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  • A Puzzle to Be Named Later

  • By: Parnell Hall
  • Narrated by: Nan McNamara
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Cora couldn't have been happier: Matt Greystone was coming to town! The rookie sensation had just signed a huge contract with the Yankees, coming to the team from Arizona, where he won 17 games as a starting pitcher for the Diamondbacks. But an arm injury requiring rehab had sidelined his meteoric rise, and this was her chance to meet him! A diehard Yankee fan, Cora was delighted when Matt invited her to a weekend pool party. On the plus side, she got to meet Derek Jeter. On the minus side, she had a puzzle of her own to solve when a couple of guests got killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Please

  • By Cheryl Waters on 11-02-18

More Please

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

My husband has been reading the Puzzle Lady series for years, but this is the first one in audio format. It is funny and witty. I wish they were all available in audio format. I have a hard time reading books because I had shingles I one of my eyes twenty years ago. Therefore, my eyes tire easily by getting blurry. Please encourage those who produce audio books to do all of this series. It is that enjoyable.

  • Iron Dragoons

  • Terran Armor Corps, Book 1
  • By: Richard Fox
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,749
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,649

Soldiers of the Terran Armor Corps wage war across the stars. Wired into mechanized battle suits, they fight the terrifying battles which must be won, no matter the cost. Their deeds are legend, their reputation feared by the enemies of Earth and her allies, but how the Corps forges young men and women into mighty warriors is shrouded by mystery. Roland Shaw lost his parents to war, he volunteers for the Armor Corps to honor their memory and discover just how far he can push himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely hands-down favorite

  • By Wes on 11-25-17

Great science fiction writing, good plot, well developed

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

Luke Daniels is always an amazing narrator and I am starting to think he loves the books he narrates.

Definitely buying the next book now, and going to check out the other books in this universe.

Finally found another great series with LOTS of books to keep me occupied.

  • The Dupin Mysteries

  • By: Edgar Allen Poe
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

The three tales that make up Edgar Allan Poe's The Dupin Mysteries introduce us to the cracking character of Chevalier Auguste Dupin. As a rationalist and practitioner of brilliant deduction, he was to become the template for most of the detective fiction that followed speedily in his wake. The first tale, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", details a form of murder solving that was to become only too familiar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Analysis of Plot

  • By Cheryl Waters on 06-27-18

Classic Analysis of Plot

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

These mysteries are freely available in text on the internet, so it is possible to refer to the original after listening. Poe was very good at defining analysis, then employing the definition to solve, literally from an armchair, the puzzle. His writing suggests he was not only literate, but schooled in logic, languages, and mathematics. Many of his criticisms of police methods could be said of those today. This is a bargain!

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  • Charles Paris: Murder Unprompted

  • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, full cast, Suzanne Burden
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Bill Nighy stars as Charles Paris in a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Simon Brett's novel. Charles Paris is understudying in a West End production, whose star Michael Banks seems unable to master the script. Has Charles time to solve a murder, win Frances' heart and make it on stage by the time the curtain goes up?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bill Nighy Is Perfection

  • By Cheryl Waters on 04-21-16

Bill Nighy Is Perfection

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

Reviewed: 04-21-16

What made the experience of listening to Charles Paris: Murder Unprompted the most enjoyable?

For understated performance, you have a hard time finding better than Bill Nighy. He gives a life to Charles Paris that Simon Brett should be proud of.

What other book might you compare Charles Paris: Murder Unprompted to and why?

Any Charles Paris BBC performances are Best Buys.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Charles is resisting the advances of his ex-wife.

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

It is not the destination, but the journey to be enjoyed.

Any additional comments?

This series is great comedy, with clever writing and humorous insights into British acting circles.

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  • Crime Club

  • By: PDQ Audiobooks
  • Narrated by: Barry Thompson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Based on the Doubleday Crime Club book series, Crime Club burst onto the airways as a 30-minute murder mystery hosted by Barry Thompson. Each week's episode started with a phone ringing twice, then answered by Thompson in his eerie voice "I hope I haven't kept you waiting. Yes, this is the Crime Club. I'm the librarian." These 29 commercial-free episodes represent the best of one of old-time radio's crime dramas.. Excellent stories, acting, and production values make for a great listen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Old-Time Radio Series

  • By Cheryl Waters on 10-14-15

Excellent Old-Time Radio Series

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

Reviewed: 10-14-15

Where does Crime Club rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty much at the top for radio.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is an anthology series--each episode a stand-alone--but the host of the program is a kick.

What about Barry Thompson’s performance did you like?

This short-lived series [1940s] was a weekly, hosted by the "librarian," who introduced each episode, taken from books published by "The Crime Club."

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

Actually, no. That would be overkill [no pun intended]. This book is to be savored--perhaps an episode or two each night.

Any additional comments?

The writing and acting on this radio series is excellent. The series was tied to crime fiction published by the chief sponsor.

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  • Speaking from Among the Bones

  • A Flavia de Luce Novel
  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,099
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984

Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the 500th anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the best Flavia yet!!

