I have loved this tale since I was in school, and the narration is quite good. However, the story description is pretty inaccurate. It claims plot points that are completely wrong, and in some cases the opposite of the true story.
This is a great urban fantasy with a hero with a dry sense of humor and a hysterically funny dog. However, the narrator, while he does a decent job with accents, is not a good actor and does not have the depth of emotion in his voice.
This story is one of Agatha Christie's most famous tales, and has been put on screen several times, including with this narrator as Hercule Poirot in 2010. David Suchet is my favorite actor for the role, and he does an excellent job with the other voices in the tale as well.
I really enjoy this urban fantasy and have read the book more than once. While the story is about a very different family that happens to have unconventional sexual mores, it is not at all explicit. The narrator did accents fairly well, but read the book rather than narrating it. Her intonation was often flat and she emphasized the wrong words, often making it harder to understand the meaning. She also mispronounced a few words, which I would have forgiven if she had actually done more than a flat reading of the story. Towards the end she even mixed up the male and female voices for half of a conversation. A couple of times her accents carried over into the next person talking. While I love the story, the narration was a big disappointment.
I really love this book and series, but miss Full-Cast Audio just as much. The narrator does make voices terribly, I had trouble telling characters apart, and the 10 year old heroine has a deeper voice than many of the male characters, even older ones. However, she does read pretty smoothly, and I didn't notice any pronunciation problems.
I enjoyed the story a great deal. However, the narrator was a bit flat, and could have been much better. He didn't destroy the story, but had little inflection and kept me from getting more involved in the story.
The story moves along quickly and has a lot of tongue in cheek fun. The narrator does a good job of creating different voices for different characters. Her voice changes nicely with the tone of the book. Unfortunately the recording has too many sounds of swallowing and mouth noises that I found distracting and gross. I had to listen with the volume down so that I couldn't hear her mouth noises.
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