Down-on-her-luck Lori learns she's about to inherit a sizable estate - if she can discover the secret hidden in a treasure trove of letters in Dimity's English country cottage. What begins as a fairy tale becomes a mystery - and a ghost story - in an improbably cozy setting, as Aunt Dimity's indominable spirit leads Lori on an otherworldly quest to discover how, in this life, true love can conquer all.
©1992 Nancy T. Atherton (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
You're kidding, right? Reader Teri Clark Linden is nearly the worst reader ever! I finished reading the book in paperback.
I read this book years ago and loved it, and I wanted to experience it all over again. Even so, I had completely forgotten how charming this modern-day fairy tale was!
Downtrodden librarian Lori Shepherd is startled to discover that Aunt Dimity, who she'd always thought was an imaginary heroine in her mother's stories, actually lived -- or had lived until very recently. Lori is called upon by the terms of Dimity Westwood's will to accomplish a task. But, Lori discovers, the real task she needs to fulfill so that the dead can rest in peace is a very different one altogether. Along the way, Lori, with the help of a good-hearted and winsome young lawyer, solves more than one mystery.
Actually, I refuse to listen to any more Aunt Dimity books simply because she's the reader. I love Audible books, and I may break down later if I get so busy that I can't read paperback books at all.
I almost never check to see who the reader is because, usually, the reader can't ruin the experience for me. In future, I'll be careful not to buy any books that are read by her.
Say something about yourself!
Years ago, I read as many of these cute cozy mysteries as I could find. Imagine my delight when I found that they were here on audible.
I have listened to the first 20 minutes of this book and can go no further. I won't go into greater detail, but will say that a reader can make or break a book or a series.
This is a real shame.
No, I would not.
They need to find someone who can act to read these books. I own all of the books and love every single one of them, but this narrator is awful!
If it had been read by someone with feeling.
Get a new narrator Nancy!
Only if they like cozies and can find another reader.
I've been listening to audio books for several years now and I fancy myself a bit of a sophisticated listener. This reader is just flat, flat, flat.
I enjoyed the story and it did keep my attention in spite of the narration
Bill, you just never know what to expect from him.
For me yes, but then i listen while doing other things.
I hope the narrator never travels to Scotland as she would be arrested for murder of the Scottish accent, and the English accent wasn't much better. If you can't do and accent properly please don't attempt it. Overall the narration was some of the worst I have ever heard and only the story kept me listening.
No question: would be 5 stars with a better narrator
I do not appreciated being treated as if I am sitting in a circle in day care - long pauses, sing/song too sweet voice. These charming witty books deserve a narrator who understands and appreciates them!!
EXTREME disappointment and sadness bordering on anger based on my reaction to the narrator and my love for the books when I read them in print. I was so excited after seeing the series in 'coming soon' and was prepared to purchase the entire series on Audible and have *many* hours of enjoyment. My only good reaction is that I purchased only the first book in 'coming soon'
Haven't finished it yet.
Is this narrator a real person? Or did they get some Siri-type computerized voice to read this thing? Seriously, I have only listed to 5 minutes of the story and I'm not sure I'm going to be able to make it through the whole thing. It's awful! I will try increasing the speed and see if that improves it, but if it doesn't I'm going to seriously regret downloading this one.
Atherton yes, IF and only if not narrated by Linden.
Literally anyone. Part of narration is knowing how to pronounce words properly and understanding where and how to place emphasis. This narrator does not even understand the basic difference between when one says the word "a" as a long a or a short a.
I'm not quite clear whether she actually understands English because the emphasis is completely wrong in virtually every sentence. Bill sounds as though he has some sort of affliction. awful, horrible terrible.
The story is a nice little cozy. Comfort reading. Destroyed entirely by the narration in this case.
There are a lot of parents out there with 3rd graders who could use the extra cash - please hire one of their kids to read the next one, It will be a step up.
I like realistic books that stretch the truth and the laws of physics...and also emotionally resonant narration that doesn't suck.
