Never felt the need to listen to a book of this sort again. They are mysteries and once the mystery is solved, I'm anxiously awaiting the next book. Enjoy every minute I am listening though.
Inspector Lynnly is more like himself after the death of his wife. He is thoughtful throughout the investigation and tries as usual to guide Deborah St. James and she as usual blunders along and reeks havoc. She is like a rock in your shoe to me but her character moves the story along, but if she fell in a sand trap, I wouldn't miss her. Story has plenty of Barbara Havers time. She is really my favorite character. As usual, the story left us with a cliff hanger so I hope the next book is well on the way. Miss George writes well and has real, well developed characters.
She is always a favorite. I am never disappointed by her. She takes me to each character with her voice. She is so good that I am never distracted by her just enthralled.
Just my usual dislike of the ever emotional, but never rational Deborah. I don't like her and her behavior causes others great pain.
Just ,if Ms George reads these, thanks for your talent and write faster. My heart goes out to Barbara,
I would make fewer story lines and develop the new characters more fully.
I usually love her books, but this one was so convoluted that is was tough to finish.
I always enjoy Barbara Havers scenes with Inspector Lynley. Those kept me going.
Having read all of Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley novels, I'm always pleased to receive a new one. I didn't appreciate the narrator and found her attempts to differentiate between voices unsatisfying. I believe I'll stick to printed matter for this author in the future. The final plot twist was a surprise but not nearly as interesting as "Missing Joseph," nor was the story as captivating as "In the Presence of the Enemy." Bottom line, perhaps I set my standards too high for future novels based on the truly remarkable body of work she has produced in the past. The death of Lynley's wife, Helen, marked the shift in storytelling that has left me dissatisfied. The stories suffer from a lack of witty conversation, and Deborah without Helen becomes more of a childish and immature figure. Overall, Ms. George is head and shoulders above most mystery writers even when she has not produced her best work, and her novels are certainly worth taking the time; however, my joy in following the details of the lives of her characters has diminished.
This book continues the lives of George's enjoyable characters of the London CID. As in the other books, Barbara Havers steals the show. In this long and complex tale, themes of sexual confusion and infertility are everywhere. It' s a page turner for your ears!
The narration is excellent, with the flexible voice of Davinia Porter taking all the diverse parts with authority.
It's long, and soap opera-y, but enjoyable. Cut it?? Never!!
Fdyes because it was interesting but I would rate it as average.
Yes,dc as because she is entertaining to read.
No but I really liked to listen to her
It was just what I would expect from Elizabeth George - delectable. Wonderful, complex characters you've come to know and love. Intriguing multiple storylines. (Audible, PLEASE offer more of this author's UNABRIDGED past works.) And Davina Porter's narration, as always, is perfect.
Ms George is an excellent writer and usually I am enthralled by her books, but the overwhelming and annoying presence of Deborah St James ruined this book for me.
Her personal obsession with becoming pregnant was allowed to become part of and, in fact, influenced the case.
Worse, in my opinion, the author allowed the character to escape full responsibility for the chaos and death she caused. The characters that surround her, usually intelligent and compassionate, made excuses for her selfishness and stupidity and never allowed her to face the depth of damage done by her interference.
It is possible that Ms. Porter is responsible for some of this impression as Deborah St. James's voice is relentlessly self-pitying and coyly theatrical.
Oh, how I wish Mrs. St. James had been visiting and opened the door on the day of Lady
Helen's unfortunate demise.
Yes. A set of scenarios about different characters that were interesting and in the quality that Elizabeth George writes.
Any of her other books.
Good clear voice. Intonation was good.
I liked it. Even though you're left hanging it was still good. I wish Havers was in more of it as she is my favorite.
I have been a longtime Elizabeth George fan and have read every one of her books. They can sometimes be tough to get through, so I wondered at Davina Porter's narration, but her performance was wonderful. George's characters, always so layered and unique, shine through in this audiobook...but the story! A barely-there excuse for the ever-crush worthy and luscious Lynley to waste his multitude of talents. Is there a crime? Isn't there a crime? (And at some point: Who cares if there's a crime?) I have to admit, I felt a little insulted. It just isn't a very smart plot. Also if you hated Deborah St. James before (really...couldn't George have killed HER off instead of Helen?) you will find her especially grating in this book.
But, here's the rub, if you are a Lynley fan you are probably going to get this book. I keep giving George just one more chance based on the genius of her earlier books in this series. Her characters really feel like old friends and her descriptions of London and small town England are always spot on. I feel comfortable with her novels. But maybe that's the problem. Her books have become cozy. They used to be intense and intelligent. They challenged me. I used to say I loved reading Elizabeth George because I always felt she was smarter than me. But sadly with this book I am brought one step closer to walking away from her future books and just revert to re-reading her older ones. In fact, if you have never read Elizabeth George, please don't start with this book! Come on, Elizabeth George, it's time to knock another one out of the park in the Lynley mystery series.
As a new Audible customer, I caution readers of this review to keep that in mind. I have always READ, not listened to books, but am giving listening a try, for the car, and for long walks. I've read just about everything Elizabeth George has written, and looked forward to her new one. Must say I am disappointed, and not sure whether it is the writing or the listening experience. Davina Porter falls flat to me when she emulates the male characters, and there are many, with a whole host of different accents. The book jumps around a lot, to different places and different subplots. Many characters, families, and relationships. There are, of course, the regulars - Lynley and Havers, the St. James', but a also host of others and I find myself getting confused more than I used to, and not being able to go back through the pages to refresh my memory.
I've picked a less complex novel for my second "read" and will better be able to separate my issues.