• The Circular Staircase

  • 1st Mary Roberts Rinehart Mystery
  • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Narrated by: Deaver Brown
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • 1.8 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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The Circular Staircase

By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
Narrated by: Deaver Brown
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Publisher's Summary

Rinehart's first American mystery published in 1908, reminding Agatha Christie fans of her first country-house English mystery, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, published 12 years later. Rinehart outsold Christie in their mutual lifetime until Rinehart died in 1958. Rinehart was often called "The American Agatha Christie", as was Emma Lathen. This book has servants, a secret room, multigenerational goings-on, and more like Styles did. A great new series for modern Agatha Christie fans.

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Narration ruined the story

The narrator often spoke hauntingly, correcting himself often without re-recording, and paused at awkward places in a sentence. He spoke in a monotone. This is a terrible narration. The piano music in the background did not enhance the narration and was monotonous. I stopped listening at chapter nine

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Music distracts from story read by the VERY worst

Music distracts from story read by the VERY worst narrator EVER!!!! I have read the book in the past and the music was irritating and the narrator kept stopping like he didn't know the next word. Absolutely AWFUL!!!!!! Just buy the paperback.

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Awful audio

This book would stop me from ever reading a Rinehart book. The reading is amateur ish with lots of stumbling.

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  • 10-17-21

I find problem with the reading.

I have difficulty to follow the reading. It does not run in a pleasant undisturbed way. I am sorry because I was looking forward to read the story after watching the film.