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  • Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief

  • Mrs. Pollifax, Book 10
  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534

A former CIA operative turned art dealer waits in Italy, wounded and in hiding, for the cavalry. According to his SOS, only Mrs. Pollifax will do....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not As Good As The Others I Read

  • By Lady M on 05-15-15

Good but not the best in the series

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

Reviewed: 04-16-19

I love the Mrs Polifax books, and Barbara Rosenblat does great job reading them, but new readers will find this particular book disappointing. For fans, it’s still a chance to visit with favorite recurring characters, but it lacks the liveliness of most of the series. New readers should begin at the beginning to fully appreciate Mrs. P.

  • Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819

All Mrs. Pollifax has to do is help a bumbling CIA agent confirm the identities of seven undercover informants in Morocco. A simple assignment. But right away, things go wrong. The first informant is murdered just after Mrs. P. identifies him in Fez. Worse, she has the frightening sensation that her associate is not who or what he says he is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mrs. Pollifax rules!

  • By Coffee Lover on 12-05-12

I want to grow up to be just like Mrs. P

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

Reviewed: 04-11-19

It’s been 3 decades
Or more since I first encountered Mrs. Polifax, and the stories still delight me. Dorothy Gilman perfectly balanced on the line between cozy and gritty, transporting readers to exotic locations and giving us wonderful swashbuckling adventures filled with memorable characters, and always a happy ending, no matter how dire things looked for our heroine. And Barbara Rosenblat is the perfect narrator. This particular book is tame by comparison to some, and I advise new readers to begin with the first book, lest they meet Mrs. P at less than her best, but as part of the series overall, it does not disappoint.

  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,581

Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!

  • By Barbara on 01-14-12

As wonderful as I remembered

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

While technology and the politics of the world have changed since this was written, it matters very little because it’s the characters and adventure that are central to the story, and this gives it a timeless quality. Simply put, it’s a darned good adventure.

It’s been many years since I was first introduced to Mrs. Polifax, and I’m delighted to say that I found it just as entertaining as I did back then. It is very well read, too, each character getting a distinctive speech pattern. I’m very pleased overall and am looking forward to revisiting the rest of the series.

  • Out to Canaan

  • The Mitford Years, Book 4
  • By: Jan Karon
  • Narrated by: Jan Karon
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

Thousands of readers have come home to Mitford, the little town with the big heart, whose endearing and eccentric residents have become like family members. But now change is coming to the hamlet. Father Tim, the Episcopal rector, and his wife Cynthia are pondering retirement; a brash new mayoral candidate is calling for aggressive development; a suspicious realtor with plans for a health spa is eyeing the beloved house on the hill; and, worst of all, the Sweet Stuff Bakery may be closing.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged HORRIBLE

  • By Me on 07-03-16

Too short, but still enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

I dislike abridged books. I don’t see the point of them, and no matter how carefully done, something is going to be lost. I wish there was a full length version of this audiobook, but since there wasn’t one available on Audible I decided to make do. I don’t regret it.

I did miss the original narrator, who I came to think of as the voice of Father Tim. That said, unlike some reviewers I did not find Jan Karon’s reading so terrible. I thought she did a fine job. I’d still prefer the narrator of the first few books, but Karon’s reading was very listenable.

Unnatural Death
    A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery
    
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        Dorothy L. Sayers
    
    


    
    
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        Ian Carmichael
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    35 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Unnatural Death

  • A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery
  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

The wealthy Agatha Dawson is dead and there are no apparent signs of foul play. Lord Peter Wimsey, however, senses that something is amiss and he refuses to let the case rest, even without any clues or leads. Suddenly, he is faced with another murder, Agatha's maid. Can super-sleuth Wimsey find the murderer and solve the case before he becomes the killer's next victim?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intricate puzzle

  • By Rebekah52 on 03-08-06

Great story, uneven production

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

An excellent mystery, a very good sampling of Dorothy L Sayers' favorite character. I did figure it out before the end, but there were several good red herrings and plot twists to keep things interesting.

The only real negative is not with the book but with this particular production. Around about chapter 8 a different voice picks up the reading. Some time later it switches back again, but the initial effect is jarring.

Ian Carmichael does a flawless Lord Peter, and gives distinctive voices to the other characters, as well. But when it switches to the different narrator, unnamed, much of the distinction is lost. In addition, the listener is 'thrown out' of the story, having to focus on figuring out the Che characters all over again.

I would be interested in knowing what happened. Was part of the recording damaged and they had to fill in, as Carmichael passed away a few years ago? Or was carmichael taken ill and they did the best they could?

  • Good Omens

  • The BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Mark Heap, Full Cast, Peter Serafinowicz
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,895
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,745
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,748

A full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s celebrated apocalyptic comic novel, with bonus length episodes and outtakes. According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday in fact. Just after Any Answers on Radio 4….Events have been set in motion to bring about the End of Days. The armies of Good and Evil are gathering and making their way towards the sleepy English village of Lower Tadfield.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An adaption of one of my all time favorite books

  • By Mr Benn on 02-03-15

So much fun!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

Just about my all time favorite, reread in hard copy many times, and I have the audiobook. As a hardcore fan, I am picky, but I was not disappointed. In a dramatization, a certain amount of rewriting must be done because you no longer have the omniscient voice narrating thought and descriptions. That's tricky to do and remain faithful to the book, but this effort is darn near perfect. Don't miss the Pratchett/Gaiman cameo.

  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,264

Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected, also, that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose. But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in series

  • By Deb on 04-20-16

A very fine story

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

Written much later than most of Christie's Poirot stories, it is still a very fine example and perhaps one of her best psychological mysteries as so much hinges on the personalities of the characters. I'm a lifeline Christie fan so I can't claim I didn't know how it ended. But it was fun trying to spot the clues. There is a difference between this one and most of the others, and that difference is a clue in itself. But I won't give it away. The reading is very fine and the characters well defined. I enjoyed this story very much.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

The dentist was found with a blackened hole below his right temple. A pistol lay on the floor near his out flung right hand. Later, one of his patients was found dead from a lethal dose of local anaesthetic. A clear case of murder and suicide. But why would a dentist commit a crime in the middle of a busy day of appointments? A shoe buckle holds the key to the mystery. Now - in the words of the rhyme - can Poirot pick up the sticks and lay them straight?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does Agatha ever disappoint?

  • By Anastasia on 12-20-14

One of Christie's Best

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

I think this is one of the lesser known of the Hercule Poirot stories, but that's a shame. It has a nice twist and a good cast of characters. It's one of my favorites, and Fraser does a nice job reading it. He played Hastings, Poirot's sidekick, for many years and sometimes a little Hastings does slip in, but overall it's quite good and most of the time his Poirot sounds just like David Suchet's famous portrayal. But please enjoy the story for its own sake because it is very good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wee Free Men

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,897
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,965
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,967

Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnapped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk's local Nac Mac Feegle, aka the Wee Free Men, a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Sight and Second Thoughts

  • By Richard on 02-21-05

A master story teller

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

Nobody tells a story lol Terry Pratchett, gods rest his soul. And this is not just a story for children. It's a wonderful tale. It's real storytelling, and very finely read by Mr. Briggs. Enjoy

  • Eric

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898

From Terry Pratchett's famed Discworld series. 14-year-old Eric is the first ever demonology hacker. Fortunately, he doesn't succeed in raising any devils, but he does raise Rincewind (the most incompetent wizard in the universe) and the Luggage (the world's most dangerous travel accessory).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good things in small packages.

  • By Glen Phipps on 12-12-03

Rincewind saves the day!

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

The only problem with this story is that it's too short and I want to know what happens next! Rincewind is my favorite anti hero. He always wins if only because he has perfected the art of running away.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful