I would recommend this book to a friend. It's a wonderful listen...enough to keep you pleasantly interested but still relaxed.
Agatha Christie or Dorothy Sayers
Cumberbatch's performance supported the story. His charcters were recognizabeth without being cartoons. Emotions and attitutes were there without being distracting.
I'm not a fan of Ngaio Marsh but I was drawn to this audio book because of Benedict Cumberbatch. Normally, I avoid abridged editions altogether. The story was alright, but nothing to write home about.
Cumberbatch really is a one-man band in this performance, doing a multiplicity of roles and voices.But I can listen to him read anything, really. He's that good.
I listened to this book in one sitting and was pretty disappointed when it was all over.
Enjoyed the mystery very much. The narrator was very good. Thought the shortened version well done and just the right length to spend the afternoon listening.
The book, even though abridged, was of course superbly written. The best moments were the conversations between inspector Allyn and his mother.
Benedict Cumberbatch is beyond superb in his narration. Please, please, more of him reading Ngaio Marsh unabridged.
No, I would not. I was very disappointed in the narration...I expected more from Benedict Cumberbatch. Nagio Marsh, along with Josephine Tey, is on my list of really gifted women mystery writers who have been rather overlooked. I have read "Artists in Crime" many times and this version is like listening a Cliff Notes synopsis. A better narration could have made this much ore interesting.
i have been reading her books since I was a teenager. I wouldn't, however, read or listen to an abridged version.
He turned in a lifeless performance. His voice was bland, monotonous and flat.
Please do not judge Nagio Marsh's work by this particular audiobook. Either read the print versions or choose another unabridged title with a better narrator.
Everything. I would start with this one if you want to "read" the Inspector Alleyn series: it comes before A Man Lay Dead and Death in a White Tie. The dialogue is sparkling and the narrator really knows his craft. Even the plot of the murder is well-done. I had several theories about the murderer but in the end I was surprised by who it was.
I loved hearing the language of the time, especially spoken by someone as talented as the narrator. "Oh dear me, what a bore."
I rather like the descriptions of Alleyn's attraction to the artist Troy in this book, without giving too much away. It doesn't weigh down the crime plot at all.
Agatha Christie, I suppose. I haven't read a ton of mysteries, and have only seen some in adaptations, so I'm not as qualified to answer this.
What really bugs me about other mysteries (and of course TV and movie mysteries) is the detectives often skip the obvious legwork real policemen would do, and Marsh adds this immediately. (for example, checking for fingerprints, tire tracks, alibis, etc. And the detective asks the right questions. It's delicately interwoven into the story so you don't feel like the author is beating you over the head with foreshadowing, just doing his job properly.
I liked this one doubly because not only was there an interesting cast of well-fleshed-out characters, the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch had a distinct voice for each (my favorite was a thoughtful, world-weary one Alleyn had) really made it worth getting in audio form.
Well...his voice for American women is a little laughable (more so in Death in a White Tie)...but he's perfect with the others and the American women don't figure much into the stories, so I forgive him. He can do Australian and cockney accents, as well as a charming RP.
Death Imitates Art
If Benedict Cumberbatch ever tires of movies, the stage, and voiceover work, he seems to have the ear for direction. His pacing was spot on -- as others have said, it was like watching a dramatization. I've listened to it several times already, something I don't usually desire when it comes to a mystery.
I am probably not the most reliable reviewer for this book as I would pay good money to listen to Benedict Cumberbatch reading from the Hoboken telephone directory. He just has a wonderful voice and uses it to great advantage voicing all sorts of characters in this classic mystery.
Yes, it is abridged, but a little Ben is better than none at all.
The story is well-plotted and full of interesting and eccentric arty types. This is the book where Alleyn first meets Troy, so it has that to recommend it, as well.
Yes, It is exciting and the characters are very interesting.
Not really but it did keep me wondering who did it. It was a surprise at who did it.
The characters all had some grudge against each other
When Inspector Alleyn meets Troy and says her painting is perfect the way it is and not to spoil it.
Not sure I could do it in one sitting.
Good plot, kept moving along and changing directions which makes it interesting. and meeting the new character the Reporter and of course Inspector Fox