Davina Porter, like Patrick Tull, could "read the phone book" and I would enjoy her wonderful range as a narrator. The story is a fine, complex analysis of the times and of war on both men and women. The wife's discussion with Hannale is an subtle play of jealousy and objectivity. Of course a tale by DH Lawrence is superb and deserves 5 stars.
I'm only part way through and will return it, as the genre isn't really for me. However, those who appreciate the tale will become absorbed in the masterful reading by Porter.
British cozy mysteries are my favorite genre, and I was happy to find the Max Tudor series.
My favorites contain the following: a clear, pleasing British reader; intelligent, likable detective and cohort (someone with whom to discuss the case), attractive setting (the village wasn't described much in this book), dislikable victim, and interesting additional characters.
I look forward to the series with great interest, and will look for all Malliet books.
I enjoyed the story, reader, and length. Giving it overall 4 because of the recording, which should have been set to compensate for the narrator's deep voice. The recording was apparently made with more bass than treble, and I have to turn it up louder to make out the words. I could probably adjust my car and phone speakers. Nicholas Rowe has an excellent skill at differentiating men, women, and children.
This looked like a great story, and I like the reader's voice. However, the sound comes across as mumbled even with a headset, and I'm going to return it if possible.
Wonderful characterizations! Felt like I knew everyone at the end. Monk's haunting memory loss and the method of repeating questions made me think a long time about re-starting relationships using only reactions. Excellent reader, too. The one additional thing I hope for in the remaining books is to share a character's delight in something. All mysteries contain darkness. However, in Agatha Christie and other "cozy mysteries" the cottages, gardens, and seaside are warming. In Patrick O'Brian's rich Aubrey-Maturin series, the music, the sea & nature, etc, engage repeatedly. This Monk novel does include a wonderful estate, and I hope we will roam it much more often in coming books, to smell the roses, tread the leafy paths, perhaps find a ghost in the kitchen. I look forward to the very interesting Monk-Hester relationship.
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