This is a wonderful story about a murder and a bumbling (in my opinion) investigation. The characters are entertaining and the setting is believable.
However, the narration is terrible. I found the accent inconsistent and the pronunciation, in some cases, so wrong that I had to stop the book to figure out what she had said. The book itself is wonderful, but I found the narrator detracted from my ability to loose myself in the story.
I binge-read (listened) to all the books in this series. They are all very good. There are a few minor issue with the narrator - words mispronounced for example - but I liked these a lot!
12 n \\\\ Born and grew up in Scotland. No species of book I do not love. Favorite genre History, thrillers, biography, memoirs etc
Narrator or have her STOP trying to do British accents
Her ATTEMPTS at British accents are incredibly BAD. The worst being a male Scottish
character. I was born and grew up in the U.K Scotland to be precise. I am USED to the
futile attempts to copy the dialects/accents. This Narrator should consider sticking to her own accent and just read the book.
Her indescribable attempts at these dialects distract from the story.
The victorian setting and the mystery. Romance just did not come off very well. Too many stereotypes.
It's a cosy book for a rainy day when you are cooking soup and you can tolerate the attempts at British dialects.
Very enjoyable book with lots of twists and turns. A first person voice is hard to sustain but the author managed it well. However, the reader was another matter! There should be a basic vocabulary test for narrators to be sure they can actually pronounce words commonly used in books of this genre. VIZcount indeed!
the reader is phenomenal! I was so engrossed in this I could not stop listening! I have already ordered the next in the series.
it had enough intrigue to keep the momentum. not a boring moment ever.
I will recommend!
I am a senior citizen living out in the country enjoying nature and my 3 rescued dogs. I like reading good mysteries (even with some comedic undertones); not too complicated self-help books; good recipes (although I never seem to try any). I have quite enjoyed listening to some of the No. 1 Ladies Detective series and David Copperfield (one of the many versions out there). I am looking forward to many more hours of listening enjoyment.
This was a real treat to listen to. The ending caught me by surprise. Now I can't wait to listen to Silent in the Sanctuary. I hope there are more to come.
Not in love with the vocal performance on this one-- Archer affects a kind of breathy voice that, in conjunction with Rayburn's iffy plotting and worse dialogue, make Lady Julia seem like kind of a dimwit. I might like these better if they were plain romances-- as a mystery, they leave something to be desired. BUT you could do worse!
I enjoy all of these books. I have read and listened to them each, at least half a dozen times.
Good characters, interesting mysteries, and dynamic relationships.
Kept my interest from start to finish. I'm looking forward to the next one. Excellent narration. I will be looking for more of Ms Raybourn's work.