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The Case of the Velvet Claws Audiobook

The Case of the Velvet Claws: Perry Mason Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Criminal lawyer and bestselling mystery author Erle Stanley Gardner wrote nearly 150 novels that have sold 300 million copies worldwide. Now, the American Bar Association is bringing back his most famous and enduring novels - featuring criminal defense lawyer and sleuth Perry Mason - in striking trade paperback editions.

Married Eva Griffin has been caught with a prominent congressman, and is ready to pay the editor of a sleazy tabloid hush money to protect the politician. But first Perry Mason tracks down the publisher of the blackmailing tabloid and discovers a shocking secret, which eventually leads to Mason being accused of murder.

This is the first Perry Mason mystery and our introduction to secretary Della Street, detective Paul Drake, and the great lawyer himself.

©1945, 2011 Erle Stanley Gardner (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Moe 06-25-17
    Moe 06-25-17
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    What did you love best about The Case of the Velvet Claws?

    Classic whodunit.


    Any additional comments?

    Cendese is the single worst narrator I've heard. I've listened to several Perry Mason's now. <br/>His choice of voices are normal, Kentucky Colonel, bad Jimmy Stewart impersonation, mob muscle thug, breathless airhead female and a couple of others. All except "normal" are extreme and usually the voice does not go with the character. The judge might get the mobster voice, and Paul Drake usually gets the high pitched breathless voice. He totally misses the subtle voice changes for different characters used by other narrators.<br/><br/>That said, I've listened to several and keep listening. I just accept that Perry Mason in general is formula, campy and anything but deep literature, and try to ignore the narration. Cendese also improved (some) as the series progressed. <br/><br/>Bottom line. The stories are fun and worth listening too, just accept crappy narration as part of the package.

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    David S. Mathew 04-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Enter Perry Mason"

    I'd never read a Perry Mason novel before, nor have I seen the TV show. Still, as a law student, I figured I should at least try the first one out.

    I was pleasantly surprised by the mystery, and especially surprised by the fact that a lot of the law quoted here is actually real! This novel doesn't have any courtroom scenes, but a good defense attorney wins most cases during investigation, so even that was accurate.

    Also, the narrator does a great, hard-boiled, film noire, detective voice. If you're on the fence, this is a really fun trip. Enjoy!

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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 02-07-17
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 02-07-17 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    I once attended a lecture where the premise was -- if you enjoy detective / legal stories, there are 2 types of people -- those that love "Law and Order' and those that enjoy "Perry Mason." I fall in the L&O crowd, but my husband loves the Perry Mason series on TV. On a recent trip, I loaded up this first in the Perry Mason series for us to enjoy on the drive. Our expectations were not met.

    I knew the story would be dated since this first book in the series was written in 1933, but was hoping for some charm. Nope -- the characterizations are incredibly weak and dialog is absolutely unbelievable. I thought Gardner would be a great author, but not so much in my opinion. My problems are much more than the dated format and mannerisms. His opinion of women is outrageous and during one of the witness interviews, the "N" word was used to our complete horror. We tuned out at that point. The narrator did not improve this terrible book.

    Listen at your own risk.

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    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 03-10-17
    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 03-10-17 Member Since 2010
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    "the origin of Perry"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Case of the Velvet Claws to be better than the print version?

    the audio is better due to the narrator's display of the character's emotions


    What other book might you compare The Case of the Velvet Claws to and why?

    any Agatha Christie's mysteries


    What about Alexander Cendese’s performance did you like?

    the effort in displaying the emotions of the charaters


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

    no


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    "Stomach upset"

    Probably like many others I came to this book with my preconceptions formed by the TV series, expecting a Raymond Burr type figure, omniscient but still, in a resssuring way, cuddly, and though I did enjoy a couple of the stories as a child they had faded from memory. The Perry Mason in this story remains omniscient, but he is a particularly abrupt and unpleasant chap and treats the adoring and yet efficient Della as a moronic minion to be ordered or dismissed as his whim dictates.

    The story is basically simple and the 'twist' at the end extremely predictable as the clues are perhaps too signposted, but worse than that, the reading is, to be kind, curious. The reader spits out the words through clenched teeth, as though suffering a serious case of constipation, and yet the extremely hurried delivery is sometimes hard to follow and indicative, paradoxically, of diarrhoea - one does worry for his digestion. I think a lesser character is meant to be from Scotland, but from this narrator's rendition, it could be South Africa, Wales, anywhere.

    Perry Mason is probably best left in the mateus rose hue of misty memory.

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