Yes and no. I love Calme's books, but her dialogue is infuriating.
Not sure. When I read her books, I love the concept's but her dialogues are so juvenile. Here you have mature grown men going through difficult situation but then the dialogue does not reflect what just happened. It is painful to listen to.
All the scene where the two characters actually communicated a point.
The dialogue being better
If the author had picked up the pace of the book. I think because this book was a follow- up from a very dramatic ending in the last book, the author was trying to slow down the pace. There was a lot of reflections, quotes, and aimlessness I felt to this story. The end was such a disappointment, that what redemption could have come out of the book was lost.
I felt like she was a little to overindulgent, the book was a lot of phrases that kept being repeated over and over. There was a lot of reflections on things that were maddening to me, and to be honest I felt that book was longer than it needed to be. Once again, the end was a total let down. I can't get over it. Why redeem a character, just to treat him like that.
Yes, the narrator was o.k, and he definitely marched the pace of the story which did not help, as the pace was really dull, and convoluted.
Oh, my where to start. Most of the conversations were a tad redundant. I get it, it was an exploration into art, but still It was too much detail. Too much detail that in the end had nothing to do with the conclusion, or the murder.
Not sure if her next book will be an automatic buy, this was so disappointing.
Yes, it is in the same vein as all the same stories. There is no real substance, but it is a good listen.
Yes, I like the light, easiness of the stories. Doesn't require a lot of concentration to follow.
I love her portrayal of Agatha raisin and Roy.
Yes, I love Penelope Keith. She dramatizes the characters wonderfully.
This is where there is a spoiler...for those who have been following the stories...was surprised to find that Simon who was an orphan in the last book, now had parents. Surprising...
I have persisted on reading this series for one reason, Penelope Keith. I love her narration, and she brings her acting skills to bear with wonderful results. M.C. Beaton's books are simple and comfortable read. It took a while for me to get over the teenage reactions of Agatha raisin, but the author has done a good job explaining her behavior through Mrs. Blocksby.
I am finally starting to enjoy Agatha Raisin's crazy lovesick antics, and can actually laugh. I used to get so annoyed, and avoided all the books that were based off her love life.
Every aspect of Penelope Keith's performance is divine. I have stuck to this books just to hear her read.
Yes, it does not require a lot of concentration.
I am not sure I like M.C Beaton's take on battered women, there is definitely a pattern through both her series. In both her Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth books, she always makes them out to be people who like to be victimized, and without hope.
To be exact I am not sure I like her take on women as a whole, she tends to make them very silly, and her habit of love cross lovers is getting old, but I love Penelope Keith. So, as long as she is reading I will be listening.
The narrator was slow and somber, maybe if he had been a little more animated, and had given each character some personality. The story is told in first person for every character, so it gets a little difficult to follow, as the many points of view grew. There was also so many things in the book that did not add up, I know she was trying to create suspense, but each close miss, started to get tedious and a lot boring. It was too long.
No, I love murder mysteries, and I especially love British detective stories. I will just have to try another author.
He was too monotonous, with no real differentiation between characters.
No, the narrator ruined the story. He read to fast, and sounds sing-song. There is also no delineation between the characters.
I am not sure, but I do know I will not be starting a series again without checking the all the narrators.
He is just not entertaining. He does not differentiate between characters, and everyone sounds hoarse, men and women. There is also not a real accent, and when he does use it is not clear.
Agatha Christie meets Midsummer murders.
Shame, shame, shame. I hate starting things, and not finishing it.
I like M.C Beaton's stories about a group of Scottish villages, and I love the easy flow of the story. I have been slowly making my way through the books, and apart from a misstep in the case of "death of an addict", I have loved all the stories.
There was not one thing in particular, it was just a nice return to Hamish being Hamish in the small village setting.
The previous narrator has an alto tone to his voice, so when he was narrating the different characters it was more refreshing and distinct. The stories are also a little whimsical in their approach, and Mr. Grindell voice gave an air of innocence and easiness. Mr.. Malcolm's voice is a bass, and I cannot distinguish any characters, it is one long low bass for every character. The women and the men sound the same, and he also does not have much of an accent, when he is speaking, which I loved with the last narrator. Not sure I will continue to listen to this series, will see if it gets better. Sad, was really enjoying this.
Yes, and No. I normally do, but with this narrator it was hard.
I wish they would stop changes narrator in the middle of stories. It is most disconcerting.
Yes, the stories are simple, and easy to listen to. If you are looking for complicated and suspenseful, then this is not for you, but If you like Agatha Christie kind of mystery, a little more watered down, then you will like this story.
I actually like the main character Hamish, he is amusing and I also like the interactions of the villagers.
The narrator is o.k. I like his characterization, but the voice he uses (I am guessing his own) when he is just reading, is a little boring. It feels paced too exactly, and maybe a little too slow.
No, extreme reaction. Just a pleasant read.
Yes and No, the story was interesting, but Banks was mixture of contradictions. Here is a character that is supposed to have a chip on his shoulder in regards to the rich, but in this story he did not act as expected. In the end, his whole behavior for the last 50 minutes of the book was ridiculous. Why would he act like he did after what happened to him, was not realistic.
The hidden story that the suspects were trying to hide.
He has definitely improved with each story, I finally think I can get back into this stories.
No, not really.
This author fills the pages with too much conversation between characters, and sometimes it can be a little slow.
Yes, I liked the story. It was very complex and there was a lot of other smaller stories going on in the background with the main character, which added a certain amount of color to the story.
It is in keeping with previous books by this author.
Simon Prebble was definitely an improvement from the previous narrator, it took a little while to get used to the different take on the characters. I really enjoyed James Langton's narration, but this was definitely manageable. It was a little over produced, the music added at random times was annoying, and I am not sure why they felt they had to use that strange sound effect when Banks read Templeton progress note.
Yes, I think I might be able to continue with the series, I stopped when I listened to Ron Keith.
If you had kept James Langston. I hated this narrator, he forgot to add the regional accent and he sounded awful. He did not even sound british...WTF.
It is as good as previous books by the same author, just hated the narrator.
Duh..James Langston, the previous narrator, anyone with a better reading voice.
Anger...I cannot understand why anyone thought the book needed a new narrator...I am so mad right now. I am going to have to read the rest of the series.
I wish audible would try to stick to consistent narrators for series, it really helps to have continuity In the voices of the characters.
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