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LMIBroad

Scarsdale, NY USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Malice in Wonderland: Nigel Strangeways, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nicholas Blake
    • Narrated By Kris Dyer
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Private detective Nigel Strangeways receives a call for help from Wonderland, a new holiday camp that has recently opened only to be plagued by a series of cruel practical jokes conducted by someone calling themselves 'The Mad Hatter'. The camp's owners are convinced a rival firm, desperate to put them out of business, is behind the events. Or could it be a disgruntled employee, or even one of the four hundred guests currently staying at the camp?

    LMIBroad says: "Painful to listen to"
    "Painful to listen to"
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    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Malice in Wonderland better?

    I have never posted a negative review before, but this is the worst reading I have come across after several years as an audible subscriber. I can't really comment on the story because I found this impossible to listen to. The reader is speaking in a bizarre singsong pattern that sounds as if he is reciting a nursery rhyme. I realize that the author of the Nigel Strangeways series was a poet (real name Cecil Day Lewis, Poet Laureate of England 1968 to 1972) but I doubt he would have appreciated this performance. Absolutely abysmal.


    What could Nicholas Blake have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Clearly, nothing (the man has been dead for 40 years so the question is really moot). I have always enjoyed reading this series, just couldn't stand listening to it.


    What didn’t you like about Kris Dyer’s performance?

    Have someone else do the reading! This performance was terrible. It showed no comprehension for the meaning of each sentence as it was read - just a rote, singsong rhythm that distracted greatly from the content.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I looked forward to listening to this series of clever mysteries written by a master wordsmith, but the total lack of respect and effort in the reading was a complete turnoff.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to one other title in the series before this one, with the same reader. The reading was not particularly good, but acceptable. This one is not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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