Although the idea of the book was interesting, it was very poorly written. There was no suspense around the relationships - the inner dialog was simply stupid and far too revealing with no sense of tension, no real build up of affection, and no sense of the strength a woman would actually bring to a relationship. The book was clearly written by a female - which lent a certain creepiness to the male reading - but it read more like what a man would expect a woman to be thinking. This is unfortunate as I think the concept and worldview was interesting and had a lot of potential in the right hands.
Take more time with that inner dialog - this sounded like it was written in a month to hit all the requirements for a romance novel - so that the tension builds slowly - so that the reader actually wonders what will happen next.
Also - stop interrupting every thought with an "and." I imagine in the written book it looked something like "and ---" followed by a quote. That is certainly the way it sounded.
As I listened, I fbegan to feel there was something wrong with a male voice vocalizing the sex thoughts of a woman - at least the way this book was written. The author had a habit of interrupting a thought line with a conjunction ("and" or "but") which the reade would follow with a pause - after the fifteenth time it was like fingernails on a blackboard and just served to emphasize the writing.
Irritation. I quit halfway. I marked it as finished - I couldn't even listen to the whole final chapter to find out what happened.
I won't be buying anything else in the series.
The person narrating clearly made a choice to use a very flat affect for the main character. There were hints of inflection for some of the other characters but I only lasted about 4 or 5 chapters. The story sounded like it might be interesting but I was enormously irritated by the voice of the main character - which made her seem weak and stupid. I have no idea if she quit being so clearly unprepared and disagreeable. With another vocal approach, she might have seemed justifiably put upon and tough, but this just didn't work.
I am not sure - she obviously chose this narration and it was horrible.
Any amount of inflection would have helped.
It seemed like the world and concept had potential. I just couldn't stick it out.
I love this series - enough to buy all 3 and wait with anticipation for the 4th. Mr. Aaronovitch continues where he left off in Book 1 with a good mystery and the continuing story of Lesley. Unlike some authors, his 2nd book actually fulfills the promise of the 1st. The characters develop and become more complex.
When Peter grapples with what has happened to his friend Lesley - and when she finds a reason to hope - I was right there with them.
I had not heard of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith before this series, but I plan on finding other performances.
Investigating a London murder may never be the same again.
I have recommended this book and its sequels to a number of friends. It is so great to read really good writing and the actor does an excellent job of voicing the characters. This is the first audio book where I would actually back up to avoid missing a single word.
I kept thinking I knew where things were heading only to be surprised when we took a turn in another direction. In addition, I kept learning about London and its environs. I found I wanted more (hence my marathon with the 2 sequels).
His voice is rich, the accents intriguing, and the characterizations so distinct, the plot just raced along. I could listen to him for hours. I particularly liked how his women characters came across. Often men reading women's voices do funny vocal gymnastics - Kobna simply makes each character distinct.
The writing alone would make this worth owning. Add in a masterful job of narration and this is the best audio book I have "read" in ages.
Ms Hathaway did a lovely job & it was good to listen to the original story.
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