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Brian Chafin

Tujunga, CA United States
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  • Police at the Funeral

  • An Albert Campion Mystery
  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

When Albert Campion is called in by the fiancee of an old college friend to investigate the disappearance of her uncle, he little expects the mysterious spate of death and dangers that follows among the bizarre inhabitants of Socrates Close, Cambridge. He and Stanislaus Oates must tread carefully, and battle some complex family dynamics, to solve the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • tremendously enjoyable

  • By Propel on 08-09-17

Finally, a mystery

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

This is the fourth Campion book. It is also the first one that is truly a mystery. Despite a stereotypical cast of English eccentrics, the plot is engaging and the solution worthy of Christie.

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  • A Man Lay Dead

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 237

Wealthy Sir Hubert Handesley's original and lively weekend house parties are deservedly famous. To amuse his guests, he has devised a new form of the fashionable Murder Game, in which a guest is secretly selected to commit a 'murder' in the dark, and everyone assembles to solve the crime. But when the lights go up this time, there is a real corpse....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Upper Crust Mystery

  • By Laurence G. Byrne on 02-25-16

Too many cliched

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

Reviewed: 04-16-17

Save us from murders at British weekend house parties. And save us from mysterious gangs of foreigners. The introductory Alleyn novel had included these and other overworked British mystery themes. Alleyn himself is clever and intelligent but not well developed as a character. In short, give this a miss unless you are set on reading the whole series.

  • The Crime at Black Dudley

  • An Albert Campion Mystery
  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 372

When George Abbershaw is invited to Black Dudley Manor for the weekend, he has only one thing on his mind - proposing to Meggie Oliphant. Unfortunately for George, things don't quite go according to plan. A harmless game turns decidedly deadly and suspicions of murder take precedence over matrimony. Trapped in a remote country house with a murderer, George can see no way out. But Albert Campion can.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I LIKE this narrator quite a lot!!!!

  • By Meep on 11-16-13

Not your average Campion

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

This book is more of a farce than a mystery. Character actions and motivations well beyond believability. Still, it is a necessary read fir Campion fans.

  • The Alchemist's Apprentice

  • By: Dave Duncan
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

When the Council of 10 takes the seer Nostradamus into custody, suspecting him of poisoning a friend of the prince, his young apprentice must unravel a web of magic and murder if he is to have any future of his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book.

  • By DoktorK on 07-12-08

Archie Goodwin in Venice

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

Reviewed: 03-16-17

A decent mystery in the style of Nero Wolfe mysteries, set in early modern Venice

  • Survivor in Death

  • In Death, Book 20
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,616
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,175
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,168

No affairs. No criminal connections. No DNA. No clues. Eve Dallas may be the best cop in the city - not to mention having the lavish resources of her husband Roarke at her disposal - but the Swisher case has her baffled. The family members were murdered in their beds with brutal, military precision.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rocks!

  • By Cherita on 09-06-09

Top Dallas

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

One of the best Eve Dallas books - good police procedural, emotional commitment, emotional consequences. An unexpected climax.

  • Scion of Cyador

  • The Saga of Recluce, Book 11
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 25 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

Exploring the rich depths of the history of Recluce, Magi'i introduced Lorn, a talented boy born into a family of Magi'i. A fastidious student mage who lacked blind devotion, Lorn was made into a lancer officer and shipped off to the frontier. Having survived an extended stint fighting both barbarian raiders and the giant beasts of the Accursed Forest, Lorn has proven himself to be a fine officer - perhaps too fine an officer. As his prowess has grown, so has his number of enemies and rivals.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard Modesitt

  • By Brian Chafin on 02-20-17

Standard Modesitt

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

A good story, but nothing surprising for someone familiar with Modesitt. Not a critical Recluce novel.

  • The Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Rise of Nations

  • By: Andrew C. Fix, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Andrew C. Fix
  • Length: 24 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

Between 1348 and 1715, western Europe was fraught with turmoil, beset by the Black Plague, numerous and bitter religious wars, and frequent political revolutions and upheavals. Yet the Europe that emerged from this was vastly different from the Europe that entered it. By the start of the 18th century, Europe had been revitalized and reborn in a radical break with the past that would have untold ramifications for human civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! (...but the ending could be improved)

  • By FN2187 on 09-12-13

Great flavor

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

Reviewed: 01-28-17

Provides an interesting overview of the early modern period of European history. Keeps it going at a good clip.

  • Apprentice in Death

  • In Death Series, Book 43
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,815
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,316

The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park's ice skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be. Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD, but never one like this. After reviewing security videos, it becomes clear that the victims were killed by a sniper firing a tactical laser rifle, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jean on 09-21-16

Arguably the best

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

This book had several of the classic Dallas elements - a whodunnit, a man-hunt, and memorable interrogations. What's not to libe?

  • Help the Poor Struggler

  • By: Martha Grimes
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

Around bleak Dartmoor, where the Hound of the Baskervilles once bayed, three children have been brutally murdered. Now Richard Jury of Scotland Yard joins forces with a hot-tempered local constable named Brian Macalvie to track down the killer. The trail begins at a desolate pub, Help the Poor Struggler. It leads straight to the estate of Lady Jessica, a 10-year-old orphaned heiress who lives with her mysterious uncle and ever-changing series of governesses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grimes sets a more serious tone--good listen

  • By Kathi on 04-14-14

Confusing

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

Too much time away from Plant snd Jury. Too much reliance on coincidence. My biggest criticism is that I still don't totally understand what was going on. An author doesn't need an Agatha Christie drawing room monologue to explain the mystery. In this case, though, it could have been a lot clearer.

  • The Attenbury Emeralds

  • By: Jill Paton Walsh
  • Narrated by: Edward Petherbridge
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 380

The recovery of the magnificent gem in Lord Attenbury's dazzling heirloom launched a shell-shocked young aristocrat on his career as a detective in 1921. Thirty years later, a happily married Lord Peter has just shared the secrets of that mystery with his wife, the detective novelist Harriet Vane. Suddenly, the new Lord Attenbury—grandson of Lord Peter’s first client—seeks his help to prove who owns the emeralds.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow, but Some Surprises

  • By Carol on 11-03-11

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

Paton Walsh faithfully portrayed Peter and Harriet as usual. The story wasn't great. It was a long time into the book before we got to a decent mystery. Even then, there was no real suspense. The best part of the book was the non-mystery subplot. The worst was the narration. It was almost uniformly performed in a sepulchral whisper with little differentiation between characters.