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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-18

What was the name of that inspector again?

OK, what’s up with the pronunciation of Scotland Yard’s Inspector Lestrade? All the way through the narration I cringed each time I heard the narrator say “Lestrade” because it is so different than any other pronunciation I’ve ever heard. It actually became grating and distracting. Other than that issue, I found the narration to be good...but that tiny thing threw off the entire book for me.

It was an interesting concept ...Sherlock Holmes had a daughter. I found her relationship with the son of Dr. Watson engaging as well. I particularly appreciated the inclusion of both Drs. Watson, the older and the younger. But that darn pronunciation just irritated me. I’m anxious to find out if I’m the only one who found it so...or am I simply being picky. If there is a second book, I’d think twice before purchasing the AUDIObook if the same narrator is used (unless someone brings this to his attention and he gets the pronunciation correct).

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Score one for irritatingly insightful and smart "little old ladies"!

Score: Miss Marple...1; Local Constabulary...0. This particular little old lady isn't one to listen at keyholes or watch a person's every move because she has nothing better to do with her time; she is quite simply a keen observer of the unusual and an astoundingly accurate interpreter of human behavior and the reasoning and motives behind it. Miss Marple's intelligence and masterful insight of people leads her pay close attention to the smallest of clues in the murder of a local community gent that most people find rather distasteful. But is the first person most people think is the murderer actually the one who has commuted the crime? Each twist and turn in the story leads the listener to consider yet another member of the small community...but Miss Marple is ahead of everyone and has it all figured out. Her explanation of the clues makes one wonder why they didn't see the answer all along. Great storytelling and the narration keeps interest in the tale throughout.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-17

Penolope Please

Please bring back the original Agatha Raisin - or - the actress who plays Agatha in the TV series!!

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-17

Pace crept along

Would you try another book from William Kuhn and/or Simon Prebble?

Never having listened to a story by Kuhn, it was Simon Preeble's previous performances on other titles that swayed me to select this title. I only gave the performance three stars - but more so because of the material and not necessarily anything Simon Preeble could have changed to make things better.

Would you ever listen to anything by William Kuhn again?

Not quite sure if I will try another one anytime soon because this tale seemed to take forever to get started and become interesting or engaging.

What three words best describe Simon Prebble’s voice?

Easily understandable, clear, enjoyable

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

The story of Queen Elizabeth taking the train like regular folk was intriguing. However, the fact that everyone seemed to assume that the reason for her jaunt was due to dementia was disappointing. The fact that the topic of depression in the aging was incorporated in the storyline was unexpected and certainly worthwhile.

Any additional comments?

It simply seemed to take forever for the story to become interesting enough to want to continue it. This is probably one of the few titles I've ever purchased from Audible that I considered not completing and returning. I managed to complete the title, but still wish I'd never spent my money on it. For what it is worth, my two cents...

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-16

Can it really be the end...?

As Poirot's body has begun to fail him, he has called on his friend, Hastings, to act as his eyes and ears throughout this unusual investigation. Poirot was not called in to investigate on this one; instead, after studying five previous murders, he has called Hastings in to help him prevent the mysterious "X" from killing yet again.
We are treated to a final cast of unusual characters as the story progresses. Hastings is constantly reminded by his Belgian friend that he makes poor use of his brain as he tries to identify the unknown "X"; only Poirot seems to have determined the identity of X and he is not willing to share this information even with Hastings. We are also introduced to one of Hastings' grown daughters in this tale.
As Poirot's final exercise in the use of his gray cells began to wind down, I felt a pang of regret that Poirot's life was coming to an end and felt for Hastings as his life must move on without his friend.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-16

Family secrets CAN kill!

Of the stories I've read lately of Poirot's exploits, this one stands as memorable for Poirot's display of concern and compassion toward a young couple. This couple is planning to marry, but it seems a dark secret looms large over them that might derail the marriage. Poirot, along with Ariadne, is quite determined to get to the bottom of a decades old mystery involving twin daughters, the death of two children, the role of mental health in family dynamics, long kept family secrets and much more. Another engaging tale!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-16

Did she...or didn't she...that IS the question!

Who is the nefarious soul in this Christie tale? Could it be the young woman who confesses to Poirot that she has murdered someone (and exactly WHO has she murdered)? That would be entirely too simple and would not require the use of Poirot's "little gray cells"! Perhaps it was the young artist who pursues a relationship with this woman; maybe one of her flatmates - one of whom works for her rich (and almost blind) uncle. As usual, the cast of characters (and potential culprits) is large and leave one with any number of possible solutions as to the identity of the murderer. Hugh Fraser's narration is also "spot on". The inclusion of Ariadne Oliver, and Poirot's exasperation with her, is always a quirky, enjoyable part of a Poirot storyline as well.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-16

King Solomon duped?

This tale begins with late night murder. The envelope of almond-scented cyanide is the end of eminently respected and longtime Queen of Sheba researcher, Dr. Richard Lyon. While moving back and forth between the present day and 960BC, Moore weaves an intriguing tale of history, secrecy, hidden agendas, love and more. Although I wouldn't describe this as a love story, it is definitely an intriguing thriller; I found myself wrapped up in the story of the princess and her warrior - wondering if she was ever to be united with him. The love interests of Omar and Mia and Lucas and Jade kept me interested as well. The tale of the Queen of Sheba's deception of King Solomon was interesting. Though I do not know how much of this tale is based in actual history, I am intrigued enough to want to do further research on that period of history...and to want to read another title featuring Omar Zagouri! Even more so, I think I want to read the tale of how Lukas and Jade go on to determine if King Solomon was actually King Ramses II?!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-16

Exactly who IS the murderer?!

Paula Hawkins has delivered a suspenseful tale that continually challenges the reader to reconsider their position regarding the identity of the person responsible for the pregnant woman's death. The narration, at times, seemed a bit flat - but it was not so off-putting as to keep me from pressing on to learn the killer's true identity. Great story! Looking forward to another Paula Hawkins book soon.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-15

Bring back Tim Curry!

As much as I like this series, I must say that the more I hear of Lemony Snicket's narration, the less enjoyable the audio experience. I suppose that is to be expected as Tim Curry is such a good actor and has that great British accent to boot.

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