The Golden Windhorse, as the manor house has recently been christened by the villagers, is home to a bunch of New Age oddballs. When one of them is killed, then another, Chief Inspector Barnaby encounters some bizarre suspects.
©1992 Caroline Graham (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd
While Hugh Ross is not the narrator I would have chosen for this book, (James Saxon or Clifford Norgate could have nailed it), everything about the plot and style of writing is enjoyable. One of those books you hate to turn off, even when someone very short and clad in a bathing suit is tugging at your jeans and urgently lisping, "Gramma, I have to go potty...."
Listening to this put me to sleep 3 times on two different days. If you have trouble falling asleep, forget the pills, just listen to this. An incredibly slow plodding story along with this narrator combine to make the biggest snooze in all of audiobookville. Sweet dreams.
"Narration needs a tweak"
Caroline Graham's books are great, but the narration of Hugh Ross needs a bit of a tweak. Sometimes it sounds like he is reading his shopping list and trying to imbue it with a sense of irony and failing. However this one is better than the other one I have just listened to, so his style may be hit and miss.
This book has a lot of different characters in it, which made it a bit challenging to get into it as there was no single main character whose eyes I could see the others through and who I could easily identify with. Once I got used to this, however, I found the story quite entertaining and the multitude of colourful characters very interesting. Be warned, though, that you are likely to get a little confused in the beginning, as all those different characters are introduced into the story one after the other without any of them taking a leading role in it! Very different from anything that I've previously read or listened to, but still a colourful and entertaining story with a lot of interesting, comical and very peculiar characters.
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