Yes, I really enjoyed both the story and performance of this book. I think that the stories were really each very interesting and well told. I loved the magical realism, and I loved how the stories moved in time to cover the history of the town and some of its families. It was really interesting to trace an evolution of place names and folk lore. I though that Hoffman's use of the idea of tracing the evolution of town lore was so interesting, and I thought it really worked in this book. I think it was also a perfect type of audio book because it could be listened to very easily in parts.
I greatly enjoyed her ability to convincingly narrate as a character in the 1600s and as a character in the 1970s.
I loved how Agatha Christie pitted Poirot's classic detective work against a more
I think Christie's description of Poirot's competing detective, Giraud, were very memorable. She described him as a human blood hound and always has him crawling all over the ground. The scenes where he and Poirot fail to see eye to eye are very entertaining.
I think Fraser always does a top notch performance. He is an excellent narrator, and is really very believable in his performances. He always does an enchanting job bringing the story to life.
This was a great Poirot mystery, and Hugh Fraser narrates it wonderfully as usual. The murder in question took place 16 years prior to Poirot's intervention. As a result, the bulk of the story is Poirot going around asking questions of the various people involved with the trial and all of the eyewitnesses present on the day of the murder. As a result, the story is a poignant examination of the mind and memory as Poirot uses the differing accounts of the events and people involved in order to reconstruct the events and solve the mystery. Overall, a very satisfying listen that will get you thinking right along with Hercule Poirot.
I wanted to like this story a lot more than I really did. It started out in a very interesting way, and I think the ending was interesting and very classic Poirot. The narration done by Hugh Fraser was, as usual, impeccable. The middle of the story floundered a bit. It felt contrived and silly, and in some ways, the end, while clever, didn't seem to follow. This was the only Poirot story that I have listened to so far wherein I was not really eager to listen to the whole thing from start to finish in one sitting. That being said, it is still a good listen, just not as great as some of the earlier Poirot stories.
I read the print version in addition to listening to the audio book. I liked reading the book much better than listening to it. I think the narration was really good, but the story does not translate that well to the audio in my opinion. If I had to do it over, I would not have chosen the audio version to listen to. This book is not really a traditional narrative at all. The style is not so plot-centric. Some of the chapters were really very good to listen to, while others were difficult because of stylistic choices, such as a chapter with many footnotes and a chapter written entirely in Power Point. If I had not read the book previously, I am sure these would have been confusing. Further, there are a lot of characters that fade in and out, and I think they were far easier to keep straight in print. I loved this book. It definitely deserved all of the accolades it won. I would just recommend it in print, as opposed to the audio version.
This book is a very interesting take on the supernatural world that has been so popular of late in much popular culture. Harkness elaborately weaves a complex and interesting tale populated with many interesting characters.
Ikeda's narration is very lovely, and really brings the world to life. It is such a long story. I am not sure if I would have been as enthralled just by reading the book. Ikeda made it so that the 3 parts went by very quickly, and her interpretation kept me interested.
Be forewarned that the book is part one of a trilogy. I was not aware of this when I began listening. When there was only an hour left and nothing had even begun to resolve, I caught on. That was a little disappointing to not know when I began listening, especially since then next book has not come out yet, so you will be left in the middle of the story.
I have read the Dubliners before and loved them, so I thought it would be fun to listen to them. The stories do not translate that well to an audio format. The stories are difficult to follow when read aloud, and the narration did not help at all. The reading is not done by professional audio book readers, and it makes such a difference. I had such a hard time, especially with some of the narrators as each story has a different narrator. It was especially difficult when there was dialogue because most of the narrators did not even really attempt distinct voices. I would definitely recommend reading these lovely stories; just avoid the audio book version.
I think this was one of my favorite audio books. Hugh Fraser is an excellent narrator, and the story kept me fascinated. Christie's books seem to translate very well to an audio format. I think it was so easy to really imagine everything that was going on.
I really enjoy mysteries and I am a big Christie fan. This story just kept me guessing the whole time. All the clues were interesting and somewhat opaque. I really did not get what was going on til the very end, which is unusual for me. The story was intricate, but not confusingly so.
I think Fraser really brought the characters to life. He seems to be such a convincing Poirot. On the page, I don't think the narrative would have quite the vibrancy that Fraser's performance gives it.
Yes, and it made me want to listen to other Christie stories narrated by Fraser.
It was a very good audio book. The performance was well done. The only difficulty was that it skips around a bit, which made it more difficult to follow in audio form sometimes, but the narrator helped with that.
A Series of Unlikely Coincidences
Overall, I vastly enjoyed the book. I think it was an interesting story, and Morton did a good job of telling an epic tale that spanned generations. In the end, I thought everything wrapped up a bit too neatly, and I am not sure that I every really ended up liking any of the characters though their actions and motivations were understandable. I would listen to or read other books by this author or read by this narrator.
clever fun classic
I was very interested in it and just wanted to sit through the whole 8+ hours in one go, even though I couldn't.
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