The absolutely dreadful sound quality and the narrator's sleepy drawl and lack of energy totally ruined this wonderful classic story for me. One of only two downloads that I have deleted. Very disappointing.
The third in the series, i was very excited to see this book released and was not disappointed. I would recommend this sequel wholeheartedly. Gripping, well crafted, superbly performed -
This is the third Grimnoir book I have listened to, all narrated by Bronson Pinchot. As with the previous two, I totally forget that it is just one man reading - he sounds like a complete cast of actors. His characterisation, voice, inflection ... one of my favourite narrators on Audible. I wish there were more novels narrated by him. What talent.
As with the first two Grimnoir books, I didn't want this one to end. I resisted the temptation to go back to the beginning immediately - but it won't be long before I listen again. Audible books at their very best.
As an ardent and enthusiastic audiobook listener since 2007 I have learnt that whilst a great story is important of course, more than anything else, it is the skill and talent of the narrator to transport you and bring to life all the characters in the story that has the most effect on how much pleasure comes from the book. Bronson Pinchot brings to life the people so authentically that sometimes I listen to a chapter again, just for the sheer pleasure of listening to the story unfold through the different voices. His ability to adopt a different 'voice' and accent means that at times i genuinely forget that I am listening to just one man. I will be listening to everything I can find that is narrated by this man.
Subtle humour and the narrator's ability to bring every character to life.
The main man, Jack, is a character who unfolds and catches you as the story unfolds, thanks to the narration of Bronson Pinchot.
This is the third and final installment of the series "His Dark Materials" and is very different from the first two which are clearly aimed at the young (in mind at least) but nevertheless, an enjoyable listen for those who like me are chronologically challenged!! This third book however, is a different kettle of fish and frankly, I wouldn't reccommend it to anyone under the age of 15. For those of us past this age, it is wonderful. Full of adventure, cliff hanging moments, it is one of few books that have brought tears to my eyes on at least two occasions. Masterfully written, this audio version is superbly narrated by a whole cast who bring light and life to the story. An intense and emotional ride, this final chapter of the trilogy kept me spell bound throughout.
I am totally addicted to the Peter Robinson series of Inspector Banks read so wonderfully by N Pearson, and of all the books I have listened to (which is almost all of them) this was one of the best. Two regrets.. 1. none of the books are long enough, 2. I have almost finished listening to all of them. Wonderful stuff. Intriguing stories,nice character development and all read by a reader who really needs to be on the best narrators list.
I bought this last month in the sale, and it is certainly worth the $5 I paid, but I will not be buying the sequels at full price or one credit, they are too short, and well, not good enough. I found the story entertaining enough, but nothing here is particularly original. My biggest surprise was that a story set in London is not read by someone with (or using) a London English accent. The voice used reminded me of all those old private detective TV series set in the US, such as Elliot Gould, maybe on holiday in London??? Nevertheless, after getting over this initial surprise, I settled in to the reading and certainly feel that I got my money's worth. The narration was competent and the story sufficently engaging as a 1930's private detective in a kind of grown up Harry Potter magic world which is a decadent world - the "Nightside" !
I am working my way with great pleasure through all the Peter Robinson Inspector Banks books narrated by Neil Pearson mostly because I so enjoy the narrator who is perfect for these stories, using different accents and voices very effectively. Very British (mostly Northern England and London) in dialogue and accent, maybe that's why I enjoy them so much. I am sorry that they all are abridged versions as they are over all too soon. Typical murder mystery, the stories are well told by Robinson, written in 3rd person, mostly from the viewpoint of Inspector Banks, with quite a lot of dialogue, this episode is just as well crafted as all the rest, keeping you guessing, listening, intrigued. You also get an interesting insight into the main players and their lives, especially of course, Banks. So,to summarise, a well written story line, enhanced by the narrator who is one of the best, in my opinion, available on Audible.
This is my fourth Inspector Banks, and they are all good, but probably enjoyed this one the most. A compelling listen, not least because of the excellent narration by Neil Pearson. The accents and voices he uses are very convincing, and his intonation really brings the dialogue to life. These stories are very good, very absorbing and very good value. I finished this one earlier today and am already to download another. I will also be buying other books narrated by Neil. (Why isn't he on the best narrators list?)
A very absorbing story, well written plot. The narrator is excellent and really brought all the characters, and the story, to life. A combination of well written dialogue and first class narration makes this one of those audio books that make you want to go to bed early so you can listen. A very good combination of writer's craftsmanship and narrator's skill. I will definitely be buying more in the series. Very good value for money.
Excellent stuff. Agatha Christie, still one of the best murder mystery writers, read by the talented David Suchet - it doesn't get much better than this. Sit back and enjoy from beginning to end. David's ability to assume different voices for each character is awesome. He has to be one of the most talented narrators you could find on Audible or anywhere else. A most enjoyable listen, a rattling good yarn from the 'Queen of Crime' read by the endearing and best ever Poirot.
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