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The Album

Narrated by: Lucy Scott
Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
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For years, the five families on exclusive Crescent Place lived in peaceful seclusion. But that changed when old Mrs. Lancaster was found brutally murdered with an ax. Suddenly, motives and suspects are developing at a rapid pace, and when the killer strikes again - and again - Louisa Hall knows it's up to her to discover the clues that will develop a picture of murder.

©1933 Mary Roberts Rinehart. Copyright 1961 by Stanley M. Rinehart Jr., Frederick R. Rinehart and Alan G. Rinehart (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Becoming a fan of Rinehart - but not the narrator

This was a very enjoyable tale, lots of twists and turns and the story was very good, if quite complex. For quite a long book compared to most books of the genre/era, it didn't drag anywhere and almost every scene was vital to the story which makes it quite intensive listening! Desipite it being set in a small crescent, pretty much every character in every house becomes important at some point of another so pay attention at the beginning where it's explained who's who! There's pretty clear inspiration taken from the true-life Lizzie Borden case by the author (the case is actually referenced in the book). An overbearing mother axed in her bedroom and it becomes suspected one of the two middle aged spinster daughters did it in the nude sound familiar?

Despite being reported as one of Rinehart's best novels, something didn't quite work for me and it took me a little time to figure out why. On paper it should be right up my street - then I realised on paper it probably would be. The narrator, who, don't get me wrong, was more than competent just didn't fit this story. My biggest issue was her using regional British accents for the characters when the story is clearly set in America - it really throws off the cultural subtexts of the story. If she can do a Scottish accent for the dcotor then why not American throught the whole thing? Also some of her characterizations where very crass and made some characters (most memorably Helen Wellington) very one dimensional.

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The Abum

I inherited most of Mary Roberts Rinehart's books from my mother many years ago and now that I can no longer see well enough to read my treasured old hard back editions I was thrilled to find them as unabridged audible editions. Thank you so much!

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  • Yvette
  • 22-11-13

A great production of a wonderful mystery!

The Album was first published by 1933, and is a great example of Mary Roberts Rinehart's talent for writing complex mysteries full of complicated characters and the details of daily life at the time they were written. Prepare yourself for a lot of detail, suspenseful atmosphere, and humor.

I enjoyed it greatly, and have already listened to it twice. Lucy Scott does a great job as reader! I only have one fault to find ... Lucy Scott uses British accents. Why is this a problem? (She speaks very well & her characterizations are wonderful.) Because this is an American author, of an American book. It is not easy to tell this, but the use of American terms, and the clear statements in several places that one of the characters is a "bootlegger", give it away. Prohibition ended in December of 1933, and from 1920 through the end of 1933, it was illegal to buy of sell almost anything alcoholic anywhere in the USA. A bootlegger was someone who made and/or sold this illegal beverage.

All in all, a great recording of a wonderful book. (I can ignore the accents, and you should, too!) It was well worth the credit!

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  • Customer
  • 02-04-15

Excellent audiobook production.

Another masterpiece from Mary Roberts Reinheart. Like Agatha Christie's work, MRR's mysteries stand the test of time.

I thought the narrator was excellent. The young woman relating the story had spent years at boarding schools and had the typical finishing school accent of the times.

I listen to audio books while I walk. This book was so enjoyable I walked 4 miles a day just so I could listen. Good audio books are my incentive to keep at it, and it really works. I've gone through all of the Patricia Wentworth books available, and The Circular Staircase is next on my list.

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  • Carolyn
  • 16-11-19

Will Listen Again

This is a classic mystery written in the 1930's. I'm a big Agatha Christie fan and I really enjoyed this book. The narrator was fabulous, I would listen to almost any other books she reads. I got this book with my Audible Escape subscription, if they remove it I will probably use a credit to buy it because this the type of book I will listen to multiple times.

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  • Susan
  • 20-10-15

A Great books with an excellent reader

This reader more than brings a great book and witty story line to life with excellent characterization, proper pronunciation and attention to the plot and pacing. Worth the credits!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-03-14

Not her best

What would have made The Album better?

I'm not sure what it was about this Mary Roberts Rineheart, but I just could not get interested.

What could Mary Roberts Rinehart have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I have listened to other Mary RR books with great enjoyment. She tells tales of a gentler world, painting a picture of old fashioned American manners, overlaid with murder. This book just didn't have the grip.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Other narrators deliver Mary RR's world better.

What character would you cut from The Album?

I wouldn't have missed any of them.