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Publisher's Summary

The case seems so simple that Inspector Morse deems it beneath his notice. A wealthy, elderly American tourist has a heart attack in her room at Oxford’s luxurious Randolph Hotel. Missing from the scene is the lady’s handbag, which contained the Wolvercote Tongue, a priceless jewel that her late husband had bequeathed to the Ashmolean Museum just across the street. Morse proceeds to spend a great deal of time thinking—and drinking—in the hotel’s bar, certain the solution is close at hand, until conflicting stories, suspicious doings, and a real murder convince him otherwise.

©1991 Colin Dexter (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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I wish I had found this author long ago!

What makes Colin Dexter's writing memorable is his style, his obvious affection for literary techniques such as alliteration and the deft. painting of his characters in a few quick strokes. Each is given enough depth of personality to allow them a full range of emotions needed to bring his stories to life. As all of the best mystery writers do, he creates a novel that happens to be a mystery. I have one negative comment: the literary quotes at the beginning of chapters were well chosen but when it is in another language shouldn't. a translation be given? After all you wouldn't leave a Biblical quotation in it's original Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic even if you were fluent in them. It is a kind of intellectual snobbery don't you agree?
The narrator on the other hand was at points a distraction. His breathing is very audible and at times phrases are rushed to allow him to get to the end and take a breath. Enunciation is not consistently distinct. Some passages are read in a monotone when a little inflection would be helpful. He seems to be very accomplished in creating vocal personalities for many characters.. That was his redeeming grace that kept me listening, but I would prefer not to be worrying that the reader was on the verge of physical collapse. There were many long pauses at the end of chapters where I was afraid oxygen was being administered and the next chapter would be in a completely new voice. It was very disconcerting.

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This Colin Dexter book requires a better narrator

I like Colin Dexter books but could not stand this bad narration, injustice to author!!!

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Horrible narration!

A silky, exaggerated parody of a narration. Barely tolerable. A shame, as it's a good story!

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I frankly could not stand the narration- that voice , I went through one book and he has a wonderful variety of voices. But he uses that one nasally voice that just gets on my nerves if it was an accent voice -that would be great. But I just can’t stand it

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Loved the narrator and the story

Only impatience could have motivatedThe criticism of the narration of this story.The whole sort of breathy delivery is precisely how I hear inspector Morse communicating. This book is a lot of fun and turns on multiple surprises. I wish there were more of them, more full length audible Inspector Morse mysteries.

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The women are not great.

I admit I’ve only made it to chapter 4, and may not get any further due to the portrayal of women in this book as either poorly aging, stupid, whiney, needy, and overall dated. I’m telling myself it’s the narrator, or the character’s perspective, but it’s really annoying and not for people of my generation, perhaps.

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I hated the narration

the narrator attempted to portray Morse's speech as coming out of an overweight man, to do that he constantly stops breathing and speaks as if he's exercising Wehile reading, it's very annoying.

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Grotesque narration

The narrator’s Voice is deeply irritating, layering on a sneering tone to Dexter’s already heavy irony. But even worse, adding to the parody of American tourists (as if the reality weren’t sufficiently crude) are the absurd accents. Pasadena, CA is not the Deep South. It’s as if a Glaswegian were presented as typical Londoner. I’m not sure I can stand to finish the book.

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Brilliant!

Colin Dexter is one terrific writer: the narrative flawless, the characters finely drawn, the dialog fits each character and the mystery... many red herrings which take the reader on wonderful primrose paths... Even if you've seen the television series, the books are well worth the time: the reader gets inside the heads of characters, where the television series doesn't have the luxury of that. This is one delicious series.

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Brilliant narration for a great story

Morse and Lewis are brought vividly alive in this outstanding narration of this fantastic Inspector Morse story. Listening to Davidson, Morse and Lewis sound absolutely true to character. Each voice capturing the ver essence of their portrayals in the series. I listened as much for this, relishing the subtle inflections and humor ad much ad the story itself. Now i seek out everything else Davidson has narrated. Just brilliant!

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