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Mrs Curzon Tussaud

London, U.K.
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  • The Death of Mrs Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware. When Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter telling her she’s inherited a substantial bequest from her Cornish grandmother, it seems like the answer to her prayers. She owes money to a loan shark, and the threats are getting increasingly aggressive: she needs to get her hands on some cash fast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended.

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-07-18

Terrific twisty story

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

Reviewed: 13-04-19

I thought that this would be a “rags to riches” tale, but it was far more than that and had some twists I hadn’t seen coming. Warmly recommended!

  • The Babylon Idol

  • Ben Hope, Book 15
  • By: Scott Mariani
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

When a sniper leaves Ben Hope's friend fighting for his life, the former SAS major declares war on the men responsible. But what begins as a straightforward revenge mission gets complicated when a mysterious letter reveals Ben to be the real target. And his isn't the only name on a crazed killer's list. Professor Anna Manzini has no idea she's in grave danger from a man she'd thought dead. She's on the cusp of a major discovery: the location of the lost Babylon idol, a golden statue of immeasurable value.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another good Ben Hope adventure..

  • By Salter on 04-04-19

The Babylon Idol

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

Reviewed: 27-08-18

As gripping as its predecessors in the series, this story sees Ben Hope chasing from Europe to the Middle East in search of an antique relic which of course has others seeking it as well ... I’d love to encourage Audible to edit out Colin Mace’s swallowing after every few sentences, though!

  • Widows

  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Ann Mitchell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

Facing life alone, they turned to crime together. Dolly Rawlins, Linda Perelli and Shirley Miller are left devastated when their husbands are killed in a security van heist that goes disastrously wrong. When Dolly discovers her husband's bank deposit box containing a gun, money and detailed plans for the hijack, she has three options. She could hand over the ledgers to the Detective. She could hand them over to the thugs who want to take over Harry's turf. Or, she and the other widows could finish the job their husbands started....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry had to return

  • By Sarah on 03-08-18

Completely gripping!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-18

An amazing story by Lynda La Plante lifted to another level of unbelievable by the superlative narration by Ann Mitchell. Thriller meets psychological drama.

  • Whose Body?

  • Lord Peter Wimsey: Book 1
  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

It was the body of a tall stout man. On his dead face, a handsome pair of gold pince-nez mocked death with grotesque elegance. The body wore nothing else.Lord Peter Wimsey knew immediately what the corpse was supposed to be. His problem was to find out whose body had found its way into Mr Alfred Thipps' Battersea bathroom.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible performance

  • By Nicky on 12-04-15

Whose body?

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-06-18

The Peter Wimsey stories need no introduction to cognoscenti oh Golden Age crime; if there is a weakness in this one it would be for me the lengthy confession in which the murderer describes his modus operandi.
I think a male narrator would have been preferable, and there were some avoidable mispronunciation ( such as Balliol) and unexpected reading mistakes. Does anybody listen to the recordings for howlers?

  • The Last Mrs Parrish

  • By: Liv Constantine
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman, Meghan Wolf
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 200

Amber Patterson is tired of being a nobody: an invisible woman who melts into the background. She deserves more. She deserves a life of wealth, luxury and leisure. Daphne Parrish is the golden girl of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut. With her model looks, her picture-perfect mansion and her millionaire husband, Jackson, she has everything Amber wants.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable and corny...but very enjoyable :)

  • By AnnieJuly on 05-01-18

A really gripping listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-18

This book has a amazing twist in the plot which I really wasn’t expecting! No spoilers, but I heartily recommend it!

  • The Red Notebook

  • By: Antoine Laurain
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street. There's nothing in the bag to indicate who it belongs to, although there's all sorts of other things in it. Laurent feels a strong impulse to find the owner and tries to puzzle together who she might be from the contents of the bag. Especially a red notebook with her jottings, which really makes him want to meet her. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable

  • By Adele on 02-04-17

A perfect Audible book!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

A gem of a story, beautifully constructed, well read ... I really didn’t want it to end! It begins with the stealing of a handbag and ends quite perfectly a few hours later. The plot line is taut yet not predictable. Do listen.

