I love the narrator and the subject material. The author offers a wonderful picture of Indian life and social intricacies. While the plot and action can be somewhat formulaic, I love the formula! Sam Dastor is a genius narrator with great accents, timing, and pace. I am now listening to all Tarquin Hall and Sam Dastor recordings.
I enjoyed this book very much. The complexity is on a par with Christie. Since it is set in India one has a chance to learn a little about that country's culture.
Narrator is excellent...I will look for more of his narrations. Accents were delightful.
His ability to distinguish different characters with very believable voices and accents.
These novels (with
The narration is, to put it in the words of Vish Puri, truly first class. Dastor beautifully captures the nuance and rhythms of Delhi English just as Hall captures the details of upper middle class Indian life.
The twists of the plot are engaging, as is Vish Puri.
Highly recommend for anyone who knows anything of the culture, or indeed anyone who wants to get a charming (and realistically dodgy and corrupt) taste of modern India.
I am currently working in the Middle East and many of the characters seemed very authentic (as well as entertaining).
The relationships portrayed in the book were spot on.
I am planning on purchasing the other books in this series. A very nice listen on the way to work.
This book is just perfect. It's one of the best listens, & I've been an audible member for 4 years or more. I also got the other Vish Puri mystery & love it as well. I sure hope there are more in the works. Never been to India, but I feel I'm there when I listen to these books.
Thoroughly enjoyed my time with the characters, the story and the narrator. Glad to see I will be able to continue in their company with other books in the series.
The Vish Puri adventures are equal parts entertaining, suspenseful, funny, and addicting. Tarquin Hall does a wonderful job describing and giving life and quirks to all of his characters. I own all the books, and enjoyed reading them so much that i purchased them on audible as well. The narrator does all of the character voices so well you don't get bored or confused. Such a fun read and listen.
I am an author and a librarian, and I happily now live in the realm of audio books.
Narrator Sam Dastor completely changed my viewpoint on audio books. Because of him, I no longer look for a book to be read to me. I look for a book to be performed for me. Dastor makes a well-written book come alive with characters you really get to know and care about. The narrator does an admirable job of bringing every character to life. They all have distinctly different personalities because of his voice. In audio books I usually find women's voices sound fake, but Dastor slipped in and out of women's voices with great credibility. Peppered with humour and tension, the story of the missing servant unfolds in vivid descriptions of Delhi, Jaipur and other places in India. I enjoyed the Hindi words sprinkled in the story, and felt like they added another layer to the story for people who know some Hindi. This is quite an enjoyable book, and yet the author calls attention to social issues like the abuse of servants, arranged marriages and rape without being heavy handed or didactic. Listeners get the message. In my book, this is my pick of the year 2016. It's a great way to end the year.
I really enjoyed this light-hearted mystery, and the narration was superb. The characters are likeable and portrayed with humour and sympathy. The story conveys affection and understanding of the contemporary Indian culture and way of life, which could only be attained by someone who spent a lot of time there. This is the first book in the series, and I look forward to reading others.