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The Red House Mystery

By: A. A. Milne
Narrated by: William Sutherland
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Summary

"Like all really nice people, you have a weakness for detective stories...after all that you have done for me, the least that I can do is write one." So wrote A.A. Milne, beloved creator of Winnie the Pooh, to his father, to whom he dedicated this delectable mystery.
Mark Ablett's stately mansion, the Red House, is filled with very proper guests when his most improper brother returns from Australia. The prodigal brother enters Mark's study, the parlor maid hears arguing and the brother dies...rather suddenly, with a bullet between the eyes. The study is locked from the inside and Mark is missing!
Investigating the crime is wealthy Antony Gillingham, who rivals Sherlock Holmes in his remarkable powers of observation. He is aided by the perfect Watson, his friend Bill Beverley, a cheerful young man in white flannels. Echoes of Christopher Robin and his friends chime nostalgically throughout this charming classic of detection!
Public Domain (P)1999 Blackstone Audiobooks

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A sweet book but just a bit boring

As the introduction explains, AA Milne wrote this book to amuse his father ? and it reads like a bit like a charade. It does have a slightly Pooh-ish quality to it, but lacks the essential humour of Pooh. It should probably be seen as a literary curiosity. However, the reading by William Sutherland is definitely on the poor side. Were this book to be read by somebody who really camped it up or even sent it up, this could be a very amusing listen. One can?t help thinking Milne intended the book to be transformed into a stage play with people in flannels coming in through French windows, and the reading needs something of that atmosphere to make it swing. Not worth going for if you pay for your books by the unit, but perhaps worth trying if you have a monthly subscription and are interested in the early history of murder stories.

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Unlistenable

Dreadful sound quality, the narration speeds up, slows down and slurs.

And who picked an American actor to read such an essentially English author?

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Poor sound quality

Was really excited to listen to this book but can't bear more than 5 minutes. It sounds like the narrator is running out of batteries in a tunnel, just a slow drone with background hissing. I'd advise a different recording, though perhaps if you have to tech to speed him up it wouldn't be so bad.

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agatha christie could not have done better

What did you like most about The Red House Mystery?

I love agatha christie for as much as her characters as stories, however, this is a distinctly male voice and the main protagonist is entertaining, young and non judgemental

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Red House Mystery?

when the protagonists sidekick had to pretend to go to bed

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very slow starter

Took me quite sometime to get into this story and have definitely read much better. However, I stuck it out and the second half of the story was much better listening.

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poor narrator

Good story. Shame narrator used the same voice for all the characters which caused confusion over which one was talking.

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Couldn't get into the story because of the poor narration. Stopped listening after 10 minutes, disappointing.

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monotone narration and predictable plot

struggled with this one. allow the characters sounded the same. and all sounded boring.

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This is probably a good story but I found the narration rather poor. I think I shall have to buy the book and read it myself.

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A neat and nicely plotted mystery

I get so tired of bumbling detectives who stumble on the solution despite their own best efforts to fail. And I find the modern fashion for detectives battling inner demons tiring, so this is a refreshing change. Milne's amateur sleuth is neither bumbling nor psychologically damaged. He's a well-balanced, likeable young man with a keen intelligence who solves the case by deductive reasoning.

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  • Todd
  • 17-10-03

difficult listen

Loved the book - thought I might enjoy listening to it, but couldn't get past the terrible, flat narration.

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  • Mary Angela
  • 01-10-20

Narrator Ruins It

I couldn't get through the first chapters of this listen. The narrator sounded as if he had rocks in his mouth. Words turned into garbled phrases; phrases turned into paragraphs that I could not follow. I adore A.A. Milne and was so wanting to listen to this mystery. Producing a Milne story with this narrator did nothing to honor the wonderful author. I will simply read the book on this one.

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  • Yvette
  • 06-08-18

Great reading of a wonderful mystery

A.A. Milne wrote a charming, funny, and puzzling mystery, and it was read very well by William Sutherland. I enjoyed it hugely! But be aware that the sound quality is iffy sometimes.

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  • Kathy
  • 05-12-11

Difficult to understand narrator

Would you try another book from A. A. Milne and/or William Sutherland?

I won't buy another book narrated by William Sutherland. He was too difficult to understand - I guess his accent was too strong and he sounded muffled.

What did you like best about this story?

It had a really interested plot

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Sutherland?

Hugh Frazer

Did The Red House Mystery inspire you to do anything?

No

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  • G Curtis
  • 01-10-20

Surprisingly really quite good!

I didn’t know what to expect from AA Milne but I was very pleasantly surprised to find this an excellent and creative mystery. Very enjoyable!

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  • Vanessa L. Kirchner
  • 21-09-20

Great unexpected mystery

Loved this book. Terrific story, unexpected twists and fun characters. The narrator was great. Sometimes I got a little confused on who was talking between the main characters but I usually figured it out quickly.

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  • Sheryl Mason
  • 17-09-07

A Classic

This is one of the best books I have heard. Okay, the voicing's not great but the story more than makes up for it. The solution is out of the ordinary and a surprise for those who don't follow the clues closely.

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  • Nat from LA
  • 30-08-20

Banter made this mystery story fun!

I listen to lots of classic mysteries and the banter between Anthony and Bill made this story extra fun for me. I know Poirot has his Hastings, but Anthony and Bill seemed more evenly matched. A fun, light listen (even though there was murder afoot!).

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  • Silva
  • 02-08-20

English mystery

I had never heard of this book, until just recently. I was pleasantly surprised to find it. I had such a great time listening to this title. A. A. Milne was an amazing author. Such talent is rare. He so well known for his children's books and I wish everyone knew about this title.

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  • Marie
  • 15-09-20

A Dissapointment

I have heard so many positive things about this book. I was excited to see it included in the new prime catalogue. In the end. I didn't finish it. Tgexstory could not hold my onterest. Perhaps a different narrator would make a difference.

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