No. I generally don't listen to books again for quite some time but this would not be one. The narrator, especially the very uneven volume levels, the screaming Kate and the overloud Sandy completely spoiled my enjoyment of the book. Books should be read, not considered a 'performance'
Very disappointing and contrived.
Jane McDowell read the early Galloway and she was excellent. I won't buy any more as long as Clare Corbett is the reader
For goodness sake read the book and don't do the accents.
The narrator was fine with the female characters but did a terrible job with the male characters.
I hate to say this -- I resist saying this as often as possible - but the narration here for any character other than Ruth is horrible. Children should not necessarily be depicted as cartoon characters and worse, men should not be voiced as childrens' teddy bears in a fake gruff voice. Every scene including a male character is ruined.
Please see above.
I still enjoyed this book in the series, but I agree with other reviewers that stated that the narration was distracting. I was so disappointed in the sonorous, droning tone bestowed on Cathbad, who in previous versions was an Irishman, that I almost couldn't follow the story at first.
Also, when performing the children's voices the narrator because loud and piercing in order to maker her voice sound 'childlike.'
By the next book in this series that is read by the same narrator I became a bit more used to it, but still missed the other narrator.
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 story was about as well written as the previous entries in the series. Unfortunately the amateurish narration ruined this and the subsequent entry I've read, The Outcast Dead. Clare Corbett renders all of the characters' voices, especially those of children and males, as unbearable caricatures of over-emoted stereotypes. I struggled through the entirety of The Dying Fall in an effort to continue the series, and because I hoped that possibly Clare Corbett's narration would improve in later volumes. That didn't happen. Her narration in The Outcast Dead was so poorly done that I couldn't finish the book.
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A brain dead question. Jane McDowell or someone with her talent should have been been hired as narrator. The publishers either couldn't or wouldn't do that, for the usual reasons that they give when explaining their failures and collecting their bonuses.
I think it needs a replacement with a new narrator, not just a follow-up. The previously published follow-ups narrated by Clare Corbett should also be re-released with a different narrator. Ideally, Jane McDowell should be that different narrator.
I am applying for refunds for The Dying Fall and the Outcast Dead. I will not be listening to The Ghost Fields unless the narrator is changed.As of this date, 05/06/2016, the latest entry, The Woman in Blue, is available on Amazon in print and Kindle editions only. If an audiobook version is released, I hope that the narrator is not Clare Corbett. Otherwise, I'm through with this series.
The performance was awful. The narrator's attempts to voice the characters was torturous.
A Maisie Dobbs book from the library.
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 must remember that Elly Griffiths likes to write in the present tense and I dont like listening to stories written in the present tense. Whilst the story was interesting enough I found that the tense grated on me and I spent more time listening for that than I did for the plotlines. Shame, the premise is good, the locations mean something to me but I wont be getting any more.
it's so good to kearn more about these characters. the motivation for the murders is timely, if a bit strained. interesting story, lots of good history and archaeology.