I love this story! It's the first Christie, the first Poirot, and the same setting as the final Poirot. Suchet does a wonderful job with the story, will all characterizations, as well as with his own inimitable Poirot. Highly recommended!
This character driven mystery is charming; description of place and time are very good. The narrator, however, detracts from the story, particularly in the voice of Charles Lenox. He sounds supercilious, and flippant. I find this in contrast to the character's actual words. Nonetheless, I've bought the next 2.
The narration of this book brings it to the top of the list.
A different type of Watson makes it a not-Sherlock but Sherlock-like. And very enjoyable.
I'm not sure that I would experience the story differently if I read it -- Telfer's narration is terrific in the way any good actor brings life to good writing.
I love this story of Christie's, but the choice of Martin Jarvis to narrate neglects the fact that the protagonist is about 30 years of age. It takes away from the story in a fundamental way.
I found this very disappointing! While the writing is probably just fine, the author has chosen to narrate it, and that was a poor decision. It would be YARDS better had a professional narrator been chosen.
Let me briefly add my voice to the chorus of praise for both the story and the narration of Land of Echoes. I've read all the Cree Black novels, and listened only to this one, and I believe that Anna Fields brings a new dimension to the story. I find audio a different experience than the printed page -- I believe the narration here is excellent, and brought life to the characters in an exciting way.
The Maisie Dobbs series is absolutely wonderful -- a great combination of the "traditional British mystery" and the ugly bits of truth and progress that World War One brought to the surface -- the aftermath of war, unemployment, poverty, disease. The fallout from the explosion of the old myths is expertly and interestingly examined through characters that become friends, and complicated story lines. Cassidy's narration is terrific, I've searched for other titles she's done, simply to hear her lovely voice, and crisp, clear narration.
I've loved LeCarre forever, and this was one of my first Audible purchases. The narration simply does not capture the characters, and there are points in the story where the cadence and inflection are so poor, I wondered if it were the reader's first time seeing the sentence. I can't recommend LeCarre more highly -- he is absolutely brilliant, but I would pass this title over for others of his, read by some one else.
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