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  • Overture to Death

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Who in the quiet village of Chipping would kill wealthy spinster Idris Campanula? Plenty of people, among them her fellow cast members from a troubled charity production. Miss Campanula was a spiteful gossip, gleefully destroying others' lives merely for her own excitement. But once Inspector Roderick Alleyn arrives, he quickly realizes that the murderer might have killed the wrong woman, and may soon stage a repeat performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great characterizations...

  • By Robert Mahowald on 09-12-03

One of the best

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

One of my favorite Ngaio Marsh books narrated by my favorite narrator. Nadia May's narration is smooth and doesn't go over the top with the voices of different characters, as I find some narrators do. A very enjoyable listen.

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  • The Spiderwick Chronicles, Volume I

  • Books 1 & 2
  • By: Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Mark Hamill
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

Less than half a year ago, Tony and I received a mysterious note from Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace, three children who have experienced authentic encounters with the beings we call faeries. As hard as it was for us to believe, we came to see that there was no alternative explanation. Now, putting aside personal concerns, we bring their stories to you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Don on 07-31-04

Great book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-28-04

This is a great book, but quite short. Both my son and I have loved the entire series.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Complications

  • A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: William David Griffith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925

Sometimes in medicine the only way to know what is truly going on in a patient is to operate, to look inside with one's own eyes. This book is exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is - complicated, perplexing, and profoundly human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By A. Ryan on 12-05-03

Full of insight

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-04

Wonderful! If you are familiar with science and the uncertainties of real life research (and practice) as opposed to the text book models of "scientific process", this book won't come as a shock. It is a brilliant exploration of the uncertainties in the science of medicine and the impact that human beings, with their frailties and their brilliant insights, have on a medicine. While I must admit it leaves me somewhat more nervous about major medical procedures, if more people understood medicine as presented here, we would probably not be plagued with so many law suits, the resultant high malpractice insurance fees and the final result of high cost health care. At the same time, if some of the insights presented in this book were translated into new systems and practices in the medical field, we probably would also not have so much human error to begin with. A great listen I recommend highly.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Morality For Beautiful Girls

  • More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744

Between intriguing new cases and troubling personal developments, Precious' hands are full. The four Miss Beauty and Integrity pageant finalists may have questionable moral fiber, and the brother of an important government worker has allegedly been poisoned. On top of all that, Precious' reliable fianci might be hiding something.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing view of life in a small country

  • By Janet on 11-27-03

An entertaining listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-04

A wonderful continuation of an unusual detective's career. While not quite as good as No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, it is still well worth a listen. Precious continues to display wisdom and insight and you can't finish without wanting to take a trip to Africa. I look forward to more from this author.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,551
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,557

Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Transcends its Genre

  • By Gene on 12-07-03

I have found a new favorite detective!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-04

If you like Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot and more classic detective fiction, you will probably enjoy this work quite a lot. I find some of the "modern" detective stories too dark and depressing with detectives it is hard to like and a view of human nature that I find far from reality. This book is filled with characters you would like to get to know and people who you can see in your friends and neighbors. Even the villians and criminals are recognizable.

The book is filled with insightful and humourous comments about the human nature, and a simple wisdom that I loved. I will definitely be reading and listening to more from this author.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful