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  • The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken: Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (198)

    When the elderly father of a top Pakistani cricketer playing in the multi-million-dollar Indian Premier League dies during a post-match dinner, it’s not a simple case of Delhi Belly. His butter chicken has been poisoned. To solve the case, Puri must penetrate the region’s organized crime, following a trail that leads deep into Pakistan - the country in which many members of the P.I.’s family were massacred during the 1947 partition of India. The last piece of the puzzle, however, turns up closer to home when Puri learns of the one person who can identify the killer. Unfortunately it is the one woman in the world with whom he has sworn never to work: his Mummy-ji.

    Maine Colonial says: "Delightful Delhi detective (see recipe too)"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommend. The story is well-written; from all that I can tell it is very authentic. It is a top-notch story that also gives an inside view of contemporary Indian life. The reader was beyond great. The characters are great - I have read the three Vish Puri books and can't wait for the next.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken?

    The denouement when All Is Revealed.


    What about Sam Dastor’s performance did you like?

    His acting brought the book to life. The accents were authentic, distinguishable, and consistent. He is one of the best readers I've ever had the pleasure to listen to and was exactly right for this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Great writing, great characters, great setting, great acting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1259)
    Performance
    (1136)
    Story
    (1135)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "The story doesn't disappoint"
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    Story
    Would you listen to How the Light Gets In again? Why?

    I have read several of the Inspector Gamache stories and enjoyed them all. This was very intense and revived my interest in the series.It was tightly plotted and there were surprises along the way. It had the feeling of tying up loose ends, but still left hope that Louise Penny would continue the series, perhaps in a new direction. I don't think I would listen to it again, but I might borrow it from the library and read it.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ralph Cosham?

    I think Mr. Cosham has a good voice for the main character, Inspector Gamache. However, there were other things that interfered with my enjoyment of the story. He often sounds like he has a mouth full of mashed potatoes. Because he reads "cold", (doesn't pre-read the material), he makes virtually no vocal distinction between characters. He also barely pauses from one section to the next, so it often took me a second to realize that the action had jumped from Three Pines to Montreal, or whatever. His pronunciation of French is pretty standard for an English person, but it really bothered me when he pronounced the name of famous hockey player Rocket Richard in the English way, rather than the French "RishARD". By the end of the book his reading was beginning to interfere with my enjoyment of the story. He seems to regard this cold reading as a benefit, because he is discovering the story along with the listener. I think a better prepared performance would have been more enjoyable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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