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.
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.
I have so enjoyed the Ruth Galloway books! Such a great story line with wonderful character development and always a surprise..
A nice addition to the series--I love the main character, Ruth--and the location, which is another "character" in the stories.
However the narration has been consistently horrid. Jane McDowell's strident, grating voice would leave me clenching my teeth after only a few moments of listening. However, Clare Corbett is worse--but in a different way. She has a pleasant enough voice, easy to listen to, until she attempts to do a male voice. At first I thought I was hallucinating--no WAY her clownish male characterizations would have been permitted. Wrong.
C'mon people--will somebody please just LISTEN to these performances before inflicting them on the paying customers?
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.
On the whole, I enjoyed this but not as much as the earlier books in the series. Make voices were pretty awful, especially Nelson and Sandy, and that was a big negative. Also, the solution to the mystery seemed contrived and didn't hang together that well. The reader did well with female voices and general narrative tough and I enjoy the characters. May have to read the next book, as not sure I can listen to the same narrator again.
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.