The mystery is pretty good. I thought the writing and narration was immature. Perhaps the narration was good, but I didnt like it because it matched the characters, who I did not like.
This is a collection of 3 screen plays written by DH, with historical commentary mixed in before and after each. The narration for the male voices is good. The female voices are outstanding. By favorite portrayal is Aunt Catherine, or Katherine. She's not a likable character, but her voice is extraordinary. The voices are done like a radio play.
I enjoyed the previous 2 books, but I quit this one about a quarter way through. Sam was just too obnoxious for my tastes. The hero can have flaws, but I really want to like him/her at least some.
This is the best audiobook I've ever listened to. William Bennett comments to adults in between the selections. Those are outstanding. Those are aimed primarily at children, but as I listened to them, I felt they were picked out just for me, here in my middle-age. I found great comfort in them.
There are more narrators than listed above, and they're all outstanding. Sorry to use the same adjective over and over, but it just applies.
Like all the collections I've heard, the stories and narrators vary. In this one, they range from good to excellent. That's much better than most, so giving this one 5s.
The mystery part of these tales get lesser and lesser, but the stories get stronger and stronger. I've given up on a presentation of a mystery, and just listen to the story now. As such, it's first rate.
The mystery in this one is weaker than the others in the series, but the character development is terrific. I really enjoyed it.
As with mot collections, the quality differs. I already had a few in collections of the respective authors. Several were outstanding. Several were good. Several were average. None were bad. The narration was uniformly very good.
To me, this is the best yet of the series. All of them are terrific. This is the 1st not to involve any of the Three Pines villagers. Best to read these in order. Events from previous books are referred to, but explained. The characters build though, and it would be hard to appreciate that without reading in order.
I really enjoyed the stories in the first part of the collection. The stories in the last part are more science fiction. Still interesting, but not what I would consider mysteries. The narration is good throughout, unlike with many collections.
Like all the books in this series, this is more story, characters, and thriller than deduction. I enjoyed this story and these characters the most of all in the series yet.
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