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  • The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes

  • A Novel
  • By: Leonard Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,253

England, 1914. Joanna Blalock's keen mind and incredible insight lead her to become a highly skilled nurse, one of the few professions that allow her to use her finely tuned brain. But when she and her 10-year-old son witness a man fall to his death, apparently by suicide, they are visited by the elderly Dr. John Watson and his charming, handsome son, Dr. John Watson Jr. Impressed by her forensic skills, they invite her to become the third member of their investigative team.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sherlock stories continue!

  • By Marty Reed on 07-20-17

What was the name of that inspector again?

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

OK, what’s up with the pronunciation of Scotland Yard’s Inspector Lestrade? All the way through the narration I cringed each time I heard the narrator say “Lestrade” because it is so different than any other pronunciation I’ve ever heard. It actually became grating and distracting. Other than that issue, I found the narration to be good...but that tiny thing threw off the entire book for me.

It was an interesting concept ...Sherlock Holmes had a daughter. I found her relationship with the son of Dr. Watson engaging as well. I particularly appreciated the inclusion of both Drs. Watson, the older and the younger. But that darn pronunciation just irritated me. I’m anxious to find out if I’m the only one who found it so...or am I simply being picky. If there is a second book, I’d think twice before purchasing the AUDIObook if the same narrator is used (unless someone brings this to his attention and he gets the pronunciation correct).

  • The Murder at the Vicarage

  • A Miss Marple Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497

"Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe," declared the parson, brandishing a carving knife above a joint of roast beef, "would be doing the world at large a favor!" It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. And one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later - when the Colonel is found shot dead in the clergyman's study. But as Miss Marple soon discovers, the whole village seems to have had a motive to kill Colonel Protheroe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christie's Story+Grant's Performance = Great Book!

  • By Scaramouche239 on 06-11-14

Score one for irritatingly insightful and smart "little old ladies"!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Score: Miss Marple...1; Local Constabulary...0. This particular little old lady isn't one to listen at keyholes or watch a person's every move because she has nothing better to do with her time; she is quite simply a keen observer of the unusual and an astoundingly accurate interpreter of human behavior and the reasoning and motives behind it. Miss Marple's intelligence and masterful insight of people leads her pay close attention to the smallest of clues in the murder of a local community gent that most people find rather distasteful. But is the first person most people think is the murderer actually the one who has commuted the crime? Each twist and turn in the story leads the listener to consider yet another member of the small community...but Miss Marple is ahead of everyone and has it all figured out. Her explanation of the clues makes one wonder why they didn't see the answer all along. Great storytelling and the narration keeps interest in the tale throughout.

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  • Kissing Christmas Goodbye

  • An Agatha Raisin Mystery
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

Agatha Raisin is bored. Her detective agency in the Cotswolds is thriving, but she'll scream if she has to deal with another missing cat or dog. Only two things seem to offer potential excitement: Christmas and her ex, James Lacey. This year Agatha is sure that if she invites James to a splendid Christmas dinner, their love will rekindle like a warm Yule log. But that fantasy will have to wait for now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bring back Penelope Keith

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-11-16

Penolope Please

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

Please bring back the original Agatha Raisin - or - the actress who plays Agatha in the TV series!!

  • Mrs Queen Takes the Train

  • By: William Kuhn
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,600

An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn - author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books - Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable with deeper meaning

  • By SydSavvy on 12-31-15

Pace crept along

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

Would you try another book from William Kuhn and/or Simon Prebble?

Never having listened to a story by Kuhn, it was Simon Preeble's previous performances on other titles that swayed me to select this title. I only gave the performance three stars - but more so because of the material and not necessarily anything Simon Preeble could have changed to make things better.

Would you ever listen to anything by William Kuhn again?

Not quite sure if I will try another one anytime soon because this tale seemed to take forever to get started and become interesting or engaging.

What three words best describe Simon Prebble’s voice?

Easily understandable, clear, enjoyable

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story of Queen Elizabeth taking the train like regular folk was intriguing. However, the fact that everyone seemed to assume that the reason for her jaunt was due to dementia was disappointing. The fact that the topic of depression in the aging was incorporated in the storyline was unexpected and certainly worthwhile.

Any additional comments?

It simply seemed to take forever for the story to become interesting enough to want to continue it. This is probably one of the few titles I've ever purchased from Audible that I considered not completing and returning. I managed to complete the title, but still wish I'd never spent my money on it. For what it is worth, my two cents...

  • 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 306
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

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

Can it really be the end...?

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

Reviewed: 11-27-16

As Poirot's body has begun to fail him, he has called on his friend, Hastings, to act as his eyes and ears throughout this unusual investigation. Poirot was not called in to investigate on this one; instead, after studying five previous murders, he has called Hastings in to help him prevent the mysterious "X" from killing yet again.
We are treated to a final cast of unusual characters as the story progresses. Hastings is constantly reminded by his Belgian friend that he makes poor use of his brain as he tries to identify the unknown "X"; only Poirot seems to have determined the identity of X and he is not willing to share this information even with Hastings. We are also introduced to one of Hastings' grown daughters in this tale.
As Poirot's final exercise in the use of his gray cells began to wind down, I felt a pang of regret that Poirot's life was coming to an end and felt for Hastings as his life must move on without his friend.

