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  • Hand in Glove

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Sinden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

The April Fool’s Day had been a roaring success for all, it seemed - except for poor Mr. Cartell, who had ended up in the ditch - forever. Then there was the case of Mr. Percival Pyke Period’s letter of condolence, sent before the body was found - not to mention the family squabbles. It was a puzzling crime for Superintendent Alleyn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Performance

  • By SMB on 03-24-17

Good story

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

Character development good. Story moves along at a good pace. Kept looking for the character Elaine, which is how the narrator pronounced the name Alleyn. Will continue listening to this series. Purchase about one per month.

  • Opening Night

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Dreams of stardom had lured Martyn Tarne from faraway New Zealand to make the dreary, soul-destroying round of West End agents and managers in search of work. The Vulcan Theatre had been her last forlorn hope, and now, driven by sheer necessity, she was glad to accept the humble job of dresser to its leading lady. And then came the eagerly awaited opening night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fabulously read with amazing voices

  • By Thomas on 02-12-18

love this series

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

Where does Opening Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

All of is series are great. It ranks in the top 10.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters are richly described.

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

I am an auditory learner so these are wonderful.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No

Any additional comments?

Please continue this series.

  • Racing the Devil

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

On the eve of the bloody Battle of the Somme, a group of English officers having a last drink before returning to the front make a promise to each other: if they survive the battle ahead - and make it through the war - they will meet in Paris a year after the fighting ends. They will celebrate their good fortune by racing motorcars they beg, borrow, or own from Paris to Nice. In November 1919 the officers all meet as planned, and though their motorcars are not designed for racing, they set out for Nice. But a serious mishap mars the reunion.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Deception and Murder

  • By R. Pontiflet on 04-23-17

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

What made the experience of listening to Racing the Devil the most enjoyable?

The flawed character and historical references. The series is excellent. I look forward to the next book. All characters are explored indepth as well as the setting is vividly described. If you have not read this series, I highly recommend it.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot and character development.

What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

Exceptional reader. He is Ian Rutledge.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A must see

Any additional comments?

I look forward to the next book.

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,715
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,731

Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, the dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged---petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral---while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying and enchanting readers for more than 100 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Should be Next In Your Library, Period

  • By Paul on 11-12-13

Excellent psychological story

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

If you could sum up The Picture of Dorian Gray in three words, what would they be?

Thought provoking

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lord Henry because he was an instigator.

Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, many times. I could listen to him read a parts manual and be impressed. He makes any book come alive.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, when he murdered Basil.

  • Vintage Murder

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

A touring theatre company in New Zealand forms the basis of one of Marsh’s most ambitious and innovative novels. New Zealand theatrical manager Alfred Meyer wanted to celebrate his wife’s birthday in style. The piece de résistance would be the jeroboam of champagne which would descend gently into a nest of fern and coloured lights on the table, set up on stage after the performance. But something went horribly wrong. Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn witnessed it himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Imagery of New Zealand

  • By Mack Tennyson on 03-31-16

classic

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

If you could sum up Vintage Murder in three words, what would they be?

Great story

What was one of the most memorable moments of Vintage Murder?

The interview between the main character and the doctor

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

I was a little disappointed with his voice. I picture a stronger more masculine voice.
The stories are terrific so I will purchase again and again.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Of course when he solves the case is the best part, although the picnic with the leading lady was especially descriptive.

Any additional comments?

I will listen to all of these books.

  • The Steel Kiss

  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036

Amelia Sachs is hot on the trail of a killer. She's chasing him through a department store in Brooklyn when an escalator malfunctions. The stairs give way, with one man horribly mangled by the gears. Sachs is forced to let her quarry escape as she jumps in to try to help save the victim. She and famed forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme soon learn, however, that the incident may not be an accident at all, but the first in a series of intentional attacks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deaver is back on top!

  • By Trudy Owens on 03-10-16

Deaver at his best

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

What did you love best about The Steel Kiss?

Well developed characters and plot

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Lincoln and Amelia always keep the reader at the edge of their seats.

Which scene was your favorite?

The cemetery scene.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Archer spoke of her future.

Any additional comments?

Excellent narrator

  • No Shred of Evidence

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522

On the north coast of Cornwall, an apparent act of mercy is repaid by an arrest for murder. Four young women have been accused of the crime. A shocked father calls in a favor at the Home Office. Scotland Yard is asked to review the case.

However, Inspector Ian Rutledge is not the first inspector to reach the village. Following in the shoes of a dead man, he is told the case is all but closed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Inspector Rutledge audio is outstanding!

  • By Robert on 02-20-16

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 08-25-16

What made the experience of listening to No Shred of Evidence the most enjoyable?

The reader is excellent, story moves quickly.

What did you like best about this story?

The description of the characters, the historical references and the overall mystery.

What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

His voice. He is Ian Rutledge. I was very happy to hear him again and hope he will continue to narrate these books in the future.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, Rutledge's compassion for the Vicar.

Any additional comments?

I am looking forward to book 18 and hope that the pursuit of Kate is continued.
Great series.

  • Curtains for Three

  • By: Rex Stout
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

In these three baffling mysteries of motive and murder, even the great Nero Wolfe finds himself stumped. First there is the case of the two passionate lovebirds who want to make sure that neither is a cold-blooded killer. Then it's off to the races, where Wolfe must choose from a stable of five likely suspects to corral a killer on horseback. And finally the detective finds himself the confidant of a distraught, self-described grifter who claims a murderer is stalking Wolfe's own brownstone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Three OK Stories, Homicide Trinity much better

  • By Michael on 06-08-14

Love Rex Stout

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

Would you listen to Curtains for Three again? Why?

Yes, I will listen again in a few months. Well done.

Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Have not listened to him before.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

  • A Long Shadow

  • Inspector Ian Rutledge, Book 8
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

Scotland Yard’s Inspector Ian Rutledge brought the Great War home with him, and its horrors haunt him still. On New Year’s Eve 1919, he finds a brass cartridge casing, similar to countless others he’d seen on the battlefield, on the steps of a friend’s house. Soon there are more, purposely placed where he is sure to discover them. Unexpectedly drawn away from London to a small Northamptonshire village, he investigates the strange case of a local constable shot with a bow and arrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • addicted to inspector rutledge

  • By maria on 07-17-16

great story

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

Reviewed: 11-29-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend all of Charles Todd's Inspector Rutledge books to everyone.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, it flows nicely and leaves subtle clues. It is difficult to decide who the murderer is before the end and that is how I believe a mystery should be.

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

I do not see Samuel Gillies as Inspector Rutledge. His voice is good for the other parts, but not Rutledge. I prefer a different reader.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not to be missed

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  • Hunting Shadows

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 16
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

A society wedding at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire becomes a crime scene when a man is murdered. After another body is found, the baffled local constabulary turns to Scotland Yard. Though the second crime had a witness, her description of the killer is so strange it's unbelievable. Despite his experience, Inspector Ian Rutledge has few answers of his own. The victims are so different that there is no rhyme or reason to their deaths. Nothing logically seems to connect them - except the killer. As the investigation widens, a clear suspect emerges. But for Rutledge, the facts still don't add up, leaving him to question his own judgment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Ian Rutledge book!

  • By Kathi on 02-15-14

love this series

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

Reviewed: 09-21-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Hunting Shadows to be better than the print version?

I love the narrator, he makes the story come alive.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The inspector is my favorite. He is human and has flaws, but always solves a complex murder.

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

He brings all of the characters to life. He is the best narrator that I have had the pleasure of listening to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me happy.