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  • Still Life

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 1
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,920

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rare find

  • By Alex on 01-16-15

A little too 'politically correct' all the right diversity memes, but I could get past it was well written a great cozy

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Fun characters, good plot, I will buy more in series, It is not Nagio Marsh, nor Agatha Christie, but still it had good pacing, good description of people and places. A little too much emoting for a good detective series but it was still a fun ride.

  • Surfeit of Lampreys

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

Ngaio Marsh’s most popular novel begins when a young New Zealander’s first contact with the English gentry is the body of Lord Wutherford - with a meat skewer through the eye.... The Lampreys had plenty of charm - but no cash. They all knew they were peculiar - and rather gloried in it. The double and triple charades, for instance, with which they would entertain their guests - like rich but awful Uncle Gabriel, who was always such a bore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth waiting for!!!

  • By Meep on 11-26-15

One of her best

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Surfeit of Lampreys to be better than the print version?

Haven't read print version.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes

Have you listened to any of Philip Franks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, he is terrific .

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It resonated with a certain type of eccentric family I have experienced several times in my life.
This is what makes Nagio Marsh so wonderful. Her characters are timeless, and, in a sense, so are topics, and cultural milieu, which proves the adage, the more things change, the more they remain the same.

Any additional comments?

Just think Philip Franks and James Saxon are both fabulous narrators, really amazing actors so that it seems one is hearing AND watching a stage play, which is why Nagio's stage experience brings so much to her writing. And both narrators seem to totally bring that reality to life.

  • The Franchise Affair

  • By: Josephine Tey
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388

Marion Sharpe and her mother seem an unlikely duo to be found on the wrong side of the law. Quiet and ordinary, they have led a peaceful and unremarkable life at their country home, The Franchise. Unremarkable that is, until the police turn up with a demure young woman on their doorstep.Not only does Betty Kane accuse them of kidnap and abuse, she can back up her claim with a detailed description of the attic room in which she was kept, right down to the crack in its round window.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No way out

  • By Janice on 10-05-17

Great narration, great story.

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

Where does The Franchise Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is just stellar, great British mystery and fabulous narrator. I usually prefer male narration but this was the best of all I have enjoyed. There was no character she was not able to bring to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Franchise Affair?

How contemporary a 1940's embedded context was to our own times.

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