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Abby Fraser

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  • Magpie Murders

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner, Samantha Bond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,336

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She's worked with the revered crime writer for years, and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway.... But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who? How? Where & Why?

  • By Mrs Q on 10-10-16

Exceptional mystery novel

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

Reviewed: 24-06-17

Any additional comments?

This novel was gripping and entertaining to the end. The two parts of the story were well developed in their own right but combined they made a fantastic mystery novel. Highly recommend

  • Party Girls Die in Pearls

  • An Oxford Girl Mystery
  • By: Plum Sykes
  • Narrated by: Sarah Winter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

Brideshead, bon-bons, cucumber sandwiches - and now a murder. In the decadent world of Oxford University, c.1985, Pimms, punting and ball gowns are de rigeur. Ursula Flowerbutton, a studious country girl, arrives for her first term, anticipating nothing more sinister than days spent poring over history books - and, perhaps, an invitation to a ball. But when she discovers a body, Ursula is catapulted into a murder investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satirical but also factual

  • By Abby Fraser on 24-06-17

Satirical but also factual

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

Reviewed: 24-06-17

Any additional comments?

I listened to this book while driving back home from Oxford University for the summer and the combination of slightly caricature-esque characters as well as the well developed setting of the novel made me laugh out loud at points. The Oxford setting is very true to reality even if it is portrayed in the 80s. The storyline was gripping and while dealing with murder managed to remain light and entertaining to the end. The narration too was very well done, with each character easily differentiated by the narrator adding to the character development. Highly recommend for those who appreciate mystery novels but are not wanting anything too heavy.

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  • Swimming Lessons

  • By: Claire Fuller
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 570
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 525

Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides each in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter, she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan. Twelve years after her disappearance, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid from a bookshop window.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By dumphimlove on 23-03-17

Narration does not help characters

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

Reviewed: 24-06-17

Any additional comments?

Throughout listening to the book, the mystery element of the fate of Ingrid was compelling enough to listen for hours on end. However, the narration and especially the vocal differentiation between different characters detracted from my enjoyment of the book by influencing my perception of the characters. Gil was diminished to a sleazy sounding old man in both the flashbacks and in his old age while Flora was portrayed as a whining, entitled child. Had I read the book I may have been able to appreciate the characters in their entirety but unfortunately by listening I was only able to perceive them negatively.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful