I have always wanted toread this book but never found the time until I could take advantage of my automobile driving time with audible books. This was really worth it! The immediacy of the account made me feel like I was right there as it was happenning and I began to feel like I knew many of the characters personally, especially Xenophon but also Prince Cyrus. I thought the reader was a little harsh but gradually I got over it by picturing him as Xenophon as an old man telling the story of his great adventure, the march "upcountry".
Although I have been a Dickens fan for years, Our Mutual Friend was my husband's first Dickens experience. We listened to it almost every night from November through January. To say that it made for amusing and delightful evenings is a vast understatement. When the book was over I was crushed. Our Mutual Friend had become something I looked forward to every evening as well as looking forward to the discussion about the book during the day. The book is very funny and the characters are precisely drawn. The narrator's voice is problematic but the quality of the book allowed us to stay awake even with his droning reading.
This grew on me as I listened. First, I'm partial to Nadia May's narration; she always does a nice job. I found myself absorbed by the details of time and place. I really felt that we were dealing with a moment in time. The actual murder mystery was of less importnace. It certainly does seem that the troublesome reign of King Stephen attracts a lot of murder mysteries...
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