  • My Cousin Rachel: Film Tie-In Edition

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Pryce, Roger Michell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858

Ambrose Ashley, Philip's cousin, guardian, and god, married Rachel in Italy and died there. Jealous of his marriage and grief-stricken by his death, Philip prepares to meet his cousin's widow with hatred in his heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing, atmospheric mystery

  • By S. Dempsey on 23-06-13

My Cousin Rachel

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

Reviewed: 20-02-18

I read this book when younger but had forgotten much of the detail. Jonathan Price’s reading of it is masterly; he uses a very Italianate “t” consonant which is of course most effective here.

This is without doubt one of the best Audible recordings to which I have listened.

  • The Lost Girl

  • By: Carol Drinkwater
  • Narrated by: Carol Drinkwater
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Lizzie, the only daughter of celebrated war photographer Kurtiz Ross, went missing four years ago. Kurtiz and her ex-husband, Oliver, arrive in Paris following an unconfirmed sighting of their daughter. Oliver rushes to find her while Kurtiz waits, praying for a reunion. As sirens wail, Kurtiz finds comfort in Marguerite Courtenay - a glamorous former actress. As Marguerite distracts Kurtiz with stories of her life in postwar Provence, Kurtiz must confront her own ghosts and face up to home truths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Mrs Curzon Tussaud on 24-08-17

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-08-17

Any additional comments?

A wonderful audiobook. Sad that you have such an unfriendly format for leaving reviews; all I want to do is write a short narrative report with no spoilers, not answer long questions.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sea Detective

  • By: Mark Douglas-Home
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748

Cal McGill is an Edinburgh-based oceanographer, environmentalist and one-of-a-kind investigator. Using his knowledge of the waves - ocean currents, prevailing winds, shipping records - McGill can track where objects came from or where they've gone. It's a skill that can help solve mysteries ranging from disappearances to murder. Two severed feet wash up on two different islands off the coast of Scotland. Forensics shows that the feet belong to the same body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story by a new author

  • By Renka on 24-01-16

The sea detective

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-17

Ticks all the boxes for me; great plot and characterisation with evocative Scottish landscapes, and the fascinating layer of information about forensic studies of sea currents and marine geography. Highly recommended.

  • The Improbability of Love

  • By: Hannah Rothschild
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards, Jilly Bond
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 552

Annie McDee, alone after the disintegration of her long-term relationship and trapped in a dead-end job, is searching for a present for her unsuitable lover in a neglected secondhand shop. Within the jumble of junk and tack, a grimy painting catches her eye. Leaving the store with the picture after spending her meagre savings, she prepares an elaborate dinner for two - only to be stood up, the gift gathering dust on her mantelpiece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Loved Every Minute of It. Great Characters.

  • By bookylady on 02-04-16

Wonderful audiobook

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

Reviewed: 28-04-16

Would you listen to The Improbability of Love again? Why?

Possibly not, as there are so many others, and I very rarely revisit books.

What other book might you compare The Improbability of Love to, and why?

A non-fiction book called Wisdom and Strength, by Peter Watson. Amazon blurb: "Paolo Veronese's painting, "Allegory of Wisdom and Strength", has been acclaimed both for its technical virtuosity and its remarkable journey through history. During more than four centuries it has been a silent witness to great political dramas - war, abdication, revolution, and attempted assassination; and to the personal tragedies of emperors, queens, the royal dukes of France, and the corrupt cardinals of Italy. And it has belonged to some of the greatest collectors in history - Rudolf II, Queen Christina of Sweden, the Duc d'Orleans, Philippe-Egalite, Thomas Hope, and the picture's final owner, the American industrialist Henry Clay Frick. It now hangs among the Reynoldses, the Rembrandts and the Renoirs of the Frick Collection on New York's Fifth Avenue."

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The auction scene at the beginning where the main players were introduced to us.

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

No, I really savoured listening to it in chunks.

Any additional comments?

I wasn't sure if having the picture at the heart of the story narrate some of its own history was a good idea, but I was won over!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful