Agatha Webb


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(3.3 stars; 65 reviews)

A universally beloved woman has been murdered. But who would have the heart to kill Agatha Webb? Would her husband do it for money matters? Or would it be the cook, who died at about the same time? Or would it be the rich and well-connected Mr. Fredrick, who ran away into the woods? This work is also for feminist fiction lovers. As the story starts right after the murder, we see how Miss Page, a servant at a rich house who is the sweetheart of the same Mr. Fredrick, wants to join the investigation- and is constantly prevented from doing so by conservative men. (Summary by Stav Nisser)

(11 hr 0 min)

Chapters

A Cry on the Hill 9:24 Read by C. Simmons
One Night's Work 15:36 Read by Gabriela Cowan
The Empty Drawer 10:57 Read by Gabriela Cowan
The Full Drawer 12:47 Read by Gabriela Cowan
A Spot on the Lawn 7:19 Read by Gabriela Cowan
"Breakfast is Served, Gentlemen!" 9:27 Read by Gabriela Cowan
"Marry Me" 12:38 Read by Gabriela Cowan
"A Devil That Understands Men" 9:16 Read by Gabriela Cowan
A Grand Woman 25:57 Read by Gabriela Cowan
Detective Knapp Arrives 20:15 Read by Gabriela Cowan
The Man with a Beard 8:47 Read by Gabriela Cowan
Wattles Comes 15:46 Read by Gabriela Cowan
Wattles Goes 7:05 Read by freshface
A Final Temptation 8:57 Read by Sharon Kilmer
The Zabels Visited 9:46 Read by Gabriela Cowan
Local Talent at Work 34:20 Read by Gabriela Cowan
The Slippers, the Flower, and What Sweetwater Made of Them 27:45 Read by Gabriela Cowan
Part 1 Some Leading Questions 27:58 Read by Gabriela Cowan
Part 2 Some Leading Questions 28:20 Read by Gabriela Cowan
Poor Philemon 32:39 Read by Gabriela Cowan
Surprise for Mr. Sutherland 9:40 Read by Gabriela Cowan
Sweetwater Reasons 28:41 Read by Gabriela Cowan
Sweetwater Acts 15:09 Read by Lynne T
A Sinister Pair 17:48 Read by Lynne T
In the Shadow of the Mast 9:05 Read by Lynne T
In Extremity 6:41 Read by Lynne T
The Adventure of the Parcel 20:59 Read by Gertrude Durette
The Adventure of the Scrap of Paper and the Three 35:56 Read by Gabriela Cowan
"Who Are You?" 8:32 Read by Gabriela Cowan
Home Again 4:57 Read by KHand
What Followed the Striking of the Clock 21:06 Read by Shivansh Dhar
A Witness Lost 14:15 Read by Shivansh Dhar
Part 1 Why Agatha Webb will Never be Forgotten in Sutherlandtown 38:12 Read by Gabriela Cowan
Part 2 Why Agatha Webb will Never be Forgotten in Sutherlandtown 33:31 Read by Gabriela Cowan
Part 3 Why Agatha Webb will Never be Forgotten in Sutherlandtown 34:12 Read by Gabriela Cowan
Father and Son 8:14 Read by Gabriela Cowan
"Not When They Are Young Girls" 11:29 Read by Sharon Kilmer
Sweetwater Pays His Debt at Last to Mr. Sutherland 6:54 Read by Woolly Bee

Reviews

Disappointed Yet Again

(0.5 stars)

There are some really wonderful readers in Libravox recordings, and I fully appreciate the time and effort donated by these readers!!!! THANK YOU FOR MANY ENJOYABLE HOURS OF LISTENING TO FINE LITERATURE! However, I have to disagree with lainey and say that we do NOT have to tiptoe around readers who are difficult to understand. We tiptoe by saying they gave up their time so we should appreciate their poor efforts!! I completely disagree! If I moved to another country and people had a difficult time understanding me, I would certainly NOT record readings in THEIR language that they could not understand. My inability to be understood would be simply a result of not having mastered their language yet. I am not slamming people who haven't mastered English, I am saying that it is a result of being a beginner. As anything in life, when we are beginners, we have to keep practicing to get better and, eventually, we can master it. HOWEVER, Libravox is not the proper forum to practice speaking English!!!! Please, future readers, "Know thyself"! I am sure that it would be obvious to me if people in another country have to carefully listen to understand me! If this is so, then why would I choose to read for Libravox in the first place? All of the pleasure in the literature itself is lost because our brains have to concentrate on understanding the reader versus the text itself!!! The beauty of the literature is lost, and irritation replaces it!! Further, I give thanks to everyone who freely critique the readers' abilities!!!! You save me so much time because I can automatically discard those readings!!This time I didn't. I am so disappointed that I am unable to listen to this book! I guess this is an excellent example of "You get what you pay for"!

(4.5 stars)

What "Reader" wrote is true. Just because you want to volunteer to read it doesn't mean you should. Only people with no or slight accents (whether foreign or domestic) who can read well, properly, & at an appropriate pace & volume should read for Librivox. Most of this book was read by Gabriella who has a thicker accent making it very hard to understand through a regular speaker. When this happens I use one or both earbuds instead, turn the volume up a smidge, & make sure to not get distracted so I can focus solely on the reading. I'm glad I did as the book was worth it. I wouldn't call this a feminist story at all. Miss Page rudely buts into the investigation in the beginning then becomes a bitch who thinks she has the upper hand by using blackmail against Mr. Frederick. The story also goes into various forms of love & how strong love can be but isn't mushy by any means. Give this a try.

Good story ruined

(0.5 stars)

I know other people have said this time and again but please Librivox admins think of the listener and not just the reader. I got to chapter 3 and gave up I just couldn't understand the reader. I know we have to appreciate that someone has given their time to record the book but it seems to me that the reader has wasted their time if no one actually listens to the book. I love AKG all her books are "cosy crime" with no offensive language or violence (difficult to find these days) so it disappointed me that I couldn't listen to this one. My eyesight is poor so reading a physical book is difficult. I will always listen to books on Librivox as I love the concept of putting books into the public domain for all to listen to. However the choice is becoming more limited due the lack of good readers. Jo Smallheer, Kara Shallenberg, Nicholas Clifford are just some of the readers that shine through can we please keep the standard of reading that these people achieve.

excellent story

(4 stars)

The story, plot line, characters, etc is worth listening to. Yes, different narration causes some parts to be harder than others..none the less, a worthy story.

Tolerance tester

(1 stars)

Narrative by main reader hopeless and gave up listening to the book

(1 stars)

sorry I can not listen to this. I had to stop.

Too Many Loose Ends

(3.5 stars)

Not Green's best, but it was still enjoyable. She needed to address his forgery problems in Boston before he lived happily ever after. As to the main reader, I felt that she was perfectly fine. The caustic remarks from Reader and from his compatriots were totally unjustifiable. GC has an accent, but it is a charming one, and I enjoyed it. Anyone of reasonable ability can certainly attune his ear to her accent in two or three minutes. This is true of GC and also of Crin Yldz Ksr and Lars Rolander, two of your best readers, neither of whom speaks English as a primary language. These three offer the two most important items needed by a reader: a deliberate pace and consistent volume. Many readers who speak English as a native language fail to offer these two necessary things. As for mis_pronunciations, a majority of the readers, native English speakers or not, are guilty, but who cares? I would also contend that the accents of two of your very best readers, Simon Evers and Andy Mintar, require a bit of

agatha Webb

(5 stars)

heartbreaking story and beautiful in an old fashioned way. the main reader has a strong accent and has been harshly criticised by a previous reviewer. i found her voice beautiful and had no difficulty in understanding her. librivox readers give up their own time to record these books and it is very disrespectful to complain about their efforts! thank you for taking the time to read this book so that i, and many others, can enjoy it.