The narrator makes this reading more like a dramatization which enhances what already is one blistering detective story. His rendition is truly first class. The novel, which has more red herrings than any other I have ever read, has fully fleshed characters, a tangible sense of atmosphere and climate and is a riveting story. One slight niggle is that the final denouement, and believe me there is a lot of them, is a bit rushed and not fully implicated in the previous 23 hours. However, I recommend it to all lovers of crime and political fiction. It's a smorgasbord of delight!
"DEATH BY READER"
I am not sure how good this book is as it was murdered by the reader. This book has many voices and for me, this reader seemed incapable of more than one. I googled the reader and discovered she is LAMDA trained which I find interesting. Maybe this book's delivery is not her fault, maybe its the director who is to blame but the flat unvaried delivery meant I found the book irritating and unlike me, unable to listen to the end.
One narrator with a host of voices made this intriguing thriller one to savour. Hugh Lee is one great actor; I had to check how many people were voicing this story, such are the number of credible voices he summons, making the audio more like a dramatization.
The story is an interesting contemporary study of a Celtic tiger family and its decent into murder, with a side-story fleshing out an already compelling tale. The story holds out almost all the way though the ending is a little disappointing, though still good enough to warrant a good 4 star rating. Highly satisfying listen, highly recommended.
"Stay with it..."
An extraordinary amount of research has gone into creating this book about Victorian morality and fascinating it is too. It took me a while to get into it, long descriptions are often off putting, but it rewarded my patience and the 40 odd hours flew by. The choice of narrator is perfect and the story she tells is gripping and illuminating. I loved it. More please...a sequel perhaps...
"Murder by Narrator"
This is most definitely a book to read not hear. The reader offers a poor delivery and his 'voices' are almost identical plus there's not enough edge in his delivery to give the text the distinctive authoritative feel that I feel Hollinghurst's writing deserves. Truly a missed opportunity.
"CRACKING PLOT & FABULOUS NARRATOR"
This audio book has everything going for it; intelligent writing, interesting plot, great characterisations all enhanced by probably the best narrator, Jonathan Keeble. Keeble's ability to hit on the right voice for each of the characters added to the fascinating and utterly believable plot which kept me glued to my i-pod. In fact I think I became quite anti-social during the duration and was sorry when it had finished.
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