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A Long Day in Lychford

Witches of Lychford Series, Book 3
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Series: Witches of Lychford, Book 3
Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
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A Long Day in Lychford is the third audiobook in Paul Cornell's increasingly popular Witches of Lychford series. 

It's a period of turmoil in Britain, with the country's politicians electing to remove the UK from the European Union, despite ever-increasing evidence that the public no longer supports it. And the small town of Lychford is suffering. But what can three rural witches do to guard against the unknown? And why are unwary hikers being led over the magical borders by their smartphones' mapping software? And is the immigration question really important enough to kill for?

©2017 Paul Cornell (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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an excellent story marred by abysmal narrating

I have binged the Lychford series over the course of the last month, and I have greatly enjoyed its humor, creativity, and overall, its brilliant characterizations of its three main characters. The third installment is no different; the conflict between the women and the supernatural forces at large continues to escalate, the characters continue to be fleshed out further by exploring concepts of disability and racism, and the author boldly explores how real world issues such as Brexit would affect life in their tiny town of Lychford.

Unfortunately, this story is blighted by some pretty awful narrating this time around. The previous two narrators were so good, I didn't even notice they weren't the same person until I wrote this review. Book 3s narrator lacked all the finesse and charm of the previous two, and brought to the table an obnoxious accent that was a mix between Irish and Cockney. This made what was previously a super engaging series very hard to listen to for extended periods. narratively speaking this is a great book, but I really hope Audible is more selective when choosing who reads the fourth book.

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  • mat brown
  • 07-19-18

Gutted

I loved the first tqwo books very funny and well read
unfortunately the "gawd blimey marry pooopins" narrator makes this book unlistenable


what the hell were you thinking getting rid of either emma newman or maris cain??

i just couldn't keep listening and had to stop

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  • Cinulph
  • 07-05-18

nice short story let down by a poor performance

accents and voices made it a hard listen. worth fighting through it. Judith's dementia is handled well.

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  • KittyBacklash
  • 08-02-18

So dissatisfied

I couldn’t actually finish this book purely because the narration was so awful. It’s a shame because I loved the previous books. Truly dreadful.

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  • Whistling Woman
  • 02-23-19

Oh what a shame

I'm not sure if it was a deliberate attempt at cleverness by the producer, having a book with anti-brexit sentiments narrated by somebody who sounds as if they are European (German?) who has English as a second language but it's AWFUL and unfortunately ruins the whole thing. I shall have to buy the physical book now as I just can't listen any more. I thought we might be in trouble early on when they pronounced the word "plough" as "pluff" but it just gets worse with accents wandering all over the British Isles in a single sentence for a single character. Nononononono. It's not an easy job, narrating a book on a way which doesn't get between the story and the reader's imagination, and unfortunately this is just a series of wincing clunks. Such a shame as the previous narrators were great. On this occasion I would advise fans to buy the print version of this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-01-18

Narrator accent

I enjoyed the last two instalments in the series, but I’m afraid I had to give up on this one early, because I struggled with the abrupt change in the characters’ accents from the previous books, e.g. Sean suddenly seems to have become Irish. It was all a little bit Dick Van Dyke.

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  • Elcheekio
  • 03-18-19

Terrible Narration

The narrator is all over place, the accents are inconsistent and awful makes the story difficult to listen to. Makes story confusing.

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  • shelley
  • 01-21-19

Different narrator

A different narrator for this book and is to be honest awful. Her accent is all over the place and it really made me struggle with the story because it just made it hard to listen too. Please go back to the usual narrator or get someone who can do a better job.

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  • MommaBear
  • 12-12-18

Story Great - Narrator sorry not

I found this one of the hardest book I have ever listened to and I own over 800 audible titles.

I am sorry but although the story was great, well I think it is as it was so hard to process I know I didn't take it all in.

The narrator spoke as if she was trying to make it into some kind of song - her voice goes up and down, up and down but not to any even beat. She gave accents to everyone that were all the exact same for the most part but then she suddenly forgets she is giving them accents and for a blessed few moments she speaks normally. If a vicar spoke as she made Liz speak the church would have no parishioners , she sounds more like a grumpy old man than a young woman. Sitting through sermons from a vicar with that voice would be unbearable.

If the narrator wants to continue like this please go on the stage, your voice with this accent would be perfect for this but not continuously reading a story.

I will be asking for my credit back as no way will I ever want to listen to this book again. I feel edgy and really unsettled after listening to this - I wanted to know the story so did force myself to listen to it all but oh boy it was not a pleasant experience and if this narrator ever reads another in the series then I will not be purchasing it no matter how much I enjoy this series.

I don't like writing a negative review and am sure if the narrator had spoken in her ordinary voice, such as she does for odd moments I would have found listening a lovely experience.

Maybe I am odd but I prefer a narrator just telling the story in a neutral voice and leaving me to put whatever accent I want onto it in my head along with everything else as I picture it all as the story unfolds.

Sorry Robin Mills but if you are going to always narrate this way I will be avoiding every book you narrate. Your normal voice when you spoke in it is lovely, please use it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-25-19

political liberal crap

I have enjoyed the story's so far.
But due to the anti British and brexit and trump I will not buy any more books by this author or the woman that read it.
she made the characters all sound old unlike the earlier books.
very disappointed.
keep liberal crap out of stories.

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  • Polly Mackenzie
  • 05-13-19

Great story, really frustrating and unenjoyable narration.

I almost couldn’t get through to the end because of the narration - it was painful!
But I had to - I really enjoyed the two previous Lychford stories and felt I couldn’t miss this one.
I’m really confused and disappointed at the choice of narrator for this third book.