I loved Edward Petherbridge's articulation and cadence. The story itself has beautiful descriptions and dialogue, but can be a bit long in places. The brilliant narration made those duller moments poetic where I think I would have skimmed them if I were reading from the page.
The story itself is a little depressing, but somehow it seemed less so when listening to it. It made a lasting impression on me.
I listened to "The Attenbury Emeralds" and have enjoyed E.P. in Masterpiece's Lord Peter Wimsey series. He is brilliant every time I listen to or watch him. This book was certainly enhanced by his excellent narration.
I think not from Walter Satterthwait, but certainly would listen to more narration by Emily Gray. She did a great job.
I enjoyed the viewpoint of the character, Jane Turner, but not really the viewpoint of her male counterpart, Phil Beaumont. I am still in shock that only one person narrated the book -- I would swear that there was a male and female narrator. I loved the female voices, but the male voice (though sounding authentically male), was jarring, in that here's a case of a British speaker putting on what they consider "the American accent." I don't know if it's a case of trying to sound like what Americans were believed to sound like in 1923, but at any rate it sounded very odd to me. Lots of emphasis on w's, r's and l's in a sort of up and down emphasis. Before I realized that there was only 1 narrator, I told my husband that I wished that they'd gotten someone different for the male parts! The story itself was just ok - and to be honest I thought that it became a bit raunchy to the point where I just stopped enjoying it and had to force myself to finish it up, and when I DID finish, I was disappointed. Be aware that there's a lot of talk about bisexualism, people having affairs, etc. and making light of it. Those characters were not very engaging, either, so you just felt like you were eavesdropping on raunchy gossip. I know that not everyone shares my dislike of bad language and/or sexual content, but in case there's someone reading this that shares my views and prefers books that are not quite as descriptive in those ways, I hope this helps. It could have definitely been MORE explicit -I don't mean to imply that it's trashy filth- it's just that I didn't expect the level that it DID have, and I thought it was too much.
I have enjoyed other books in this series, and this title was very good. I love the humor and the chemical descriptions (being a chemistry girl, myself) and I think that the character of Flavia is extremely original. This book has charm as well as drama and suspense. I especially love her descriptions of her bicycle, Gladys.
Charm, Humor, and the narrator is wonderful. Just the right amount of indignation and wit.
The end choked me up, and in a book that is mostly humorous that's not really expected. There are poignant moments that really add to the storyline.
Excited to "read" more in this series!
The narrator does a good job, and the book is well written, with good descriptions of people and places, but quite frankly I really disliked the story. There were parts that made me uncomfortable, and I didn't like the way it seemed that Kincaid was always noticing women's breasts, etc. It was thrown in often enough for it to be distracting, and he came off looking a little like a creep. I liked the first book in this series, and think I will try the next, but I should've listened to the reviews that said this title wasn't a winner.
He does a good job differentiating between the characters.
If you're a bit sensitive to racy material, this book will probably make you uncomfortable. It's not graphic, exactly, but it had a certain "ick" factor for me. I think it could have been handled in a better way than it was. Just my opinion, many would probably disagree but I can be a little squeamish.
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