  • By Donald on 03-17-13

Alan Bradley Keeps Us Guessing

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

Reviewed: 02-20-13

Where does Speaking from Among the Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is Bradley's 5th book in the series and he has said he had 7 in mind when he started. He keeps making Flavia ever more captivating.

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

Bradley admits in the plot that Flavia's world sure has become a series of murder plots, but we don't mind...

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

Ms. Entwistle still sounds fresh, still has all the girlish inflections, and still makes us want more.

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

There is a lifelong memory at the end of the first half, where Flavia has a revealing conversation with her father.

Any additional comments?

Bradley seems to be moving toward an overarching plot for his last two books. May he be as successful in those as in the ones produced thus far.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fifty Candles

  • Wildside Mystery Classics
  • By: Earl Derr Biggers
  • Narrated by: Kiff VandenHeuvel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

"Suddenly, from across the hall, came a cry - sharp, uncanny, terrible. I ran out in the direction from which it had come and stood on the threshold of the Drew dining room. A table was set with gleaming silver and white linen, and in its center stood a cake, on which fifty absurd pink candles flickered bravely. There appeared to be no one in the room. On the other side of the table, a French window stood open to the fog, and I went around to investigate. I had taken perhaps a dozen steps when I stopped, appalled...."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Earl Derr Biggers before Charlie Chan

  • By Cheryl Waters on 08-23-12

Earl Derr Biggers before Charlie Chan

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

Reviewed: 08-23-12

What made the experience of listening to Fifty Candles the most enjoyable?

Good performance of a little known early Biggers novel.

What other book might you compare Fifty Candles to and why?

Much better narration than other early Biggers novel, "Seven Keys to Baldpate," which is a comedy.

What does Kiff VandenHeuvel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good emphasis on story twists.

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

No great emotional levels are here, but plot develops apace. Denouement is dated, but this book is early 20th Century...

Any additional comments?

Purchased on sale and well worth the price.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Agatha Christie: Sparkling Cyanide (BBC Radio 4 Drama)

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Peter Wight, Amanda Drew
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

There's Rosemary, that's for remembrance. Published in 1945, "Sparkling Cyanide" is all about remembrance. It begins with six characters recalling the horrific death of Rosemary Barton, a beautiful but shallow young heiress poisoned by a cyanide-spiked glass of champagne whilst celebrating her birthday at a smart London restaurant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good performance/Typical Christie plot

  • By Cheryl Waters on 07-31-12

Good performance/Typical Christie plot

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

Reviewed: 07-31-12

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

BBC productions always rate highly, especially on sale.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most interesting is the mathematical possibilities between four couples...

Least interesting is why points of view are limited until the denouement...

Which scene was your favorite?

Where the poisoning occurs..."Black Coffee" is another example.

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

My disappointment was not in the performances, but in the plot, which was not predictable due to hidden information...A second listening may prove me wrong...

Any additional comments?

Still a good buy and proof that troupe performances make for good entertainment!

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  • Baldi: Series 5

  • By: Simon Brett, Mark Holloway, Martin Meenan
  • Narrated by: David Threlfall, Tina Kellegher, T.P. McKenna
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

On sabbatical from the Franciscan order, Father Paolo Baldi is working as a philosophy lecturer in Dublin when his life takes an unexpected turn and he finds himself helping the police to solve crimes. Returning for his fifth series, Father Baldi investigates a string of curious murders. Along with Tina, Paolo uncovers the truth behind the killings of several rockabilly band members, as well as delving into the highly competitive world of celebrity chefs and exposing a rift in a community of environmental activists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Good Buy/Read!!

  • By Cheryl Waters on 06-05-12

Another Good Buy/Read!!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-12

Would you listen to Baldi: Series 5 again? Why?

Strong characterizations, good performances and direction make these radio dramas come alive, as always!

What other book might you compare Baldi: Series 5 to and why?

All the Baldi collections provide good value, entertainment, and high production values.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Baldi is not a 'book' character so much as a BBC creation, but faithful to its core character, a priest drawn to solving crime, though not in quite the same way as Chesterton's "Father Brown."

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

These collections of radio episodes differ as much in their plotting, as in their moral lessons. All of them offer insights to criminal motivation, with much sympathy for the fallen.

Any additional comments?

Keep them coming!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Charles Paris: A Reconstructed Corpse

  • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Bill Nighy returns as Charles Paris: unsuccessful actor, bad husband, and dipsomaniac. Desperately in need of work, having been kicked out of his marital home, Charles jumps at playing a missing property developer in a crime-reconstruction program. But the missing person case soon turns to murder when severed body parts begin to appear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT performance makes “okay” story good

  • By Kathi on 01-17-18

Well worth the sales price!

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

Reviewed: 05-27-12

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

These BBC productions are funny, clever, tightly written and well-acted.

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

The plot is a bit far-fetched, but the cast's reaction to the situation is the true entertainment.

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

Nighy's take on Charles Paris is ideal.

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

These Charles Paris stories are like literary rice pudding--you could consume the whole batch in one sitting, but taking it in reasonable servings is probably the best bet. It lasts longer that way...

Any additional comments?

Grab these productions whenever they're on sale! That way, their value only pays more in dividends!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful