Death in the Andamans is a masterpiece of mystery and romance from one of our most beloved authors. When a violent storm lashes the tiny Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal, Copper Randal barely manages a safe return to Government House. She does get back in one piece with her hostess, Valerie Masson, Val's fiancé, and handsome naval officer Nick Tarrent, but one of the islanders is unaccounted for when the boats return to harbor. Cut off from the mainland and confined to the shadowy, haunted guest quarters, Copper and the other visitors conclude that one of their number is a murderer. The killer must be found before the storm destroys all trace of any possible clues. In Death in the Andamans M.M. Kaye has created the perfect blend of exotic setting and expertly crafted whodunit that mark her as one of our greatest literary talents.
©1960, 1985 M.M. Kaye (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
The strident American tones of Soneela Nankani completely wreck one of the best of M.M.Kaye's mystery books. I can only describe it as quite horrible and I wish I hadn't wasted a credit on this production. I'll stick to my old copy of Virginia McKenna on tape!
Quite the wrong voice for this story. The main characters are English, with very "proper" BBC English accents, not American. Furthermore, the narrator seemed unable to inject expression in to her voice.
Perhaps, if you choose your narrators more carefully.
Jane Asher, Juliet Stevenson, Jan Francis.
The characters are part of the story. You cannot cut them.
"Good Book. Less than stellar reader"
Yes for M M Kaye,and No for Soneela Nankani
It would have if I could of gotten past the reader. This book was not new to me. I have been a fan of M M Kaye's books for a long time and have read this on more than one occasion.
Davina Porter or
Kate Reading( good readers must not only have the voice but the acting chops.Oh my goodnes what a Davina Porter would have done with these books.)
Well, since M M Kaye died in 2002 I don't think that is going to happen,besides sequels are usually not very good. This book had a good ending and was complete.
If you had asked that of The Far Pavillians I would say it could have gone on forever. I would be very happy.I love M M Kaye and wished this book had gotten a better treatment.She deserves a well known and experienced reader.
The person or team choosing these readers is not very good.I hate to say this. I bought these immediately as they came out with such excitement. I didn't want to be negative.I love audible. Most of the books I have bought have been very good. The readers of Death in Berlin and Death in Cyprus were pretty good, especially Death in Cyprus.I will be watching out for the other two and be sure not to buy any thing they read.
"Not M. M. Kaye's Best"
To be honest, I was bored to tears and couldn't finish this book. It didn't help that a book full of English characters was read by an American narrator. It was all just off.
"Great book and good reader"
This is yet another of MM Kaye's great mysteries. As usual, the characters are interesting, the storyline has tension, humor, romance, and many twists and turns. And MM Kaye describes the islands so well that you can see them clearly in your mind's eye. And, Soneela Nankani is a darn good reader. At first, it threw me off that this book full of British people was being read in an American accent. But I soon realized that Soneela's reading is clear, her characterizations are very good, she has a fine sense of the internal drama of each character as they are speaking and thinking, and (unlike some readers) she actually knew how to pronounce the words (with a very few minor exceptions). One of my pet peeves is the reader who has the right accent, but who keeps stumbling over the proper pronunciation of the words. Soneela is a very good reader, so I got over the accent pretty quickly.
This is an excellent narrator. The narrator is easy to understand and does a good job of voices.
I wanted to keep listening even when I ran out of time.
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