Better production and a different narrator. Paper shuffling in the background, and the loud breathing of the narrator is very distracting. However the major downfall of this recording is the narrator who is frequently tripping over his own tongue and whose style is often out of tune with the context and content.
I've listened to the first two in the series, each with different narrators, and they were both far superior to this one.
David Ian Davies or Robert Whitfield
Edgar Rice Burroughs is an outstanding author, and the story might have been very good, but the narration was so distracting, I couldn't tell.
The combination of believable, multi-dimensional characters, a well conceived plot and outstanding narration would make any story enjoyable.
The main character, Ian Rutledge. Todd has created a relate-able, yet torn and tortured protagonist who's life and trials resonate as clearly now as in the setting of the series, following WWI. ,
Simon Prebble could read the freakin' phone book and make it spell binding.
A Lonely Death - It's ... lonely.
I don't think the other drivers on Florida's Turnpike would appreciate me reading the print version, just to compare the two.
There's no one defining moment - it's the inter-weaving of the characters, the depth of their personalities and the story that really make this series. This is just another fine example of the genre.
What's not to like? You always know which character is speaking, he's understandable and exceptionally easy to listen to. In fact, after listening to his narration for the duration of one of my longer trips, I found myself thinking with his accent. It was a little disturbing.
The Confession - OR IS IT?
I have no stinkin' idea. Isn't this Audible.com? I'm confused.
This series fits in nicely with the best of procedural detective/cop stories. Pick one.
Simon is absolutely outstanding, as always. However it almost sounded as though he had a cold for part of this story. Not a big deal though and of course, he's still better than 90% of the other narrators, if not more (Not to worry. We know Simon recovered, because there are later books in the series.)
I don't believe in extremes.
Not so much.
This is the third book in the series I've heard, the first being the more recent A Lonely Death. (Audible.com special. It caught my eye.) I thoroughly enjoyed it, as well as the next book in the series, The Confession. That being the most recent one available, I looked at earlier productions but found I had developed a loyalty to Simon Prebble's narration. I downloaded A Pale Horse and was not disappointed. As an author, I can't help but be a little ticked off at Todd's ability to consistently weave a multi-layered, yet highly "readable" story. I wish he'd cut it out. He's making the rest of us look bad. And of course, Simon is simply outstanding as a narrator. One of the best I've heard.
As in all crime / mystery books - The Reveal
It made me chuckle and I may or may not have developed a frog in my throat at one point or another. Quite frankly, it's none of your business. However, my overall opinion is that you can't go wrong with this author/narrator combination if you enjoy a procedural detective story, with a unique protagonist.
Go for it. You'll like it. Really.
This book was entertaining, though not as much as others. While certainly not a complete waste, I wouldn't list it as one of my favorites.
I've only listened to one other Romance novel, so I'm afraid I have a very limited field of comparison.
While I truly loved Justine's voice, the problem with her narration is that all characters sound basically the same. In fact, it sometimes became difficult to determine which character was speaking for that very reason. Justine has a beautiful voice, she needs to work on her character development.
More variation in the narration and a thorough editing for repetitive sentences and phrases. If I were still playing drinking games, I'd suggest one for this book: Take a drink whenever you hear the words: "furrowed brow", "wicked smile" or "chose her words with care." You'll be drunk by the end of the second chapter. While the story line is good, these examples of what can only be described as lazy writing are exceptionally distracting.
I would recommend this book in a heartbeat, if read by a different narrator. This narrator mispronounces words, reads every sentence as if there were an exclamation point at the end and generally ruins the story. I find myself doing two things while listening: first, making fun of his style and second, translating his words as if they were read by a competent narrator.
This is a typical ERB book. Well written, somewhat predictable but the rewards of a good ending are worth their weight in CD's
B. J. Harrison
Look for the sequel, as read by a more competent narrator
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