Good book - but please .... the accent used by the narrator is some sort of hybrid Celtic, but Welsh it is not!
Oh how I revel in the daily lives of the folk who live in the vicinity of Scotland Street! Poor benighted Bertie dealing with his horrific mother and demonstrating great insight into baby Ulysses' allergic reaction to her, insecure Matthew (How will he and Elspeth ever cope? Hopefully AMS will tell us in another episode soon), Cyril - the wonder dog, Angus, Domenica, and of course the indomitable Big Lou - how I enjoy them all. Full of gentle wit and cutting humor both, this book is a delight so cleverly written, as are all in this series.
I enjoy Peter Lovesey mysteries; this story may not be his best but still held my attention. However, I really missed Simon Prebble - who captures Diamond and his team's voices perfectly.
Ohlsson has created an interesting cast of characters in this book - with an interesting, if depressing, storyline. However, the narrator spoiled this for me - she is wonderful with the Swedish accents when reading dialogue, but why she used an affected and pompous (and at times incorrect) English accent to narrate the body of the book is beyond me - maybe it's because I am English myself and am more sensitive to this, but it may have been better if she had stuck to her native Canadian.
A real treat! This was my first Reginald Hill and I will be on the look out for more. Tightly plotted, lots of lovely twists and turns. Characters are developed with a palette of dry, wry humor - although the male villains are treated more kindly in this than their female co-conspirators. Excellent narration, Jonathan Preeble delivers this book with skill and style. My favorite character? The dog! You'll see .....
I'm addicted - more please! In the second of the series we get to know more of the lives, trials and everyday cares and woes of the enigmatic, and oft times foolhardy Frieda, as well as her friends and colleagues in her tenuous police 'partnership'. Intriguing plot and the shadow of the psychopathic villain from the first book hovers throughout ... just scrumptious!
So good I just downloaded the next in the series! Interesting characters, twists and turns, neat conclusion - and narrated beautifully! Highly recommended.
Unfortunately the story is predicable, I kept drifting away from listening as it just didn't capture my interest sufficiently - disappointing.
Brown sticks to his formula - Langdon is running from diverse and dangerous adversaries in order to save the world from a pending disaster. A young, highly intelligent woman falls for him .... but of course. There are a few twists and turns, you can see them coming. Think this might be my last Dan Brown buy.
I love Kate Atkinson’s work – and this story is no exception…. But oh dear – the narrator! Surely there are a plethora of excellent British narrators who could have read this excellent book? The regional accents, as well as the Scots and Irish are painful to listen to – I’m guessing it is worse for an English person such as myself and may not be as annoying to folks from other countries - but maybe not? The reader has a delightful voice, and tries hard but misses the mark. Did it spoil the book for me? Well, a little bit, but I still enjoyed visiting with Jackson Brodie once again and peeping into his complicated and tangled relationships.
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