Susan Hill is equally good on the page and on audiobook. Steven Pacey's tone, pace and expression are well judged.
The Serrailler family is so well depicted that I feel I know them. I have a strong mental image of the farmhouse kitchen, Simon's flat and the cathedral close.
Crime fiction which concentrates on the 'why' as much as the 'who' appeals to me. The crime is always in a social and even, in the broadest sense, political context.
The narration is not overstated. As a listener one is aware of the content rather than the performance.
Susan Hill is in touch with the full range of human emotions and shares them with us intelligently.
I have read all Sebastian Faulks' other works and love his writing. It was interesting to see his take on the Ian Fleming style. The narration by Jeremy Northam was just right in tone and expression and did not intrude on the listener's imaginative interpretation too much.
I look forward to more work by Sebastian Faulks and would be pleased to listen to Jeremy Northam again.
I would recommend Devil May Care to all those interested in finding out what a writer whose strength lies in his portrayal of the inner life of his characters makes of a more plot-driven genre.
I have not heard any other of Jeremy Northam's performances before but found that his rendering of this novel allowed me to engage fully with the author's words without intrusive overacting and excessive interpretation.
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