All the Inspector Wexford novels are a joy to read, and Michael Bryant is the perfect reader. All the characters are clearly and realistically differentiated, and every twist and turn in the plot held me enthralled.
This is the fourth and final part, and the whole series is hugely enjoyable. I found I was making excuses to go for a walk to the shops to get back to this wonderfully interwoven tale. When it finished I felt bereft. The story is beautifully written and in many places very funny indeed, and the narrator is superb.
Everyone knows a Widmerpool. His development from overweight figure-of-fun schoolboy through senior army officer to Labour politician is masterly. I particularly liked the way that at each stage elements of the unpopular schoolboy reasserted themselves. The boy really is father to the man.
If you find it as bit hard going at the beginning, stick with it. You will soon be engrossed in an entire world.
This would be very high in my all time favourites were it not for the dreadful narrator. Not only was his delivery monotonous, but his English accents were risible. At first I thought they were intended to be funny, but then slowly I realised that was his idea of English voices. Pamela in particular is really terrible.
Wouk has a gift for weaving disparate stories into a compelling whole.
The descriptions of the fighting in Russia
Best to listen to Winds of War and follow on directly with this.
A fast-paced, entertaining narrative, brilliantly read. I listen while walking, and I found I was walking several more miles a day because I was enjoying the story so much. I felt very disappointed when I realised my "fix" was over.
Like all Dick Francis novels, this is a terrific yarn. The story is fast-paced and difficult to put down. The hero is attractive and believable and although there is considerable violence it is story-book stuff and not evil. No swearing or gratuitous sex.
Although there are some dreadful purple passages, this is a great story, but you'd be hard put to realise it through the medium of this really terrible reader. I abandoned hope part way through, as I realised that far from enjoying it I was starting to feel road rage coming on. At least I know to avoid anything read by this man again.
I hope Audible.com will find another unabridged version with a fine reader
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