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The Chinese Orange Mystery

The Ellery Queen Mysteries 1934
Narrated by: Richard Waterhouse
Series: Ellery Queen, Book 8
Length: 9 hrs
4 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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A puzzling publishing murder attracts the eye of Ellery Queen.

Mandarin Press is a premier publishing house for foreign literature, but to those at the top of this enterprise, there is little more beautiful than a rare stamp. As Donald Kirk, publisher and philatelist, prepares his office for a banquet, an unfamiliar man comes to call. No one recognizes him, but Kirk’s staff is used to strange characters visiting their boss, so Kirk’s secretary asks him to wait in the anteroom. Within an hour, the mysterious visitor is dead on the floor, head bashed in with a fireplace poker, and everything in the anteroom has been quite literally turned upside down. The rug is backwards; the furniture is backwards; even the dead man’s clothes have been put on front-to-back.

As debonair detective Ellery Queen pries into the secrets of Mandarin Press, every clue he finds is topsy-turvy. The great sleuth must tread lightly, for walking backwards is a surefire way to step off a cliff.

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Classic detective series, awful narrator

As most people who read detective stories and mysteries know, the Ellery Queen novels are splendid examples of their time and of the locked room/impossible crime genre. This book is no exception. But be forewarned: the narrator leaves everything to be desired. he is stiff, awkward, artificial. His attempts at characterization through accents are laughable. He makes listening a continuous challenge. To me, he reads the book as if he were reading it to a group of beginning English-language learners, who were following along with the printed text.

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definitely not one of Ellery Queen's best

this is the fifth or sixth book that I have read out of the series, and so far this is the only one that I and again, they changed the narrator, so it is terrible... When you have a series of books, you should same narrator book after book after book, because when you listen to an audible book, The narrator's Voice becomes the character... When there is a different narrator for each book, you never get gay vision in your mind what the character looks like and acts like and sounds like... Not allowing you 2 Grow to like or love the character

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  • Florence Delaney
  • 09-29-14

Read veeeery slooooowly

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I had to watch this on a minimum of 1.25x to prevent my mind from wandering off mid-sentence as the poor reader inched his way through syllables like a drugged sloth. I put up with the resultant squeakiness, but it was decidedly sub-optimal. Bit of a shame, as this is an entertaining mystery.