Narrative makes the world go round.
a propos nothing, she said heavy-handedly, as it were...
Listening to this, I suspect the prose will be better in future instalments - Malliet has other novels under her belt. And the humour in this village cozy-spoof warrants a download of the next novel in the series. If, however, you're choosing between print and audio format for this first Max Tutor outing, I think print would be better: Narration draws attention to the wordiness.
Page is not a favourite narrator with me, but he is OK here, and he gets the tone just right for this one, including the inside-cozy jokes.
I am a huge fan of G.M. Malliet. I would definitely try another book. Have greatly enjoyed the ones I have read.
Totally switched. Falling Glass. Adrian McKinty. Gerard Doyle a perfect voice for the story.
He has a lovely voice, just not suitable for this book. Lovely and too plummy! Seems to miss highlights of humor which this author is good at.
Not sure the main character is interesting enough.
I am sorry that the initial book on Audible from this author is a disappointment. I am a fan of her other books and am hoping that there will be more on Audible. A more suitable performer who could emphasize the humor and the spitefulness of some of her characters would be recommended.
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
Wicked Autumn is a lovely British cozy mystery, set in a small village with interesting, eccentric characters, with a rather novel sleuth -- an ex MI-5 agent who is now an Anglican priest. The characters are engaging, the plot keeps you interested, and you do really care about these people.
It is so nice to see a new writer of the cozy mystery. May she write many, many more.
Michael Page, as usual, does a smashing job as narrator.
Retired bookkeeper, married, Mom of 2, two granddaughters. Love cozy mysteries.
Listened to 3.5 hours. One F-bomb in the beginning - I excused it, thinking "maybe it's the only one", and continued on, but no, I was wrong. I really didn't care for the story anyway. Gave up.
I had to hear it several times. The narrator's voice made it hard to focus on the story.
No. Story was filled with way to much irrelevant details and Page was often hard to understand.
Thick and hard to understand at times.
I really wanted to like this book and enjoyed the first several chapters where the cast of characters was introduced, and was intrigued by the idea of Max Tudor. Unfortunately, the mystery grew a bit tedious and Max's backstory wasn't as interesting as I'd hoped. The resolution was anticlimactic and there were some plot flaws that grated. The narration was okay but I felt the voice of Max should have been more smooth and charming and less pinched. He sounded a bit peevish at times.
Average mystery full of cliches and stereotypes. Good listening for a relaxing commute after a tough day at the office.
Silly premise of a former international undercover agent turned priest because of something terrible that happened while on the job.
Overall an acceptable listen, albeit quite simple.
I'll admit I'm skeptical when choosing an audible, if it will be interesting enough to keep my attention while I'm distracted, working. This one does. The descriptions are so clear and humorous, that you can actually "see" what he is talking about. The cast of characters, though there are several, in this small English village, are easily identifiable by the narrators distinctly different voices, and the authors humorous descriptions of each person. I never guessed "whondunnit'" until the end, which pleasantly, wasn't the end, at all. There was a full epilogue to follow. I ordered the next book, now confidently, because I have no reason to think it won't be just as fun.
Say something about yourself!
There's a very good reason this book has a cast of characters at the beginning. There are a ton of them and many of the women's names are hard to keep straight. Also, though he did a nice job, I found the narrator a bit high-fallutin' for this particular series.
Even so, I really have enjoyed the first two books in this series and plan to continue.
Father Max is a wonderful lead and his little village is full of colorful characters.