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Helen L.

Washington, DC USA
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  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,171

Georgie, or Lady Georgiana Rannoch, is busy planning her upcoming nuptials to Darcy O'Mara. Unfortunately, what has started as a simple wedding has become quite a royal headache and grand affair, thanks to a guest list that includes the queen and the appointment of princesses as Georgie's bridesmaids. “If only Darcy and I had eloped!” she thinks, as she attempts to organize her wedding and find a place for her and her husband-to-be to live. Just as she despairs of ever finding a home, her godfather offers his fully staffed country estate. But something sinister is afoot....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall I loved it!

  • By Dylan on 08-13-18

Pretty good listen

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

Aside from usual frustrating depiction of Georgie’s frantic wait for her wedding to finally occur (and it does!), this was a pretty good tale of country house craziness. The characters do have substance. Georgie is at her sleuthing best, her mom is at her snooty best, Belinda is at her high-pitched best, and Queenie saves the day! Like others, I’m not sure how to pronounce Rannoch, but it differs here from earlier. No matter. The whole idea of a house that requires a full staff of underlings, albeit incompetent ones, is fascinating and important in understanding how such edifices evolved and existed. Surely a house left to its own for so long could not have been made habitable overnight! There are many improbables here, but it’s a fun listen if you don’t expect great literary achievement or surprises. Nice gardens and woods, too.

  • Murder at Ashgrove House

  • Rose Simpson Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Margaret Addison
  • Narrated by: Tracey Norman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

When Sir William and Lady Withers invite friends and family to a weekend house party at their country home, Ashgrove House, they are faced with the arrival of both invited and uninvited guests, the consequence of which is murder. Set in 1930, Murder at Ashgrove House is full of intrigue, clues, and red herrings, with nearly everyone having a motive for wishing the victim dead. This is a classic country house murder mystery set during the golden age of crime and will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie and Downton Abbey.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A real yawner

  • By notlad on 04-14-18

Slow-paced but oddly captivating

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

Almost nothing happens in this tale of upstairs/downstairs, country house murder except for the set up, the crime, and the solving, which is a relief after all the endless talk. There is too much repetition and endless speculation as to motive and possible intent, all improbably occurring in one or two days with all members of the household and family suspects and all going about their business—none sad—despite murder of one of the family members. Still, I listened, not only that, I was smiling at the end. Go figure.

  • The Case Is Closed

  • By: Patricia Wentworth
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

The Everton murder case has long been closed. The culprit has been charged with the murder of his uncle and has served a year of his sentence already. Or has he? The evidence against Geoffrey Grey is convincing but his wife believes in his innocence. And so does her young cousin, Hilary, who decides to solve the mystery herself. But when Hilary herself is nearly murdered she turns in desperation to her ex-fiancé for help. He calls upon the services of Miss Silver to help solve another mystery, which she does in her own original style.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An early Miss Silver mystery

  • By Kathi on 06-13-14

Tightly woven tale

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

This story is really amazingly simple and transparent. It is also repetitive and goes over and over the same meager details until i wanted to stop listening, but I did not. I found I enjoyed the tale as it was crafted and thought it was a nice little listen.

  • Passenger to Frankfurt

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80

A classic from the queen of mystery: Agatha Christie.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bizarre Story

  • By Lena on 10-03-16

Not worth listening to

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

Dame Agatha must have been perplexed by postwar anxiety and stressed out by world events when she penned this late tale. It is not among her best. Convoluted story with high-minded themes interwoven with spying and theft. Skip it and stick to simple murders if you like good crime solving, well told.

  • Hot Water

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

The house party at Chateau Blissac, Brittany, features a rather odd array of guests this year. Mr. J. Wellington Gedge is hoping for some peace and quiet while his wife takes herself off for a while. She, however, has invited numerous visitors to the chateau, to whom he will have to play reluctant host. Senator Opal and his daughter are expected, and so is the chateau's handsome owner, Vicomte de Blissac.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid fun

  • By Helen L. on 06-04-18

Splendid fun

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

A delightful love story combined with a madcap farce...no, really, it is perfect fun. And again Mr Cecil proves he is the best there is when it comes to voice acting and narrating Wodehouse. Whether as a nefarious safecracker from Chicago, a phony lady’s maid, a French duke, an American senator or even as the senator’s daughter, he makes it all quite believable—or as believable as farce can be. A satisfying resolution, too. What more could one want?

