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The Circular Staircase

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7 Hours 42 Minutes

LibriVox

January 2011

Audio Book Summary

was originally published in 1908 and includes all the elements of the classic whodunit – mysterious events, ghostly apparitions, things that go bump in the night and murder. In The Circular Staircase "a middle-aged spinster is persuaded by her niece and nephew to rent a country house for the summer. The house they chose belonged to a bank defaulter who had hidden stolen securities in the walls. The gentle, peace-loving trio is plunged into a series of crimes solved with the help of the aunt."

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  • Monica d

    Delicious and inspiring, made me cry in the end. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Readers with accents are a distraction to understanding

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  • Judy L.

    The book was good, but there was to many readers and some were hard to understand.

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  • Jamie M.

    Story kept my attention but the narration at times was challenging. I know I missed key elements of the mystery because I couldn’t understand what was being read.

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  • Anonymous

    Very good story EXCEPT very poor choice of narrators many were hard to understand

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  • Anonymous

    Most Narrators are difficult to understand! Disruptive to the flow of the story

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  • Anonymous

    Good story base and quite edgy but too many readers that you can’t quite understand

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  • Anonymous

    This story was very fascinating! A great deal of mystery. Who was trying to break in? Who was knocking holes in the wall? Miss Rachel was such a determined character. And Brave! Often foolishly so, but rarely caught out by it. And, of course, more clever than the detectives. But after initial distrust, worked closely with them to solve the crimes. The narration,however, was dreadful. Readers from all around the world! I don’t mind this when it is some book with short stories or sequences that can be considered separately. But for a mystery book where it is important to hear all the detail and recognise all the clues, it would be better to have only one. Or if that wasn’t possible, at the most 3 who all could speak clear enough to be understood. I don’t know the policies of Librivox about the choice of narrators for the books, but I would like to suggest that this book be recorded again with the thoughts from above in mind. I am grateful that the books by Mary Roberts Rinehart have been made available. This author is a great mystery writer, therefore I think her work should be honoured by being made more accessible for her followers to “read”.

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  • Anonymous

    Absorbing story with lots of twists and turns and intrigue. It was spoilt by the narration.

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  • Anonymous

    Story was fine. Some of the readers required careful listening because of accents.

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