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Fantastic Story & Narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-08-19

I loved Jane Asher’s performance as narrator- she did a superb job. The story, in my opinion, was not one of Marsh’s best but Asher brought it to life. Although Allen explained how the murderer was identified, the choice of murderer seemed appeared to be rather randomly selected. Nevertheless, Grave Mistake was a good read with fascinating if not slightly exaggerated characters, a good storyline and enough intrigue to keep you reading and trying to identify the murder before Alleyn reveals him or her.

Great book, Awful narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-21-19

As always, Agatha Christie makes for fantastic reading. Alas alack, the same cannot be said of the narrator. Charles Armstrong’s anaemic delivery, lackluster portrayal of Christie’s characters and repeatedly proven inability to do decent accents, tendency to turn some characters into caricatures, and distinguish male from female characters almost ruined this audiobook for me. The narrator, to use English parlance was “bloody awful!” If this book is ever reissued, get different narrator - I’ve heard the some of the same stories superbly read by David Suchet and Hugh Fraser. I gave the book 2 stars because the stories themselves were excellent and Mr. Armstrong’s reading was flawless even though boring.

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A look at the Victorian past

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

Reviewed: 06-05-19

I loved this book. It provided a fascinating look at the mores of Victorian times. It also me a historical perspective on some of the biases, prejudices, human rights abuses and beliefs still prevalent today.

Great Story, Passable Narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

Overture to Death meets all the criteria of a great whodunnit - means, motive, opportunity, a cast of compelling characters and an exquisite plot. Although the murderer was obvious from the beginning, this does not detracts from the storyline. The narrator, Ric Jerome, reads well but does not do a very good job of bringing the characters to life. His Inspector Alleyn was poor almost a caricature. Similar voices were usd for some characters making them appear lackluster and inconsequential.

One of Marsh’s Best

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

I loved this book. Marsh wrote a deceptively simple yet compelling and intricate story. To sum up:
1. Plot - excellent. A bit disappointed in the abrupt ending but that’s only worth a half-star demerit
2. Characters - well developed and compelling
3. Intrigue - first class
4. Narrator - superb job job of reading and bringing the characters to life.

Disappointing

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-18

I understand that a radio version of a novel must be an abbreviated version. Having read the novel, I found this adaptation to be a lukewarm representation. Jerry Robbins as Perry Mason does not convey the fighter imagery associated with Mason. The modified plot came across as disjointed with some key parts of the novel either omitted or glossed over. This is evident upon listening to the dialogue between characters. In fact, this radio edit seemed a touch schizophrenic combining elements from the novel and the Perry Mason TV episode. The other actors were generally not believable in their roles with the exception of the actors playing the parts of the Judge and Carl Montaine. I’m sorry I bought 3 of these radio plays one time instead of just purchasing one and listening to it. Maybe I will lucky and the other 2 will be an improvement.

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Great book, good narration

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

The Cautious Coquette is one of Gardner’s best mysteries. With an intricate plot and intriguing characters, it is a great read. The narrator does a credible job. His variety of male voices is passable but all of his females sound remarkably similar if not ridiculously repetitious. Overall, the book is a decent audio read.

Wonderful Performance

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

Nemesis is one of my favorite Agatha Christie stories - great storyline, compelling and well-rounded characters. Emilia Fox is a good narrator and she does a good job of bringing the story to life. The one downside is her limited repertoire of voices - some of her character voices for males and females are indistinguishable from each other. This limitation in no way detracts from the story in my opinion.

Brilliant Narration

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

David Suchet did a fabulous job of bringing the characters in Death on the Nile to life, and so vibrantly. His performance was flawless. I have only one regret, I just wish more Poirot novels were narrated by him. First class delivery!

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

This is one of the dramatised narrations of an Agatha Christie audio book that I have ever been exposed to. Richard E. Grant was absolutely brilliant. His ability to present different characters that realistically captures the characters as created by Agatha Christie was simply brilliant.