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  • Love Among the Chickens

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge has hit upon a foolproof plan to get rich quick: he's starting a chicken farm. Dragging his adoring wife Millie and his long-suffering friend and novelist Jeremy Garnet with him to Dorset, he begins his enterprise. Complications ensue, involving the taciturn Hired Man and his bumptious dog, supercilious chickens, irascible professors, angry creditors, and divided lovers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do Not Drive or Operate Heavy Machinery!

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-13-12

Not among the best of PGW!

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

There is something very wrong with this story. The narrator is not ostensibly the main character, our crooked chicken farmer, but he is really the protagonist because he falls in love and the story circles around that drama. But he is not at all credible. Why would anyone throw themselves into chicken farming with a well known rogue who borrows with no intention of repaying anyone? Why should we as readers expect any girl to fall for a man whom she doesn’t know who then plays a nasty trick on her father—all not quite farcical, but more simply absurd? I guess I listened til the end but it did not really end, just petered out. Wodehouse had an idea. It didn’t work well here. I liked the dog Bob. He was believable.

  • Cocktail Time

  • The Uncle Fred Series, Book 3
  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

If Lord Ickenham had not succumbed to the temptation to dislodge the hat of Beefy Bastable, the irascible QC, with a well-aimed Brazil nut, the latter's famous legal mind might never have been stimulated to literature. But the incident provoked Beefy to write his exposé of the younger generation, a novel so shocking that it caused endless repercussions for its hapless author, and sparked off a whole series of outrageous misunderstandings that it would take the inventive talents of Lord Ickenham himself to resolve.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Uncle Fred...

  • By Sinisterman on 11-22-16

Love Uncle Fred

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

Another delightful several hours spent in English countryside with eccentrics of all sorts. Time well spent.

  • Something Fresh

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375

The one thing that could be expected to disturb the peace of life at Blandings is the incursion of imposters. Blandings has imposters like other houses have mice. On this occasion there are two of them--both intent on a dangerous enterprise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story. Well Read. but. . .

  • By Heather on 10-29-13

Superb tale, witty and clever

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Not sure of sequence, but The Hon. Freddie is engaged here and not to dog biscuit heiress and Lord Emsworth (sp?) has Baxter as secretary, but alas, no Empress (!) and another sister that I’ve never met before. No matter, it’s a swell story with deeper wisdom than most farces and keen social observation worthy of best satirists. I laughed out loud at Baxter’s dream. Good fun.

  • Heavy Weather

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Galahad Threepwood is causing scandal again...this time by deciding to NOT publish his potentially humiliating high-society memoirs. His decision causes rifts in the ranks at castle Blandings and all involved split into three camps: those who want the book suppressed, those who want it published, and those, who for some reason or another, that have been sent to steal it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious - and this is a really good reading, too

  • By Sarah on 01-30-09

Delightful tale, masterfully told

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

It all works out perfectly after a rollicking mess concerning incriminating ms., a thwarted romance, various suspicious individuals,and a handsome and hungry pig. Beautifully narrated by Martin Jarvis who does all voices well. Even the ladies.

  • The Unexpected Guest

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363

A classic from the queen of mystery: Agatha Christie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Performance by Hugh Fraser

  • By Customer on 04-03-16

What a swell book!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

A neat and taut mystery that will leave you smiling! Christie crafts a murder involving a family and all the action, as in a play, takes place in a single room. An unexpected guest arrives at a house and finds a dead man. The man’s wife is prime suspect. It could ruin it for readers to know too much so I can only say that as the story unfolds bit by bit you might think you know who did it...but you probably don’t.