I like this book. It's a cozy mystery which pulls you along with its momentum and description, and the mystery of it is also enticing. I want to buy the rest of the series. I will not be buying the audio version from audible though, and I urge you not to buy it either. I really cannot believe that this same narrator was hired to do every single book in the series after this terrible performance. Raising the playback speed really only helps alleviate the awfulness of this lady's narration a little, tiny bit. That only takes care of her unnatural slowness. At first, it was irksome, but I actually wanted to punch her in the face after the millionth time she annunciated a word so carefully that even words like "And" ended up with extra syllables on the end. She sounds like a robot which was built only to read illustrated books to five year olds, though I think even a child that age would find her reading style condescending and utterly wooden. Thanks for sucking every bit of personality out of this text, lady. Great job.
The main character (Lori) is beyond self-absorbed, overly-sensitive and childish. It's hard to listen to the book when you can't stand the personality of the protagonist.
The narration is about as bad as it gets. It's so robotic and flat. It's like having a robot reading to you, completely unnatural with emphasis in the wrong places and devoid of emotion. Evening speeding it up did not help. If I were the author, I would be furious to have my work ruined by such horrible narration.
The narration may be partially responsible for why I disliked Lori so much. Hearing her talk in such a robotic, unfeeling, sometimes arrogant sounding tone, just added to her already distasteful personality.
If the other books in this series were read by someone else, I would be willing to give another one a try since this is just the first in the series, but the narrator is definitely the deal breaker for me. Definitely can't listen to anymore books read by her.
The story, whilst not great literature, was a cozy read which kept my interest. It was not helped at all by the narration which sounded-computer generated with really bad attempts at accents.
No. Sounds robotic and monotone. The story might be OK but the narration is too irritating. Shame the series all use the same narrator. Might consider reading a copy of the book myself
An alternative narrator might improve the performance.
"Great story, dreadful narration"
The narration - have it done by someone who can do a believable English and Scottish accent, and who knows the difference between a rural English accent an an awful Irish accent.
The characters and the plot.
Anyone less less stilted , with a better grasp of English (as opposed to American) pronunciation
The story inspired me to buy the next one, despite it having the same awful narrator.
"Lovely story completed ruined by the narration"
I would read Nancy Atherton's books again, but not listen, as I find myself shouting at the narrator and that really ruins the effect!
I am only halfway through so far, but am intrigued by the storyline and refreshing characters.
Anyone who could speak English properly, in either an American accent or British! All the letter As being pronounced as "ay" drove me potty, especially at the beginning of words, together with each syllable being enunciated as if it were a separate word! I can't believe anyone would normally speak that way!
Only that the narrators are so important to a listener's enjoyment of a story, especially when some of us listen to hundreds of them. Writers, please choose more carefully for your stories and narrators, do your language research better - please!
lousy Scottish accent but if you can ignore that it is quite enjoyable. plot is a little contrived but a nice void filler, not too taxing on the brain.
"Great story - not so great narrato"
The story is great but the narrator's success with accents is limited
I have now listened to all of the Aunt Dimity series and have got used to the narrator and now she is just part of the story
The relationship between Lori and Bill
Great story shame about the accents
"Narrator sounds bored so its not a great start!"
I think the story was ok but the narrator was so monotone that even interesting parts sounded boring. A different narrator may have brought some expression to the reading.
Most interesting was the idea that Aunt Dimity doesn't exist and then a young woman gets a call from a lawyer claiming to be representing Aunt Dimity - sounds intriguing.
It is quite slow going though.
More expression from the narrator
disappointment - I was hoping to like this as there are several in the series and I like to listen to a whole series.
Enjoyed this, the first book in the series. Concept and story different. Likable characters. Narration very good. Enjoyed the book and the audiobook enough to buy the rest of the books and available audiobooks in the series.
I could compare this series with the Mrs. Pollifax series and the books by Georgette Heyer who writes mysteries as well as romances. These books tell stories without horror, or adult sex scenes, or "psycho" problems of characters. Excentrics and murders are present but not to the point of acute discomfort.
I have not listened to any other performances of Teri Clark Linden but will look out for them. I like her voice (or voices)
Unfortunately yes , as I do need my sleep. Fortunately audible has a chapter stop or I would be up all night.
I suppose this is like a fairy tale book where the heroine lives happily ever after as well as a happy ending for the title character.
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