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Dead in the Water Audiobook

Dead in the Water: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery, Book 6

>In July of 1923, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple travels to Henley-on-Thames to visit her aunt and uncle, as well as to work on her latest writing assignment: covering the Henley Royal Regatta for an American magazine. Daisy plans a simple trip researching her article, enjoying the races, and, come the weekend, having a pleasant time with her fiancé, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. But the tensions between the Ambrose team's coxswain, Horace Bott - a shopkeeper's son and scholarship student at Oxford - and rower Basil DeLancey - the younger son of an earl and all-around bounder - are constantly threatening to erupt into violence.
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May the best man die!

In July of 1923, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple travels to Henley-on-Thames to visit her aunt and uncle, as well as to work on her latest writing assignment: covering the Henley Royal Regatta for an American magazine.

Daisy plans a simple trip researching her article, enjoying the races, and, come the weekend, having a pleasant time with her fiancé, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. But the tensions between the Ambrose team's coxswain, Horace Bott - a shopkeeper's son and scholarship student at Oxford - and rower Basil DeLancey - the younger son of an earl and all-around bounder - are constantly threatening to erupt into violence.

The day after losing a race thanks to Bott's overindulgence the night before, DeLancey keels over and dies mid-race. Foul play is immediately suspected, with Bott the logical suspect. But nothing is obvious in this tangled web of jealousies and secrets, and while Inspector Fletcher investigates the murder, Daisy once again must ferret out the truth.

©2011 Carola Dunn (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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    consuelo 07-06-14
    consuelo 07-06-14
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    "Narrator doesn't know how to pronounce the words!"
    Where does Dead in the Water rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is fun but the reading is not, so it ranks near the bottom.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Sort of. It's a cozy mystery, so it's not meant to be thrilling, I think.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mia Chiaromonte’s performances?

    No. This is the second reading in this series by Mia Chiaromonte, and she mispronounces words all over the place. As I've said in past reviews, specifically about Mary Sarah Agliotta, when I pay for an audiobook, I expect the reader to know how to pronounce the words. Mia Chiaromonte thinks a "fit of pique" is a "fit of pickay." And that's just one instance. It's annoying enough to make me stop listening to this series, even though the stories are fun.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It pissed me off, because, as stated above, the reader didn't bother to check the pronounciation of the words before she did the reading, and the producer didn't do anything about it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Urbana, IL, United States 05-01-14
    Joan Urbana, IL, United States 05-01-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story, terrible narrator"

    I am a longtime fan of Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple books, but this performance was horrible. It is extremely distracting, and insulting, to have a narrator use a fake English accent (and badly); if you don't have an English narrator, just get a good narrator to speak normally! Not only was the accent totally wrong, so were the characterizations of various characters, especially of Alec, who comes across as a real jerk (which he is not). Also, the narrator mispronounced numerous placenames (Gloucester, Berkshire), as well as ordinary English-language words ("pique" does not have two syllables). I hope this narrator will not be doing the remainder of the Daisy Dalrymple books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Keith 04-27-14
    Keith 04-27-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story terrible narrator"

    As always with the Daisy Dalrymple stories the story is well plotted and the main characters particularly Daisy and Fletcher are likable. I would recommend any of the books in this series. The problem with the audio book lies with the choice of narrator who tries and fails miserably to do British accents. She does not seem to have bothered to try to look up the correct pronunciation of British place names and every time she mangled Gloucester (it should be pronounced Gloster not Glowcester) it grated - this is just one example among among many many others - there seems to be a mistake almost every time she tries to do a upper class accent. If I had not been on a long drive I would have stopped listening and bought a copy of the paperback!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Schmidt Mid-America 01-28-16
    C. Schmidt Mid-America 01-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Change the Narrator!!!"

