©1971 Reginald Hill; (P)1996 Chivers Audio Books
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The reading is really disappointing. Reginald Hill is seriously let down by the performance of his book's readers.
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.
This is afine example of Reginald Hill's early fiction. Brian Glover's spirited reading is muffled somewhat by the poor audio quality (I guess the original audiobook was on tape), so I recommend downloading it at the highest quality rating of 4. If you like Hill -- and if you don't, you should -- you'll enjoy this early novel.
"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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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