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  • A Dinner to Die For

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series: Mystery Shorts 28
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

When a new restaurant with a starred American chef opens in Cherringham, it seems the Spotted Pig has a worthy rival. But a series of disturbing incidents turns that rivalry into something dangerous - perhaps even fatal. Jack and Sarah get involved and soon discover dark secrets about the new chef Anna... Can they uncover what is really happening before both restaurants go belly-up? Cherringham is a serial novel à la Charles Dickens, with a new audio episode released every two weeks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-01-19

Love, as usual, but ....

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

I love this series and thoroughly enjoyed listening to this episode, but a bit after finishing, thinking about the plot, it seemed to me that the solution to the mystery doesn't make sense. Unfortunately, I can't find a way to explain further without spoiling the story, but thinking back over the series, I realize this isn't the first time I've thought a solution has been lazy. This one just seems very much so.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 22-24
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682

"The Song Never Dies": When Alex King, leader of legendary 90s rock group Lizard, hosts a party to get the band back together, old grudges surface. At dawn Alex is found floating in the pool of his Cherringham mansion. To the police it's a drug-fueled accident. But when Jack and Sarah get involved, they quickly discover that while a song may never die - the person, who wrote it, might have been murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better Hurry Up With Episodes 25,26, and 27..!!!... Nothing Worse Than Waiting On A Cliffhanger.!

  • By John on 09-30-18

Love

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

What can I say? I love this series and this latest entry did not disappoint. I liked the mysteries and I very much like the normalness (is that a word?) of the main characters.

  • Death Comes as the End

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

It is Egypt in 2000 BC, where death gives meaning to life. At the foot of a cliff lies the broken, twisted body of Nofret, concubine to a ka-priest. Young, beautiful, and venomous, most agree that it was fate - she deserved to die like a snake! But at her father's house on the banks of the Nile, the priest's daughter Renisenb believes that the woman's death is suspicious. Increasingly, she becomes convinced that the source of evil lurks within their household - and watches helplessly as the family's passions explode in murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very different

  • By Adi Gilo on 02-11-15

Audio quality poor

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

The story on its own might warrant more stars, but the quality of the audiobook is so poor, I wouldn't recommend it. DIsappointing, as this is the one of the three Christie mysteries included in the UK crime writers top 100 list.

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  • Jack Daniels Stories

  • Fifteen Mystery Tales
  • By: J. A. Konrath
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill, Angela Dawe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

JA Konrath, known for the Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels thrillers set in Chicago, offers this collection of short stories and novellas from the Jack Daniels universe. Join Jack Daniels, her partner Herb Benedict, private eye Harry McGlade, and part-time criminal Phineas Troutt, in this omnibus of 15 stories. These were previous published in magazines and anthologies, and many are long out of print. On the Rocks - Suicide or murder? Lt. Jack Daniels solves a locked room mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the J.D. series

  • By R. Sippel on 07-27-11

Not my cuppa

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

Found neither the stories nor the characters very interesting, compelling, or amusing. Much seems to written purely for shock value.

  • Enemies and Neighbors

  • Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017
  • By: Ian Black
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 20 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

In Enemies and Neighbors, Ian Black, who has spent over three decades covering events in the Middle East and is currently a fellow at the London School of Economics, offers a major new history of the Arab-Zionist conflict from 1917 to today. Laying the historical groundwork in the final decades of the Ottoman Era, when the first Zionist settlers arrived in the Holy Land, Black draws on a wide range of sources - from declassified documents to oral histories to his own vivid on-the-ground reporting - to recreate the major milestones in the most polarizing conflict of the modern age from both sides.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • History Overwhelmed by Details

  • By willow33 on 07-09-18

History Overwhelmed by Details

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

I found this not a good book to listen to. It's very long (20 hours) and, for me, main events and important points got lost in the excruciating detailing of events. The narrator, whose voice I found wearing, didn't help. I may buy it as a reference book, but in the end, the history overall is sadly rather simple.

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  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 19-21
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village to find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 19 - 21: "GHOST OF A CHANCE": Every Halloween, the supposedly haunted Bell Hotel hosts its famous 'Ghost-Hunters Dinner', complete with scary stories, spooky apparitions and things that go bump in the night. But this year's event ends in a terrifying accident, and suddenly everyone wonders... Is there a real ghost loose in the hotel?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cherringham, I've missed you!

  • By book reviewer on 05-06-18

More Please!!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

Still love this series. It's frustrating to see the English versions lag behind those in German! I may start German lessons.

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  • Not Quite Dead Enough

  • By: Rex Stout
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

World War II has arrived, and U.S. Army intelligence wants Nero Wolfe urgently. But the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth refuses the call to duty. It takes his perambulatory, confidential assistant, Archie Goodwin, to titillate Wolfe's taste for crime with two malevolent morsels: a corpse that won't rest in peace and a sinister "accident" involving national security. So as Goodwin lays the bait on the wrong side of the law, Wolfe sets the traps to catch a pair of wily killers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Odd and Just OK, but a Must Read for Wolfe Buffs

  • By Michael on 07-10-14

Poor Sound Quality

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

This appears to be a straight copy from an old cassette version. The result is very poor sound quality. Wolfe deserves better.

  • The Collector

  • By: John Fowles
  • Narrated by: James Wilby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 393

Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. He is obsessed with a beautiful stranger, the art student Miranda. When he wins the pools he buys a remote Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda, believing she will grow to love him in time. Alone and desperate, Miranda must struggle to overcome her own prejudices and contempt if she is understand her captor, and so gain her freedom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful narration

  • By Sharon on 06-04-13

Perhaps Better Read

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

Any additional comments?

I have no idea what Fowles's intentions were with this acclaimed book, but I only enjoyed listening to half of it - the bad guy's half. This may have been a reaction to the narrator's OTT reading of the victim. It had me rooting for the bad guy. Maybe that was Fowles intention. I don't know and what seemed to me as mostly a college dissertation certainly didn't make me care.

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  • Laura

  • By: Vera Caspary
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Eileen Stevens, Oliver Wyman, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

Laura Hunt was the ideal modern woman: beautiful, elegant, highly ambitious, and utterly mysterious. No man could resist her charmsnot even the hardboiled NYPD detective sent to find out who turned her into a faceless corpse. As this tough cop probes the mystery of Lauras death, he becomes obsessed with her strange power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I like this a lot.

  • By Judith on 07-10-10

Odd Narration

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

Any additional comments?

This is a rare audiobook with multiple narrators, which I think would have worked wonderfully for this novel written from the perspective of several characters but for the choice of a director or a producer to read this mid-20th century mystery as if it were a 19th century melodrama. Most annoying is the way OTT reading of Waldo Lydecker, which made me almost quit on book.

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  • Bangkok Haunts

  • By: John Burdett
  • Narrated by: Glen McCready
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

Critically acclaimed, nationally best-selling author John Burdett has earned starred reviews for the fast-paced action, snappy dialogue, and gritty realism of his thrilling tales starring Royal Thai police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep. In this vibrant and witty novel, devout Buddhist Sonchai relies on his karma to guide him through the seamy underbelly of Bangkok as he pieces together the scattered clues of a complex mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, weird, horrible, terrific

  • By Lehua of Pacifica on 11-29-08

What Nonsense

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

Any additional comments?

Much spewing of pseudointellectual nonsense in a relentlessly grim worldview. People should not confuse this book with anything remotely resembling Buddhist thought or life in Thailand.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful