I found the first two novels slow and redundant, although it's only fair to say that I still couldn't put them down. This novel flows better, is significantly less repetitive and develops the characters of Hester and Oliver even more than that of Monk.
I have really enjoyed Perry's descriptions of the classes and time period, more than any other author who writes about that period - she vividly portrays the constraints placed on women, children and the servant class.
As a woman I feel badly for generally not liking women narrators. I find it easier to hear a man narrating a woman's part than the reverse. That being said, Davina Porter's narrations are so good that suspension of disbelief is nearly total for me.
This is the darkest yet of the three but also the easiest to believe and the most touching. Enjoy!
I wasn't sure Kenneth Branagh was going to do this justice - he can be a little over emphatic and lofty sometimes. I was wrong, he lowered his tempo and adopted a more common voice that fit the characters beautifully.
Even better than the first. I took work off today so I could listen to the last five hours because I couldn't wait! While I found the narrator a little over dramatic at first, he is so good that I got over that feeling quickly and now think it is unlikely any one else could do it better.
I think this is the pleasantest book I've read in a while - the main and supporting characters are very nice, not hard, cynical or vicious as they frequently are in mysteries. I smiled all the way through and enjoyed the story and the historical aspects thoroughly. Very low-tech by way of forensics - much more about thoughtful, deductive reasoning. The narrator is quite engaging!
This is the sixth Sherlock Holmes novel I've listened to this month and my least favorite. The narrator dramatizes the character's voices so that it sounds like you're listening to a play. I much prefer to hear a book read so that the voices create a suspension of disbelief.
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