Available to download for the very first time, the fantastic Inspector Appleby series by celebrated crime writer Michael Innes.
There are 15 stories in this compelling collection, including:
Legendary character Inspector John Appleby of Scotland Yard inspired a lasting vogue for donnish detective fiction. Innes's detective novels are playfully highbrow and rich in allusions to English literature and to Renaissance art.
©1975 Michael Innes (P)2010 Audible Ltd
Fifteen often-intriguing stories are marred by a poor reading. Although Andrew Timothy has a good voice, he stumbles through the text. Sometimes he corrects himself, and sometimes he doesn't. It's puzzling that none of this was fixed in the recording studio. If you prefer a smooth delivery by a trained actor, this book is not for you. If you'll put up with anything just for more Appleby stories, well, you've been warned.
The fact that I am a great Michael Innes fan is the only thing preventing me from returning this audiobook. The short stories are surprisingly good (an abbreviated Appleby is just as entertaining as the unabridged version) but the narration of The Appleby File is absolutely the worst I have ever heard. The narrator stumbles through, mispronounces and doesn't correct and the production quality is astonishingly bad. You can hear pages being turned in the room as well as other ambient noise! The narration is so leaden that you can't distinguish which character is supposed to be speaking. Such a disappointment.
Seriously! You can hear this poor soul practically choking at times, and he rereads fragments of text way too often. I really liked the short stories, but it was like having Uncle Abraham read to you without his teeth in!! They didn't even have the production integrity to re-record and edit. The book itself was good, or I would have rated it a 2.
"Good story let down by poor production"
I'm enjoying the story, but I'm afraid the production values of yesteryear aren't really up to today's standards. So when the narrator coughs, or mis-reads, or audibly turns the pages, none of it is edited out. Also, Andrew Timothy, (may he rest in peace), is very much of the old school, simply reading a story - interesting in a way, but he doesn't give the characters enough differentiation. I love classic detective fiction, and am delighted to have the Appleby stories, but this keeps mentally tripping me up with intrusive mistakes.
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