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Jennie Begg

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  • What Came Before He Shot Her

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Inika Leigh Wright
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The shocking conclusion of Elizabeth George's previous bestseller, With No One As Witness, saw the wife of New Scotland Yard's Thomas Lynley gunned down in the street outside her home. Under arrest for the crime is a twelve-year-old boy, Joel Campbell. What possible motive could he have? What chain of events could have led such a child from the housing estates of North Kensington to the elegant streets of Belgravia with such deadly intent?

    Jennie Begg says: "performance is important"
    "performance is important"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Elizabeth George is a good writer and this "background" book without Linley and only a miniature entrance of the other DIs in the final chapter would have been great had it been read by Davina Porter or anyone else but Inika Wright. Her performance was stilted and full of falseness but it was the pronunciation errors - yes errors - and there were lots, as well as some personal idiosyncracies that irrated and finally spoiled it for me. I will never b uy another book narrated by her. And what was the producer thinking. Outright errors where she used a wrong name should have been corrected.
    George deserves better as this is an essential stepping stone to future Linley tales.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of What Came Before He Shot Her?

    The slow change in Ness as Magida gradually gained her mind and confidence, only to have it so firmly shattered in the Neil incident was heart rending. But the key moment was Helen's first greeting to the boys and the few minutes before her shooting. Amazing.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The producer could have paid more attention to details but importantly should have corrected glaring mispronunciations which occurred, particularly those that were repeated. And I dont mean regional/dialect differences.


    What character would you cut from What Came Before He Shot Her?

    Only for an abridged version, the lava lamp shop keeper. And some of the bhospital manicurist.


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