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Mrs M McKenzie

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  • The Janus Stone

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 871

Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate when builders, demolishing a large old house in Norwich to make way for a housing development, uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway - minus the skull. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? DCI Harry Nelson would like to find out - and fast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I still can't get on with this reader....

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-11-15

Good story appalling narrator

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

Reviewed: 15-01-19

Well...an interesting story..completely ruined by hideous narration.
For goodness sake give the narration to an experienced versatile actor. I feel cheated...Sigh!!What

  • Murder on a Mystery Tour

  • By: Marian Babson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Reggie and Midge, genteel husband and wife who live in what was the family's more or less stately home, are now the reluctant managers of Chortlesby Manor Hotel, an English country inn of no particular distinction. But even this transformation will not solve their financial problems. The possibility of succor comes instead in a transatlantic phone call from Midge's old classmate, Victoria, who is arranging "mystery tours" of the English countryside for American visitors and wants to use Chortlesby Manor as one of the locales of her staged murders.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wasted time

  • By Mrs M McKenzie on 14-11-18

Wasted time

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-18

Tedious, badly paced and unfunny. As an homage to golden age crime fiction?...mmm Could have been much better. Badly in need of a good editor.

  • Murder in Belgravia

  • By: Lynn Brittney
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 189

London, 1915. Just 10 months into the First World War, the city is flooded with women taking over the work vacated by men in the armed services. Chief Inspector Peter Beech, a young man invalided out of the war in one of the first battles, is faced with investigating the murder of an aristocrat, and the man's wife, a key witness and suspect, will speak only to a woman about the unpleasant details of the case. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By M. Price on 28-09-18

Mm...off accents

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Interesting prrmise, however...really odd accents. Not in keeping with the period. . Strikes me as, an unconvincing attempt at golden age crime story. Very longwinded.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Ice Blue

  • Lord & Lady Hetheridge
  • By: Emma Jameson
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

When Hetheridge saves the outspoken, impetuous young detective from getting the sack, siding with her against Scotland Yard's powerful male hierarchy, his cold, elegantly balanced world spins out of control. Summoned to London's fashionable Belgravia to investigate the brutal murder of a financier, Hetheridge must catch the killer while coping with his growing attraction to Kate, the reappearance of an old flame, and the secret that emerges from his own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Judith Bassett on 28-09-18

Cannot bear unconvincing accents.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-16

The accents were unconvincing which made me terminate before ending. Plot pretty formulaic and mundane.

  • Death and the Dancing Footman

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

A winter weekend ends in snowbound disaster in a novel which remains a favourite among Marsh readers. It began as an entertainment: eight people, many of them enemies, gathered for a winter weekend by a host with a love for theatre. They would be the characters in a drama that he would devise. It ended in snowbound disaster. Everyone had an alibi - and most had motives as well. But Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn, when he finally arrived, knew it all hung on Thomas, the dancing footman....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not much Alleyn in it.

  • By Amazon Customer on 26-06-16

Dissatisfaction incorrect narrator

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-15

Not the advertised narrator. This is narrated by James Saxon. Audible appear unable to correct this despite repeated complaint.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Readers of the Broken Wheel Recommend

  • By: Katarina Bivald
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King, Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

The international best seller. Sara is 28 and has never been outside Sweden - except in the (many) books she reads. When her elderly penfriend, Amy, invites her to come and visit her in Broken Wheel, Iowa, Sara decides it’s time. But when she arrives, there’s a twist waiting for her - Amy has died. Finding herself utterly alone in a dead woman’s house in the middle of nowhere was not the holiday Sara had in mind. But Sara discovers she is not exactly alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book for anyone who loves books or life or both

  • By Mike on 31-08-15

New Romantic

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

Reviewed: 27-07-15

Where does The Readers of the Broken Wheel Recommend rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Midway, not my usual escapism.

What did you like best about this story?

Author's love of books.

What does Lorelei King and Fiona Hardingham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

An interesting two-hander. Worked well when I became used to it. Do not feel that the narration was so unique though.

  • The Foundling

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

The shy young Duke of Sale has never known his parents. Instead, his Grace Adolphus Gillespie Vernon Ware or Gilly for short has endured 24 years of rigorous mollycoddling from his uncle and his valet. But his natural diffidence conceals a rebellious spirit. So when Gilly hears of Belinda, the beautiful foundling who appears to be blackmailing his cousin, he absconds with glee. Only he has no sooner entered his new and dangerous world than he is plunged into a frenzy of intrigue, kidnap and adventure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wit and humour, but it does drag at times

  • By Maggie on 28-06-14

Georgian Wit

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-12-09

This book is so impeccably read by Phyllida Nash, that the characters come alive. Although not one of my personal favourite Georgette Heyer books; this reading brings out all of the nuances of humour, hauteur and class consciousness. A welcome addition to the GH library!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Slightly Shady

  • Lavinia Lake, Book 1
  • By: Amanda Quick
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Sastre
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Lavinia Lake knew Tobias March was nothing but trouble. She never imagined that soon he would become her partner in a quest that would grow more deadly - and more compelling - with each passing day.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly boring

  • By Mrs M McKenzie on 03-11-09

Slightly boring

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-09

Quite honestly I could not stay with this audiobook. The narrator's slipshod, slightly nasal delivery and mispronounciations were just too annoying.

  • Cat Among the Pigeons

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Late one night, two teachers investigate a mysterious flashing light in the sports pavilion, while the rest of the school sleeps. There, among the lacrosse sticks, they stumble upon the body of the unpopular games mistress, shot through the heart from point blank range.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Christie

  • By Mrs M McKenzie on 24-07-08

Classic Christie

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-07-08

Unusual plot, with the standard cast of characters. First class entertainment, beautifully read by Hugh Fraser

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Everything She Ever Wanted

  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Betty Buckley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Pat was a beautiful, willful child whose family belonged to the upper crust of Georgia society. Little Pat's parents adored their daughter and satisfied her every desire. But as Pat grew older, her pampered life took a twisted turn when she found that her beauty and spoiled demands were not enough. Now, to get everything she ever wanted, she would resort to lying, deception, robbery, and worse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Everything She Ever Wanted

  • By Mrs M McKenzie on 05-03-07

Everything She Ever Wanted

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-07

Fascinating, well written book. Expertly narrated by Betty Buckley.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful