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Carl P. Beetz

Oregon
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  • No Graves As Yet

  • A World War One Novel #1
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 147

On a sunny afternoon in late June, Cambridge professor Joseph Reavley is summoned from a student cricket match to learn that his parents have died in an automobile crash. Joseph's brother, Matthew, an officer in the Intelligence Service, reveals that their father had been en route to London to turn over to him a mysterious secret document.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Slow Introduction to the Great War

  • By Lulu on 02-28-15

Not so good

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

Reviewed: 12-23-16

The early part of this novel consists of people gathering in slightly different clusters to rehash the same information over and over. There is very little story. There are a lot of "bruised" looks and "hurt" eyes.

Anybody hoping to learn some of the historical setting will be in the wrong place. At one point there is dialogue discussing how the Russians had been beaten by the Chinese fleet in 1905. Check a history book if you don't know what is wrong with that statement.

In the end the crimes themselves make little sense and can leave the reader scratching their head about motivations.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder of a Lady

  • By: Anthony Wynne
  • Narrated by: James Bryce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

Duchlan Castle is a gloomy place in the Scottish Highlands. Late one night the body of Mary Gregor, sister of the laird, is found in the castle. She has been stabbed to death in her locked bedroom. The only tiny clue to the culprit is a silver fish's scale, left on the floor next to Mary's body. Inspector Dundas is dispatched to investigate. The Gregor family and their servants are quick to explain that Mary was a kind and charitable woman, but Dundas uncovers a more complex truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid "Golden Age" Mystery

  • By Carl P. Beetz on 06-09-16

Solid "Golden Age" Mystery

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

Reviewed: 06-09-16

In some respects this book made me think of a P.D. James novel. Much of it is filled with gradual revealing of the personalities and interactions between the different characters. The mystery itself is not that fantastic and, for me, not as interesting as the stories of the people. Nonetheless the writing and the story were involving for me.

I found the narration to be well above solid and feel it added a great deal to the feel of the novel.

It is far from a more modern detective or slasher story and one that might appeal only to folks with an appetite for a period piece story. However, for those of us who seek out such novels it might be a real treasure.

36 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • A Man of Some Repute

  • A Very English Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Edmondson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,124

Selchester Castle in 1953 sits quiet and near-empty, its corridors echoing with glories of the past. Or so it seems to intelligence officer Hugo Hawksworth, wounded on a secret mission and now reluctantly assuming an altogether less perilous role at Selchester.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good "pseudo" golden age mystery

  • By Jerri C on 10-18-15

Surprising Decent

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

A lot of time passed before I decided to try this audiobook. Questions about the narration, the period, the author.

Narration is, to my ear, very decent. I don't have issues with distinguishing characters and I find the (male) narrator to be easy to hear.

The story is decent and not a locked room or Christie sort of story. Things peel away at an increasing pace and there are appropriate surprises towards the end. The story and mystery are more organic, rather than staged, than many. My sorrow is that the author died after only a couple sequels so that the exploded plot lines will not have a chance to develop.

Characters are a little formulaic but that can probably be excused for a first novel in a series since it gives us a foothold for future development. The core set are pleasing. They allow me to want to learn more of them and to look forward to hearing more from them.

Overall a decent effort and worth a listen.

  • Death in the Stocks: Inspector Hannasyde Series, Book 1

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 249

In the dead of the night, a man is found murdered, locked in the stocks on the village green. Unfortunately for Superintendent Hannasyde, the deceased is Andrew Vereker, a man hated by nearly everyone, especially his odd and unhelpful family members. The Verekers are as eccentric as they are corrupt, and it will take all Hannasyde's skill at detection to determine who's telling the truth, and who is pointing him in the wrong direction. The question is: who in this family is clever enough to get away with murder?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Wrong Narrator

  • By Elizabeth on 12-10-14

My Favorite

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

This is my favorite of the G. Heyer mysteries.

I really enjoy the reader although she mispronounces some words. Her voice characterizations are distinctive and her impression of the female lead is memorable.

The story is a good one but the best parts are the gatherings where several characters trade comments. In a film this might have been done with several people speaking at once but for a book, which is necessarily linear, the author gives a good impression of an active conversation.

As with most of her mysteries, G. Heyer's culprit is not difficult to spot for mystery fans. However, her writing and sense of scene make all of these books worth listening to and worth reading.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Distant Mirror

  • The Calamitous Fourteenth Century
  • By: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 28 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959

The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; and on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, once you get into it

  • By E. Smakman on 11-30-09

I know, I know, but it is THAT good.

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

Reviewed: 06-03-12

An enormous, well written book about a fascinating period. Told, as detailed in a longish foreward, in a narrative style, it is a frightfully good listen for a book that can be tough to finish from its size. I found myself compelled to listen at any free moment. If all history could be dealt with in this manner...

The narrator fits the tale perfectly and proceeds through almost flawlessly. There are a few words that seem to have incorrect pronunciation, even for the English dialect, but nothing to detract from the whole. To the contrary, I found the narrator to be a significant enhancement to my enjoyment of a marvelous book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful