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  • Envious Casca: Inspector Hemingway Series, Book 2

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

A holiday party takes on a sinister aspect when the colourful assortment of guests discovers there is a killer in their midst. The owner of the substantial estate, that old Scrooge Nathaniel Herriard, is found stabbed in the back. While the delicate matter of inheritance could be the key to this crime, the real conundrum is how any of the suspects could have entered a locked room to commit the foul deed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Meet the ultimate in 'Locked Door' murder

  • By Carôle on 30-12-14

Ruined by awful narration

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

Reviewed: 24-02-18

Yet another audio book ruined by the awful narration. Ms Birve not only uses an Australian accent for the English upper class, but her pronunciation of the English language is mystifying. Paula is pronounced Poller and pince nez pronounced pin snares. The pronunciation prevents one from listening to this book in a relaxed manner because it gets more and more annoying.
As far as the story is concerned. The listener cannot fail to work out who the culprit is by chapter 6, for all the reasons the detective finally gives in the last two chapters.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead in the Water

  • A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery, Book 6
  • By: Carola Dunn
  • Narrated by: Mia Chiaromonte
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

>In July of 1923, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple travels to Henley-on-Thames to visit her aunt and uncle, as well as to work on her latest writing assignment: covering the Henley Royal Regatta for an American magazine. Daisy plans a simple trip researching her article, enjoying the races, and, come the weekend, having a pleasant time with her fiancé, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. But the tensions between the Ambrose team's coxswain, Horace Bott - a shopkeeper's son and scholarship student at Oxford - and rower Basil DeLancey - the younger son of an earl and all-around bounder - are constantly threatening to erupt into violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sheer delight

  • By Mrs. H. L. Rider on 23-04-17

Awful narration

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

This story is completely ruined by the awful narration. Not only is the voice annoying, because of the accent, but there is little distinction between characters. Worse still is the appalling pronunciation. If someone can’t pronounce Gloucestershire they have no place reading an audio book. Audible need to listen to these books before they put them out for customers to pay good money for. Obviously their quality control is nonexistent.

  • A Mourning Wedding

  • The Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries, Book 13
  • By: Carola Dunn
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

The inimitable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher and her husband Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher seem to get a reprieve from their sleuthing duties when they are invited to the wedding of their friend, Lucy Fotheringay. Lucy's grandfather is hosting the ceremony at his beautiful estate and so it promises to be a typical affair with hordes of gossipy aunts and other colorful, but not necessarily pleasant, relatives. Daisy meets all these characters and observes the ensuing familial fraternization with a certain kind of amusing nonchalance.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Regret this purchase

  • By sarah on 13-01-17

Good story ruined by narration

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

Reviewed: 18-11-17

This whodunnit keeps one interested throughout. But the narration is awful. Daisy has the most awfully high pitched screeching voice I have ever listened to. So much so that it is not at all relaxing to listen to. Added to that is the bad pronunciation.
There are many characters in this book and it is difficult to tell who is speaking because the females sound very similar. A real shame. I think this book would be much better read rather than listened to.

  • Call the Dead Again

  • By: Ann Granger
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

When Meredith Mitchell gives a lone hitchhiker a lift to Tudor Lodge, she feels uneasy, for the girl is highly secretive. The next morning, the owner is found murdered, amid revelations about a double life involving his mysterious visitor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Lynne on 20-05-13

Main female was very annoying

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

This story/mystery was somewhat spoilt by the main female character being so dislikable. She can’t cook (everyone can cook, even children), can’t cope with buying clothes, is argumentative, tells everyone what to do and can’t stand being wrong. I felt she didn’t add anything to the story. I guessed who done it, the first time the perpetrator was interviewed so it was just a matter of finding out how the police worked it out. I was not thrilled with this book and won’t be purchasing any more from this author.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Timetable of Death

  • By: Edward Marston
  • Narrated by: Nick McArdle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Eighteen fifty-nine, St. Mary’s Church, Sponden. A little girl playing hide-and-seek jumps into a freshly dug grave to find a dead man already occupying it. It is the body of Cecile Norton, a senior director of the Midland Railway. Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming travel to Derbyshire to investigate.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Spoilt by poor narration

  • By Janey on 16-09-17

Spoilt by poor narration

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

Reviewed: 16-09-17

Once again we have a book that whilst it may be a good story, is spoilt by the narration. So it is hard work to listen to. Its not just the modulation, tone and pitch that are poor! but there is very little distinction between the different characters. So, at times it is difficult to tell which character is speaking.
I am starting to think it isn't worth being a member as now I'm not allowed to return books I have no intention of finishing

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,738

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and likeable

  • By Dragon on 06-05-13

Good story ruined

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

Reviewed: 28-08-17

Didn't finish the book. There was far too much unnecessary swearing. Bad language doesn't add anything to a story or how good it is. And it restricts when one can listen to it. If one wants to listen whilst ones grandchildren are in the house, the language makes that impossible

  • The Moving Toyshop (A Gervase Fen Mystery)

  • By: Edmund Crispin
  • Narrated by: Paul Panting
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

As inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as P.G. Wodehouse - discover the delightful detective stories of Edmund Crispin. Crime fiction at its quirkiest and best. Richard Cadogan, poet and would-be bon vivant, arrives for what he thinks will be a relaxing holiday in the city of dreaming spires. Late one night, however, he discovers the dead body of an elderly woman lying in a toyshop and is coshed on the head. When he comes to, he finds that the toyshop has disappeared and been replaced with a grocery store.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • totally spoilt by appalling narration.

  • By twigs way on 28-06-18

Awful

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

I could only endure the first few chapters of this book. The monotonous narration drove me mad. The voices were indistinguishable and I could not get into the story at all. Deleted it immediately and have tried to return it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death Around the Bend

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 3
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

When Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, are invited to Lord Riddlethorpe's country estate for a week of motor racing and parties, they both agree it sounds like a perfectly charming holiday. But when one of the drivers dies in a crash during the very first race, they discover that what seemed like an uncharacteristic error in judgement may have a more sinister explanation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thi series is getting better by the book

  • By Teddy on 18-07-17

Another good yarn

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

Reviewed: 28-06-17

This is the third book in the series and it is just as good as the first two. You get a real insight into life in a stately home both upstairs and downstairs. The relationship between the lady and her maid is both unexpected and ver funny. The way the plot is written and the final conclusions are very well done and it is not easy to work out who dunnit until the end. I like the fact there is no swearing, sex or violence so even my grandchildren could listen with me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Elegy for Eddie

  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

April 1933. Eddie Pettit is a gentle soul with a near-magical gift for working with horses. When he is killed in a violent accident, there is skepticism about the cause of death. Who would want to kill Eddie, and why? Maisie Dobbs is determined to offer her help. As she uncovers lies and manipulation on a national scale, Maisie must decide whether to risk it all to see justice done.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming novel, full of human nature & observation

  • By Alexander on 09-03-14

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 17-06-17

This is a very enjoyable tale, with twists and turns. You don't find out the answer to all the cases being worked on at the same time until towards the end and some are unexpected. The story is well written and we learn quite a bit about life in London and the people involved in many walks of life just before the outbreak of the Second World War.
Ms Teals narration is very good and easy to listen to. And Ms Winspear has me gripped from beginning to end. I look forward to another of her books soon.

  • The Franchise Affair

  • By: Josephine Tey
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Marion Sharpe and her mother seem an unlikely duo to be found on the wrong side of the law. Quiet and ordinary, they have led a peaceful and unremarkable life at their country home, The Franchise. Unremarkable that is, until the police turn up with a demure young woman on their doorstep.Not only does Betty Kane accuse them of kidnap and abuse, she can back up her claim with a detailed description of the attic room in which she was kept, right down to the crack in its round window.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well-paced and intriguing

  • By Knucklebones on 23-07-11

Brilliant who dunnit

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

Any additional comments?

This is a really good, old fashioned yarn that I really enjoyed. Right from the first chapter it draws you in to the impossible situation the two accused find themselves in. One gathers the crime they are accused of must be false but, it is very difficult to see how it was done and I didn't guess who and what was involved until it is explained at the end. It is one of those books you cannot stop listening to. I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to the end. And it was very well read too. I will be looking out for more Josephine Tey books after listening to this, my first one.