I am listening too this series in order and have to say the story and characters are outstanding. The new narrator is not as good as original. I am enjoying the series.
I enjoyed the story of this case and the conflict that the tough hard headed Abe has to resolve in order to get to the truth of his daughter's murder. There were a few glitches in the narration where lines were repeated which made me think I was going a little mad the first time.
As is my habit, when an author I like comes out with a new title, I go back and start from the beginning and listen to ALL of his books before listenting to the new book. As i went through the Dismas Hardy books this time, I wondered why I didn't have The Oath, The First Law or The Hearing in my library. I purchased and downloaded all 3 WITHOUT rereading the reviews. Then I found out why I had NOT purchased them previously. This is one of the all-time worse narrators every to record a book. It's even more horrible because a couple of these are key book in the series. He actually does a lisping detective (REALLY?!!) What purpose does that serve. Hardy's voice read by Lawrence is nasal and whiny. I can't begin to express how difficult it was to listen to these. BEWARE!
It wasn't a problem with the book. It was a problem with the reader.
I will look for Mr. Lawrence's name and not get that book.
This is the first Dismas Hardy book I’ve read, so I have no comparison with the other narrator – the narration seeming to be the biggest knock against this title. For me the narration was excellent; clear, concise and easily understood – with enough different inflections and intonations for each character making it easy to follow whose speaking. The best part for me was the fast pacing of the narration – too often I wish I could speed up a recording but not in this case.
The book had enough different characters, twists, turns and sub-plots to keep it interesting but not so many you got lost. I especially liked how the ending pulled all the pieces together into a very satisfying conclusion. If you are a Dismas Hardy fan – as I now am – I suspect you will enjoy the book. There is certainly enough of a sample to decide if the narrator works for you. . I felt both my time and credits were well spent with this title!