I've loved listening to this series, but I was dismayed to hear the new narrator. Jane McDowell was FAR superior. Clare Corbett's female characters are fine, but her male characters sound more like caricatures of what "men" sound like. Ugh. If I didn't love the series so much, I'd stop listening to this one.
The performance was awful. The narrator's attempts to voice the characters was torturous.
A Maisie Dobbs book from the library.
I would edit out about 50% of Ruth's infernal, internal discussions. They are endless and silly for a woman who is supposed to be intelligent and sure of herself, and successful in her chosen field. These internal dialogues no longer make sense to me on an emotional level, or on an intellectual level, either. I want her to get over herself and get on with it. I would be less harsh if I hadn't liked her so much in the first book or two.
I think this is the worst of the lot. I really liked number 1, enjoyed number 2, yawned through three and could barely finish number 4. Success isn't always a great thing for an author, I have decided. At least for that author's 'work'.
I really don't like this narrator. The only voice I liked was Ruth's. I hated (!) Harry's voice...in fact all the men were badly served, I think.
It would be a great TV series and it almost feels that is what Elly Griffiths is fishing around for. I wouldn't watch it, but it would probably be popular enough. It would have to be British actors and they are all so wonderful that I would thinking finding the right people would be fairly easy.
I was just disappointed. Now I don't know if I want to listen to any more of these. I'm taking a break for now.
As was true with the previous four books in the series, the story is great! The characters are diverse and compelling.
The narrator's voice for Cathbad makes him sound like an old cigarette smoking drag queen. And her voice for Kate, particularly when she is calling out is ear piercing! I was not thirty minutes into the story before I had called my partner to ask about the narrator change. He completely agreed it was horrible, so much so that we both debated buying the sixth book because it was again narragted by Clare Corbett!
Miserable voice for Cathbad and a voice so irritating for the two year old Kate that I could not listen with earphones on because the volumn would hurt my ears if she did kate and I could not hear the other voices if I adjusted to a Kate acceptable level.
NOT read by Clare Corbett...
I liked Jane McDowell's narration in "The Janus Stone" and I have liked Clare Corbett in recent Ruth Galloway series. Ms. Corbett does a good job with the female voice's however her male ones get a bit mixed up and the voice of Kate, Ruth's small daughter is like listening to NAILS on a CHALKBOARD! I have shut this book off twice because of this child's voice. Just horrible and jolting. I don't want screeching or loud noises in any audio book I listen to. I have returned audio books that have gun shot sounds, phone ringing sounds etc. Not necessary. When I read books my brain does not create these sounds so PLEASE don't put them in the audio version.
Only Jack Reacher (Lee Child) can keep me on the edge of my seat and even his latest wasn't seat edging material.
Child's voice awful!
I will finish this audio book and yes buy another because I really like "Ruth Galloway" so keep up the good work Elly Griffiths.
Bring back Jane McDowell or find another native English speaker who doesn't find it necessary to create cartoon voices for a classic English mystery. I enjoy Ruth Galloway and her band of quirky characters as long as the narrator is not trying too hard.
The story is ok. I am tempted to read the earlier books just to find out how Nelson and Ruth ended up having a child together when he appears to love his wife so much. But, I doubt if I will. The story was just not that compelling.
What I will do is look for other books narrated by CC. She does amazing things with her voices. At one point I thought perhaps it was a real child doing the voice of Kate, Ruth's 2 y.o. daughter. She gives a different voice to each character, so much so that I imagine I can see them in my head.