Droll and absurd.
The narrator. His plight was so poignant.
It's hard to imagine this zany mystery story without his voice. Or voices. He can play five parts at once in a funny, convincing way.
Crime and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance
Jim Norton's droll delivery is worthy of a prize. The writing is rich and witty. And the plot is ridiculous. Highly recommended.
While reader David Ackroyd does justice to the rich language of this zesty tale, his fellow reader, Arielle Sitrick, subverts it by delivering her side of the story in a flat, girlish voice that lacks emotion and even enuciation (did she say physics or fitness?). I'm soldiering through, eager to know how Ackroyd's character ends up, but I wouldn't recommend listening to this version of the book if you could pick up a hard copy and imagine a grown-up woman's voice instead.
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