©1991 Susan Elizabeth George; (P)1991 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.
"A spectacular new voice in mystery writing." (Los Angeles Times)
"A compelling whodunit...a reader's delight." (Daily News, New York)
This was a terrible audio book. It was a recast of an original production and the sound was horrible.
Very, very disappointed in Audible!!!!!!
"Good author, poor narrator"
I found the narrator very hard to understand. I thought that he spoke too quickly, and didn't enunciate well. I should have listened to the excerpt before buying. There were large segments that I just couldn't hear properly.
"quality of the audio is awful"
Very hard to hear and understand - and the music makes it even worse! Had to listen to it at .75% to even understand the words...
"Great story as part of a series..but"
The production values on this version were terrible. And the music signaling the ellipses of the longer book was bad. Al this was very distracting.
The quality of the recording was extremely poor.
The story itself was quite good - no criticism here.
The narrator detracted significantly from this book - at least for this American listener. He spoke much too quickly, and with his British accent, I missed much of his narration.
I would make no changes to the story itself.
The overall quality of this recording was so bad that I wish I could get my Audible credit back.
"it was ok"
not what I expected, subject matter was not for me, nothing more to say now
"Not worth one credit"
Someone who likes recordings that sound like they are from a gramophone. The recording quality was exceptionally poor.
The plot was fine, although I made a mistake of not realizing it was abridged. I don't like abridged stories so that was my fault.
He was fine.
Since it was abridged, perhaps the recording had been taken from an unabridged version and that's why the quality was so poor.
"Extremely poor quality!"
Being able to hear it.
Yes - I like her books and had wanted to hear the Inspector Lynley books from the beginning so I bought some of the earlier books but the quality of three of them was so bad that I was unable to listen to them.
Couldn't understand a word said.
N/A. Couldn't hear it.
"OK for a lonely weekend!"
Intertesing. Twists and turns keep you glued to the text...but be ready to listen closely...lots of names and places enter into the dialogue.....but it is slick.....enjoy.
"The Worst Audiobook Ever"
Audiobooks must be crystal clear quality with well-paced, well-acted reading. This had neither. This was the WORST AUDIOBOOK I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO. The audio quality was horrible, sounded like the reader was in a barrel phoning it in through a 1940s phone line: crackly and echoey. Derek Jacobi, a fine actor, I expected he would be excellent as a reader. Wrong. He read waaaay too fast; combined with the poor sound quality, the majority of the book was nearly incomprehensible. An utter waste of a credit and an extreme disappointment. Elizabeth George is one of my favorite authors, her books are superb. I had previously read Well Schooled and wanted to listen to the audiobook to refresh my memory because my book club was reading it. This audio version was a disgraceful mistreatment of an excellent novel.
Any classic British mystery. All Ms. George's mysteries have intriguing plots, well-crafted characters, numerous 'suspects,' and unexpected endings that resolve the mystery but leave the reader wanting more, in a good way. The mainstay characters throughout the series--Lynley, Havers, the St. Jameses--are interesting multi-layered people about whom the reader really cares and wants to keep reading to follow their stories.
As mentioned above: He read ridiculously too fast, mumbled and ran words together, did not make the characters distinct enough. Just dreadful.
Elizabeth George is a phenomenal author. The story itself is excellent.
I want my credit back, it was completely wasted on this one.
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