On the author's part: tighter editing to remove repetition and move the plot forward at faster than a glacier's pace; showing Monk's skills instead of just telling about them. On the narrator's part: Greater attention to differentiating character voices, especially during transitions between one character's voice and another.
Yes. I would like to learn more about Monk.
Monk regains a few more memories. Major Tiplady(sp?) and his infatuation with Hester's friend was adorable. Casean's (sp?) plea to his uncle towards the end of the courtroom scene was heartbreaking.
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.
Alice Roberta Matthews (Keith)
I always prefer the Audio version because I can read while working or driving. Sometimes while sleeping although I have to back track alot
The wife and Monk
I love her accent and her different voices. It makes is more realistic
Get a view of the other side of Victorian England!!
I love the way Ms Perry brings out the disrespect the Upper class has for the police dept. I never thought about that before. It seems as if they didn't want the crimes solved as long as their reputations were protected.
Love this series. Wish it was all on audible. And wish Davina was the narrator for all of them. Her narration is what captured me.
I've noticed the series has really become Hester based, and Monk doesnt have as large a role. No problem there. The problem with this book is you figure everything out hours and hours before it ends and just sit through tedium til it finally comes to the conclusion. do yourself a favor and once you've figured it all out fast forward to the last half hour if you bother listening to this one. Oh and the plot is ridiculous for the time period, not that such didnt happen, just that events would have happened differently. However, thats never the problem with these books, though the characters do have a thoroughly modern outlook. FYI you do find out the past lady in Monk's life and what happened with that in this book.
(Oh and mini rant Napoleon wasn't considered short in his age (he was on the tall side of average for a man or solidly average depending on the part of europe the stats are from) and is taller than a great deal of world leaders today. Some measurement conversion problems (french to english) at the time could have lead english people to think him short but no one who saw him (like described in the book) would have thought him a short man.)