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  • Bodies from the Library

  • Lost Classic Stories by Masters of the Golden Age
  • By: Tony Medawar, Agatha Christie, Georgette Heyer, and others
  • Narrated by: Philip Bretherton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

This anthology of rare stories of crime and suspense brings together a selection of rare tales by masters of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction for the first time in book form, including a newly discovered Agatha Christie crime story that has not been seen since 1922. At a time when crime and thriller writing has once again overtaken the sales of general and literary fiction, Bodies from the Library unearths lost stories from the Golden Age, that period between the World Wars when detective fiction captured the public’s imagination and saw the emergence of some of the world’s cleverest and most popular storytellers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • two stories missing

  • By Jerri C on 08-29-18

Excellent compilation

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

This book introduced me several authors who I haven't ever read...and who are now added to my watch list. Audible has a few of these authors in their collection and I am hopeful that when the 2nd edition of this compilation becomes available more of these authors will be available in the U.S.

  • The Seaside Detective Agency

  • By: J C Williams
  • Narrated by: Frazer Blaxland
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Eyes Peeled is the Isle of Man’s first and only detective agency. Not much happens on the idyllic Island that needs detecting, so on the whole, the team is not the most adept. In fact, generally speaking, they’re pretty useless. One of the agency’s more eager employees is Sam Levy. Nearing 40, he’s finally found a job he actually loves - even if he isn’t particularly good at it. Okay, let’s be honest. He’s rubbish. Still, Sam’s services are secured by persons unknown to track down a glamorous yet mysterious art dealer recently arrived on the sleepy Island.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great, for a variety of reasons

  • By Bethany on 11-04-18

Great, for a variety of reasons

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I laughed hard and often throughout this suspense story. The plot is solid, all the thread-ends are gathered up neatly, sprinkled lightly with romance, and the humor enhances the entire experience. Narrator does a great job with accents. It's a book that merits repeat listens.

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  • Edinburgh Dusk

  • Ian Hamilton Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Carole Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

A wicked Scottish winter has just begun when pioneering female physician Sophia Jex-Blake calls on Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton to investigate the suspicious death of one of her patients - a railroad lineman who she believes succumbed to the horrific effects of arsenic poisoning. The most provocative aspect of the case doesn’t escape Hamilton: the married victim’s numerous sexual transgressions. Now, for the first time since the unexplained fire that killed his parents, Hamilton enters the Royal Infirmary to gain the insights of brilliant medical student Arthur Conan Doyle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent recording.

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-21-18

well done

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

This is the first book from this author and narrator to which I've experienced and I am glad I did. It was well written and performed. Warning: There are a few descriptions which are necessary for the cohesiveness of the story but which may be troubling for some.

  • The Man Who Was Thursday: Centennial Edition

  • By: G. K. Chesterton, Chesterton Books
  • Narrated by: Nigel Peever
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

 This audiobook is wonderfully narrated by British actor Nigel Peever, who brings the story to life. Published by Chesterton Books. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • marvelous

  • By Sam Torode on 10-02-18

Better after my 2nd listen

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

So glad I listened again! I was disappointed with the ending after my first listen...an ending which will not lend itself to those who feel compelled to skip to the end. It's a clever twist on a mystery with clever twists and both funny and profound. The narrator delivered a great performance with different voices and accents. I will listen to this again for those times when I wish to escape my thoughts.

  • Dead of Winter

  • Karl Kane, Book 3
  • By: Sam Millar
  • Narrated by: Liam Houricane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Private Investigator Karl Kane returns to the streets of Belfast investigating the discovery of a severed hand. Karl believes it’s the work of an elusive serial killer, but the police are claiming a simple vendetta between local criminals.  

Karl embarks on a nightmarish journey as he attempts to solve the mystery and soon he’s suspecting Mark Wilson, his detested ex brother-in-law. But as the winter days become darker, Karl discovers that Wilson is more than a match for him when it comes to dirty dealing and even dirtier fighting, as he battles to keep from becoming the next victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply wow

  • By Bethany on 10-15-18

Simply wow

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I hadn't listened to previous books in the series and will do so now because I love the author's skill of plot weaving and character development and the narrator's performance.

  • The Hindenburg Murders

  • Disaster Series, Book 2
  • By: Max Allan Collins
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Leslie Charteris had no way of knowing that the Hindenburg was hurtling toward catastrophe. But like his crime-fighting character, the Saint, Charteris has an eye for trouble. First the famous mystery writer suspects the German airship has received a bomb threat. Then he discovers a passenger has mysteriously disappeared. Convinced the man was pushed overboard, Charteris conducts a covert investigation. But the vanished man turns out to be an undercover Nazi agent....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great historical mystery

  • By ZUrlocker on 07-31-18

A happy, for me, find

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

First, I love Leslie Charteris for his wit and amazing writing skills. To have found this book that "stars" the Author was exciting, and it was so well written, and of course the performance delivered by Simon Vance gave the story legs, I am agog with delight. The history of The Hindenberg never captured my imagination, until now. I am so happy that Max Allan Collins made this possible. The author's notes following the story wrapped the whole thing up in quite a tidy package.

  • The Morning, Noon & Night Omnibus Edition: Three Books, One Volume

  • Murder in the Morning Edition; Murder in the Afternoon Extra; Murder in the Night Final
  • By: Peter Bartram
  • Narrated by: Matt Jamie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

This omnibus edition of the Morning, Noon, and Night trilogy brings all three audiobooks - Murder in the Morning Edition, Murder in the Afternoon Extra, and Murder in the Night Final - together in one convenient volume. The adventure takes you on a roller-coaster mystery from Britain to America and back again.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Morning,etc

  • By Deedra on 11-28-18

So happy I got this box set

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

I listened to this trilogy in one day because I was captivated by each story's plot ( filled with intrigue), character development ( replete with witty banter), the ingenuity of the author in connecting all 3 stories, and of course, the narrator who brought this work to life.

  • The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy

  • The Irregular, Book 1
  • By: H. B. Lyle
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

London, 1909: the British Empire seems invulnerable. But Captain Vernon Kell, head of counterintelligence at the War Office, knows better. In Russia, revolution; in Germany, an arms race; in London, the streets are alive with foreign terrorists. Kell wants to set up a Secret Service, but to convince his political masters, he needs proof of a threat - and to find that, he needs an agent he can trust. Kell needs Wiggins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much fun!

  • By Genella Williamson on 08-06-18

captivating!

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

The characters are well developed and the method and skill used to incorporate Wiggins' past and present is seamlessly and expertly written. This ingenious story is perfectly accented and delivered by the narrator and I will look for more works by both author and narrator.

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  • Murder at Half Moon Gate

  • By: Andrea Penrose
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

When Lord Wrexford discovers the body of a gifted inventor in a dark London alley, he promptly alerts the watchman and lets the authorities handle the matter. But Wrexford soon finds himself drawn into the murder investigation when the inventor's widow begs for his assistance, claiming the crime was not a random robbery. It seems her husband's designs for a revolutionary steam-powered engine went missing the night of his death. The plans could be worth a fortune and very dangerous in the wrong hands.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable story, narrarator with odd rhythm

  • By Jennifer on 08-15-18

Loved this listen

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

I was very excited to see another adventure with this duo, though the narration was "off" sometimes....not sure if it was timing, inflection...just nearly distracting. Still, will gladly purchase another book by this author/narrator pair.

  • Seven Bridges

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 8
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

It's been five months since a killer walked free, and DCI Ryan is preparing to leave Newcastle to hunt him down - this time for good. But Ryan's plans are scuppered when events take a dramatic turn and he is forced to stay and face his past one last time or watch a friend suffer the consequences. Amid the chaos, another killer is preparing to strike. When the Tyne Bridge explodes, Ryan's team are faced with a frantic race to uncover a deadly foe who won't stop until every bridge is burned, along with everybody on it....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and awesome narration..

  • By Trish R. on 08-22-18

Great plot twists

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Author and narrator both deliver an excellent listen. I apparently became involved with the characters, based in my desire to smack the internal affairs person.

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