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Ithaca, NY, United States
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Impossible book

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

This author writes a highly overdone imitation hard-ass plot and writing style. Definitely not worth listening to.

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Interesting plot

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

This novel has an interesting plot, but the writing is mediocre or worse. It also contains completely impossible incidents. The initial "murder" by cyanide just does not work. Hydrogen cyanide is a gas at room temperature, or below; breathing it is fatal. But the crystals would have to be a salt; most usually potassium cyanide. Potassium cyanide is not volatile. I have worked with it at some times, studying electron transport in chloroplasts. Many other scientists have worked with it, studying electron transport in the mitochondria of animals. Nobody has died because of it.

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Female Supre-Hero

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

This book is an attempt to use the super-sleuth/CIA agent format with a woman instead of a man. Its plot is redolent with cliche scenes and actions, and becomes quite boring.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Campion's Worst

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

This is one of Allingham's worst efforts. The plot is full of unlikely, contrived events and thoughts. The overall effect is totally unbelievable, and also unpleasant.

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50-50

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

This book has two parts. One is a reasonably interesting murder mystery. The other half consists of extremely long, tedious, unbelievable garbage about "gourmet coffees". The writing is not of a high literary quality, but not objectionable. If abridged it might well be worth listening to. In its present form it tests one's stamina to keep listening to it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Literary satire

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

A tiresome, impossibly arch, description of a triumphant nitwit claiming to be a literary critic. Spoken too fast, and leaving one feeling nauseous.

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Chinese women

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

Reviewed: 04-30-15

This book is full of long-winded, emotional thoughts. It will appeal to female readers only.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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'Murder' Mystery?

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

Reviewed: 11-11-14

This book's description sounds like an exciting murder mystery. However, after 11 out of the 16 hour total for its reading, no murder has yet been committed; let alone the search for the murderer. Instead, it consists of a very long, tedious, soap opera. It is full of the concerns, antagonisms, agonies and politicking of mothers in a small town in Australia. For people addicted to daytime soaps, it might be a great listen. For others, it's a real bore.

74 of 106 people found this review helpful

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Overdone story

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

Reviewed: 10-16-14

This books is written very poorly, and read with unnecessary emphasis. The situations are gross exaggerations of items that might be used in a much better written story. I found it totally disgusting; a waste of time and money.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Radio drama

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

Reviewed: 03-05-14

I found it hopeless to listen to this story. It was 'dramatized'; but it was impossible to tell who was speaking, or what was going on, at any one time. The plot might very well be a good one, but I was quite unable to find out what it was or how the detective ("Rebus") was going about his business.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful