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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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Reviews

  • Monica d

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

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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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  • Anonymous

    Readers with accents are a distraction to understanding

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  • Debbie P.

    Some of the narrators are difficult to understand which makes it disjointed. However, the story is really good it\'s a thriller it twists and turns and just when you think you know what\'s going on the writer takes you up a different track. It is an excellent story well written and I would recommend it.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Enjoyed the book overall but some of the readers had too strong of an accent which made listening extremely difficult and one reader just read too fast . I listen on driving trips and don’t need to have to concentrate that hard to hear the story. Becomes a distraction .

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  • Anonymous

    To many narrator changes with some that you couldn’t understand made it difficult to enjoy.

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  • Jacqueline E.

    Always a pleasant surprise when the story you least expect turns out to be such a good one. This is one of those. I unlike others it seems, enjoy the different narrators. Has the feel of sitting at a gathering in the late 1800s passing a book around for each person to read a chapter. I do agree the one women’s accent was very thick, making it difficult to understand. Over all I enjoyed it.

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