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Singing in the Shrouds Audiobook

Singing in the Shrouds

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Publisher's Summary

On a cold February night, the police find the third corpse on the quayside in the Pool of London, her body covered with flower petals and pearls. The killer walked away singing.

When the cargo ship Cape Farewell sets sail, she carries nine passengers, one of whom is known to be the murderer. Which is why Superintendent Roderick Alleyn joins the ship at Portsmouth on the most difficult assignment of his professional career....

©1958 Original Text of 1958 by Ngaio Marsh (P)2015 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Ngaio Marsh at her intelligent best." (Times Literary Supplement)

"Superlatively good." (Sunday Times)

"Astoundingly good...moments of pure hilarity set among moments of real fear. Masterly." (Daily Express)

"Really excellent...a proper and classic detective story." (BBC)

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    Jean the Bean Leicester UK 13/07/2016
    Jean the Bean Leicester UK 13/07/2016

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    "Shipboard thrills"

    Another great story with excellent narration. I prefer Nadia May/Wanda McCaddon (and have purchased books based on the fact that she narrates them!) but James Saxon creates great characters. A book to listen to again.

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    D suffolk, United Kingdom 28/03/2016
    D suffolk, United Kingdom 28/03/2016
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    "Atmospheric but a bit obvious"

    This was well narrated and
    built up an interesting atmosphere on the docks and on the boat where the action takes place. But, the story was a bit thin, so not one of my favourite Marsh novels.

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    MagpieSeven 17/12/2015
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    "Good, but sound quality is a bit varied"

    Shame the sound quality dips in an out, because generally James Saxon reads a good Inspector Alleyn. Probably an old recording, transposed to digital - could have done with some tweaking to iron out the variations in volume, and fuzzy quality to some of the reading.
    Story is up to Ngaio Marsh's usual standard.

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    Carôle Kent, United Kingdom 13/12/2015
    Carôle Kent, United Kingdom 13/12/2015
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    "Story Great - Narration Poor"

    This my first listen to Ngaio Marsh, I hope that it's not my last, she's a great author.

    The story was innovative and intricate in parts but, it was wholly let down by the narrator! To save his life, he cannot do characterisation! Many times you could not tell who was speaking and, as for the voice he adapted for one female character in particular, it was appalling!

    I'm just about to buy another book. I hope that he isn't the narrator. But if he is, I'm going to give him one last chance.

    Listen to the sample before buying, the book is great so, if you can tolerate his narration, go for it!

    Enjoy!

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  • Paul and Courtney
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    30/09/16
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    "Ending was Meh"

    It was not her best work. Characters were irritating, the setting underwhelming, and the ending fell flat. All this compared to her usual work. Still a good listen.

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