As a steadfast fan of both Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth I am always excited to see a new title - and seeing Davina Porter as Narrator once again made me very very happy. But this book feels different. Davina seems to have changed the characters voices from how she has consistently portrayed them in the past. On top of that, M.C. Beaton seems to have changed the character of the characters! James Lacy and Sir Charles seem like different men. Agatha - well, Agatha has lost the personality that most could relate to in one way or another. She wasn't even likable this time around. Perhaps it would have been different if the voices had been the old tried and true... No disrespect to Ms. Porter - she is the best of the best. M.C. Beaton - if you write it, and Davina Porter reads it, I will buy it. Even with the above-mentioned complaints, time spent listening to Agatha (by Beaton/Porter duo) is time well spent!
Davina Porter has portrayed these characters consistently until this recording. Perhaps she has listened to the television program or the books recorded by the actress who portrayed Agatha in the series and has altered her narration to fit - only she can say. Davina Porter is the best of the best and many are drawn to purchases based on her being the narrator alone. In future recordings I hope that she will return to voicing the characters as we have come to know and love them.
Yes. I've listened to it numerous times and will listen many more - just as I have all of M.C. Beaton's books. I wish you would have Davina Porter read "The Wizards of Evesham" and any other Agatha Raisin books which are, so far, only available on audible as recorded by others. I'll keep checking!
I think a lot of fans will agree that if M.C. Beaton writes it, it should be narrated by either Davina Porter or Graeme Malcolm!
Flavia de Luce is one of my all-time-favorite characters. She has matured since the last book, but has retained the qualities that make her such a joy to follow. Jayne Entwistle reflects this new maturity in her narration. PLEASE - as in the case of the Agatha Raisin novels, don't change narrators!
I won't give anything away - I'll just say that once again there are lots of things to think about, twists, turns and an ending that will both keep you on the edge of your seat and make you feel like you have to lay down - at the same time.
I love this series. I love the narrator. When I read the books I have the narrator's voices in my "mind's ear."
I can't wait for the next book!
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