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I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics.
Strong Poison is an entertaining audiobook, suspenseful without being violent, witty without being obnoxious, and socially charged (regarding gender and class in 1920s England) without being overbearing. I appreciate that the genius detective, Lord Peter Wimsey, relies a great deal on his valet (who reminds me a little of P. G. Wodehouse's Jeeves) and especially on women as he attempts to solve the case. And I like her strong, intelligent, and independent female characters, Miss Climpson, Miss Murchison, and Miss Vane.
I also enjoyed experiencing the absurd 1920s Bohemian cosmopolitan avant garde artistic set, as well as the gullible aficionados of Spiritualism (s??ances, mediums, controlling spirits, Ouija boards, etc.). I'm impressed by Sayers' ability to do things that would seem to make for slow going, like write an opening chapter in which a dried up old judge summarizes in great detail and at great length a murder case for the jury (and hence for the reader), and yet do them so stylishly and humorously and surprisingly that we don't become impatient.
Ian Carmichael reads the novel with aplomb and wit, changing his voice just enough for the different characters without distracting us from the story. He voices women convincingly, with restraint (without contorting his voice into high "feminine" pitches). In his reading, not a syllable is oddly emphasized, not a phrase misses its intended rhythm. Although he smacks his lips occasionally, he mostly does this when in keeping with the characters' mannerisms or moods. Overall, his reading is funny, clear, and engaging.
Recommended for fans of intelligent mysteries.
No. Sayers wrote a novel. This is a theatrical performance. Both are excellent. This is a silly question.
The voice is exactly correct and the variations between characters are very properly calculated.
No. He's reading a novel not watching Fox News. Another silly question.
Yes. Put some serious attention to the silly questions this corporation asks in the 'review' section.
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