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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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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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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!