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  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,567
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,552

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anti climactic

  • By tally shopper on 10-21-18

Long, depressing, unlikeable protagonist.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Not a good Tana French book. Pre-ordered it based on her past very good novels. Should have skipped it...

58 of 65 people found this review helpful

  • A Banquet of Consequences

  • A Lynley Novel
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 878

The unspoken secrets and buried lies of one family rise to the surface in Elizabeth George's novel of crime, passion, and tragic history. As Inspector Thomas Lynley investigates the London angle of an ever more darkly disturbing case, his partner, Barbara Havers, is looking behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire, deceit, and murder.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Terrible Letdown

  • By Augusta on 11-05-15

Struggled, skipped chapters, etc

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-15

What disappointed you about A Banquet of Consequences?

Plot was dull. Narrative was over-written / often contrived. "Motive" for the murder was awful. Characters were two dimensional.

Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth George again?

Not sure, but if John Lee narrates - NO! His reading style is stilted and halting, and there is a sense that he has no sense of the characters or of what he is reading. He creates NO atmosphere. It's quite off-putting. I kept wondering if it would have been better to listen to this book with a different narrator. John Lee is a narrator who I avoid - yet authors often select him. When I see he is narrating a book, I skip it.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

I would have selected Sean Barrett, Steven Crossley, Simon Vance, Alex Jennings and others of that level.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. Annoyance. Impatience.

Any additional comments?

Not sure if there is more E. George can wring out of these characters...

14 of 17 people found this review helpful