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M. R. James

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  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 19-21
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village to find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 19 - 21: "GHOST OF A CHANCE": Every Halloween, the supposedly haunted Bell Hotel hosts its famous 'Ghost-Hunters Dinner', complete with scary stories, spooky apparitions and things that go bump in the night. But this year's event ends in a terrifying accident, and suddenly everyone wonders... Is there a real ghost loose in the hotel?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cherringham, I've missed you!

  • By Lee on 05-06-18

Wonderful as always!

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

So happy to have more of Jack and Sarah! Best and most consistently written cozy mysteries series!

  • Picture Miss Seeton

  • A Miss Seeton Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Heron Carvic
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

When Miss Seeton walks out after a performance of Carmen and witnesses a real-life stabbing, all she can recall is a shadowy figure. But how could she have guessed that her latest artistic endeavor is a picture-perfect portrait of the killer? Her sketch puts her in a perilous position, for back at her recently inherited cottage in Plummergen village, she's fated to be a sitting duck...for murder most foul!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HISS for the Villain!

  • By Betababe on 08-17-17

Wonderful entertaining listen, I love them!

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

Miss Seeton is a delightful character, who reminds me a bit of both Miss Silver and Agatha Raisin. In other words, a very entertaining listen, due to a series of fun characters and Phyllida Nash’s amusing narration.

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  • The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell

  • By: Lilian Jackson Braun
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

While the town of Pickax is swept up in its sesquicentennial celebrations, Koko has developed a strange new hobby: He drops himself from balconies, occasionally landing in the oddest of places. When a young man comes to visit his wealthy relatives, Koko plummets straight onto his head!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Mystery Beading Cat on 05-09-07

It seems like this book was heavily abridged

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

Reviewed: 10-14-17

George Guidall was, as always perfect, but the story felt more like an outline. Major events were only briefly touched.

  • Death in the Stocks: Inspector Hannasyde Series, Book 1

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 244

In the dead of the night, a man is found murdered, locked in the stocks on the village green. Unfortunately for Superintendent Hannasyde, the deceased is Andrew Vereker, a man hated by nearly everyone, especially his odd and unhelpful family members. The Verekers are as eccentric as they are corrupt, and it will take all Hannasyde's skill at detection to determine who's telling the truth, and who is pointing him in the wrong direction. The question is: who in this family is clever enough to get away with murder?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it, loved it

  • By Glenda on 01-06-15

Ulli Birve makes Georgette Heyer even better!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

My grandmother gave me my first Georgette Heyer when I was 12 and I have never stopped reading and rereading them since. Tremendously amusing mysteries, when read on paper, but Ulli Birve's narrations have brought even more humor to light than I ever got from the pages!

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  • The Ghost Riders of Ordebec

  • By: Fred Vargas, Sian Reynolds (translator)
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

As the chief of police in Paris's seventh arrondissement, Commissaire Adamsberg has no jurisdiction in Ordebec. Yet, he cannot ignore a widow's plea. Her daughter Lina has seen a vision of the Ghost Riders with four nefarious men. According to the 1000-year-old legend, the vision means that the men will soon die a grisly death. When one of them disappears, Adamsberg races to Ordebec, where he becomes entranced by the gorgeous Lina - and embroiled in the small Normandy town's ancient feud.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want MORE Fred Vargas on audible

  • By Barbara on 09-21-14

Spectacular, atmospheric mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

The characters were deeply eccentric and amusingly drawn. The plot was multifaceted and logically resolved. The narrator was superb.
A riveting and extremely enjoyable audiobook experience.

I want more!

  • Foxglove Summer

  • A Rivers of London Novel (Peter Grant, Book 5)
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,024
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,867

Peter Grant - cop, magical apprentice, and Londoner to the core - is being forced out of his comfort zone and into the English countryside. His latest case involves the disappearance of children in the small village of Herefordshire, and the local police are unwilling to admit there might be a supernatural element involved. Now Peter must deal with them, local river spirits, and the fact that all the shops close by 4 P.M.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow but ends strong

  • By Cliff on 01-08-15

Even more "fabulous" than the first 4 books of the series

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

Reviewed: 06-27-15

I am in love with the narrator and it's good to get the story out into the country, which the author describes with proper denigration and humor

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  • Midnight Riot

  • Peter Grant, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,130

Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE this Book!

  • By Nancy J on 02-26-13

Great story with awesome narration

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

Reviewed: 06-13-15

As others have said story is Harry Potter in a film noir detective setting. The narrator is sublime

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  • Dragonflight

  • Dragonriders of Pern
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,621
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,116

On the beautiful planet Pern, colonized for centuries, Land Holders and Craftsmen have traditionally tithed food and supplies to the dragonweyrs to which they are bound. In times past, the mighty telepathic dragons and their riders were the only protection from the dreaded, life-threatening Thread. Now those times may be returning....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Pern series is very engaging

  • By Sarah on 10-06-09

Great story, from the fantasy queen

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

a coming of age story with dragons! Narrator is good, but sometimes a bit glib

  • Elephants Can Remember

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

"The Ravenscrofts didn't seem that kind of person. They seemed well balanced and placid..." And yet, twelve years earlier, the husband had shot the wife, and then himself - or perhaps it was the other way around, since sets of both of their fingerprints were on the gun, and the gun had fallen between them. The case haunts Ariadne Oliver, who had been a friend of the couple. The famous mystery novelist desires this real-life mystery solved, and calls upon Hercule Poirot to help her do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hugh Fraser is awesome!

  • By Mandy Cruze on 04-24-15

Spectacular in every way

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

The best of Agatha Christie, narrated by the consummate narrator, Hugh Fraser. It's a must if you love great mysteries

  • A Blunt Instrument

  • Inspector Hannasyde Series, Book 4
  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

When Ernest Fletcher is found bludgeoned to death in his study, everyone is shocked and mystified: Ernest was well liked and respected, so who would have a motive for killing him? Enter Superintendent Hannasyde who, with consummate skill, begins to uncover the complexities of Fletcher's life. It seems the real Fletcher was far from the gentleman he pretended to be. There is, in fact, no shortage of people who wanted him dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Heyer Mystery!

  • By Barbara on 01-20-15

Great story by a terrific reader

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

Reviewed: 03-26-15

One of the best of the wonderful Georgette Heyer mysteries. The reader brings the story to life by conveying the characters through a variety of pitch perfect accents and voices

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