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  • Death in the Stocks: Inspector Hannasyde Series, Book 1

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

In the dead of the night, a man is found murdered, locked in the stocks on the village green. Unfortunately for Superintendent Hannasyde, the deceased is Andrew Vereker, a man hated by nearly everyone, especially his odd and unhelpful family members. The Verekers are as eccentric as they are corrupt, and it will take all Hannasyde's skill at detection to determine who's telling the truth, and who is pointing him in the wrong direction. The question is: who in this family is clever enough to get away with murder?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disapointing

  • By Mrs S on 25-11-14

Excellent Story, shame about the narrator!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend the book for its story, but not this version as the narrator is dreadful. Very stiff, as if she is reading a text book, which spoils the story. It is such a shame.

What other book might you compare Death in the Stocks: Inspector Hannasyde Series, Book 1 to, and why?

I have to say that Georgette Heyer Murder Mysteries are up there with the top of the mystery writers. I have all her books and really enjoy these immensely. I would suggest the reader to try them all.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ulli Birvé’s performances?

No, she is just not a good narrator, taking out all expression and feeling out of the words and making it difficult to enjoy. Such a shame.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Yes, with pleasure.

Any additional comments?

If this book is reproduced with a better narrator, I would definitely purchase it.

  • The Haunted Season

  • A Max Tudor Mystery
  • By: G. M. Malliet
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Lord and Lady Baaden-Boomethistle have been in residence for some weeks now, and the villagers are hoping for a return to the good old days, when the lord of the manor sprinkled benefits across the village like fairy dust. Father Max Tudor's invitation to dinner at the Hall comes as a welcome novelty; it will be his first time meeting the famous family that once held sway in the area.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nowhere near the quality of the last books

  • By Verity on 23-12-15

Excellent Book, Excellent performance

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Haunted Season to be better than the print version?

Yes - the performance is brilliant and he uses the right inflections which express the feelings and emphasis of the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Max Tudor, the main character is my favourite. The story shows his concerns, his thought processes and he takes the listener along with his logical thinking and emotions.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

It is so difficult to say which scene I most enjoyed as they are all so important to the story and are all crucial to the understanding of the characters involved and the reasoning behind the logical conclusions. Having said that, I love the scenes involving his partner - an unusual pairing which brings out the sympathy and interest of the reader - fascinating.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Most of my emotional reactions, not to the point of crying, are connected with the relationship between Max and his partner, which has an impact on other parts of is life. The way the relationship is expressed in the book and how it impacts on other areas of his life and that of other characters in the village is amusing and at times makes the listener laugh.

Any additional comments?

The author has a way of bringing the characters in her books to life. The Max Tudor series is an excellent series of mysteries, but not solely about the mystery themselves. The characters become rounded, their inter-relationships are made interesting to the point at which the listener can mentally see the characters and their reactions. The author weaves the personal stories into the main mystery in such a way that the two become an integral point of the logical conclusions which the listener can make. I absolutely love this series and hope the author continues to write more .... PLEASE!!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Detection Unlimited

  • Inspector Hemingway series, Book 4
  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Slumped on a seat under an oak tree is old Sampson Warrenby, with a bullet through his head. Everybody in the village is ready to tell Chief Inspector Hemingway who did it. Could the murderer have been the dead man's niece? Or perhaps it was the other town solicitor? The couple at the farm had a guilty secret - what was it? And why is it someone else actually wants to be the prime suspect? Add to this the fact that Warrenby was blackmailing someone, and Hemingway has his work cut out for him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful narration

  • By A.C.B. on 01-06-15

Excellent Story - stilted performance

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

Reviewed: 18-03-15

What made the experience of listening to Detection Unlimited the most enjoyable?

Georgette Heyer is a great mystery writer, unfortunately the story is marred by a very stilted performance. I have heard a different version which came out on tape a number of years ago, but was far superior - shame they changed the reader.

What other book might you compare Detection Unlimited to, and why?

I enjoy all of Georgette Heyer Mystery stories so would recommend them all

Would you listen to another book narrated by Ulli Birvé?

Only if I couldn't get a version of the book read by a better reader.

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

I don't have time to read it in one sitting, although that would be good, but broken down into bite-sized pieces works well for me.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

In a Dark House
    
    
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        Jenny Sterlin
    
    


    
    Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
    19 ratings
    Overall 3.7
  • In a Dark House

  • By: Deborah Crombie
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

A house of secrets. A child in danger. And the clock ticking... A corpse, burned beyond recognition, has been uncovered in a vacant warehouse in Southwark. At the same time, a young, beautiful hospital administrator has vanished without a trace. And across the city, within an old, dark, rambling house, a rigidly controlling, anonymous woman is holding ten-year-old Harriet hostage. As innocent lives hang in the balance and sinister truths unfurl, DS Duncan Kincaid and DI Gemma James must work together on their most menacing case yet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another great listen from Deborah Crombie.

  • By Alexis on 08-07-13

Another great listen from Deborah Crombie.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audiobook to everyone who loves cime stories. The characters and their lives continue to be developed alongside the excellent story - each enhancing the other. It is eminently "readable" over and over again.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is fully rounded, giving a twisting story which keeps changing direction so that the "answer" is obvious from the beginning and the way the writer makes the characters appear and act sways the listeners' opinion quite dramatically. Very affective. The story lines in themselves are excellent too. Very well worth listening to. I can't wait to get my next Deborah Crombie book downloaded!

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

I have listened to a few Deborah Crombie books, all narated by Jenny Sterlin and have found her performance very balanced. Her english is good and she doesn't try to put too much emphasis on anything thereby ruining the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, but I don't want to give it away - not fair to those who haven't read it yet!!

Any additional comments?

Give it a go - it is well worth your time ...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cocaine Blues

  • By: Kerry Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A positively delightful find

  • By Alexis on 24-12-12

A positively delightful find

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-12

This was a delightful find - kept my interest right to end. A most unusual set of characters which build up as the books develop. I would recommend this series to everyone.



Based in the 1920,s, the heroine is extremely unique having colleagues and acquaintenances from all walks of life and a varitious appetite for life, adventure and love.



Just wonderful!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Alchemist

  • A Fable About Following Your Dream
  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,838

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing

  • By Thomas on 14-04-15

Very disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-11

This book was extremely disappointing. It was very cheesy and sentimental drivel. Badly written, repetitious and juvenile in style. The characters are one dimensional and in being so lacks depth. Despite it crossing various parts of the world, it fails to describe any of the beauties or otherwise of the places. In summary, this is a very badly written self-help book. The only good thing I can say about the book is that it is short ...

I would not recommend this book to anyone - just a waste of time and money!

5 of 29 people found this review helpful

Busman’s Honeymoon (Unabridged)
    
    
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        Dorothy L. Sayers
    
    


    
    
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        Ian Carmichael
    
    


    
    Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    177 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • Busman’s Honeymoon (Unabridged)

  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

Murder is hardly the best way for Lord Peter and his bride, the famous mystery writer Harriet Vane, to start their honeymoon. It all begins when the former owner of their newly acquired estate is found quite nastily dead in the cellar. And what Lord Peter had hoped would be a very private and romantic stay in the country soon turns into a most baffling case, what with the mis-spelled ‘notise’ to the milkman and the intriguing condition of the dead man: there wasn’t any blood on his smashed skull and he had six hundred pounds in his wallet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellently read

  • By Susan on 04-10-10

Another Excellent Wimsey

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-11

Really enjoyed this. It is read well and brings the characters to life. I confess to being a Wimsey fan, so I may be biased, but I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys murder mysteries.

Just love the Englishness of it too.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful