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  • Overture to Death

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

It was planned as an act of charity: a new piano for the parish hall, an amusing play to finance the gift. But its execution was doomed when Miss Campanula sat down to play. A chord was struck, a shot rang out and Miss Campanula was dead. A case of sinister infatuation for the brilliant Chief Detective-Inspector Alleyn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life in a Small Village Can Be Murder

  • By DJDecca on 01-21-19

Life in a Small Village Can Be Murder

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

Another wonderful mystery from one of the original Queens of the Golden Age. It has all the ingredients of a good "cozy." A typical English village. An interesting cast of characters. One or two likely victims. Some good red herrings. And the charming and brilliant Chief Inspector Alleyn to sort it all out. Nicely performed by Ric Jerrom.

  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue Treasury

  • Classic BBC Radio Comedy
  • By: BBC Radio Comedy
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Lyttleton, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden
  • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

A bumper collection of classic fun and games from one of BBC Radio 4's best-loved and most enduring comedy panel games. The inimitable Humphrey Lyttelton is in the chair for these 36 hilarious editions, collected together for the first time. He presides over regular players Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Willie Rushton, plus guests including Stephen Fry, Tony Hawks, Andy Hamilton, Paul Merton, Sandi Toksvig and Jeremy Hardy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Silly, erudite, irreverent, and brilliant.

  • By Christopher on 08-06-18

Anyone For a Round of Mornington Crescent?

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

It's impossible to be in a bad mood after listening to I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. It's just pure fun. Delightfully unpretentious, playful, endlessly charming. A wonderful combination of erudition and silliness. At least once in every episode they say something that makes me laugh so hard I scare the cat. Scaring the cat funny, is a good scale with which to measure humor.

  • Mystery in White

  • By: J. Jefferson Farjeon
  • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 175

"The horror on the train, great though it may turn out to be, will not compare with the horror that exists here, in this house." On Christmas Eve, heavy snowfall brings a train to a halt near the village of Hemmersby. Several passengers take shelter in a deserted country house, where the fire has been lit and the table laid for tea - but no one is at home. Trapped together for Christmas, the passengers are seeking to unravel the secrets of the empty house when a murderer strikes in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By CM on 09-17-15

Snowed In With A Killer

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Mystery in White to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, so I can't tell. But the plot is very compelling and might be better in print.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved the brother-sister duo. They were charming and sympathetic characters and the way they reacted to their situation was true-to-life and made it easy to identify with them and, therefore, get more caught up in the mystery.

Which character – as performed by Patience Tomlinson – was your favorite?

She did a good job with all the characters, but her performance as the chorus girl was a nice mix of flirty and frightened.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, it's not really a moving book. But the mystery is really captivating. A group of strangers taking shelter in a house prepared for guests -- but completely empty. Who lit the fire? Who laid the tea? And what happened to the knife on the kitchen floor?

Any additional comments?

I was unfamiliar with this author, now I'm a fan. Highly recommended to those who like the classic mysteries of Sayers or Christie. There are some nice touches of humor and a successful build up of confusion and suspense.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Strong Poison

  • A Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane Mystery
  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326

Dashing detective Lord Peter Wimsey is caught up in the murder trial of mystery writer Harriet Vane. Her fiance has died of poisoning exactly as described in one of Harriet's novels, so naturally she is the prime suspect. As Peter looks on, he not only falls in love with the accused but eagerly helps with Harriet's defense when the first trial ends in a hung jury. Will she be convicted and executed for the crime, or can he save her life and win her hand in marriage?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At Last

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-08-15

Lord Peter to the Rescue

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was an enjoyable listen that kept my attention to the end. But I did find Ian Carmichael's voice a bit too precious at times.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the interplay between Lord Peter and Harriet Vane

What three words best describe Ian Carmichael’s voice?

Cultured, mannered, privileged

Was Strong Poison worth the listening time?

It's by Dorothy L. Sayers so it's definitely worth a listen.

Any additional comments?

I wish Audible had the amazing Lord Peter Wimsey-Harriet Vane mysteries narrated by the amazing Edward Petherbridge. I find them far superior to the Ian Carmichael version. His version of "Gaudy Night" is masterful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stitches in Time

  • By: Barbara Michaels
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

When an antique bridal quilt appears under mysterious circumstances at the vintage clothing shop where Rachel Grant works, she is fascinated. She has never been able to resist handmade textiles from the past, for she believes that through the ages women wove protective magic into their fabrics in order to mark the important events of their lives: birth, marriage, and death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Handmade, With Hatred

  • By DJDecca on 08-05-17

Handmade, With Hatred

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Stitches in Time to be better than the print version?

Honestly, no. The print version is a wonderful book which you can read without distractions. I found that this narrator often made character choices that differed with my vision of the characters so occasionally I found myself taken out of the story.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It's a great story with just enough supernatural creepiness and dashes of romance and humor.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

It matched the pace well, I just had a problem with some of the voices used by the narrator.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but it definitely kept me interested.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Death and the Dancing Footman

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

A winter weekend ends in snowbound disaster in a novel which remains a favourite among Marsh readers. It began as an entertainment: eight people, many of them enemies, gathered for a winter weekend by a host with a love for theatre. They would be the characters in a drama that he would devise. It ended in snowbound disaster. Everyone had an alibi -- and most a motive as well. But Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn, when he finally arrived, knew it all hung on Thomas, the dancing footman…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Murder Invited for the Weekend

  • By DJDecca on 08-05-17

Murder Invited for the Weekend

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

What made the experience of listening to Death and the Dancing Footman the most enjoyable?

Anton Lesser's performance was wonderful. Nicely articulated characters, a nice flair for the dramatics, and an engaging style.

What did you like best about this story?

It's a solid Inspector Alleyn story with plenty of red herrings and surprises. Plus some really colorful characters.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved the scene at the pool where a bet was made and the wrong man pushed into the icy water.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Jealousy, revenge, hatred ... just your average weekend with friends.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Moving Finger

  • A Miss Marple Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394

Lymstock is a town with more than its share of shameful secrets - a town where even a sudden outbreak of anonymous hate mail causes only a minor stir. But all that changes when one of the recipients, Mrs. Symmington, commits suicide. Her final note says "I can’t go on", but Miss Marple questions the coroner's verdict of suicide. Soon nobody is sure of anyone - as secrets stop being shameful and start becoming deadly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite Miss Marple Mystery

  • By ButterflyRose on 07-20-15

The Moving Finger Writes....

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

What made the experience of listening to The Moving Finger the most enjoyable?

Richard E. Grant's performance is wonderful. His character voices are distinctive and he has a relaxed and engaging style.

Would you recommend The Moving Finger to your friends? Why or why not?

I'd happily recommend this to any fan of the classic cozy mystery genre.

Have you listened to any of Richard E. Grant’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Although I'm a huge fan of his work in movies and on TV, this is my first experience with him as a narrator. It definitely won't be the last.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I enjoyed spreading it out over several long commutes.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overture to Death

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

It was planned as an act of charity: a new piano for the parish hall, an amusing play to finance the gift. The question now under bitter discussion is, who shall play the overture? Though Eleanor Prentice wins, on the night of the performance she cannot play. Miss Campanula steps triumphantly into the breach - a chord was is, a shot rings out and Miss Campanula is dead, shot between the eyes. A case of sinister infatuation for the brilliant Chief Detective-Inspector Alleyn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Music Can Be Murder

  • By DJDecca on 11-26-16

Music Can Be Murder

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

Reviewed: 11-26-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to anyone who likes a "cozy" mystery. Well written, in typical Ngaio Marsh style.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Roderick Alleyn, of course. The urbane and insightful detective.

What about Anton Lesser’s performance did you like?

I've enjoyed his film performances so much that I was eager to listen to his performances as a narrator. I was not disappointed. He is wonderful to listen to.

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

No extreme reactions, but it was a nice relaxing listen that kept me guessing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The ABC Murders

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796

There's a serial killer on the loose, working his way through the alphabet and the whole country is in a state of panic. A is for Mrs. Ascher in Andover, B is for Betty Barnard in Bexhill, C is for Sir Carmichael Clarkein Churston. With each murder, the killer is gettingmore confident - but leaving a trail of deliberate clues to taunt the proud Hercule Poirot might just prove to be the first, and fatal, mistake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 🚂🔪🗝📝⚰️☕️🧩Better Than the Malkovitch Series!🧩🔮🎲🚂🗺📞📽⚖️

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-27-19

The Deadly Alphabet

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

Reviewed: 07-26-16

If you could sum up The ABC Murders in three words, what would they be?

Classic Agatha Christie

What did you like best about this story?

The intriguingly inventive crime spree.

Have you listened to any of Hugh Fraser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Nobody does Dame Agatha like Hugh Fraser. His performances are always top notch with a nicely fluid style and an enviable capacity for individual character voices.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Murder by the letters.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Bleak Expectations: The Complete First Series

  • The Complete First Series
  • By: Mark Evans
  • Narrated by: Anthony Head, Full Cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

A Victorian epic of awful schools inc the aptly named St Bastards, worse prisons, nuns at St Bitches, giant rabbits, and long lost super-hero aunts, in the style of Charles Dickens after far too much gin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Parody

  • By lynn on 06-27-10

Dickens Meets Monty Python

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

Reviewed: 06-19-16

Would you listen to Bleak Expectations: The Complete First Series again? Why?

I've already listened to it twice. Once on my own, and again when I told my husband "you have to listen to this!" An unnecessary road trip ensued so we could drive around and laugh ourselves silly.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There are so many wonderful characters in this. Old Pip and young Pip. Mr. Gently Benevolent. But I have to go with the delightfully dim Harry Biscuit.

Have you listened to any of uncredited’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The ensemble cast is absolutely brilliant and they seem to be enjoying it almost as much as the audience. A few cast members are old favorites for anyone who is a fan of BBC mysteries plus some new performers I hadn't heard of but will most assuredly search out now.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. And as soon I was finished, I purchased Series Two.

Any additional comments?

I honestly haven't laughed this hard in ages. This is clever, witty, goofy, absurd, and just plain fun.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful