Yes. Peter Carey is a beautiful writer - the book is worth it just for the skill Cary demonstrates. It's colorful and strong on sense of place. Use of language and in particular slang is superb. But best of all is Susan Lyons' narration. Hard to believe anything could improve Peter Carey, but she did it. I thought her reading was a tour de force.
The narrator's performance combined with the colorful, fanciful story. Which, by the way, is wickedly funny.
I would never have heard the accents, some of slang I would not even have known how to pronounce. She seems to move with ease from posh British to slangy Aussie.
Also, Carey doesn't use quotation marks, which I find offputting to read. WIth Lyons doing the work, I didn't have to wonder who is saying what. Her voices for each different character were so distinctive it was obvious who was talking.
She's so marvelous that I'm looking for other books narrated by her. She read the female part in Peter Robinson's newest, Before the Poison. I didn't like that book, but Lyons's performance was the one thing I did like.
I would have if I could have. I certainly switched on my iPod every minute I had the chance. I also often rewound to hear parts again because I got such a kick out of Lyons.
In the top echelon certainly. Narration-wise, Juliet Stevenson is the best I've ever heard, of the hundreds I've listened to over the years. I've never heard such a range of voice work.
Sarah Waters is a superb writer; she's able to articulate human moments of truth and commonality in a way that continually made me smile and nod my head in recognition.
I REALLY dislike that Audible asks this question because often in answering it, reviewers give away story details that were best left unrevealed. I'll refrain from answering this because the most memorable bits were critical to the turns of the story. Why ruin it for somebody else?
Well, naturally Frances, but still, I have to say Mrs. Viney! Haha, I loved her (as brought to vivid life by Juliet Stevenson).
I truly loved this book - well told, beautifully written, DIVINELY narrated. But it did run a bit long for me - I'd say around the midway point I felt myself flagging a bit. I only say this as a suggestion to future listeners to hang in there - it's a moving meditation on life, love, war, class and tolerance.
I've read all of Crombie's books, which is why I wasn't willing to give up on this one. But in this day and age of really brilliant narrators who *perform* the books rather than just read them, it's jarring to come up against such a flat reading. The reader even had trouble with pacing, adding in bizarre pauses before reading a sentence that ought to have continued smoothly on from the previous. Often I assumed a chapter break, but no! The action wasn't over!
And as far as bringing characters to life with distinct voices, forget it - he doesn't even try other than to slightly deepen his tone for Kincaid and get breathy for any female. I had to make sure I was paying close attention to discern who was speaking and sometimes it was just impossible to tell.
Crombie's books deserve a much much better audio performer. That said, the story was a good one, although I found the resolution a little obvious and disappointing. I always enjoy the glimpse into the James-Kincaid household and this one doesn't disappoint on that score.
Yes. The narrator brought so much to the table. I really loved his work. That said, Peter Temple is a true prose master and anything he writes is a pleasure to read. But Mr Hosking really brought it to life. I will be on the lookout for more audiobooks read by him.
Yes! And I rewound many times to savor Hosking's reading or Temple's lovely prose.
Really confused as to why some other reviewers claimed the Australian accent was hard to understand. I am American and I completely disagree. There was some Aussie slang I didn't know and had to look up, but it had nothing to do with Mr. Hosking's reading. He was a joy to listen to.
The narrator, Michael Carman, is really not cut out to read audio books, especially not ones written by Peter Temple. Temple is a writer who doesn't waste words, or dialogue tags. This isn't a problem if you are reading on the page; the formatting will tell you who's speaking and when there is a flashback, etc. But when you are listening, you need a way of knowing when there's a shift. That's not happening here.
This narrator is so limited in the voices he can do that everything sounded the same: the narrative, the protagonist, all men the protag was having conversations with. I have never been so lost in a book in my life. To make matters worse, I had just listened to the same author's book Broken Shore, which was stellar, and the reader, Peter Hosking, was phenomenal. He enhanced a great book whereas the reader of Truth detracted from the story so badly that, although I stuck it through to the end, it was a huge (and confusing) disappointment. Such a shame because Peter Temple is a superb storyteller and a wonderful prose master.
No. I thought Nesbo went too far this time. I love all the Hole books but this one was too long (I kept thinking
Peter Temple's The Broken Shore.
Yes, he's really good in every book.
No. See above comments for why.
The story went nowhere. Don't want to write a spoiler, but there's no
I'm a big PR fan. I wish the story had been about Alan Banks, but I do understand that writers get tired of doing the same old same old. This character, however, was just boring and unlikeable. As were all the other characters in the book. WAY too much minute detail (who ordered what for dinner, which wine, which brandy, holy crap these people drink a lot). It felt like filler and I commented to friend that Robinson must have had a word quota he was trying to meet. Not up to his usual standard.
No, the narration by the male was awful. The woman, Susan Lyons, was fabulous. She was the saving grace of the audiobook and after hearing her, I went in search of her other audio work.
All of them!
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