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Mountain View, CA, USA
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  • The Perfect Paragon

  • An Agatha Raisin Mystery
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Donada Peters
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

After being nearly killed by both a hired hit man and her former secretary, Agatha Raisin could use some low-key cases. So when Robert Smedley walks through the door, determined to prove that his wife is cheating, Raisin Investigations immediately offers to help. Trouble is, Agatha hates divorce cases, especially when the client is as pompous as Smedley, but she has a business to run and she's not about to turn away a paying customer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • British Frumpy Detective with witty asides

  • By Ian on 09-13-05

British Frumpy Detective with witty asides

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-05

Being British this was an excellent insight in to small town village life. Agatha Raisin (the name alone implies an older frumpy woman) is very down to earth coming to terms with getting old, being alone, having brighter people around her and constantly having to re-apply her make-up.
The plot nicely accelerates through the book with some interesting twists and turns, and I found it throughly enjoyable.. the wit of M.C. Beaton shining throughout.

Audible: please publish more in the series

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  • Mapp and Lucia

  • By: E.F. Benson
  • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

E.F. Benson's hilarious Mapp and Lucia brings together the 2 most formidable ladies in English...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Subtle, yet hilarious

  • By Robin on 12-19-02

Quite simply brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-05

Probably the best of the series - the gentile English country life with its pleasant facade hiding the depths of bitchiness and snide of two would-be queen bees.
Scales narration is superb, bringing mixing underlying venom with pleasant story telling.

  • The Taking

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Ari Meyers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 520

On the morning that will mark the end of the world they have known, Molly and Neil Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain on their roof. It has haunted their sleep, invaded their dreams, and now they rise to find a luminous silvery downpour drenching their small California mountain town. A strange scent hangs faintly in the air, and the young couple cannot shake the sense of something wrong.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The book may be good, but how can we tell?

  • By Don Pearsall on 06-23-04

What a mix of other books

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-04

Koontz always follows same classic formula, lonely person A, experiencing very strange things, meets hero person B (opposite sex) and somewhere children are involved. Then the mystery unravels itself and you understand what the very strange things were.

This follows his classic structures with 2 exceptions
1) There are dogs this time as well
2) (SPOILER!!) The very strange things are not fully explained but it is implied that they are Biblical.

Listening to this, it seemed like his standard formula with elements of Lassie, E.T. and the Bible mixed in. The abrupt ending was disappointing, but he had built the story up to such a peak, that three quarters of the way through you are thinking "How can this end?"

It still has his good narative and excellent descriptive passages which saves it somewhat and - because of the dogs - I give it a 3 star rating.

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