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An Advancement of Learning Audiobook

An Advancement of Learning

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Publisher's Summary

Superintendent Dalziel had a somewhat cynical view of what college administrations spent his taxes on. But when he and that over-educated Sergeant of his, Pascoe, were sent to investigate a disinterred corpse at Holm Coultram College, he hadn't reckoned on a rash of fresh killings. While Pascoe rekindled an old flame on the staff, protesting students identified Dalziel as a 'fascist pig'. The Superintendent smiled with satisfaction...if that's how they wanted to play it.

©1971 Reginald Hill;

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    Maggie Kansas City, MO, USA 07-02-07
    Maggie Kansas City, MO, USA 07-02-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Advancement of Learning"

    This is not a review of the book, but rather the reader. He's awful. His voice is tinny and hard to understand and his manner of speaking, or reading, is rhythmic and shrill. I kept trying to get around it, but it was no use. I couldn't get past the first chapter.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 06-23-11
    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 06-23-11 Member Since 2007
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    "What the heck?"

    The narration sounds like its coming from the bottom of a rain barrel --- muffled, fuzzy and the same for ALL the voices,,, how can Pascoe and Dalziel sound alike?
    I have no idea what this story is about. Tried a couple of hours but couldn't handle more

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 12-28-10
    Melanie Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 12-28-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Disappointing"

    I usually love everything by Hill but I couldn't get past the narration to decide it I liked this one! Turned it off within 10 minutes. I would much rather listen to Colin Buchannan.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gayla 03-15-10
    Gayla 03-15-10
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    "Clever but narrator has a cold?"

    I had read only one Reginald Hill novel (the first in the series) when I downloaded An Advancement of Learning. With this novel, the relationship between the two major characters seems better developed, more humorous, and the novel overall much wittier. That said, I listen to audiobooks while I walk or exercise, and Brian Glover is not an ideal reader for these circumstances, nor is the quality of the recording up to usual Audible standards. I believe another reviewer complained about Glover's accent, but that seemed fairly easy for this American listener to get used to. However, the man also sounds as if he has a cold about half the time and slurs his words a bit. Add in the occasional patch of white noise (a result of low-tech editing?), and this audiobook can be a bit annoying to listen to. The sound level also seems to vary up and down at odd times so that I found myself frequently adjusting the volume.

    So, I, based on my experience of only two mysteries, I recommend Hill's work for those attracted to quirky characters and witty wordplay, but I can't recommend Brian Glover as a narrator or this particular recording.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn Raleigh, NC, USA 07-07-09
    Glenn Raleigh, NC, USA 07-07-09
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    "An Ordeal to Listen"

    This is the first audiobook to which I've listened that has been so substandard in performance and audio quality. There is a reasonably good Dalziel & Pascoe story being read here, but the audio quality is very muddy, and the voices portrayed for characters are not consistent, distinctive or appropriate. Other readers use Yorkshire and other regional British dialects and voice Andy "The Fat Man" Dalziel with a growling bass tone that leaves the listener with no doubt as to which character is speaking.
    Based on this audiobook I would be hesitant to listen to other titles with this reader, and I'll be more inclined to heed other reviews about bad audio quality.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    04-05-12
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    "Poor reader"

    The reading is really disappointing. Reginald Hill is seriously let down by the performance of his book's readers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lance Karl Johnson 04-29-10 Member Since 2016
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    "The Importance of the Reader"

    I wish I had read the earlier reviews of this book. I would have saved some money. The reader is awful. I can only understand him if I am concentrating carefully. Since I usually listen to audio books while driving, that is just not possible. The same reader read for another Reginald Hill book I have and did fine, but not in this case.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chiere Martyn 09-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not One of the Best"

    Reader is terrible and so is the sound quality. The story isn't bad. The series improves from this early effort. If this is the first one you've listened to don't judge by this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    dar2drm4ever 09-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't understand"

    I love listening to books on tape during my commute. This one is the first where the recording quality plus the accent made the experience challenging. I honestly can't speak to the story because I didn't listen to much of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew W Rea 05-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Worst recorded book ever."

    The recording sounds as though it were dubbed from a overused first generation Walkman played back from under a pillow. Coupled with an overwrought performance, it's altogether unlistenable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Shelagh
    RomeItaly
    2/15/11
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    "Very disappointing!"

    I like this series, but the narrator absolutely ruined it! For the first time I looked forward to it ending so that I could move on. What a disappointment, not the story,I must say I have never had to complain before about an audio book, but this one was really a waste of money, be warned.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    12/30/15
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    "Enjoyable story, ruined by dreadful reading"
    Would you try another book written by Reginald Hill or narrated by Brian Glover?

    Any of Reginald Hill books makes a good read so would always buy further books, except if read by Brian Glover who is awful, primarily because of constant changes of sound level


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    9/21/15
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    "Unintelligible"
    Would you try another book written by Reginald Hill or narrated by Brian Glover?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    Needs to be narrated, not acted


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this as he is very good TV actor, but I was disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex32
    8/14/14
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    "Narrator not very good"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Story really good, enjoyed it very much.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dalziel, I love the fat controller, he makes me smile and having read all the Dalziel and Pascoe books as well as watching the TV series I can see the characters in my minds eye.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Unfortunately, although I like Brian Glover on the TV, in my opinion he does not get the accents right they actually sound quite comical particularly Franny Roote and in some places you can hardly hear him because he speaks so quietly. Quite a lot of the time he sounds like he has only just learned to read, such a shame because the story is up to the usual Reginald Hill standard.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from An Advancement of Learning?

    None, every scene was needed.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to getting through book three in the series and then on to a better narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ishbel
    Athens, Greece
    4/13/13
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    "A Good Listen."

    At first I wasn't very gripped by the narrator's voice but soon the story took over and I began to understand how much that understated tone become as much a part of the story as the tale. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela
    London, UK
    4/12/13
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    "Good story though hard to hear"

    I enjoyed the story and Brain Glover is an excellent choice as a narrator but it was a little like listening to the story after having put cotton wool in the ears. The recording appears to be a little old and could have done with some cleaning up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • doomwaffle2000
    Surrey, UK
    4/26/11
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    "an advancement of learning"

    I have loved Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe books for years, and have recently enjoyed listening to them on audiobooks, but Brian Glover's narration was so dreadful, I have given up on this. Very disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lynne
    Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
    7/6/10
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    "Andy Dalziel what a wonderful charcter"

    I have once again enjoyed this book, and to be introduced to Ellie and Root, and to start to see different relationship developing.
    I have quite fall for Dalziel brutish way of dealing with people, he seems to understand people, and this has given him a way of knowing how to talk to people in the right way and the right question to ask and his delivery. This is also read by read by Brian Glover, whom gets it right when reading these books.
    These are really brilliant crime audio books, and should reach the highs of the greats.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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