I'm listening to all of the DCI Banks books by Peter Robinson, in order, of course. The abrupt change in narrators has me a bit baffled. James Langton gave commendable performances, ably adapting through accents and genders and the author's descriptions of the characters. He was perfect. Then I am shocked to hear this shrill, daft narration of this book. The characterizations are horrible. He makes the characters wholly unlikable ... caricatures of themselves and out of sync with the author's descriptions. Everything is like Stewie Griffin is reading this book to me. It's totally distracting. Horrible choice.
I chose this series by searching for books narrated by Simon Prebble, who narrates the later books in the Banks series. Prebble is one of my favorites. However, I then thought I should start at the beginning, but this narrator made me want to stop before the end of the first chapter. I will read the earlier books in the series and go to Simon Prebble for the later ones.
I fail to understand the positive ratings that this book has been receiving. There's little to no mystery involved. We learn all the facts of the case in linear fashion from the diary of one of the main characters. The narrative is buried amongst hours of pointless detail, mechanical descriptions and extraneous one-dimensional characters. To make matters worse, the reader's voice and annunciation makes the whole thing come off as if it's being read by a prissy spinster aunt. Avoid!
This is the first review I've written. This is also the first audio book I've had to stop listening to part way through. Not sure if the entire problem was the story, or perhaps more so the narrator ~ or the combination of both. I had big hopes for this book with it's good reviews and the many good things I had heard about this author. And I gave it a good try ~ but after investing SIX HOURS in listening I finally wrote this one off as a credit lost. What a shame!
Good story, I found the inspector Banks series after seeing the TV show so it was nice to see DS Cabbot introduced and her role here was more natural than in the TV show.
Absolutely. After listening to all the previous books in the series narrated by James Langton this was a disappointment. Ron Keith's voice takes on a weird tone during all dialog (male and female) that just irritates. His normal reading is fine but then he "gets into character" giving the characters not just an accent but a weird tone of voice that is difficult to pin down. Condescending is the only word that comes close to describing what it sounded like to me.
good book, wish they would redo the whole series with James Langton.
Mystery to the end
Ron Keith is a particular favorite of mine I and I originally chose the book on his merits. The book turned out to be a winner. I found out years ago the listening to a book being read was a far better experience than reading. While reading is a pleasure of mine, listening provides many nuances lost when reading.
I would have but I have the Ipod in my car for use while driving.
How much time should a listener contribute to a so called "mystery" novel going no where? I gave it 6 hours...what a fool. It didn't go anywhere, and that was evident in the first 20 minutes.
I have listened to 5 or 6 hours of this book, and I am not interested enough to go on with it. I agree with others who have referred to the endless side stories. I may go back and finish it later just to make sure I am right about what I think I have figured out about the conclusion.
I did not like listening to the narrator, and the story really seems to drag along without much significant action.
Not far enough into the story to have that answer
Glad I only spent $5 on this book. I hope the rest of the $5 purchases I made are going to be better!