Anne Perry's books are well written, rich with historical details and the mystery always leads to something unexpected.
Of course, Davina Porter's narration is delightful and absolutely perfect for the story. What a golden voice!
Overall a good book, but not an excellent book. I'm not sure I would recommend this to anyone, unless they are bored and have nothing else to read. The storyline was very obvious from the get-go, the characters were not terribly developed, and the outcome was obvious. There was way too much emphasis on the emotional history of the lead detective. His history is interesting, but should not be the focus of the book and in this case, it is. The actual drama seem to take a backstage to his revealing of where he wanted to go in his life. Again, interesting but should not be the focal point. In any case, interesting read, to a degree, but not something I would have read if I had been aware of the focus of the book. I would've simply skip to the next one in the series. In summation, just a little too predictable and A little bit lame.
Absolute bluestocking & love it!!
Totally different "who done it" with very interesting case! Still struggled a bit with Monk who wasn't really in much of first half of story - wondering if they shouldn't be called "Hester Latterly" mysteries?
Still a great read/listen!
Say something about yourself!
I had a hard time finishing the book. I have enjoyed many of the books in this series but this one is awful. The narration was good.
Narration: Davina Porter has become my favorite female narrator. She is articulate with a smooth and very pleasant voice. Though she does not sound like a man, it is easy for the listener to distinguish male from female dialogue.
Story: As with the first two books in the Monk series, this one is intellectually and emotionally compelling, but even more so. Disgust and ridiculousness are greatly balanced with inspiration and wisdom.
Author: Anne Perry. How I would so love to meet her in person. I imagine her to be a person of hard-earned integrity and wisdom.
This is a book I could not stop listening to. Excellent story, excellent narrator. The suspense was overwhelming at times. Loved it.
Another Audible Addict
Having an interesting story line, and less characters continually small talking to each other about basically the same subject, instead of telling a story. It's not my style of writing.
She is not bad. Maybe making some difference of all the different female voices. Maybe bring in another or two readers would help? The voices all just run together with such long drawn out sentences and hard to keep tract of who's who without rewinding.
I take it back I don't know if that would even help, the story is just too boring.
None. They all seem the same and interchangeable to me. Boring, I can't see their individual personalities.
The death, because that is all that everyone is talking from the beginning.
It's very stuffy, redundant, not exciting, not mysterious, not humorous and not suspenseful. These are things I hope I am buying with my Audible purchase, when searching for Mystery/Suspense titles.
I tried to get into this, but it's more work for me than pleasure. Afraid I have to ask for my credit back.
It was very entertaining to read. I could hardly put it down. Brought me out of my melancholy mood. Monk and Hester are incredible. But the solicitor they hired was exceptional. Loved it
Eliminate 1/3rd of the text... it is extremely repetitive and boring.
It dragged on and on and on... and the same conversations and verbiage were used over and over again. It's almost like the author simply clicked "copy, cut and paste" to add dialogue and pages to the novel.
She is brilliant. She is the main reason I kept listening, even though I wanted to just close the book, or skip to the end.
The narrator is amazing. And I know that following books in the Monk series are better...I just plowed through this one so that I could move on. With hindsight, I wish I had skipped it. I wasted an Audible Credit by purchasing it.
I think the author and the narrator are both gifted...it is just this particular book in the Monk Series that seems so terribly slow and boring. I doubt I'll ever listen to it again.