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The Weight of Evidence
    An Inspector Appleby Mystery
    
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        Michael Innes
    
    


    
    
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        Matt Addis
    
    


    
    Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
    40 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • The Weight of Evidence

  • An Inspector Appleby Mystery
  • By: Michael Innes
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Meteorites fall from the sky but seldom onto the heads of science dons in redbrick universities; yet this is what happens to Professor Pluckrose of Nestfield University. Inspector Appleby soon discovers that the meteorite was not fresh and that the professor's deckchair had been placed underneath a large, accessible tower - he already knew something of academic jealousies but he was to find out a great deal more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it.

  • By Carl Smith on 10-14-12

Love it.

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

Reviewed: 10-14-12

One of my favorite Innes books. Listened to it several times and I'm sure I will again. Great narrator.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Appleby's End
    An Inspector Appleby Mystery
    
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        Michael Innes
    
    


    
    
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        Vincent Brimble
    
    


    
    Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    117 ratings
    Overall 3.5
  • Appleby's End

  • An Inspector Appleby Mystery
  • By: Michael Innes
  • Narrated by: Vincent Brimble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Available to download for the very first time, the fantastic Inspector Appleby series by celebrated crime writer Michael Innes.Appleby's End was the name of the station where Detective Inspector John Appleby got off the train from Scotland Yard.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Unusual Happenings

  • By Carol on 09-26-10

Favorite Innes & Great Narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-09-12

The book begins dark and slow, and the narrator doesn't hit a rhythm for a few minutes but my recommendation is don/t miss this one. Delightfully funny and fun to listen to again.

Appleby meets Judith, who is featured as his wife in Appleby at Allington, and the dialogue with her is the Innes style that I love. The narrator does a good job at keeping the characters distinct and capturing their strangely amusing wierdness. The plot is just clever and certainly not intended to be anything but a fun story.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beckoning Lady

  • A Campion Mystery
  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Campion's glorious summer in Pontisbright is blighted by death. Amidst the preparations for Minnie and Tonker Cassand's fabulous summer party, a murder is discovered and it falls to Campion to unravel the intricate web of motive, suspicion, and deduction with all his imagination and skill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fine story and great reader, too bad it's abridged

  • By Meep on 12-25-12

should have listened to the first reviewer

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

Reviewed: 10-28-11

Ditto about this being impossible to listen to or understand. The big problem may be that it is a hachet job abridged. Still don't get what is was supposed to be about.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

News from Thrush Green
    
    
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        Miss Read
    
    


    
    
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        Gwen Watford
    
    


    
    Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
    64 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • News from Thrush Green

  • By: Miss Read
  • Narrated by: Gwen Watford
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Change occurs everywhere, even in the small fictional community of Thrush Green in the British Cotswolds. Dorothy Watson and Agnes Fogerty have taught at the school for as long as anyone can remIn this glowing novel of love lost and love found again, the Thrush Green cottage known as Tullivers has remained unoccupied for years. But suddenly it begins to show signs of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Publish them all with Gwen Watford

  • By Carl Smith on 07-22-10

Publish them all with Gwen Watford

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-10

Of the four Audible currently has, this is the first. But the whole series is more than 10 books written between 1950 and mid-1990's. Check wikipedia for the list. The books follow the same characters as they grow up and get married and have children or as they remarry late in life or deal with aging and propsects of their own death.

Gwen Watson is the perfect narrator. She makes every character so human and not at all over-acted.

These books are relaxing, amusing, sad at times, with some quirky characters that I just love. You just have to meet the eccentric Dotty Harmer in her project to find good homes for a litter of stay kittens.

I enjoyed these so much I bought the print version of the first title in the series. Here's a quote from it that seems to capture Miss Read's philosophy: "People nowadays seemed too busy for gaiety, and what was worse, appeared to frown upon innocent enjoyment. Life was too dreadfully real and earnest these days, thought Mrs. Bailey, and all the young people were middle-aged at twenty. If only people would realize that light-hearted and gay things were not any less significant than the violent and brutish, what a step forward it would be. Because a song, a book, a play, a picture or anything created was gay, it did not necessarily follow that it was trivial."

After "News from" listen to "Battles at Thrush Green."

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Maisie Dobbs

  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Rita Barrington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,658
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,652

Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful discovery

  • By Lori on 08-07-09

First quality novel but so sad

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-10

I love Maisey. Like no other fictional detective! I agree 100% with what the other reviews so far have said.

But the subject matter is so very sad. It works for so many people but I'm not sure I will be able to continue the series. This fiction is too much like non-fiction. I look to novels to get a bit of a break from it all.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Face of a Stranger

  • A William Monk Novel #1
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,087

A tragic accident leaves Inspector Monk with amnesia just moments after he solves the murder of a popular Crimean war hero. Forced to redo his entire investigation, a frustrated Monk faces a desperate murderer who will do anything to keep the inspector from discovering the truth twice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • promising start to the series

  • By connie on 01-09-10

Enjoyed it but editing would help a lot

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-10

As detective fiction goes, I enjoyed this and plan to listed to the next in the series. But ditto to the reviewer's comment about the need for more editing. Really tiresome at points -- millions of repetitive, unanswerable questions (who am I?) that can't be answered b/c of total amnesia. In print you can skim that stuff but for audio, I might recommend an abridged version.

I like Davina Porter much better than most narrators, and, for me, narrators are as important as the novel itself.

35 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • Powder and Patch

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Jamie Glover
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

Cleone Charteris is the joy and despair of all the young men of the countryside, and she seeks a husband - a man who can duel and dice with the best of them. One of the men after her heart is the masterful and handsome Mr. Philip Jettan. But compared to other men in 18th-century England, Philip is out of step - he is careless in his appearance and, in Cleone's own words, she cannot marry him because he is 'a raw country bumpkin'. He even refuses to buy a wig!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Of a certainty, c'est different

  • By Carol on 07-03-10

Great book but female voices not so great

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-10

Enjoyed this very much as I have with most of Heyer's books. Glover is a great actor and narrator but I always feel that the male narrators don't have the vocal range needed for all of Heyer's female characters. So often they come across like Cleone does in this version - shrill and excessive. I'd like to hear Cleone interpreted by Eve Matheson or Sian Phillips. I think the role would be more subtle and less hysterical. Cleone is playing games - she laughs early on when Phillip leaves the room in anger and she laters asks to be taken to a separate room where she plays dice (an unladylike thing to do as Heyer notes), which is what gets her in the situation. I'd like to hear it read with Cleone staying pretty much in charge until the end when she's at risk of being genuinely embarassed by the locket.

I think female voices have more otpions for both male and female parts. It seems that most of Heyer's books are being released with male narrators lately. I'd like to hear them all as interpreted by Matheson, Phillips or Phylida Nash

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 346

Jane Austen's most popular novel, originally published in 1813, some 17 years after it was first written, presents the Bennet family of Longbourn. Against the background of gossipy Mrs. Bennet and the detached Mr. Bennet, the quest is on for husbands for the five daughters. The spotlight falls on Elizabeth, second eldest, who is courted by Darcy, though initially she is more concerned with the fate of her other sisters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By Marilyn Pearse on 08-21-07

Maybe I'll try again sometime

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-10

Tried twice but the annoying personalities are so very annoying with this narrator. I re-read the Audio review and it says everything I would say about the narration. Should have read it more carefully.

But, like seeing a play performed, you're getting an intrepretation of the characters. Great plot, great theme (pride and pre-judgement), amazing in its historical context but the interpretation of the characters makes them seem simply absurd --I couldn't take them seriously.

And when a book is 13 hours long, someone should consider the percentage of time the listener has to listen to irritatating people in order to finish the book.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Silent in the Grave

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,419

Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Happily surprised

  • By 9S on 07-04-09

Buyer beware

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-10

Just read the previous reviews before you buy. Most people love it, some people hate it. Ditto for the narrator. Not at all my idea of a romance, which is fine, but I agree with someone else about the creepy male lead. Plot moves slowly and I found myself skipping around to see if I wanted to finish it. Julia is a strong personality and interesting in many ways but I never warmed to her enough to care what happens to her. So it comes down to unraveling the mystery. The ending just depressed me and I was glad to be done with it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Frederica

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Clifford Norgate
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310

Rich and handsome, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters, the Marquis of Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. But when a distant connection applies to him for help, he finds himself far from bored.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enormous pleasure!!

  • By Hazel on 06-28-09

Wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-10

As one reviewer said "smartly hilarious," which is true for the Nonesuch and Friday's Child. I prefer those because i love Eve Matheson's voice and I generally prefer femail narrators for Heyer, but this was great and worth listening to a second time.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful