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John Rees

Ystradgynlais, United Kingdom
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  • Murder for Christmas

  • By: Francis Duncan
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 217

A classic mystery for the festive season: mulled wine, mince pies...and murder. Mordecai Tremaine, former tobacconist and perennial lover of romance novels, has been invited to spend Christmas in the sleepy village of Sherbroome, at the country retreat of one Benedict Grame. Arriving on Christmas Eve, he finds that the revelries are in full flow - but so, too, are tensions amongst the assortment of guests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic narrator

  • By Ms. Jenny M. Stone on 14-11-16

Good story. Terrible narrator.

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

Reviewed: 29-12-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I liked the story. A touch dated, but added to the charm. The atmosphere for a Christmas read is perfectly pitched. An isolated country house surrounded by snow. The narrator let it down. A monotone in a plumby accent. No expression. Like wading through treacle. A shame. Won't put me off the author though.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Good. Didn't guess who did it.

How could the performance have been better?

Different narrator. Anyone really. Someone with no experience could have done better.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sepulchre

  • By: Kate Mosse
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

October 1891: A young girl, Léonie Verniern and her brother Anatole abandon the gas-lit streets of Paris for the sanctuary of the Domaine de la Cade, some miles south of the medieval city of Carcassone . But, in the ancient woods that surround the isolated country house, Léonie stumbles across a ruined Visigoth sepulchre - and a timeless mystery.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unlikeable characters and bad narration.

  • By Sinead on 15-04-08

Sepulchre Kate Mosse Review

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

Reviewed: 10-03-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. Far better stories in this genre available. Story all over the place. Things not explained. Continuity terrible. All very disjointed. As if a lot was in the author's head and didn't make it into the book. There were tiny pieces totally missing. Very implausible.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I felt after a huge build up the end was rushed into. A lot not explained at all. One or two continuity howlers if you read/listen carefully.

How could the performance have been better?

All very one tone. Over emphasis of the character names - drawn out in a very whining way. Very annoying way of pronouncing and drawing out the word Mademoiselle.

Was Sepulchre worth the listening time?

No. It's very long. Stuck with it, but nearly gave up several time. On the whole wish I had given up sooner.