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  • Pancakes and Corpses

  • Peridale Cafe Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Agatha Frost
  • Narrated by: Kelly-Anne Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 107

Soon to be divorced Julia South never expected to be caught up in solving a murder, until she discovered the body of her cafe's most awkward customer. With a new smug Detective Inspector in town who underestimates her every move, Julia makes it her mission to discover the real murderer, before her village friends are dragged into the frame, and more bodies are discovered.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Should be Reading to Kindergarten Classes

  • By Tracey Rains on 05-28-17

Decent story suffered from poor recording choices

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

This recording suffered from dreadful editing, especially in the first few chapters. Also, while I like Kelly-Anne Smith's voice, she was not the right reader for this book. Although it was hard to tell through the other issues, the story was OK, and the kind I would usually like, so I might still give the next book in the series a try.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Death Distilled

  • A Whisky Business Mystery
  • By: Melinda Mullet
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677

It's been three months since Abi Logan last checked in on Abbey Glen, the celebrated whisky distillery she inherited. With her oversize wheaten terrier, Liam, by her side, Abi returns to the quaint Scottish village of Balfour. But her relaxing Highland homecoming takes a stressful turn when she unearths an unseemly bit of village history, welcomes a group of Japanese whisky enthusiasts, and becomes shepherdess to an unexpected flock of sheep - all within the first 24 hours. Still, nothing's more stressful than murder....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flocks, Old Rockers, Bones and Blood

  • By Debbie on 01-22-18

Fun read, great series

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

I liked this as much as first book. Abi Logan is a wonderful, fun, artfully crafted character, and Gemma Dawson's performance does her justice.
I can't wait for for the next book. I might even have to give whisky another try...

  • A Fatal Waltz

  • Lady Emily, Book 3
  • By: Tasha Alexander
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Anne Dore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

At her friend Ivy's behest, Lady Emily Ashton reluctantly agrees to attend a party at the sprawling English country estate of a man she finds odious. But the despised Lord Fortescue is not to be her greatest problem.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story- if you can get past the narration

  • By Oh Good Grief on 05-20-15

Narrator ruined this

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

Reviewed: 12-18-16

What disappointed you about A Fatal Waltz?

I’ve listened to the first two books in this series, which have good narrators, and liked them both. Sadly I couldn’t even finish this one because the narrator was so wooden. I see that later books have other, much better narrators. I hope they will rerecord this with an appropriate narrator, as I suspect I’d like it as much as I did the previous books.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Charlotte Anne Dore?

Justine Eyre was wonderful. Get her to record this and I'm sure it would be very popular.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Masked Ball at Broxley Manor

  • A Royal Spyness Novella
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283

At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor. Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, light prequel

  • By CMMV on 01-01-15

Fun story, but too expensive

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

Reviewed: 11-13-16

Would you try another book from Rhys Bowen and/or Katherine Kellgren?

I have read many other books from this series, and liked them very much.

What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator is excellent and brings all the characters to life.

Any additional comments?

However this is a short story, and not worth the price

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Guns in the Gallery

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Invited to a Private View of the work of controversial artist Denzil Willoughby, the good citizens of Fethering are not quite sure what to expect. And it certainly turns out to be a lively affair, culminating in a confrontation between Willoughby and his ex-lover, followed by a heated argument with the gallery owner and a rival artist. But what no one could have anticipated was that the evening would end in sudden, violent death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brett Never Disappoints

  • By Kathleen on 04-30-12

Story would be enjoyable from another narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-14-13

What disappointed you about Guns in the Gallery?

Mostly the narration - it was terrible.

Would you recommend Guns in the Gallery to your friends? Why or why not?

Not unless it was read by Geoffrey Howard (the previous narrator) or someone equally good.

What didn’t you like about Simon Brett’s performance?

While he has a fitting British accent, he has no ability to differentiate between characters, and becomes very monotones. He does not bring the story to life.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The this story is as well crafted, and almost as much fun as most of the other 6 Feathering novels I have read, but I don’t think I’ll get any more unless the narration goes back to someone with more skill at it.

  • Thank You, Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Nicolas Coster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

In high dudgeon, Bertie disappears to the country as a guest of his chum Lord "Chuffy" Chuffnell, who naturally employs the services of the recently resigned Jeeves. Along the way, we meet a memorable cast of characters including Bertie's ex-fiancee Pauline, her formidable father, and the eminet looney-doctor Sir Roderick Glossop. When Chuffy falls in love with Pauline, chaos ensues...until Jeeves step in to save the day.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, Just Not This Recording

  • By Mama C on 02-12-09

Good Story, but narrater

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

Reviewed: 03-14-13

Would you try another book from P. G. Wodehouse and/or Nicolas Coster?

I would definitely get another PG Wodehouse, but never another Nicolas Coster.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

As with most Wodehouse, the descriptions the main character uses to paint a picture of people and situation are hysterically funny. But you'd never know it from the performance here.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nicolas Coster?

No one- he's terrible.

Any additional comments?

Jonathan Cecil is the best narrator for Wodehouse books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Father Paolo Baldi Mysteries: Death Cap & Devil Take the Hindmost (BBC Radio Crimes)

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: David Threlfall
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

David Threlfall stars as Father Paolo Baldi in two full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisations. On sabbatical from the Franciscan order, Father Paolo Baldi is working as a philosophy lecturer in Dublin when his life takes an unexpected turn and he finds himself helping the police to solve crimes. 'Death Cap' sees Paolo attending a monastic retreat far out in County Cork, where a sudden death among the Franciscan brothers causes him to suspect foul play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grab This at Audible's Next Sale!

  • By Cheryl Waters on 07-14-11

Badly cut & not worth the $$

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

Reviewed: 11-03-12

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one

Has The Father Paolo Baldi Mysteries: Death Cap & Devil Take the Hindmost (BBC Radio Crimes) turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

How could the performance have been better?

Though the actors are decent, this radio version is badly edited and seems very truncated. Although it was not expensive it was still not worth the price.

What character would you cut from The Father Paolo Baldi Mysteries: Death Cap & Devil Take the Hindmost (BBC Radio Crimes)?

None

Any additional comments?

If these stories are ever recorded in a more complete and professional manner they might be interesting.

  • My Man Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: David Thorn
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 321

Wodehouse introduces us once again to the "wonder butler" Jeeves, who, as usual is able to solve any and all of Bertie Wooster's endless problems with ease and finesse. And he also introduces us to a character not dissimilar to Bertie . . . by name of Reggie. Such fun to follow Jeeves in the hijinks!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • not a fan of this narrator

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-12-15

OK Story with poor narration

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

Reviewed: 03-30-12

Having heard many PG Wodehouse recordings, I was disappointed with this narration. There are other, much better versions of this same story available.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Burning Wild

  • Leopard Series, Book 3
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Cummings
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

Bred by capricious parents for his innate leopard-shifting abilities, billionaire Jake Bannaconni has spent his life in an emotional vacuum - especially after a tragic twist of fate left him to raise his infant son alone. But when his path crosses that of an enigmatic young woman, Jake’s life takes a detour he never fathomed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprising

  • By Damita on 04-14-13

Disappointed in this Feehand effort

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

Reviewed: 02-25-12

Would you try another book from Christine Feehan and/or Jeffrey Cummings?

Yes because I've read a number of other Feehan works which were quite good.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jeffrey Cummings???s performances?

Maybe, but not for a book of this type.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

Any additional comments?

I think the combination of the thin delivery, and shallower then usual characters combined to make it hard to even get through this one, let alone enjoy it.

  • The Fifth Discipline

  • The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization
  • By: Peter M. Senge
  • Narrated by: Peter M. Senge
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728

Peter Senge's groundbreaking ideas on building organizations have made him a household name among corporate managers. His theories help businesses to clarify their goals, to defy the odds, to more clearly understand threats, and to recognize new opportunities. He introduces managers to a new source of competitive advantage, and offers a marvelously empowering approach to work.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged books are inadequate

  • By Greg on 02-26-08

How Refreshing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-07

What a great book. It gave me hope that there might be a way out of the muck that most of corporate America is currently in. This lead me to loads of interesting work in related fields, and I'll always be grateful for having listened to it.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful