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  • The Five Bells and Bladebone

  • A Richard Jury Mystery, Book 9
  • By: Martha Grimes
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

When a dismembered corpse is found in the compartments of an antique secretaire a abattant, Marshall Trueblood, recipient of the precious piece of furniture, is the first to protest: "I bought the desk, not the body, send it back" Who would want to kill Simon Lean, the greedy nephew of the wealthy Lady Summerston? Leave it to Superintendent Richard Jury of Scotland Yard to suggest a connection to the murder of brassy Limehouse lady named Sadie Driver, found dead near Wapping Old Stairs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narration

  • By Cyd on 01-20-14

Decent story in the series

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

Where does The Five Bells and Bladebone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

2.5; kept losing the thread of the story

What did you like best about this story?

The premise of a double -double jeopardy

Which scene was your favorite?

When Jervis wins by default

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No it sort of meandered

Any additional comments?

Love the series and love the narrator, Steve West

  • The Beautiful Mystery

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,257

No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking.

  • By Sparkly on 09-04-12

Drags quite a bit

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

Would you try another book from Louise Penny and/or Ralph Cosham?

Love Love Love this series of books. This book though drags quite a bit in both tempo and story line. It goes through not only the murder ( which almost ends up being incidental) but the continuing battle between Gamache and the Chief Superintendent. The trouble from my perspective is that the process for both storylines was so detailed as to become a bit boring. I found myself skipping to the next 90 seconds, which is something I have never done for this series.

What do you think your next listen will be?

the next in line of course; hoping it is more quick paced

Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

Frere Simone

Could you see The Beautiful Mystery being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

not unless there is some re-write

Any additional comments?

If you are a fan, you may consider skipping this one

  • The Trouble with Harriet

  • By: Dorothy Cannell
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

Ellie Haskell aspires to live a perfectly normal life with her husband and children in their lovely old house. But bizarre events and outlandish characters keep landing on her doorstep in Chitterton Fells, the charming little village by the sea. Just when Ellie means to escape her hectic life by taking a vacation in France, her long-lost father shows up with the ashes of his lady love in his suitcase. Ellie becomes suspicious as Daddy recounts the details of his storybook romance with Harriet, the platinum-blonde ideal of English womanhood....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Haskell books better on the page

  • By H on 01-06-13

Better and better

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

Reviewed: 04-28-16

Where does The Trouble with Harriet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Initially, I was intrigued by the premise. Ellie's father though drones on and on so much in the early charpters that it gives new meaning to pomposity, so I almost stopped listening. Glad I kept up with it because the characters are really quite amusing, I found myself returning to hear how it ended. The ending was a bit jumbled and not what I expected but all in all it was a good book.

What did you like best about this story?

The characterizations and I am a huge fan of Barbara Rosenblatt

Which scene was your favorite?

When Freddy's mother came into the story.