(P)2009 Jimcin Recordings
This is a good, fun story, although it drags in spots. The fascinating part is watching the author explore the possibilities of this new genre, before the development of the conventions with which modern readers and listeners are well aware.
Good story - one that keeps you on your toes. Might get confusing if you are not an experienced mystery reader. Very well read.
this book was boring slow and very hard to listen to...managed to get to chapter 10 hoping it would change but nope ....not recommended
Rarely do I come across a book I don't like. This book was not only confusing, but boring a well. And it didn't help that the narrator read in a monotone.
I love classic mysteries. I should have liked this. But I didn't. While the narrator was not great, he did differentiate between voices, and that is something that is often lacking in many audiobooks. No, the problem was the story. It dragged. There was a lot of tangents that didn't seem to add to the plot or characters. The author appeared to use 20 words when 5 would do. Sorry, but if you are looking for an overlooked gem reminiscent of the "golden age" of mystery, keep looking.
"Not to be compared with detective classics !"
'a story that has been characterized as the best detective novel between The Moonstone and The Hound of the Baskervilles.' I don't think so! This is a pretentious, fussy, rambling tale that could have been cut by at least 50%. The author appears to want to impress with his knowledge of French although it is mostly used in a bizarre and inappropriate way. If this is not bad enough, it is compounded by the style of the narrator with characterisations almost as annoying as the rambling story itself. Some chapters are almost impossible to follow due to the strange style of both the narration and the story. Totally fails to create any sort of atmosphere.
"Typically Victoria, nice mystery"
This book was written back in Victorian times and as such has the same detailed, long-winded and sometimes laborious style that effects most victorian era books. Knowing that going in made it much more enjoyable. As a recording there are some repeated sentances or words and the sound level varies from chapter to chapter but that didn't stop the understanding of the story.
If you like stories to the point and are happy to fill in your own detail this book is not for you. However those who like a different kind of mystery and don't mind some old style rambling will probably enjoy this.
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