©1940, 1967 by Ngaio Marsh; (P)1996 by Blackstone Audiobooks
As with all Inspector Alleyn mysteries this is a charmingly written tale full of witty dialogue and engaging characters. The mystery is perhaps not the best of the series but the situations carry it along and it is quite enjoyable.
It is utterly impossible to imerse yourself in the story telling when the recording keeps making strange twanging noises and the narrator suddenly sounds like they are in a giant tin can! Nadia May does a good job with the material but is sadly let down by the sound quality.
If you haven't already try 'Overture to Death' instead.
"Death at the Bar"
The reader was not vary good, add to that there are distracting noises thought out this reading. The story was just OK The ending was weak.
"Classic Detective Fiction in Gorgeous Setting"
Nadia May's appreciation for and rendition of Ngaio Marsh's gemlike prose make listening to this clever, exciting mystery a true delight. Great plot, colorful characters, a splash of passion, a pervading sense of time and place, and a few downright gruesome details = a classic of its type, 20th century British detective fiction set in that most endearing of places, a coastal English village.
"death by detail"
While I usually like narrator Nadia May very much, she's not a good choice for a Ngaio Marsh tale. Try the other version.
Also, had I been in the mood for a detailed, and I mean DETAILED, detective novel, I might have rated this higher-- the writing was good, the mystery quirky, the characters and setting, cozy and well-drawn -- just too much damned detail about the location of chalk markers and brandy residue for my mood.
I tried several times to give this audio book another chance, but have found it very difficult to listen to. I finally gave up. Maybe I'll try listening again some day. It was mainly the narrator that I had such a hard time with, and I never really was able to give the story a chance. I can not recommend this audio book, and I would be unlikely to buy anything else narrated by the same person. Very disappointing.
"A good mystery ruined by "over narration""
It is a good classic mystery ruined by the narrator over acting. I almost gave up listening several times but the story kept me going in spite of the annoying narration.
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