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  • Murder, She Wrote: Close-Up on Murder

  • Murder, She Wrote, Book 40
  • By: Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Cabot Cove is about to be invaded - by Hollywood. One of Jessica's older novels is being made into a big-budget movie. The producer has decided to shoot most of the film on location in town, since the book was loosely based on a murder that shocked Cabot Cove over a decade earlier.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good, Cute, Cozy Listen

  • By Tracy on 04-25-16

Great novel and wonderfully narrated

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

I really enjoy Sandra Burr's narration of the MSW book series. Donald Bain really writes these mysteries as close to the tv version as possible.

  • The Rake

  • By: Mary Jo Putney
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

Known as the despair of the Davenports, Reginald is a disinherited, disgraced alcoholic who is headed for a bad end - that is until the new Earl of Wargrave gives him one last chance at redemption by letting him take his place as the heir of Strickland, his lost ancestral estate. Masquerading as a man in order to obtain a position as estate manager of Strickland, Lady Alys Weston came to Strickland after having fled her home, her wealth, and her title due to betrayal and despair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At Last: A Worthy Narrator for this MJP Classic!

  • By Lady Wesley on 07-30-17

Long winded story about a drunkard

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

Five hours into listening to this audio book, I began to lose interest in all the characters. I became quite tired of the hero, Reggie Davenport. Reggie is a raging alcoholic, who is always trying to get a leg up over a cheap tart, a gambler, rake and a co-owner of a brotherl. What a guy. But wait, this is all 'cause poor Reggie suffered loss in his youth. Oh, my. Oh, dear. What do do? Why drink yourself silly, of course.
Then there is the heroine, big ol' Alice Westin. For some reason, she is described as a large boned woman who looks better in men's clothing than women's. The whole story is unbelievable and really began to try my patience.

  • Sparks Fly with the Billionaire

  • By: Marion Lennox
  • Narrated by: Scarlett Mack
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

The brooding banker and the Amazing Miss Mischka! Banker Mathew Bond is more used to boardroom antics than circus ones. The king of emotional detachment wouldn't normally foreclose on a loan in person, but Sparkles Circus meant a lot to him once Big mistake! Because feisty Allie (aka the Amazing Mischka) has more acumen than her pink-spangled bodysuit suggests. She won't allow a man in a suit to evict her family, no matter how gorgeous he is! Yet underneath the cold exterior, Allie's about to discover this brooding billionaire's heart of gold....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just an average read. Would not listen to it again

  • By ButterflyRose on 07-11-18

Just an average read. Would not listen to it again

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

This should have been more interesting and fun because of the plot line being based on a small circus family. If it would have been written as a romantic comedy I would have enjoyed it so much better. The narrator talks fast and is just ok.

  • Sleeping Murder (Dramatised)

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: June Whitfield
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Gwenda Reed arrives from New Zealand, travelling ahead of her husband with the task of finding the perfect place to make their base. In the quiet village of Dilmouth, she finds a house with immediate appeal. A few renovations will convert it into her ideal home. Then things get very strange indeed. Wanting porch stairs, Gwenda hires a builder to put them in - only to find some old steps, covered up by bushes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As Always Enjoyable. But ...

  • By Dylan on 05-11-15

Excellent Radio Production

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I always enjoy the BBC Radio full-cast productions and this was no exception. June Whitfield is wonderful as Miss Marple. I like the background music and sound effects. A nice, enjoyable listen.

  • Sleeping Murder

  • Miss Marple's Last Case
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

Soon after Gwenda moved into her new home, odd things started to happen. Despite her best efforts to modernize the house, she only succeeded in dredging up its past. Worse, she felt an irrational sense of terror every time she climbed the stairs.

In fear, Gwenda turned to Miss Marple to exorcise her ghosts. Between them, they were to solve a "perfect" crime committed many years before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Always fascinating

  • By CatBookMom on 12-21-12

Miss Marple's Last Case

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Stephanie Cole narrated this book very well. The story was engaging and the characters were interesting.

  • Miss Marple's Final Cases

  • Three new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramas
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: June Whitfield
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

June Whitfield returns as the deceptively mild spinster sleuth in three full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisations. Specially broadcast to mark the 125th anniversary of Agatha Christie's birth, these brand new dramas are based on three of her best short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Robert Iris on 02-18-16

Excellent BBC Radio full-cast performance

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

I really enjoy the BBC full-cast radio dramas. This is narrated very well by all of the actors. I liked the sound effects and music in the background. It made for an enjoyable listen.

  • Why Didn't They Ask Evans?

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

While playing an erratic round of golf, Bobby Jones slices his ball over the edge of a cliff. His ball is lost, but on the rocks below he finds the crumpled body of a dying man. The man opens his eyes and with his last breath says, "Why didn't they ask Evans?" Haunted by those words, Bobby and his vivacious companion, Frankie, set out to solve a mystery that will bring them into mortal danger.... This title was previously published as The Boomerang Clue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Emilia Fox ruins another Agatha Christie

  • By Becca on 05-12-17

A standalone Christie novel

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

There are no main detectives in this mystery. I did not think that Emilia Fox's narration was that bad as other reviewers have stated. Once I got used to her voice, I was able to enjoy the story. This is not Agatha Christie's best mystery, but it is an enjoyable listen.

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  • Three Blind Mice and Other Stories

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Joan Hickson, Hugh Fraser, David Suchet, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369

A blinding snowstorm - and a homicidal maniac - traps a small party of friends in an isolated estate. Out of this deceptively simple setup, Agatha Christie fashioned one of her most ingenious puzzlers, which in turn would provide the basis for The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in history. From this classic title novella to the deliciously clever gems on its tail (solved to perfection by Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple), this rare collection of murder most foul showcases Christie at her inventive best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All together now!

  • By Charlotte on 10-08-12

Variety of short storie mysteries

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

Three Blind Mice, the first story, was just ok. The other short stories in this collection were hit or miss. Joan HIckson narrating as Miss Marple can be hard to understand and she often sounds like she has a lisp. Hugh Frasier reads excellent as always, Simone Vance did a nice job narrating also.

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  • Double Sin and Other Stories

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Isla Blair, Joan Hickson, Anna Massey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

In one of London's most elegant shops, a decorative doll in green velvet adopts some rather human, and sinister, traits.... A country gentleman is questioned about a murder that has yet to be committed.... While summoning spirits, a medium is drawn closer to the world of the dead than she ever imagined possible.... In a small country church, a dying man's last word, sanctuary, becomes both an elegy and a clue to a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By bracken on 01-22-14

Mix of Poirot, Miss Marple and stand-alone stories

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

Read by a variety of narrators, this short story collection has mostly short story mysteries and one of Christie's supernatural short stories. Overall, the short story mysteries were good and except for narrator Joan Hickson, were read well. Hickson's voice is hard to hear and has a lisp. I did not like the last story, The Last Seance which had a supernatural element to it.

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  • Curtain: Poirot's Last Case

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

The house guests at Styles seemed perfectly harmless to Captain Hastings: There was his own daughter Judith, an inoffensive ornithologist called Norton, dashing Mr. Allerton, brittle Miss Cole, Doctor Franklin and his fragile wife Barbara, Nurse Craven, Colonel Luttrell and his charming wife Daisy, and the charismatic Boyd-Carrington. So Hastings was shocked when Poirot declared that one of them was a five-times murderer. True, the detective was ageing, but had his deductive instincts finally deserted him?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Wonderful Finale.

  • By Mari on 11-10-13

Poirot's last case could have been better

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

As always, excellent narration by Hugh Fraser. However, the story line disappoints. I expected a better mystery for Poirot's last case.