• Put on by Cunning

  • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 11
  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Charles Kay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (88 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sir Manual Camargue had just announced his intention of taking a second wife, 50 years his junior. On the same cold winter's day, he died as a result of what was surely a tragic accident. But Wexford doubts that Camargue's death came by misadventure.
©1997 Ruth Rendell (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Deliciously Complex Mystery

Where does Put on by Cunning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Above average - usual great writing and plot by Ruth Rendell.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Put on by Cunning?

Loved when English Inspector Wexford visited California and I could see America through his eyes.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, although the narration was the weak point in the overall listening experience.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

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The British narrator did the WORST version of an American accent I've ever heard. Literally laughable. I bookmarked the section so my sister could hear it and laugh along with me.All the Californians sounded like... I don't even know. Hillbillies? I understand there's another version under the American titled Death Notes and narrated by the always fabulous Davina Porter. That might be a better choice.

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One of the Best Mysteries I Have Ever Read

What did you love best about Put on by Cunning?

The end was so simple, and so obvious, yet it had never occurred to me. Truly a brilliant who done it.

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Laughable American Accents

I couldn't get very interested in the characters, basic plot, and setting, although I did stick with the book in order to find out who committed the crime and how Wexford would solve it. The narrator acted the part well, but his accents seemed too formal for British police officers, and his American accents were laughable. Sorry, Ruth. This one just didn't cut it for me.

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Not up to Ruth Ware standards

Gave up at the 2/3 point… the psychological thriller might be in this book somewhere but I could not find it by the mid point so gave up.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-25-22

Great plot

I am listening to the Wexford books in order and this is my favourite so far- the language is really rich and descriptive and the plot keeps twisting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-21-22

Ruined by the narrator

As others have said: this is a very good story but made incomprehensible by the narration.
I don’t suppose I’m alone in using audio books to help one sleep.
I persevered for 2 sleepless nights. Paragraphs start off too loud & then disappear into the ether. So one is woken up by the loud bits, becomes engrossed; strains to hear; gets frustrated; starts dozing & then woken up again when it gets loud!
Such a shame.
It will be relegated to listen to whilst ironing!

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  • David
  • 09-02-22

Great free listen

Well worth a listen it had me guessing who did it till the last hour Great 👍

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  • Josh
  • 08-02-22

Absurd narration

Such a disappointment after Nigel Anthony on the previous books, this narrator seems to have forgotten Wexford has a mid Sussex accent and instead makes everyone sound like a relative of the royal family with a plum in their cheek, just ridiculous for the setting of kingsmarkham. Add to that virtually no differentiation between character voices and I had to give up. Off to find another Nigel Anthony…

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-27-22

Truly awful narration.

What is a cone iffer? Such affectation in the readers “accent” that I had to give in.

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  • robert nisbet
  • 04-30-22

A disappointment

Despite some reviews to the contrary I didn’t really mind the the narrators performance.
However, the ludicrously convoluted / unbelievable plot has got me questioning whether to continue with the Wexford series despite enjoying most thus far.
As the titles are included in the Audible membership I shall give Reg one more outing before deciding if our journey shall continue any further.

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  • Mrs E Siddiqi
  • 04-19-22

Cunning indeed!

What a clever writer Ruth Rendell was! I was truly baffled to the very end!! Highly entertaining and well worth listening to attentively. The narrator did a good job but I did miss the superlative Nigel Anthony.

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  • Marvellous Maud
  • 02-25-22

Couldn’t bear to listen anymore

Normally an Inspector Wexford fan, particularly when read by Nigel Anthony or Robin Bailey, after a few chapters of trying to hear this reader, as his words faded and disappeared at the end of sentences, I had to give up. This story needs re-recording.

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  • Susan Davison
  • 02-03-22

Narrator.

Was Noel Coward narrating this book or just someone pretending to be? No soul in this narration just 1930's Kings english. ☹

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  • Carol Y.
  • 01-29-22

Hard to follow

Difficult to follow this one. Made so by poor articulation and voice of narrator which at times, due to speed and squeaky throaty voice particularly for female characters, made it a chore rather than an enjoyment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-22

complicated story

The story was a bit involved. The narrator was difficult to understand and struggled with the accents.

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