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IrisP

Berkeley, Gloucestershire, UK
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  • Why Shoot a Butler?

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

On a dark night, along a lonely country road, barrister Frank Amberley stops to help a young lady in distress and discovers a sports car with a corpse behind the wheel. The girl protests her innocence, and Amberley believes her – at least until he gets drawn into the mystery and the clues incriminating Shirley Brown begin to add up. In an English country-house murder mystery with a twist, it's the butler who's the victim, every clue complicates the puzzle, and the bumbling police are well-meaning but completely baffled.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story spoilt by narration

  • By Janey on 02-05-15

Awful rendition

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

Reviewed: 21-12-17

I agree with all the comments regarding the narration of the Heyer detective novels which completely spoils the enjoyment of the stories. There is little attempt at characterisation and frankly I have just given up even trying with them. I think they should all be re-issued with a different narrator. I prefer the historical novels anyway, having been a Heyer fan since my youth, and with very few exceptions the audio versions actually add to the enjoyment. A shame the same cannot be said for the detective novels.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Just One Evil Act

  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 28 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

Barbara Havers puts her career on the line while DI Thomas Lynley attempts to straighten her out before it's too late. When Hadiyyah Upman disappears from London in the company of her mother, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is as devastated as the girl's father. They are her close friends as well as neighbours, but since the child is with her mother, nothing can be done. Five months later, Hadiyyah is kidnapped from an open air market in Lucca, Italy, and this triggers an investigation in the full glare of the media spotlight.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Agreeing with other listeners.......

  • By barjil on 18-11-13

Barbara Havers in self destruct mode

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

Reviewed: 25-06-14

What did you like most about Just One Evil Act?

I have enjoyed all the Lynley mysteries and although this is more about Barbara Havers and her headlong dash for the cliff edge, I found it very entertaining. Unlike other reviewers, I did not find the Italian off-putting since the following text made the meaning obvious and I actually thought the Italian accent rather good.

What did you like best about this story?

I nearly did not buy this as a result of some of the bad reviews it got. That would have been a mistake. It was a well read and complex story and up to the usual George standard. It is almost impossible to believe that she is not British and my usual game of trying to catch her out with misplaced Americanisms is never disappointing - mostly there are none but this time I found one ! There was a good twist in the tail at the end and it was quite an engaging story. I did find Barbara's antics a bit irritating at times and sometimes not too plausible.

Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to Davina Porter reading other stories and I find her an expressive and intelligent reader. It is difficult to be consistent in books of this length but she achieves this remarkably well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is rather long to listen to all in one sitting but if I had the time I probably could. It was certainly a story I looked forward to getting back to.

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  • Death of a Favourite Girl

  • By: Michael Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Robert Gladwell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

A popular TV star is murdered in her home village. The investigation throws up all sorts of unexpected information, and the local CID come up against a tough Scotland Yard Superintendent. Michael Francis Gilbert (1912- 2006) is recognized as one of the most versatile British mystery writers. He was a lawyer in London for many years and at one point had Raymond Chandler as his client. He wrote almost every sort of mystery and thriller.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing delivery

  • By IrisP on 24-01-10

Disappointing delivery

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-10

Unfortunately this story was ruined because of the rather laboured and one-dimensional delivery by the narrator who made very little attempt at any characterisation - a boring rendition which spoilt what could otherwise have been a very enjoyable 'read'.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful