I should start by saying that I'm a big fan of Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher mysteries. Cocaine Blues is the first of these and I was looking forward to experiencing it as an audiobook. I have to say that it was a disappointing experience. Stephanie Daniel fails to relay the liveliness of either the story or of the main character. Some of the accents were slightly suspect, too. Why on earth would Lydia, daughter of the well-to-do Colonel, speak like a cockney? Her accent ought to have cut glass. Small details like this, combined with Daniel's failure to engage with the story, failed to engage this listener. A good story, spoiled in the telling.
This book should probably come with a an explicit language warning, but once you get past that, Ms Moran writes with clarity, honesty and humour. Her reading feels like having a clever, funny friend sitting on your sofa.
This is the sort of writing that gives feminism a good name.
I shall be giving a copy to my teenage daughter.
Unfortunately, this is a great story, let down by poor narration. Ms. Ward's accents wander around all over the place and her pronunciation of Welsh words and place names is often just plain wrong. She even has Brother Cadfael pronounce his own name wrongly on several occasions! I would have thought a familiarity with Welsh pronunciation would have been essential for at least one of the production team, but apparently not. . .
The narration also failed to convey the dynamism of Cadfael's character. Yes, he's a middle-aged monk, but the whole point of the character is that he's actually the least-likely monk you'd ever come across.
I shall be checking out the versions of Stephen Thorne.
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