I haven't been listening to audible books for very long, although I have always been a voracious reader. When I travel I find listening is a wonderful way to spend the time. it is easy to tell if a story is a good one by whether I have to fight off sleep on a long drive. This story is good enough that I have continued listening even when I got home.
Mysteries are very engaging, but this one is a story about people, not just action. The personalities are well drawn and sympathetic. The plot, aside from the murder mystery, is a good story on its own.
The thing about audible books is the narrator being so important. I am finding that certain things bother me and also, what I like about a certain reader. This reader has a lovely voice from somewhere in the British Isles. He speaks with a low melodic voice that is wonderful for story telling. What I do not like is the way he does female voices. He makes the women sound "prissy." It must be easier for woman to do a man's voice than the other way around. It is a bit difficult to take a female character seriously when the voice sounds like Mrs. Doubtfire.
The performance was good and the book had a compelling story but it got frustrating mid way through. The narrator is a bit of a jerk, there are main plot points that depend on people completely misunderstanding each other, and the conclusion to the main crime was frustrating. There seems to be a major flaw in the way the case proceeds (semi-spoiler)- if the body of a murdered child is found at an archeological dig- wouldn't the police do a thorough investigation of all the supporting buildings straight-away?
Hearing obviously Irish slang in a British accent was jarring. Otherwise a really terrific read.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
I liked all aspects of this book: characters, procedure, relationships. The main character is not really likeable, but I found that to be realistic and added to the story. Very well done and surprisingly enjoyable to listen to.
If I wanted "reality" where there is no resolution to mysteries, I wouldn't read books or listen to audiobooks. I would read the newspaper or watch the news. It was well written, well read by the narrator. However, not the kind of book for me. If you are aggravated by an author teasing you with the resolution and then leaves you without answers, this is not the book for you. Unfortunately, I will not continue with the series.
Compelling story with a main character one wants to shake. Excellent narrator for main voice though I wish he could have done Irish accents for the others.
Loved the intrigue without any porno stops
I enjoy the puzzle and the surprise finish. Flashbacks added to the blanks.