©1997 Deborah Crombie; (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC
Deborah Crombie weaves a complex and subtle tale, with many characters, some of which I lost track of at times but later recovered. A multiple murder occurring over several years unfolds against the backdrop of Cambridge and the wonderful poetry of Rupert Brooke. My only complaint would be the characterization of a 12 year child as an adult. Otherwise, this is a wonderful book.
Listen to the sample, the narrator is fine - More than fine. She is good. The problem is she is new. You may start out a series and get attached to a narrator's voice and you feel let down when he/she is replaced. I felt that about the Bernie Gunther series because I adore John Lee's voice. This is a good book, kept me guessing and I enjoyed Ms. Sterlin's reading. It is harder, I feel, for a woman to do men's voices, but they can and do. Enjoy.
I'm a retired professor of geography. A few years ago my health deteriorated and I had to give up reading. Audiobooks are my life-saver.
I'm listening to the Kincaid-James series in chronological order. This is the fifth of fourteen so far published, and, like each of its predecessors, it just gets better from book to book. At first I thought this one was rather slow, but it becomes riveting as the novel proceeds. I recommend it very highly, and if you have the time and money, I'd also recommend that your begin by listening to the books in order if you haven't done so already.
if you studied English and loved poetry, you're in luck with this book. The story centers around a poet and there are frequent quotations from the poems of Rupert Brook. I almost gave up on it during the first couple of chapters, because English was decidedly NOT my favorite class in school, and I abhor artsy poetry in particular. I stuck it out only because once I find an author I like, I always read his or her books in sequence.
I'm glad i didn't give up on this. The plot became more interesting as the story wore on. Around the middle of the book there is another death, and suddenly it became a page-turner. In addition, it contains essential background info concerning Kincaid's personal life, which I would have missed if I had given up and skipped to the next book in the series.
The author has mastered the disdainful upper-class drawl of the cultured English snob.
Listen to the sample narration - like me you might be intrigued by the initial lyricism of the reading - however then imagine the same dramatic and sepia tinted tones describing mundane tasks like answering the phone or a walk across a university lawn and you have the problem with Jenny Sterlin's narration in this audiobook - it lacks dramatic range and tends to be monotonous after the first 30 minutes. As for the plot, this is the first time I have listened to Deborah Crombie's work but I found the story tedious and explanation and understanding of the characters' actions was reliant on fortuitous discovery by the main characters rather than any careful thinking through of motive and evidence. In fact, the book seems to focus on romance far more than mystery, so - sample this book with caution if you like the mystery genre. It might of course be a much better read if you are already familiar with this author's style and are looking for a light romance focus in the storyline.
Dreaming of the Bones by Deborah Crombie
A bit of a departure from the earlier books in the series. It does not start with a murder or even a crime – but a phone call. Duncan’s ex-wife, Vic, calls him asking for help with a biography she is writing. The woman who walked out on him without a word, now needs his help. She believes the subject of her biography may have been murdered instead of committing suicide as originally ruled. Gemma is at first jealous and upset by Duncan meeting with and helping Vic.
It turns out that secrets galore surround not only the subject of the biography, but Vic herself. The end results might have lasting consequences for Duncan and Gemma.
I love the previous books but mostly for the character Duncan Kincade. In truth I couldn't finish this book. The character of the series completely changed. Also, I didn't like the narrator. Her voices for the different characters were not that different, so I found myself confused. The production was also not very good. In the early chapters I could hear the narrator inhale after most sentences. Couldn't a good sound engineer have taken care of that? Finally "chapters" were broken up in the middle of paragraphs. Maybe if I would've finished it, I would've liked it better. But I just couldn't.
I have really enjoyed this series until this one. There is a lot of poetry by Rupert Brooke and I know I should have enjoyed it but I found it a mostly boring story. I love the characters & will continue on.
This is a nice long book. It's supposedly a police procedural as were it predecessors. Actually, though, the first half of the book is spent with the drama of Kincaid seeing his ex wife, having old feelings return, Gemma's adolescent jealousy and unprofessional behavior, reading's from a deceased woman's silly letters, readings of poetry, etc. ad nauseum. About one third of the book is police procedural. Not my cup of coffee.
"Good book, spoiled by narrator"
Book is well written, characters well drawn, spoiled by narrator who sounds like Mariella frostrup on tranquillisers, and who frequently misplaces emphases. At least her slow speed .leaves the listener time to work out the meaning before she moves onto the next sentence. Will avoid this narrator in future.
"Great book - awful reader"
This was another excellent early story in this series. However the reader was awful. Slightly nasal and rather strangled vowels. Gemma sounded like Jamma. It has put me off any more by this reader.
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