I won't add to comments about the novel (which is riveting!) but I would like to compliment the narrator Saul Reichlin. His narration is outstanding. His pronunciation of the names, the individualisation of the characters, the pacing of the narrative, are all brilliantly realised. The tone of his voice is warm and pleasing to listen to.
Curious mispronunciations jarred.
The characters were stereotyped and I just couldn't engage with them. I have enjoyed other Michael Innes novels; perhaps because this was the first of the Inspector Appleby series he hadn't yet got into his stride. I couldn't finish it.
Anyone who doesn't mind a thriller with no resolution
OK this is a thriller. So to pretend it's some kind of literary oeuvre with no need for tying all the loose ends together is irritating to say the least, especially when you've used up a credit on it!
Simon Vance is, as always, a most accomplished narrator. One cannot fault him.
The most obvious fault with the novel is the lack of a resolution; you have followed these people through the whole novel, yet you are let down at the end, it is as if the author couldn't think of a resolution. So we have this wishy washy conclusion, and are left wondering what happened to Aimee?
Simon Prebble narrating
Can't, as I couldn't finish it. Will have to read it instead.
Certainly not. If I could have given this zero stars I would have.
Couldn't finish listening to it.
I wish I'd taken note of the comments from other readers before purchasing it.
Sean Barrett as always is an outstanding narrator. Despite the obviously well-researched South African background, I found the writing to be cliche-ridden and the characters two-dimensional.
This novel is so disappointing - there is no ending. It's as if the author suddenly stopped writing. There is no resolution, no gathering together of the various strands of the story. One feels cheated, have invested the time in listening to it. The narration however is excellent.
This is the first Flashman book I've read or listened to, and I was entranced! Flashy is totally over the top, a name-dropping, boasting Casanova, yet beguiles you with his charm. Timothy West's narration would be impossible to improve upon - he completely captures Flashy's mixture of self-deprecation and supreme confidence. I'm so disappointed Audible has only three Flashman titles, I do hope you can prevail upon Timothy West to do them all!
Michael Rowbotham has been extravagantly praised, so I approached this novel with eagerness. However it seemed to unravel for me as it went along, especially after a strong beginning. I found the protagonist more and more irritating, and the motives of the killer not credible. The introduction of a second 'baddie' just before the end was a cop out. The performance, apart from a few idiosyncracies, was excellent.
Michael Jayston gives such a wonderful performance, you can't imagine anyone else reading Le Carré. He is George Smiley to perfection.
Story and writing are amazing, my only gripe is with the narrator. Her accent is anachronistic - people in the 1960s and 1970s (and up until the late 90s for that matter) didn't pronounce words like look, book, could as 'lerk' 'berk' and 'kerd'. For anyone over 30 this jars. It's a pity, as she does the regional accents well, so you wonder why she couldn't get this right as well.
I absolutely agree with Larry (reviewer from San Antonio); Trollope couldn't find a better narrator than Timothy West.
Trollope constantly surprises us, he never takes the easy option - none of his characters is totally good or totally bad. For instance, one starts off wanting Mrs Hurtle to be a villain and Paul Montague a hero, but neither turns out to be either. Even Melmotte himself is not the devil incarnate.
My only problem is that I have read most of Trollope! However, if Timothy West is the narrator, I will listen again to books I have already read.
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