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M. R. James

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  • A Mystery
  • By: Keigo Higashino
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Detective Kyochiro Kaga of the Tokyo Police Department has just been transferred to a new precinct in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. Newly arrived, but with a great deal of experience, Kaga is promptly assigned to the team investigating the murder of a woman. But the more he investigates, the greater number of potential suspects emerges. It isn’t long before it seems nearly all the people living and working in the business district of Nihonbashi have a motive for murder.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating, intimate look at a Tokyo neighborhood in a procedural mystery

  • By M. R. James on 12-31-18

Fascinating, intimate look at a Tokyo neighborhood in a procedural mystery

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

Detective Kaga combines a deep sympathy with ordinary people’s motivations and stories with a meticulous attention to detail. He leaves his suspects better off than when he first encounters him.

The narrator, with his film noir intonation and characterizations is perfect.

Loved every moment of this wonderful mystery

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mystery in the Channel

  • By: Freeman Wills Crofts
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

The captain of the Newhaven to Dieppe steamer spots a small pleasure yacht lying motionless in the water and, on closer inspection, sees a body lying on the deck. When members of his crew go aboard the yacht, they find not one male corpse but two. The dead men were chairman and vice chairman of Moxon General Securities, one of the largest financial houses in the country. Inspector Joseph French of Scotland Yard is called in. French soon discovers that Moxon's is on the brink of collapse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too much technical sailing times detail for me

  • By M. R. James on 11-16-18

Too much technical sailing times detail for me

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

Inspector French is way too plodding. He assembles meticulous detail and ponders over these very slowly. The narrator, Gordon Griffin, is always marvelous, but even he can not rescue this book from being tiresomely boring.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 793
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727

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 book reviewer 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 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

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 289
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

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?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Wrong Narrator

  • By Elizabeth on 12-10-14

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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

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 2,084
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,923

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 4,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,306

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

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 3,723
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,201

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