Since the logical puzzle is the core of any detective story, a flaw in that overrides any other good points it might have. I have no other choice but to give it 1 star.
All was good: the narration, the characters, the intrigue, the twists... untill it came to the end, the final scene of the explanation... when any reader who had been paying attention to the story noticed that the solution didn't work! The explanation exposed 2 major contradictions in the story line. The logical puzzle that is a detective story fell apart, even as the detective himself smoothly explained how it all came together. Except if you had any logic and been paying attention - it unfortunately did not.
I missed this book when I was on my Elizabeth Peters wave, because of the change in narrators. Then today I was browsing for similar books and saw this! Now that Barbara Rosenblat's narration is available, I bought it right away.
Amelia Peabody books are such a pleasure when read by Barbara. The books are great on their own, but this narrator was made for them and enhances the experience exponentially. They are so uplifting when read by Barbara Rosenblat. And they are worth every cent - I have re-read each of them 2 or 3 times.
Thank you Audible for making this available! Yay!
...off to listen to it now...
It's very soothing and lovely. Pretty funny. Basically, it's one of those books you can take instead of prozac, which is exactly what I was looking for.
The reading is very fitting and also pleasant. I bought 2 other books by this author after listening to this one.
The only minus I could mention - is that the book has a place where the reader repeats the lines with a slight change in emphasis and one where you can hear her sigh and re-do the line. It doesn't really bother me in any way, but the publishers should know of this.
I always believed in reading Unabridged versions of books. But in this case - go for the abridged one. There is truly little in this book that could not be cut out without making the book better. (And I stand by this assertion, even though I'm an avid Austen fan.) Also, I believe there are Abridged versions available with a different narrator - an advantage if there ever was one.
It's amasing that Jane Austen would produce such an unsimpathetic heroine and hero. Both of them are such prudes you really want them to get together just so they wouldn't spoil anyone else's life. The hero is a spoil sport and exessively full of himself, and the heroine... well, lets just say a doormat would have more interesting a character. The only time she grows a back bone it is to refuse an offer of marriage that she should have accepted. I simply don't understand her. Furthermore, she doesn't grow as a character through the text! In Jane Austen's heroine that is unprecedented! She is just the proper, self efacing (and which is worse, extremely and sinserely self efacing) feminine ideal. As with any angel - it is hard to believe she is alive. Oh, if I could only bury her in the first chapters of the book...
The narrator only adds to the trial that reading this book presents. She speaks clearly, but with such tones and inflections as to make you dislike EVERY character. If you are going to listen to this book - at least aleviate the task by choosing another narrator.
The book was great, better than I ever expected. It made me laught, and worry, and exclaim with the characters.
In this case spesifically I must give the narrator her due in the pleasure this book gave me. She was great, poised, clear, pleasant to listen to, and she conveyed the spirit of the words. She was also very good at voicing the different characters so that each had a distinct and fitting sound. I later went to check if this narrator voiced any other of Jane Austen book because that's who I want to hear reading them to me. Unfortunately this the only one of Austen's books that Kate Reading voiced. Which is a real pity.
You really just can't "put it down". The last time I gave 5 stars to a book was 4 years ago, and finaly this book is worth 5 and more.
It has satire (smart), mystery (which is constantly developing! a thriller!), romance (not over or under done), and the rare thing is that they all work together without weakening the book. Worth reading!
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