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  • Died in the Wool

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Ngaio Marsh returns to her New Zealand roots to transplant the classic country house murder mystery to an upland sheep station on South Island - and produces one of her most exotic and intriguing novels. One summer evening in 1942, Flossie Rubrick, MP, one of the most formidable women in New Zealand, goes to her husband’s wool shed to rehearse a patriotic speech - and disappears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this one

  • By Sally Dobbs on 08-26-16

Good story somewhat marred

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

James Saxon has recorded a number of Ngaio marsh books. He always starts overdramatizing and camping up the characters to an alarming amount and his accents are so thick you can hardly understand the words. Then he eventually settles down and does well

  • The Old Fox Deceiv'd

  • By: Martha Grimes
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424

It is a chill and foggy 12th Night, wild with North Sea wind, when a bizarre murder disturbs the outward peace of Rackmoor, a tiny Yorkshire fishing village with a past that proves a tangled maze of unrequited loves, unrevenged wrongs, and even undiscovered murders. Inspector Jury finds no easy answers in his investigation - not even the identity of the victim, a beautiful young woman. Was she Gemma Temple, an impostor? Or was she really Dillys March, Colonel Titus Crael’s long-lost ward, returning after eight years to the Colonel’s country seat and to a share of his fortune? And who was her murderer?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • what genre is this?

  • By Stevon on 11-10-14

Grimes/West combo excellent

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

Reviewed: 03-29-17

I'm a longtime fan of Martha Grimes and worried about how the book would sound on tape because the characters were clear in my head. Steve west is one of the best readers ever with an attractive basic voice and good characterizations without stooping to grotesque accents and chortles that you can't understand, as I find w some narrators. The only complaint is with the directors prep. There are quite a number of mispronounced words, especial anything vaguely French or Italian. Could these be prepped ahead? Words like dilettante, contributing, bas-relief and the old "famous" actor of the forties is Charles Boyer (French boy-YAY). .. cultural differences. But he's a great reader. I've enjoyed him in several Grimes books and she's a sensational writer blending drama, psychological insights beautiful phrase structure (with a few Germanish forms--outreaching her hand, e.g.) and a superb sense of humor. Especially fun are in -jokes about other writers, their characters and their styles

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  • Parting Breath

  • By: Catherine Aird
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Detective Inspector C.D. Sloan knew there would be trouble when he was called in to the student sit-in at Calleshire University. The dons were nervous, the students excited - a clash of some kind seemed inevitable. But what did happen was totally unexpected. First was a most peculiar theft from a dormitory room and then the discovery of a man found clutching at one of the columns of the Tarsus cloister - bleeding slowly to death and able with his parting breath only to utter one enigmatic phrase.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible, Just could not listen to it

  • By LAB on 03-04-11

Narrator not right for Aird

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

Reviewed: 01-28-17

I love Catherine Airds's cozy mysteries and bone dry wit from when I read them years ago. This narrator is all wrong: no humor, a low Eeyore voice that gets inaudible without raised volume and slow pacing with little change in pitch. Dull not fun and the story's good!'