pairs in history. But the Holmes family has always been odd, and Charlotte is no exception. She's inherited Sherlock's volatility and some of his vices - and when Jamie and Charlotte end up at the same Connecticut boarding school, Charlotte makes it clear she's not looking for friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent concept

  • By Phoenix on 02-15-17

Not just for young adults

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-18

If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes, you will enjoy this. Great plot and outstanding narration

  • The Late Scholar

  • The Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet, Book 4
  • By: Jill Paton Walsh
  • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

When a dispute among the fellows of St. Severin's College, Oxford University, reaches a stalemate, Lord Peter Wimsey discovers that as the Duke of Denver he is "the Visitor" - charged with the task of resolving the issue. It is time for Lord Peter and his detective novelist wife Harriet to revisit their beloved Oxford, where their long and literate courtship finally culminated in their engagement and marriage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This reader is very difficult to listen to.

  • By Joan on 08-11-15

The narration is just criminal

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-18

There is no performance here. It’s strictly a straight reading. Very little differences between the male voices, making it very easy to lose track as to who is speaking. The narrator has absolutely no clue about these very famous and well loved characters. Also, he reads incredibly slowly, as if we readers might not be smart enough to figure out what is going on.

Peter Wimsey is probably my most favorite character in all of fictiondom. Of course I have read Jill Paton Walsh’s other Wimsey books, and while they are kind of flat to read the narration has always turned it into a great experience. Not so with this Narrator. Such a huge disappointment.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Enter a Murderer

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

The crime scene was the stage of the Unicorn Theatre, when a prop gun fired a very real bullet; the victim was an actor clawing his way to stardom using bribery instead of talent; and the suspects included two unwilling girlfriends and several relieved blackmail victims. The stage is set for one of Roderick Alleyn's most baffling cases.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Virginia on 08-27-17

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-17

I can't believe that I haven't listened to a Ngaio Marsh before. What a fool I've been! Her writing is almost as good as Dorothy L. Sayers. I can't wait to hear the rest of her books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 62 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,270
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,921
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,895

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the definitive collection of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and four collections of short stories. And, exclusively for Audible, Stephen has written and narrated eight insightful introductions, one for each title.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Chapter Guide!

  • By Katya Rice on 05-25-18

Perfection

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-17

Now that I have reached the end of this outstanding production, I am going to go back to the beginning and start all over again. It's that brilliant

12 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,987
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,983

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading cover contains excellent novel

  • By jennifer on 01-28-16

Terrible

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-16

How can this horrible book have so many wonderful reviews? There must be something wrong with me. It's terrible. I've only been listening for about an hour... Maybe it gets better but I just can't go on. The plot is set up in the first few but then nothing happens. There is no one to like, though since it's mostly emails, it's impossible to get to know any of the characters. Apparently the author is also a writer on several sitcoms, some which I have liked. But sitcoms are mostly light and fluffy and brainless. Kind of like this book.

  • The Yard

  • By: Alex Grecian
  • Narrated by: Toby Leonard Moore
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,547
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,547

Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only 12 detectives - known as “The Murder Squad” - to investigate thousands of murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. When Walter Day, the squad’s newest hire, is assigned the case of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in the Yard’s first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narration, Book Needed Some Work

  • By Sires on 09-09-12

Violent and dry

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-16

Just too many disturbing elements in this book to be enjoyable. I enjoy mysteries and detective stories, particularly those set in Victorian times. I am well aware of the dark side of that period of time in London. Still, the violence described here made me not want to finish the book. As I debated whether to go on, I realized I didn't care about most of the characters, with the exception of Highsmith. The author doesn't go into much detail about the personal aspects of the main characters; what they looked like, or anything that made me want to get to know them better. I can't think of a better word to describe the story but dry. Violent and dry. I am on chapter 32, so must be close to the end, but just do not want to go any further. That never happens!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wood Beyond

  • Dalziel and Pascoe, Book 15
  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

A ravaged wood, a man in uniform long dead - this is not a World War One battlefield but Wanwood House, a pharmaceutical research centre. Peter Pascoe attends his grandmother’s funeral, and scattering her ashes leads him, too, into war-torn woods in search of his great-grandfather, who fought and died in Passchendaele.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Probably the worst Dalziel Pascoe Book

  • By Virginia on 08-12-15

Probably the worst Dalziel Pascoe Book

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-15

I have read and/or listened to all the Dalziel Pascoe books over and over. I had read The Wood Beyond just once, and wondered when I saw it offered on Audible, why I never picked it up again. Having listened to this audio version, now I know why. Its slow, not at all exciting, and most of the book is spent on Peter Pascoe's family history.

It seems that the current narrator of the Dalziel and Pascoe series, Jonathan Keeble, is here to stay. He is fine, but just fine. He does a good Andy, Peter and Weildy. But his womens' voices are truly awful.

Hope they bring back Shaun Dooley or Colin Buchanan. They are outstanding. I can't count how many times I have listened to the Dalziel/Pascoe books they narrate.

If you are a fan of this great series, you can skip this book and not miss a thing.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of Dr. Dolittle

  • By: Hugh Lofting
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 947
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 821
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 835

No one loves and understands animals like the eccentric 19th century physician Dr. Dolittle, who masters animal language with the help of Polynesia the parrot. After his human patients desert him, the kind-hearted doctor finds his calling in practicing animal medicine, and his fame spreads far and wide. When a terrible epidemic breaks out among monkeys in Africa, Dr. Dolittle sets out to save them, accompanied by some of his favorite pets.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Charming but, uh, really racist

  • By David on 08-11-13

Enjoyable but...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-13

I loved the way this book was written - as much for adults as children. The author explains the impossible in a carefree and easy way so the reader (listener) can accept it and just enjoy the story.

However...I was jarred by hearing the N word. It was not said in anger (an animal is the speaker) but as a description; nevertheless, it was a shock to hear. It just dates the book so much as well as causing a slight unease for the rest of the story. And then there is the plot point which has an African prince yearning to have white skin. There is no antagonism or ridicule of the Africans in the story, it is merely a reflection of the times. Still, perhaps not the best recording to share with an impressionable child. Apparently there are other versions where these racist items have been removed.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful