This is the first time I have listened to this author and this reader. It was an engrossing story, a wonderful sense of place, and great characters. And with one exception, the narrator was as good as the story. That exception was the dreadful Scandinavian accent that was totally unnecessary for the character: the descriptions of him were more than sufficient for you to see him as the Viking hippy character he was. But even with that jarring note, I loved this book.
I've been a fan of Peter May's Enzo series, but never listened to one. I was delighted to see a new series and downloaded Lewis Man because the first in the series was abridged (why??).
This is a fantastic listen. The reader has a Scottish brogue, just enough to fit the characters, and his reading is seamless and clever. The mystery itself sounds like a conventional body in the bog, but it is anything but. Sad stories abound, but the characters are more than the troubled pasts they reveal. And the descriptions of the Hebrides makes me think that despite the rain and fog, it's my next vacation destination!
Can't recommend highly enough!
I love good historical fiction, and despite some implausible plot twists, this was a really good novel about the Russian Revolution, Stalinism and the aftermath. Particularly illuminating was the whole thread about how obsessive the true believer Bolsheviks were.
But, and it's a big "but", the narrator's fake Russian accents were so bad and such a major distraction that I almost quit, several times. When just narrating, she was fine, but the accents were appallingly bad. Since we know they weren't speaking Russian-accented English, why not simply continue with her normal accent? It was particularly troublesome because it made the characters, when speaking, much less credible.
I would recommend this book, with that caveat.
After listening to this book, I was ready either to hop on a plane and head for Rome, or to sign up for a very expensive tour that purported to follow in Caravaggio's footsteps. Hewson's novels keep getting better, and this one is fabulous, but, if you don't like paintings, history, art history or mysteries that link history with the plot, this isn't for you. It does require some attention to not only a somewhat improbable plot, but also quite detailed analysis of Caravaggio as a painter and historical figure. The attention is well-rewarded, as Nic Costa gets better and better--more complex, more interesting, and always on the verge of some new phase of his life.
The reader is great; the pace is fine, and the plot, though improbable, keeps racing along.
A thoroughly enjoyable book to listen to. And I think Hewson is generally better as an audiobook than a written one, so you can savor his sense of place.
I had no idea what to expect, but this was a really good "read." While occasionally the different voices didn't mesh, and the plot took gigantic leaps, I thought it worked. Because of the different authors, this wasn't a linear plot, and was often incredible. But many thrillers are. Part of the satisfaction came from listening to what the next author did to keep the complex plot from totally exploding.
Alfred Molina was good, but his reading was not varied enough for the character changes.
I listen to many audio books, read lots of thrillers and mysteries, and I'd try another serialized, multi-author work in a minute after listening to this one.
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