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Nostalgic adventures

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-12

This is the second in a series of Amelia Peabody stories, mostly set in 19th Century Egypt. They are charming and well-written nostalgia. This one involves a possible mummy's curse, several deaths, and danger for our intrepid heroine and her husband. Barbara Rosenblat does an excellent job with the voices of all characters, particularly with the upper-class English accents, only occasionally slipping-up with a modern American pronunciation. Easy-listening and entertaining, recommended.

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Excellent short stories

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-12

In common with other reviewers of this collection of stories, I found the introductions to each one annoying. The mispronunciation of Moriarty and Irene (Adler), could have been avoided with very little research effort. I fast-forwarded through them. But the stories themselves are very good. They are varied in subject and style, with a good pace and well-read. I would highly recommend them.

Great book, poorly narrated

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-12

This is a lovely book, and if it the narration was up to the standard of the writing then this review would have been a 5 star. Maybe the reader thought that we readers would be too stupid to notice the subtleties of the story if she didn't telegraph them loud and clear. Whatever the reason for it, the emphasis of the reading was frequently all wrong, with quite mundane remarks being ridiculously over-dramatized. Too much playing to the gallery!

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Great story, average narration

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-11

I love Ngaio Marsh's books, and this one is as well-written as the others that I have read. However, after trying this one read by Jane Asher I will be going back to the old-fashioned printed page for the rest of them. Unfortunately, in her determination to emphasise Alleyn's aristocratic origins, she manages to make him sound rather silly and affected for much of the time. She also mis-pronounces his name, a minor irritation, but added to his funny voice, this pretty much ruined the atmosphere of the story for me. Ironically, she managed the other characters very well, and her general reading style is good. The story is classic Marsh and very enjoyable on it's own merits. Pity.

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Great story, bad choice of narrator

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-11

This is an wonderful story, full of suspense and excitement. A young woman, with no other relatives or friends in the world, travels to Jamaica Inn to live with her aunt uncle. Far from the safe haven that she had hoped for, dastardly deeds and terror await her there. Tony Britten is excellent in voicing the male characters, but very bad indeed at female voices. This did rather spoil the experience for me unfortunately.

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