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Thirteen Guests

Narrated by: David Thorpe
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
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On a fine autumn weekend Lord Aveling hosts a hunting party at his country house, Bragley Court. Among the guests are an actress, a journalist, an artist and a mystery novelist. 

The unlucky 13th is John Foss, injured at the local train station and brought to the house to recuperate - but John is nursing a secret of his own. Soon events take a sinister turn when a painting is mutilated, a dog stabbed and a man strangled. Death strikes more than one of the house guests, and the police are called. Detective-Inspector Kendall's skills are tested to the utmost as he tries to uncover the hidden past of everyone at Bragley Court.

©1936 Estate of J. Jefferson Farjeon (P)2020 Soundings

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  • Sarah
  • 19-04-2020

Could not finish

I like murder mystery books, and I'm looking for something to take the place of Agatha Christie books since I've finished all of those. This was not it! It had potential at first, but was too boring and I couldn't finish it.

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  • elly gausden
  • 06-03-2020

David Thorpe is an adequate narrator

And yes I'm damning with faint praise. He doesn't do anything spectacularly wrong, he's just not that good and he makes what isn't a corker of a book kind of dull to listen to. It's a shame because with the better reader this could be a good, solid book.

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  • Karen Hall
  • 30-08-2020

Monotonous Tone

Three times I tried listening to this book and, I am still unsure what happened. The repetition of information by various two dimensional characters added to the boredom. I know that a murder, possibly two, was committed and a surprise guest with an injured ankle, that ensures he NEVER leaves a room for ANYTHING, suddenly joins forces with a supposed Vamp to burble on about everything. Meanwhile a journalist who loathes everyone and thing else, makes copious notes that he repeats to the police. (They arrive in cliched diligence.) The journalist’s sole companion with whom he has a love-hate relationship, the are the anthesis of each other, is an artist who turns out to have also have noticed ‘things’ such as, an unlocked door and the reason his latest painting has been destroyed. After that.... a horse, a hysterical wife, lots smoking of various cigarettes, verbally back stabbing, supercilious comments ....