I would certainly listen to it again. The story was brilliant and had me second guessing everything I thought. The clues were all there, but I missed them. I enjoyed trying to piece them together, and the brilliant humor that Christie manages to weave into her books.
I really loved the vicar and his wife both! They were great characters and had lots of commentary and humor. All of the characters,m however, were wonderful.
Yes! I would have to say that this was just as brilliant as the first one to which I listened, "The Moving Finger". He has a wonderful range in his characters and, once again he has proven that he understands Christie's style of writing. It is often hard to fall in love with a book when you aren't reading it yourself, but Mr. Grant makes this possible by his wonderful interpretation.
"Running a church can be murder"
A definite must-read!!!
This book is fantastic and towards the top of my list - particularly of the mystery lists. I am a huge fan of Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes series, of all 56 short stories and 4 novels. I have been notoriously picky over the years of the fact that when people try to write Holmes fiction, they just don't understand the tone. I have to say that Lindsey Faye is one exception. She doesn't try to write more into Holmes, than Doyle would. She uses information for both the characters' of Holmes and Watson and the research from the Ripper cases to present a plausible look of what could have happened should Holmes have investigated Jack the Ripper.
While Holmes and Watson are and will always be my favorite characters, I have to admit that her additional characters very well-constructed and fit very well with the traditional cast of Holmes cases.
Vance is a brilliant performer and his Holmes was exceptional. Although Watson has more lines, he is not as hard a character to perform as Holmes. Vance performs the tonal qualities, mannerisms, and reactions of Holmes perfectly. I would even love to have him narrate other Sherlock Holmes stories or books.
London's greatest detective versus London's worst nightmare: the Game's Afoot!
I would love to see Ms. Faye write another Holmes novel!
I would recommend this to a friend in an instant! The team of Sullivan and Reynolds are their own Riyria, making this the best Author/Performer mix!
The story is intense and the characters are ones you either love or love to hate. The humor throughout is perfectly balanced with lots of wit, and I often find myself cheering out loud for some of the characters.
He brings EVERY. SINGLE. CHARACTER. to LIFE!!! It's just a great experience and I really can't imagine being introduced to this series without his portrayal of these characters.
Wow . . . tough question . . . I'm sure there are a lot of great ideas, but this pathetic offering is the only thing I could come up with right now:
Love, Betrayal, Loss, Friendship, Family, Magic, Beasts - Battles come in all shapes and sizes, but the outcomes have only two alternatives: Win or Lose.
It wasn't until this set that I realized just how much research Sullivan has done! Most of my graduate work was in the Age of Sail and the nautical terminology, the feel for life on board ship, and the way ranks worked were worthy of O'Brian and Forester.
I honestly haven't read the print version, so I couldn't tell you.
I enjoyed the aspect that the servants were a major part of the story, but the ending was very predictable and it wasn't as exciting as I would have thought. It was humorous at times, and if you're just looking for a relaxing read, it's a fun title.
Narration is really a personal preference in many cases. In this case, the narrator was very good except for the fact that the voice of the heroine got on my nerves. I know the character was Scottish, but Nettleton's high-pitched Scottish accent for the heroine was annoying at times. It's probably just me because I really loved how she performed the rest of the characters.
A Gamble on Fortune, A Gamble on Love, A Gamble on What's for Dinner.
I would only recommend this if they were die-hard Adams fans - or if they simply like good performances regardless of the writing. Don't get me wrong, I love "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe", but this book was not one of Adams' better attempts. Freeman does a wonderful job with the material with which he has to work, but the story really didn't flow.
There was a very funny scene where Thor tries to take Trillion home at a party, and the whole recurring Cricket Match theme was funny, but the flow of the story and the underlying themes just didn't seem to pop like they did in the last two. Again, no fault of Freeman's. He did the best he could with what he had.
Honestly, I probably wouldn't have gotten through it if it weren't for Martin Freeman's performance of this work. His portrayals of Arthur, Ford, and Zaphod are truly brilliant and he understands Adams' dry style of humor.
It certainly didn't inspire me to read the next one any time soon. I might get to it eventually, but I have others I want to jump to right now.
This is perhaps my most favorite book to which I have listened so far! A book is only as great as the quality of the story. A great audio book is only as good as the way it is interpreted by its narrator. Michael J. Sullivan is one of the best fantasy writers out there and Tim Gerard Reynolds is one of the best audio performers in the industry. The combination of these two to present this story is fantastic!
I LOVE the humor and intensity of the story. The characters became so very real.
It is hard to choose between Hadrian and Royce because they really are the best of friends and I can't imagine one without the other in the story. But if I had to choose, it would be Hadrian. He's kindhearted, funny, a master of swords and weapons, and he doesn't take any crap from either Royce or Alric.
While there were times that I really wanted Hadrian to let Royce throw Alric in a river, the scene where Alric rides into battle was very moving. Without spoilers, I appreciated the depth that Sullivan gave his characters and the way in which Reynolds brought the whole scene to life.
This is a must-read: I travel a lot, it only took me two weeks to get through all 25 hours of this book! It made me laugh more times than I can count, it surprised me, riveted me, and even made me mad (mostly because I had reached the end and was in an area where I couldn't download the next one). If there are audio book awards, both author and performer should be win all the ones for which they are eligible!
It really is fantastic! I love the story and I love how much trouble Tuppence always seems to get into. The relationship between these two only progresses with age and I love that they are very real as a couple. The mystery was very different and I enjoyed listening to it.
One of the most memorable scenes for me was that of Tommy leaving for his conference and telling Tuppence to keep out of trouble while she isn't listening to him and is immediately plotting her adventure as he's walking out the door. I LOVE them!
Mr. Fraser is perhaps the most talented performer of audio books I have heard. His vocal range is brilliant and he completely understands Christie's writing.
I don't include spoilers, but the scene that reveals the killer was very intense.
It's up there. I really can't determine where, but it is definitely one of my favorites! I love these characters and they really are my favorite of the Christie detectives.
Tuppence is most definitely my favorite. She is usually very blunt and brilliant, and she really loves Tommy but won't say it often. She has some hair rained schemes sometimes, and usually outwits quite a few people.
Hugh Fraser is one of my most favorite performers in audio books! He has such a wonderfully wide range of characters and has a great understanding of the books he reads. His portrayal of Tommy and Tuppence is spot-on to how I imagined them. Bravo!!!
It made me laugh in public!
Brilliant, hysterical, a must-read!
The novel itself is great. I have read it before. What killed this version was the performance.
Emphatically NO. He had a wooden, robotic performance and very little range. I was bored from the beginning with what has been one of my favorite of the Holmes novels. I don't really see why this production is still available to hear. Why does a Holmes novel have to be a drag? This is one of the most exciting ones - or should have been.
Just don't bother.
The hilarity of the almost stumbling nature Tommy and Tuppence coupled with their ability to find trouble and work through mysteries is positively wonderful! Christie has great characters who are so far-removed from Poirot and Marple. They are young and energetic and delightful! Nadia May does a brilliant job of performing this book!
I'm not sure I have a book against which I can really compare it.
Fantastic performance! Ms. May really understand the characters and understands Christie's style of writing. She has a great diversity of voices and is truly a brilliant performer! She is one of only three performers from whom I will listen to a Christie novel (the other two being Hugh Fraser and Richard E. Grant)
Great book, great performance, a must-read!
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