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Light Thickens | [Ngaio Marsh]

Light Thickens

Is this a dagger which I see before me...Four murders. Three witches. A fiendish lady. A homicidal husband. A ghost. No wonder Macbeth is considered such bad luck by theatre people that they won't mention its name out loud. But the new London production of "the Scottish play" promises to be a smash until gruesome pranks begin plaguing rehearsals.
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Is this a dagger which I see before me...Four murders. Three witches. A fiendish lady. A homicidal husband. A ghost. No wonder Macbeth is considered such bad luck by theatre people that they won't mention its name out loud. But the new London production of "the Scottish play" promises to be a smash until gruesome pranks begin plaguing rehearsals. And when the last act ends in real-life tragedy, Chief Superintendent Alleyn takes center stage—uncovering a heartbreaking secret, murderous jealousy, and a dark, desperate reason for "murder for foul"...

©1982 Ngaio Marsh Ltd (P)2011 AudioGO

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    Christina Strong City, KS, United States 10-05-11
    Christina Strong City, KS, United States 10-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Really great story"

    One of my all time favorites from Ngaio Marsh but not my favorite narrator. James Saxon does a great job with the many different voices and with pacing and delivery but I just found his voice irritating for reasons I never could identify. Try the audio sample, and if the voice suits, this audiobook will be a treasure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Colby Tucson, AZ, United States 04-09-12
    Colby Tucson, AZ, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "World of the theatre"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Light Thickens to be better than the print version?

    The different voices make the audio book great fun.


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

    The plot is intricate but sensible. It takes up with Peregrine Jay, whom we first met in Death at the Dolphin (another fabulous book), who is now middle-aged, married, has three sons, and is still the manager of the Dolphin Theatre. He is staging Macbeth and the descriptions of his ideas, stage management, and direction are illuminating. The actors are the usual bizarre collection of personalities, some delightful, others alarming, and their relationships are made vivid. The reader cares about these people, so the turns of the plot are riveting.


    What does James Saxon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His reading is superb -- each character's voice is distinguished from the others and his narrative tone for the passages that don't involve dialogue is interesting in itself. He has a great voice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Constance New York, NY, United States 10-18-11
    Constance New York, NY, United States 10-18-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Charming and intelligent Classic mystery"

    Marsh creates a thoroughly beguiling mystery based on a theater company that is performing "The Scottish Play," with its legendary history of magical ill luck forming a backdrop to the psychological interplay of quirky characters. If you like classic, smart British mysteries you won't go wrong with this one. James Saxon, as always, is the perfect storyteller for Marsh's large casted stories, bringing out the individual tone and flavor of each person in his symphonic voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen 06-02-14
    Ellen 06-02-14
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    "Very little Alleyn"

    If what you like in a Ngaio Marsh mystery is lots of inspector Alleyn this is not the book for you. It is mostly about a theater putting on Macbeth. Of course someone dies and Alleyn solves it but that's not what the story is about. Disappointing

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    Patricia 07-14-12
    Patricia 07-14-12

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    "Superb Narration from a Master Mystery Writer"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Light Thickens to be better than the print version?

    Not better, but equal to the text.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Eccentric characters, wonderful dialogue, Rory Alleyn and Inspector Fox, the period in history.


    Have you listened to any of James Saxon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes several. Saxon does a marvelous job with all the voices really getting at the character within. I always look for his narrations!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I had to pace myself over 3 days.


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    June C Dillon Superior, CO, US 05-21-12
    June C Dillon Superior, CO, US 05-21-12
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    "too much Mcbeth and not enough mystery"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The reader was excellent but the story line was too long about McBeth. the murder story was not presented until the end which was very good.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ngaio Marsh again?

    Yes, I like Ngaio Marsh stories.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the kids figured it out and the inspector hadn't a clue


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Light Thickens?

    The first few chapters


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the reader James Saxon he was very good.

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    Cynthia Coral Gables, FL, United States 11-30-11
    Cynthia Coral Gables, FL, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2005
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    "The final book in a great series"

    This is the last book in a long series of mysteries by Ngaio Marsh. It is set in the theater world, on of her favorite themes, and is a revisit to the Dolphin Theater and the main characters of the earlier book :Killer Dolphin”. It features a fascinating description of a novel version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and of the actors .

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    Catherine NEW YORK, NY, United States 11-29-11
    Catherine NEW YORK, NY, United States 11-29-11
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    "Great book and reading!"

    I love James Saxon's voice, and he does a fabulous job creating accents for different characters, which he tends to reuse from book to book. The story is wonderful, especially if you like Macbeth, Shakespeare, or the theater world in general.

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