  • Elephants Can Remember

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

"The Ravenscrofts didn't seem that kind of person. They seemed well balanced and placid..." And yet, twelve years earlier, the husband had shot the wife, and then himself - or perhaps it was the other way around, since sets of both of their fingerprints were on the gun, and the gun had fallen between them. The case haunts Ariadne Oliver, who had been a friend of the couple. The famous mystery novelist desires this real-life mystery solved, and calls upon Hercule Poirot to help her do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hugh Fraser is awesome!

  • By Mandy Cruze on 04-24-15

Family secrets CAN kill!

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

Reviewed: 11-20-16

Of the stories I've read lately of Poirot's exploits, this one stands as memorable for Poirot's display of concern and compassion toward a young couple. This couple is planning to marry, but it seems a dark secret looms large over them that might derail the marriage. Poirot, along with Ariadne, is quite determined to get to the bottom of a decades old mystery involving twin daughters, the death of two children, the role of mental health in family dynamics, long kept family secrets and much more. Another engaging tale!

  • Third Girl

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

Three young women share a London flat. The first is a coolly efficient secretary. The second is an artist. The third interrupts Hercule Poirot's breakfast, confessing that she is a murderer - and then promptly disappears. Slowly, Poirot learns of the rumors surrounding the mysterious third girl, her family, and her disappearance. Yet hard evidence is needed before the great detective can pronounce her guilty, innocent, or insane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Did she...or didn't she...that IS the question!

  • By TwoBadWolves on 11-16-16

Did she...or didn't she...that IS the question!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-16

Who is the nefarious soul in this Christie tale? Could it be the young woman who confesses to Poirot that she has murdered someone (and exactly WHO has she murdered)? That would be entirely too simple and would not require the use of Poirot's "little gray cells"! Perhaps it was the young artist who pursues a relationship with this woman; maybe one of her flatmates - one of whom works for her rich (and almost blind) uncle. As usual, the cast of characters (and potential culprits) is large and leave one with any number of possible solutions as to the identity of the murderer. Hugh Fraser's narration is also "spot on". The inclusion of Ariadne Oliver, and Poirot's exasperation with her, is always a quirky, enjoyable part of a Poirot storyline as well.

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  • Finding Sheba

  • An Omar Zagouri Thriller
  • By: H. B. Moore
  • Narrated by: Bon Shaw
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 278

For centuries, historians have speculated that the Queen of Sheba is nothing more than a seductive legend; but when undercover agent Omar Zagouri finds a tomb in a tunnel beneath Jerusalem, he unearths cryptic clues that may lead to the queen's final resting place.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched historical thriller

  • By Kingsley on 04-24-15

King Solomon duped?

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

Reviewed: 08-26-16

This tale begins with late night murder. The envelope of almond-scented cyanide is the end of eminently respected and longtime Queen of Sheba researcher, Dr. Richard Lyon. While moving back and forth between the present day and 960BC, Moore weaves an intriguing tale of history, secrecy, hidden agendas, love and more. Although I wouldn't describe this as a love story, it is definitely an intriguing thriller; I found myself wrapped up in the story of the princess and her warrior - wondering if she was ever to be united with him. The love interests of Omar and Mia and Lucas and Jade kept me interested as well. The tale of the Queen of Sheba's deception of King Solomon was interesting. Though I do not know how much of this tale is based in actual history, I am intrigued enough to want to do further research on that period of history...and to want to read another title featuring Omar Zagouri! Even more so, I think I want to read the tale of how Lukas and Jade go on to determine if King Solomon was actually King Ramses II?!

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,425

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I hated this book!

  • By nikki on 04-11-18

Exactly who IS the murderer?!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-16

Paula Hawkins has delivered a suspenseful tale that continually challenges the reader to reconsider their position regarding the identity of the person responsible for the pregnant woman's death. The narration, at times, seemed a bit flat - but it was not so off-putting as to keep me from pressing on to learn the killer's true identity. Great story! Looking forward to another Paula Hawkins book soon.

  • The Austere Academy

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events #5
  • By: Lemony Snicket
  • Narrated by: Lemony Snicket
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557

If you are looking for a story about cheerful youngsters spending a jolly time at boarding school, look elsewhere. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent and resourceful children, and you might expect that they would do very well at school.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Tim Curry did a much much better job

  • By Leon on 03-07-05

Bring back Tim Curry!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-15

As much as I like this series, I must say that the more I hear of Lemony Snicket's narration, the less enjoyable the audio experience. I suppose that is to be expected as Tim Curry is such a good actor and has that great British accent to boot.