In this fourth book in the series (and my last), the characters are more of the same - boring, insipid, unbelievably naive. I should have stopped by at least book #3.
I am amazed at women who seem to have no control over their lives and who continue to make stupid decisions. Judy Carrier used to be a strong, quirky character, but in this book, she's indecisive, forgetful, and otherwise just inept. Bello's reading (or the direction?) was uneven in cadence, with mid-sentence pauses that jarred. She used a pronounced slow enunciation during the tense scenes, but it failed to heighten the tension. On the whole, a disappointment, and this from someone who has read nearly all of Scottoline's work.
I am giving up on this series. I had high hopes with the first book, but for me, Ruth Galloway has become too much of a silly, weak, insecure character. One wonders how she managed to complete a terminal degree. I would have stopped after book 3 but had already bought #4. We spend entirely too much time in Ruth's head and she has really ridiculous imaginings and flights of fancy. Ridiculous moments of idiotic panic over nothing. A little is fine, but there is too much, almost like filler for filler's sake.
The reader (McDowell) does a fair job with general narration and most of the female voices. But in dialogue and if she has to use emphasis for any of the characters or be forceful/gruff for a male character, it just does not work. They sound hollow.
This is actually book 4 of the Superintendent Folly series, which I did not realize until several chapters in since Folly doesn't appear for quite a while. This is a country house mystery with lots of possible killers, stolen art, mysterious goings-on in the night, quarries, fields, and country lanes. The reader did a fine job with the voices, making it simple to keep track of the rather large cast.
Reginald Hill yes; Brian Glover no.
Although this one was VERY complex and could have done with some trimming, it was made worse by Glover's uneven narration. Yes, he does Dalziel's voice well (as he should), he is miserable with the women. Listening to Cissy talk was worse that just about anything I have heard in a while. He also raced through the non-dialogue narration as if he was being paid by the word. And raced in either a monotone or a sing-song. Pacing overall was very uneven.
Already begun Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh.
Jim Dale would be my first choice.
I try to do series in the order they are written and this was next in line. It was a bit long, even though the story was complex and had characters sort of appear randomly, but I stuck it out anyway. My hope is that the next installment is better.
Yes, I would listen to this again. Hugh Fraser (Hastings from Poirot stories) does a very good job with the reading. And the story is quite creepy enough.
Albert, the slightly excitable butler, who must read American crime novels in his spare time.
Fraser has the nuances we have come to enjoy from his role as Hastings. His voices are very well done.
The description of Mrs. Packard's face - if hairs rising can be called "moving."
It's been a while since I read any Tommy and Tuppence and I was not disappointed in this audio version.
I generally do not like a tag-team of narrators, so this did take a bit of adjustment. But beyond that, there are times where Lincoln seems to be just trying to get words out as fast as he can - as if that will heighten suspense. He reads in a monotone, which makes him sound bored with the story, even in the parts where he is speed-talking. The story is vintage Follett, so it is a pity that Brilliance did not use either a better or better-directed reader.
I bought this book last fall and realized that it was the second in a series. Being a serial reader, I located the first book and read it. Then I jumped into this one. I can honestly say that this author is getting better with each book (and no, you don't have to read book 1 first - they mention events from it but it's not required). As others have said, the prose is delightful; dialogue outstanding; Bryant and May are a terrific pair, well-suited to each other. Fowler assumes that he is writing to an audience that is bright and does not stoop to explain the obvious. After a few hours of listening, I searched the web for London's lost rivers to get a general map of the area.
Tim Goodman does an excellent job with the narration and the voices for all the characters - from the women to the tramp.
A major character of each Anna Pigeon story is the park in which it is set, so the physical descriptions are vital to the plot. Winter Study finds Anna returning to Isle Royal (abbreviated by the park service as ISRO and pronounced "Is Row"), so we have the park of A Superior Death, but in the depths of winter.
I have read or listened to all of the Anna Pigeons and this one rates as one of my favorites. Barbara Rosenblatt does her usual excellent job with the reading.
My only regret is that now I have to wait a year for another new Anna.
The reader takes what may have been a good story and ruins it. His reading is uneven in volume and pace and even is monotone at times. He hurries along as if he is going to be paid a bonus if he finishes the book more quickly. His interpretation of voices is so vague that you cannot easily tell who is who. Dalziel, with his frequently mentioned size, has a high-pitched voice that rightly belongs to a smaller person. All of this makes finishing this book a matter of endurance, which is a shame. I like the series.
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