When young Sarah Parrish takes a skiing vacation to Gulmarg, a resort nestled in the mountains above the fabled Vale of Kashmir, she anticipates an entertaining but uneventful stay. But when she discovers that the deaths of two in her party are the result of foul play, she finds herself entrusted with a mission of unforeseen importance. And when she leaves the ski slopes for the Waterwitch, a private houseboat on the placid shores of the Dal Lake near Srinagar, she discovers to her horror that the killer will stop at nothing to prevent Sarah from piecing the puzzle together.
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This is a very good book, but the narrator really spoils it. All of the punctuation is in the wrong place and emphasis is put on the wrong words and places as well. Maybe it would be better if she'd actually read the book first. Such a shame.
Despite this book being one of my favourite MM Kaye books I was sadly disappointed. Initially I was thrilled to hear an Indian accent in the actor, but how disappointed was I to find out that not only was her pronunciation very strange, but her intonation made the book extremely difficult to follow. Such a shame! And this despite my ear being attuned to indian accented English, having grown up there. Shame, a sad disappointment ....
I cannot understand why a foreigner was chosen to read a very English period story. She couldn't correctly pronounce even the simplest words. M M Kaye writes wonderful dated pieces, totally ruined by the narrator. This is the second book by her that has the wrong person reading and I shall be returning it
Monotonous narration, mispronounciations, poor phrasing = disappointing. Does poor justice to a good author - so much so I am tempted to stop listening and return the book.
I love this book. It has a great story, full of atmosphere and mystery and, even though I know the ending, love to re read it every so often. I was so pleased to find an audio recording but was deeply disappointed by this version due to the poor narration.
This is a good old-fashioned mystery with a likeable heroine. The beautiful description of the different places adds to the atmosphere, sometimes colourful, sometimes mysterious and sometimes just plain creepy.
I have heard this book read by Virginia Mackenna and her voice seemed perfect - her very crisp English tones fit the time in which the"Death In ..." books are set. I appreciate that choosing an Indian reader may have been an attempt to add to the atmosphere but the pronunciation, the pace and the emphasis are frequently wrong, most distracting. It is also difficult to follow which character is supposed to be speaking, very confusing even if you are familiar with the story.
If this book were to be available, read by Virginia Mackenna, I would definitely buy it as a replacement copy
"The wrong Narrator"
The narrator has a plesant voice but no range. No character has a distinct voice. Men and women all sound the same which makes for a boring listen. I read M.M. Kaye's Death in mystery series and know them to be an exciting series. This narrator just put me to sleep.
She was unable to create distinct characters. I think the best narrators are good actors who create and project a range of personalities.
"Let down for M M kaye lovers"
No! Wonderful book
M M kaye's mysteries have the charm of Daphne Du Maurier and the fun of Agatha Christie
It was not,but only because the reader literally buthchered it.I asked audible to please try and get these mysteries. A death in Berlin and Zanzibar are worth a listen.I will try all they get of the wonderful M M Kaye.Her biographies would be a welcome as well. These books are meant to be read by a cultured British voice. They were read in the 90's by Virginia Mckenna to great effect. They are all about British colonialism. The heroines are British. The main characters are British not Hindi . Ms Ghosh might be fine reading a book from an Indian's perspective.
"The Narrator Disappoints"
Recommend the book - Yes, but I would never recommend this audio version. I adore M.M. Kaye's Death In mystery series and even requested more titles in the series after Death in Zanzibar was added to Audible's library.
When I saw that Death is Kashmir had been added to Audible's library I immediately purchased it and looked forward to a pleasant evening listening to this great story. Unfortunately, Shibani Ghosh ruined my listening experience...there was no character distinction, pauses in the wrong places, and no presence of emotions.
The quality of the narrator is vital in any audiobook, and whomever selected Ms. Ghosh to perform the narration completely missed the mark.
Unfortunately I will avoid any audiobooks where the narration is performed by Shibani Ghosh.
In my excitement at seeing this title available, and even noting an unknown narrator, I did not use the sample player...lesson learned.
"Narrator to bad to continue"
I do not think anyone could enjoy this book with this narrator.
Simply put, this book is populated with 1940's English citizens, the main character is English, all the other characters are English and there is some mild 1940's style racism. However, the book is narrator by an Indian woman. Not only does this jar with the style of the book, but also feel fairly distasteful when she reads some of the aforementioned racism. Additionally, she is simply not very good, she has no noticeable change in expression and sometimes it's hard to tell when a passage ends and another starts.
I couldn't finish, I just found myself tuning out.
I have heard this book read by another narrator a few years ago, and I enjoyed it.
I was unable to finish listening past the first few chapters due to the narration.
I think this should be removed from the Audible library. I cant imagine that anyone would enjoy listening to this with this narrator.
"Wonderful book, wrong narrator."
I have enjoyed reading all of M. M. Kaye's books over the years, and I was looking forward to listening to this book. Whoever selected the narrator must have been unfamiliar with M. M. Kaye and her books. It is a delightful story, but the audible version has been ruined by the poor narration. I hope they issue a new version with a narrator who is able to speak and understand English.
"Great story, but the narrator ruins the experience"
It's an interesting idea, having someone with an Indian accent read the book, but Ghosh's narration is very harsh. I had an audiotape recording of the book, read by Virginia McKenna, which was amazing. Despite how much I love the story, I had to stop listening after less than an hour because she was giving me a headache. I was unable to focus on the beauty of M.M. Kaye's writing because the narrator's forceful speech was so jarring. It's really a shame, because I adore this book, but I will be returning this recording.
Story? Yes. Narration? AVOID.
I have loved M.M. Kaye's mysteries since I discovered one in France. Death in Zanzibar was the only English book available, so I read it, and became an instant fan. Death in Kashmir is a great story. M.M. Kaye's descriptions are extremely vivid, her characters are charming, and the plot moves quickly.
"Great story. Horrible narrator."
I highly recommend M.M. Kaye's books. She writes a riveting story. The narrator for this story almost ruins it. All characters sound alike. She is hard to understand and speaks in a choppy manner. She pauses at odd moments and runs different characters speeches together so that they seem to come from one character.
"Fantastic book. Poor choice of narrator."
This book should have been narrated by someone with a British accent.
"Too bad it was not read by someone else!"
I have always enjoyed reading the author's books over the years and listening to some of the audible versions as well. However, the narrator of this particular book has really put me off them for a while. Her voice and mispronunciation of certain words as she reads in a monotone manner is actually quite annoying. It was very difficult to finish listening to the end. Thank goodness I have read the book before! Giving the narrator one star is too good a rating.
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