I like books combining a mixture of mystery and a happy ending but this one disappointed me. Too much of the character development was centered on the
I did not appreciate the way the reader kept her voice to a hushed (Gothic) tone which often had me turning up the volume to hear the finer points of the story. I prefer a more ordinary narration tone leaving the story itself to create the tension and the atmosphere and allowing lighter moments to emerge above the darker tones.
I am going to try out the author's books written as Emma Cole and avoid the narrator for now.
A good narrator
The author writes in a style similar to Mary Stewart and and I enjoy her books just as much as The Ivy Tree and My brother Michael.
She reads the whole book at high speed and in a high breathless voice. I do not know what her language background is, but she mispronounces the most ordinary English words. I often had to "decipher" words as they did not sound anything like the real thing.
The story. I have been looking out for audiobooks by Jane Aiken Hodge, especially those dealing with the 20th century. This audio version was really a big disappointment
I have not read the print version.
I enjoyed the peeks into this branch of shopping, especially where the aunt buys doorstops for her niece.
Her reading allows the story to flow on smoothly. Although her individual voices are not that great they also do not grate and enabled me to become immersed in the plot.
The interaction between Dora (with an acting background and lots of emotion) and the policeman Jed (with his stiff upper-class childhood) produces some smiles and sympathy.
Not one of Nora Roberts' best books but well worth the listen.
The narrator. She read with a trilling voice which may have been modish at that time but is somewhat irritating to a more modern reader.
The picture it sketches of life in Britain during WWII. It manages to remain interesting although it only deals with the daily life in a small village and how ordinary people coped with wartime shortages and stresses.
No. She would have done better not to try to use different voices but just to read the story with clear indication when one person stops speaking and the next one starts. Jerry has a very irritating voice and none of the others really comes out well.
They did not really inspire but their doings were soothing and reminiscent of a slower age.
Cozy, teasing, soothing
Miss Silver mysteries are always interesting, not necessarily edge of the seat but with enough twists to keep the reader involved.
The snooping nature of the three sisters in the fish queue scene story
Not really. It just evokes a soothing reminder of a more innocent time, even with murder involved
I have read this story more than once and now I have listened to it. The narrator manages to keep the atmosphere without using a dated voice, leaving the story to create its own aura.
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