First of all, why a woman narrator? Considering the story, a man would have made more sense. This particular woman was shrill, over-exuberant, and talked way too fast. I tried slowing the narration down, but still couldn't listen to it. I was looking forward to becoming reacquainted with Lord Peter, but ended up hugely disappointed instead.
After really enjoying Jenny Sterlin's narration of the previous entries in this series, I was surprised to discover that a male narrator had been introduced to do the Holmes bits. Jenny Sterlin did her usual great job, at least in as much of the story as I heard; however, I found the male narrator so annoying I didn't make it through a quarter of the book. Not only did he sound not the least like our so-superior Sherlock, I found it difficult to distinguish between his various male character voices and rapidly reached the point where I simply didn't care to try and figure out who was saying what. If future Holmes/Russell books are narrated in this manner, I'll be sticking with the print version.
Russell, of course.
Jenny Sterlin only, please.
Didn't get through enough of it to have an opinion.
Don't try and fix what isn't broke!
I really enjoy this series, but the pauses in the narration of this installment were really, really irritating. They pull the listener out of the story, which is why I only gave it four stars instead of five.
I might have enjoyed this book very much if the narrator hadn't spoken so quickly that I was still grasping the content of one sentence while she had reached the end of the next. Speed-reading is not an asset for audio books.
I don't think audio books get any better than this series. Love it!
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