This was a great intricate detective story in an exotic setting. I believe that I learned much about the atmosphere in that Southern African part of the continent. Learning about a locale that I previously had very little knowledge about is one of the criteria that I use in choosing a book. The characterizations were extremely well-done. I really wish that I knew a character such as Kubu and his family in real life. We would get along very well.
Often, a novel will come to a conclusion very abruptly, as though there was a publisher's timetable that had to be met. Everything is summed up in a paragraph or two. Here, there was no indication of that. The story was very nicely concluded and did not lead to a
Obviously, it was the 1st character Kubu (Hippopotamus) the detective, and also his wife. They were people that I would really like to know and call friends in real life. I even liked their dog.
This is my first experience with Simon Prebble and I thought he did an exceptional job in distinguishing between the various characters and their accents. He did a very good job with his interpretations.
Unfortunately, I really do not have time to listen to any book in one sitting. But, in this case, I found that I put off a number of pressing things in order to finish the book. I have no regrets in that regard, as it was very well-rewarded.
This would make for a great movie. But, I am not sure that there is anyone in Hollywood that would be up to it, without destroying it.
The other authors that I have liked for much for the same reasons as for this novel are:
Amitov Ghosh, Bryce Courtenay, and Patrick O'Brian. The books that I have read by them are not
I purchased Carrion Death during a Audible sale and it has been sitting in my "to listen" folder for many months. I recently went looking through the folder to find titles I had not listened to and found Carrion Death. It is a delightful, intriguing, and fascinating mystery. The character of Detective Kubu is a delight as an intelligent investigator who loves food, wine and opera. The narration is excellent and the portrait of southern region of Africa is fascinating and beautifully painted by Mr. Stanley. I look forward my next listen and it will not months before my next encounter with Det. Kubu.
Book okay but too long. Good story line but language & sex unnecessary. Entertaining at times. Able to figure out ending too early. NOT as good as No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.
This book is truly remarkable. It has the most incredibly complex and interesting plot that I have ever come across while reading detective mysteries. It is extremely well written, and extremely well read. It is actually fine literature, and a superb book to listen to.
english mystery fan
I've been purchasing audio books for many years and I have to say this was the most disappointing mystery/procedural I've ever heard. The book got good reviews but there are major flaws. There is no suspense or mystery to the book - it unfolds, slowly answers are obtained, and then it goes on and on before petering out at the end. I've always stuck with audiobooks giving them a chance to entertain but this one got worse and it progressed until I couldn't wait for it to end. Very disappointed.
Listening to "A Carrion Death," I couldn't help thinking about Alexander McCall Smith's "Number One Ladies Detective Agency" series, only because both stories are set in Botswana, by authors who know the country and the people well. Of course, little else links the two stories, since "A Carrion Death" deals with an entirely more serious mystery than any of Precious Ramotswe's cases. But, having never before known a thing about Botswana, I appreciated having read Smith's books first. Both authors clearly love the country and her people. Michael Sears and Stanley Raynes Trollip have devised an intriguing, complex mystery story, and written it well. It keeps one riveted to the end. I highly recommend "A Carrion Death" to all mystery lovers. I had never heard of this audiobook before I purchased it from Audible.com; but when I saw that it is read by the wonderful Simon Prebble I couldn't resist it. Simon Prebble has a beautiful, smooth, versatile voice that can assume any timbre and accent to delineate any number of characters. All by himself he creates a whole cast of actors -- good guys, bad guys, males, and females -- along with all their emotional and motivational subtleties. Listen to this book. While it may not have the perfect resolution, it none-the-less repays your time.