    The narrator is bad, so it's hard to know if that will stop you buying the book or not. I like Daisy, so I'm willing to put up with Mia Chiaromonte, but wow, it's a lot to put up with. She is terrible with accents, mispronounces words, and puts the emphasis on the wrong word. For example, the, "what?" at the end of the sentence completely flummoxes her. It's really too bad because the narrator for the first few books in the series was good. If you can overlook the pretty bad narration, then go for it. The book is good.

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    Colette Michaud 07-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Narrator Sucks!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I've listened to the other Daisy Dalrymple books and enjoyed them. I MIGHT have enjoyed this one if the narrator could speak. "What?"


    How could the performance have been better?

    According to the listing in my library it says its being read by Bernadette Dunn who read the others and did it very well. But, in fact it is read by Mia Chiaromonte. Bring back Dunn and maybe it'll be worth it.


    Was Dead in the Water worth the listening time?

    No. The story may be worth reading, but I couldn't follow the plot being constantly distracted by mispronunciation.


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    Maryellen 04-19-15
    Maryellen 04-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "This author deserves a better narrator."

    Carola Dunn writes good enough stories that I have listened to quite a few of her titles, but I do not love the narrator. Mia Chiaromonte's attempt to speak with a British accent (according to Google search she is American) often sounds kind of forced. I don't let this bother me too much for the most part, and I'm able to get into the flow of the story, but it is jarring when Ms. Chiaromonte quite often just plain mispronounces a word. For example, I've never heard of a place called "Glowster." I assume it is Gloucester...? At another point, a character, worried about how his father would react to something, is heard to say, "the patter will be livid." According to every other narrator I've listened to, it's supposed to be "the pater" (long-a, from the Latin for father). My gold standard of a British narrator is David Thorpe. I wish there more like him!

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    Dan 11-20-14
    Dan 11-20-14
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    "I tried to enjoy this book…."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story is fair, so if one can ignore the narrator's performance, and one likes Dunn's stories, then one can make it through this story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Another mystery.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mia Chiaromonte’s performances?

    Only if there is not another option.


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

    Disappointment. I was disappointed by the narrator's performance, and the plot wasn't strong enough for me to be able to get over the annoying "sing-song smiley face telemarketer" voice.


    Any additional comments?

    If one likes to hear Carola Dunn's mysteries (good or bad,) then one may choose to go ahead and give this one a try. I don't recommend this story as an introduction to Carola Dunn.

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    "Loved this story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This is the sort of story that if you like Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers and Ngaio Marsh you will love. Not quite the social details of those writing in the time period but a well told story that is engaging


    What other book might you compare Dead in the Water to, and why?

    I can't think of a book but the work compares favourably to works by Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers and Ngaio Marsh.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Unfortunately the choosen narrator can't do any English accents or dialects. The poor lass who was supposed to come from the Black Country sounded more cockney that the policeman who lived in London and many ordinary words were incorrectly pronounced which could find you after a while mentally or actually correcting her. It is a pity as this will put some listeners off and this work deserves more than that.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Amateur sleuth in rowing mystery. Murder on the river in Regatta week.


    Any additional comments?

    This author has written 22 Daisy books can we have some more for Audible and not just Kindle consumption please

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A-R. Mauuarin
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    "Classic whodunnit with annoying narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story is a classic whodunnit, I enjoyed the story in itself.
    But the narrator is extremely annoying. She sounds like a southern belle trying her hand at posh english... it's pronounced "Buckinghamsher" and "Glostur" - not "Buckinghamshayer" and "Glouwstehr"... argh
    :-D


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I rather like Daisy, I think I'd inviter her to tea, if she existed :-)


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mia Chiaromonte’s performances?

    no... I think I'll read another Daisy Dalrymple myself...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aisling
    3/23/15
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    "I expected a nice English Mystery but............."

    This book was spoiled for me by having the wrong person reading it. It is set in England but the reader makes no concession to that and her pronunciation of names and place names is jarring to say the least and for me became the focus. I did listen to the end but won't be listening to any more of this series narrated by the same person

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