I loved this. I have read and listened to a great deal of Rendell, and this one struck me as special, due in no small part to the 1st person flashback perspective. Jill Tanner is terrific; I am not always keen on female narrators, but she has the perfect voice for this narrative.
The feeling that it gave me.
The one with the dogs.
Yes! But it was too long to do so!
I would. I love Patrick Tull's voice, and for some reason the density of Hardy translates really well to audio (especially with such a gifted narrator). I think I appreciate Hardy's long descriptions of setting much more than I would when reading, given that our modern tastes are a little more sparing.
The forehead slapping decisions of the two sets of couples. And when the young boy is gambling.
I have listened to his version of Dickens' Hard Times, which is why I bought this edition. I love, love, love his voice. He has such skill with women, especially. Dickens has a wider variety of characters than Hardy, so Dickens was, in that respect, more fun. But man oh man, when Eustacia is lamenting her scourging, I really felt like I was listening to *her* and not Tull at all.
When the Reddleman wins back the guineas. And when Eustacia hears the "frog" on the second 5th of November.
I think that classics like this one are really done a wonderful service with such careful and artful narration. Even as a literature lover, I simply don't have the time to sit down and really immerse myself in a book like this, but when I enjoy it this way, I get to savor it while doing all sorts of other things.
What can I say. Fantastic. Such wonderful narration, so fun to hear a little Conan Doyle outside the normal Sherlock territory.
There are some Gothic Tales of Horror compilations, and one about Classic Crime Short Stories that are rather in the same vein. Creepy, great, fun.
Oh gosh, when Douglas Stone realizes what he's done in "The Case of Lady Sannox"! Come ON! Worth every penny!
The narrator and the story. Both were absolutely wonderful. It's Ruth Rendell in her "crazy intertwined neighborhood" mode.
Yes! As Alexander Gibbons sorted things out, things definitely got more and more interesting. And the twist with the strong box and the perfume counter were genius.
Freddy Perfect and Suzanne/Zenab's mother. Freddy Perfect was absolutely amazing.
"What do you know about your upstairs neighbor?"
I'm an unabashed Rendell fan, so I give this 5 stars all around.
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