©1997 by Simon Brett; (P)1999 by Blackstone Audiobooks
Simon Brett is one of my favorites and I especially love his Charles Paris books. Unfortunately, this narrator didn't make a good job of reading the book. Simon Brett should really read all his own books, because then they are wonderfully entertaining and enjoyable, making the listener laugh out loud in some places.
I might be done with the lovable character Charles Parrish after this one. Plot is flat as a popped tire. Reader good. Sorry I bought it.
Our hero spent the whole of this book drunk, hungover, and/or enjoying the many female bodies which were practically forced on him. Very little of the book is devoted to the murder set up or the unraveling of the mystery afterwards. The real mystery here is why I finished this book.
I've listened to quite a few Simon Brett audio books and know to expect a humorous tale connected with a theatrical or television production where one or more people get killed. The main enjoyment comes from the details of the chaotic life of the actor/amateur sleuth Mathew Parris and in the detection of the murder is incidental. This book is in the same vein, however, unlike the other books I've heard this one is not read by the author, Simon Brett, which spoiled it a but for me as the whole time I felt the reader's voice was wrong for Mathew Parris character in that it was too plummy and drawling. Don't get me wrong the reader is not bad, just not the right one.
"Good Story Shame About the Reader"
I always enjoy Brett's Charles Paris stories but the reader is completely wrong- much too posh
Why aren't the Simon Brett readings available on audible
I had to work myself up into ignoring the rather camp reader, who did well in character but was not half the reader that Simon Brett is of his own novels/
I love Simon Brett's books but this narrator did the story no favours particularly when compared to Simon Brett himself or Bill Nye's excellent ( and probably unreplaceable) Charles Parris.
"I guess I just love Bill Nighy!"
I love Charles Paris on the radio and I am a fan of Simon Brett's work. However this audio book was hard going for me. If I had not heard the dramatised version first I may have got on with it a bit better.
Nothing wrong at all - just not Bill Nighy
Yes, but I would have to insist on Charles Paris being played by Bill Nighy.
You may have spotted a pattern here!
"old fashioned mystery"
I first heard the radio series before I (audio) read the book so the character of Charles is Bill Nighy in my book. With him in mind I enjoyed this as a light easy read..
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