©2000 Frances Fyfield; (P)2001 Chivers Audio Books
"This excellent and very sad narrative is enhanced by audio. An ideal choice for mystery fans who revel in complex plots." (AudioFile)
"Fyfield's prose makes this small, grimy, damp setting seem very real, and the suspense and sense of unknown danger never let up. Reader Alex Jennings does the story full justice, inhabiting all the singular characters of the town." (Library Journal)
I was disappointed in Undercurrents after having listened to and enjoyed her Beast book, which was quite good. Undercurrents was predictable and its protaganist was, frankly, an unsympathetic, weepy wimp. The narrator was good, except for his American accent, which was more Canadian than Boston or midwest (Note to British narrators: Americans pronounce "been" as "ben" not "bean"). This would be easier to ignore in a more engaging book.
The narrative premise of the story is quite compelling but I found the book lacking in introspection. Way too much yada yada yada. Why is it that a country that is so known (mistakenly or not) for its "reserved" populace produces novels that are so full of endless conversation, posturing and blather, whereas on this side of the pond it's the exact opposite? Plus, the narrator never quite masters the generic American dialect. Ergo, this read gets only a "two" from this reader.
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