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The Complete Steel | [Catherine Aird]

The Complete Steel

There were two things seriously wrong when someone found Mr Meredith in the library of Ornum House and greeted him with a ‘Good morning’. For one thing, it was five o’clock in the afternoon; and for another, the greeting took the form of a murderous blow to the back of poor Mr Meredith’s head. But Inspector Sloan doesn’t discover any of this until he finds the weapon, a large primitive club, topped with an iron spike.
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There were two things seriously wrong when someone found Mr Meredith in the library of Ornum House and greeted him with a ‘Good morning’. For one thing, it was five o’clock in the afternoon; and for another, the greeting took the form of a murderous blow to the back of poor Mr Meredith’s head.

But Inspector Sloan doesn’t discover any of this until he finds the weapon, a large primitive club, topped with an iron spike. It is hanging in Lord Ornum’s armoury, labelled ‘Godentag’ which, as the Vicar explains, taken literally means good morning.

©1969 Catherine Aird (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Barbara Bellevue, WA, United States 10-12-12
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Complete Steel to be better than the print version?

    I was surprised to find this the identical story to one that I knew as "The Stately Home Murder". Oh well, no real problem. I don't mind visiting a good story another time. My only complaint is that the narration is considerably too fast.


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    Laura Lancaster, PA, United States 05-06-13
    Laura Lancaster, PA, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2006
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    "What the heck is he saying!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Can't get through it. Bailey talks so fast and his characters are so poorly delineated that I can't figure out what's going on!. I keep trying to listen but get so confused about who's talking. I think the story might be good, but I can't grasp it. I just don't seem to hear fast enough!

    Because I loved the descriptions of the story, I bought 6 more of the Catherine Aird books and am greatly regretting it. I may try another to see if Bailey gets any better or at least slows down. Otherwise, I am going to return them.


    What didn’t you like about Robin Bailey’s performance?

    First, he simply talks way too fast. That would not be a problem, but he runs one character's dialogue into another's so that you can't tell who is talking at any given time. He reads as if the entire book were one run-on sentence.In addition he doesn't give any personality to his characters. When one visually reads a book, one can see by the change of paragraph and punctuation marks where one character's speech ends and another begins. While reading, the personality of each character becomes clear - not from the descriptions but from the words they use and the pace at which they use them.In an audio book, the listener does not have all those cues so necessary to enjoyment of the story. Instead, we rely on the reader to create the characters, making each one distinctly different and clear. At the very least, we expect the reader to respect the punctuation. Although I like Robin Bailey's voice, his reading is not only annoying, but he makes the story incomprehensible.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Don't know. Can't get through the book


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know who chooses readers for various books, but I do wish the producers would audition voices for various books. This isn't the first one I've run into where the reader can't communicate the story. One cannot count on a good actor being a good reader, either. Some of the best actors/actresses are the worse readers. Training in oral interpretation would help.

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