As always, Elizabeth George delivers a mystery filled with complex and well-drawn characters. The story unfolds gradually and from many perspectives - just like life. Her tale is told in great detail and allows the reader to live inside it. This can be uncomfortable at times, particularly in the story thread in this book concerning the horrible murder of a young child. However, Even here, Ms. George delivers a degree of moral ambiguity. I enjoyed the many hours I spent inside this story. The narrator was its perfect voice.
Yes, I sure will! I love the characters--Barbara, Lynley, all of them!
When poor Barbara had to go shopping!
I would recommend ANY of George's books--but this one was really great on a pile of great books!
This is a complex, interesting and ultimately very satisfying tale. It's well written and well read. That it's so long is a big plus.
Audible lets me listen to books I probably wouldn't read
For me the narrator completely ruined this reading. His background voice has a nasal Birmingham twang to my ears,which has no place in a London based book and was completely distracting. His female voices are awful and irritating. I am spoiled by the TV series in which Linley and Havers are played to perfection. I would not read another Linley narrated by this reader.
Lots of suspects and subplots trying to lead you astray
As usual great performance with different voices for each of the characters.
Had difficulty putting it down; wanted to continue
You may want to listen to it again in fast speed to put it together after you know the ending.
great character development
good performance by the reader
minor thing, but the producer chose the worst and most menacing music, which really doesn't translate well to the few places it is heard. Ignore the music at the end- terrible placement and not relevant to what is actually happening.
Tantalizing, suspenseful mystery
Two stories side-by-side that became one ending
Narrator had no inflections in voice to such an extent that he put me to sleep!!!
Neither one but did have empathy for the prime character who tried to make a success of his life and never succeeded due to surrounding circumstances and people.
Better read than audio
This is my first Elizabeth George novel. The best thing about it, I thought (and I enjoyed the book a great deal), was the opportunity to go from mind to mind of the characters. I think George does a great job of integrating varying points of view and finding a balance between a novel that is driven by the plot (as is the genre of mystery) and involved in the reactions and thoughts of the characters. It's not particularly difficult to conjecture the "bad guy" but that seems to be ok with the author and was ok with me. The turns of the plot are not spoiled by having a sense of "who done it." There are enough hidden detail to make the who less compelling than the how. The book is well narrated and well paced. Good read.
I wonder if they are all this good. She builds a complex, multi-track mystery and pulls it all together very plausibly in the end. Like other reviewers I don't want to disclose too much about that. The surprises are a plus. George writes well, develops characters one cares about and it has made me want to read more of her books. Unfortunately Audible has few, and some are abridged. I wouldn't want to read an abridged version because I like the detail and character development.
John Lee is a favorite of mine and once again he does a good job. This may not have been the perfect book for his voice, but I'm so used to it, I just settle down with an old friend and let him read to me.
Beautifully written and read, the kind of audiobook that makes you miss your subway stop. Full of memorable set pieces and psychologically rich characters. My only disappointment is that I am not seeing any other Lynley novels: please put them all on audio!