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  • Duplicate Death: Inspector Hemingway Series, Book 3

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Inspector Hemingway has his work cut out for him when a seemingly civilised game of Duplicate Bridge leads to a double murder. The crimes seem identical, but were they carried out by the same hand? Things become even more complicated when the fiancée of the inspector's young friend, Timothy Kane, becomes Hemingway's prime suspect. Kane is determined to prove the lady's innocence – but when he begins digging into her past, he finds it's more than a little bit shady.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful plot ruined by an illiterate narrator.

  • By Hannah on 22-06-15

A wonderful plot ruined by an illiterate narrator.

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

Reviewed: 22-06-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The plot of this is one of my favourite of Heyer's murder mysteries - and reintroduces us to several characters we have met before, in addition to Inspector Hemingway. It was worth listening to again, whilst getting on with the housework simply because it is a Georgette Heyer.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Duplicate Death: Inspector Hemingway Series, Book 3?

The narrator's appalling - off the scale incompetent - attempt at a Scottish accent. Nicola Sturgeon should do something about it.

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

No. Never, not ever. Not even if I were struck blind and she was the only narrator of audio books.

Was Duplicate Death: Inspector Hemingway Series, Book 3 worth the listening time?

Yes - only because I was doing something else at the same time and love the book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • The Bone Garden

  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

A gruesome secret is about to be unearthed ...When a human skull is dug up in a garden near Boston, Dr Maura Isles is called in to investigate. She quickly discovers that the skeleton - that of a young woman - has been buried for over a hundred years. But who was the young woman? And how did she die?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected and absorbing.

  • By Hannah on 01-10-14

Unexpected and absorbing.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-14

What made the experience of listening to The Bone Garden the most enjoyable?

Lorelei King has the world's most captivating voice. If you like your narrators with warm, chocolate-mixed with honey-voices, mixed with intelligence and taste, Miss King fits the bill.

I bought this expecting something along the lines of the Rizzoli and Isles novels. What I found was a fascinating window into the history of Boston, some historical characters caught up in a murder mystery with the complexity and plot-twists of the modern Rizzoli and Isles books, but with the forensic science and police work of a Victorian novel, such as a Conan-Doyle.

The characters fitted their period, the plot didn't push the bounds of reality and the performance was sublime.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bone Garden?

The denouement and wondering whether the 'heroes' would come out alive.

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

I have long been an admirer of Lorelei King's works as an actor - particularly on R4. This audio-book reveals her true range as a performer as her characterisation of many different people, with different nationalities and sexes, was wholly absorbing - you forget Lorelei King and hear her characterisation.

  • Bath Tangle

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Sian Phillips
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

The Earl of Spenborough has always been noted for his eccentricity. Leaving a widow younger than his own daughter Serena is one thing, but quite another is leaving Serena's fortune to the trusteeship of the Marquis of Rotherham -- a man whom Serena once jilted and who now has the power to give or withhold his consent to any marriage she might contemplate. When Serena and her lovely young stepmother Fanny decide to move to Bath, Serena makes an odd new friend and discovers an old love, Major Hector Kirkby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely reading

  • By Caroline on 25-07-09

One of Heyer's feisty female heroines.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Bath Tangle to be better than the print version?

Georgette Heyer books are always a glorious - and somewhat luxurious - read. Her use of the English Language and research into period cant is second to none, which explains why the audio editions are also glorious.

What other book might you compare Bath Tangle to, and why?

Its golden era Georgette Heyer. No-one else has ever managed to produce the period so well - because no-one else has applied such a mind to research the period so completely and then go on to create a whole cast of characters who are believable within the real history of Bath, London, Brighton and the provinces.

Which character – as performed by Sian Phillips – was your favourite?

I think you would need to ask Miss Phillips who she enjoyed reading most - she is not only a wonderful actress but has a feel for words. But Mrs Broome was the most fun to hear interpreted.

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

There were several points when the writing and performance made me laugh out loud.

  • Why Shoot a Butler?

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

On a dark night, along a lonely country road, barrister Frank Amberley stops to help a young lady in distress and discovers a sports car with a corpse behind the wheel. The girl protests her innocence, and Amberley believes her – at least until he gets drawn into the mystery and the clues incriminating Shirley Brown begin to add up. In an English country-house murder mystery with a twist, it's the butler who's the victim, every clue complicates the puzzle, and the bumbling police are well-meaning but completely baffled.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story spoilt by narration

  • By Janey on 02-05-15

A murder mystery murdered by the narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-10-14

What would have made Why Shoot a Butler? better?

I may be biased in that I love Georgette Heyer's murder mysteries more than her period novels. However this woman read the novel as if she had never encountered English before. I have never *ever* come across reading out loud as bad as this - and I help out in primary schools listening to under 10s reading books. Please, do not leave her in a recording studio without her carers ever again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Why Shoot a Butler??

I gave up after an hour. I tried. I love the book so stuck with it as far as I could. I even resorted to a glass of wine after the first half hour but that didn't help either.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Ulli Birvé?

My cat would make a better job of it.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book is brilliant. The audio-book makes diabolical seem positively heavenly.

Any additional comments?

I want my ears cleaned.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • The Uninvited

  • By: Liz Jensen
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

A seven-year-old girl puts a nail-gun to her grandmother's neck and fires. An isolated incident, say the experts. The experts are wrong. Across the world, children are killing their families. Anthropologist Hesketh Lock has his own problems; but as more acts of child violence sweep the globe, he is forced to acknowledge possibilities that defy the rational principles on which he has staked his life, his career and, most devastatingly of all, his role as a father.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't listen

  • By Roz on 13-04-13

Highly derivative attempt at apocalyptic sci-fi

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-07-12

Well written, and based on the premise that the CERN neutrino anomaly was proved by others to be the seismic shift in scientific thinking it might have been had it been more than an anomaly due to equipment tolerances within the accepted scientific range.

Deliberately choosing as the narrator someone on the Asperger's spectrum did lead to the narrative flow being stilted and, at times, annoyingly repetitive. This might have been less annoying on the page, but did lead to this listener zoning out and having to go back. But, from my experience, these traits are true to the character. The sustainable development message that underlies the plot was well-informed, but might have been wrapped up in the narrator's conclusive remarks in the final chapter.

Those are the negatives. On the positive side it is, as mentioned, well written and well informed. The narrator succeeds in giving what could have been a charmless lead character the depth and wit that has gone into writing him.

However, it owes more than a little to just about everything ever written by John Wyndham - from Day of the Triffids and The Kraken Wakes, via the Chrysalids to Chocky with great chunks of the Midwich Cuckoos thrown in for good measure. John Wyndham's originals - albeit written against a cold war, rather than a capitalist, resource-exploitation background - are still relevant and a more original and pleasureable experience than this.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful