As nostalgia radio, this may be better appreciated by someone elce. The Colonial Radio players are OK. The plots are a bit silly. As a send up to detective stories, this may be better done as a stage performance. Still and all a lot of people loved these stories in their day.
I expect I will up this to a 5 rating after a second listen
From the local Inspector's dismissal of this 'most uninteresting murder' and Maigret's expectation of a routine investigation to Maigret's report on the murder we are truly led through a shifting mirage.
Set in 1930 France, there is both careful investigating and world weariness as counterpoints. As listener you may well guess this and that but for me the story is in the story. It is in the homes, the hotel rooms, the bars and restaurants, the streets. trains, bridges and the people who are moved through the investigation.
So there is no great car race. shooting spree or jumping out of tall buildings but an unfolding of the why and how. The truth does come out of the shadows and the story lingers.
Written under the pseudonym 'J. J. Marric', John Creasy won the MWA Edgar award for Best Novel in 1962 for this story.
It follows a few days in the life of Gideon, and to me reads more like a crime, police procedural. We also get to glimpse a cross section of the crims his Section in ScotlandYard is following.
It is an interesting take on the early 1960's and very well read by Hugh Kermode.
In future when I am looking for an entertaing crime fiction story I expect I will try a few more in this Series.
Some of the crimes are anything but friendly or funny and, there is light humour and humanity as Gideon keeps up the pace in difficult times.
Maybe a fireside or beach listen
This work sits in Contemporary Fiction, yet it a suspense and murder mystery too.
Beautifully narrated by Jonathan Keeble. I had read this a few years ago and have found the narration by Jonathan has given the story another dimension.
Some characters are almost thunbnail sketches and some are so finely detailed and others are given an Impressionist's brush. They all fit well together.
This is Zoe Ferraris' second book set in Saudi Arabia that I have read.
I do hope Zoe Ferraris continues to write and that her books become available through Audible.
I have enioyed a few other of Pearce's novels, and I was not expecting a lot from this one.
Mantle is not my favourite narrator for his stories about 'A Dead Man in....'
It was a most interesting plot and well read.
No car chases or superpersons or steamy sexual descriptions, the light hearted humour is still there and there is a mystery...who did kill cock robin?.. and why!
Set in Europe before The Great War. Seymore is sent to Gibralter and Barcelona superficially to investigate theft of Naval Stores while he tries to learn why and how an Englishman died in a Spanish Prison.
It could be an uncle, a grandad.
Forget Shakespearean oratory and pompous posturing.
Well maybe you may need to understand that the double entendre can work two ways. These are metaphysical poems.
This is no dry preacher watching his mistress getting ready for bed or pontificating about the meeting of souls or minds.
Each piece is named and the interpretation of the lines is just glorious.
I love this recording and I would love more Donne narrated by Whitehead and Keen ( are you reading this NAXOS? )
.... the publishers who really should know better, think any good narrator will do.
Cameron Stewart may be an OK straight reader and he totally fails to capture Michael Dibdin's Zen.
Especially as this is Zen returning to Venice.
It is not a more complicated plot, it is not a darker view of the world.
It is the total failure of Cameron Stewart to capture the nuance, the humour, the niavety of our world weary chauvinist, the blatent hypocracy and corruption that flatens the story and characters.
What would he do to 'Cosi Fan Tutti' ( I shudder to think).?
So far no one can best Michael Kitchen as narrator for Dibdin's Zen.
I imagine this was written for the US market and a teen audience.
Not much story. But lots of action
Silly 'over the top' narration.
Young folk in those tween years caught between "you are old enough to know better" and "do as you are told" and who can still enjoy grown ups being unaware of how illogical they can be are likely to enjoy this one.
Bolinda is usually pretty good. While David is 100% better than other Jon Cleary narrators, I still think the narration could be better.
Jon Cleary does write a decent story and there is a little 'tongue in cheek' with his writing.
It seemed to me David Tredinnick went 'over the top' rather than 'understated' with Scobie, Thats my take.
Sadly Jon's Ned Kelly Award winning novel is not available on Audible, so looking on the bright side, I can hope that when it does become available we get a really good narrator who understands Australian
speaks the idiom.
So much of the story is in the telling of it. Even a cop story
Story is about the lead up to 'Sydney 2000' and most of us in the real world had lots of fun watching what was going on...behind the scenes..and this story to me is a little slice of life of the time.
So for what it is worth, Cleary is still a great beach read rather than a listen.
Our narrator was excellent.
I only hope he gets to read more Sayer as our narrater Patrick Malahide, totally captures the personalities. So much better than Ian Carmichael.
If you enjoy really bad B grade movies, then you may find it fun. Not me.
This story involves lots of train timetables and enthusiastic possible motives and potential culprits.
The first few hours were so so hard to hear. Rapid clipped narration from Ian Carmichael made this so difficult.
The story is good, the writing witty and 1930's fun,
Maybe if you have an audio player that you can slow down you may actually hear the words, otherwise be warned. Listen to the sample.
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