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Poor narration spoils this

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-19

The narrator sounds like a badly spoken schoolgirl. I stopped listening about an hour in.

overblown writing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-03-19

this is a good storyline spoiled by overblown style with ugly similes. the narration by Joanne Froggat was a bit disappointing as she so often sounded petulant and self-serving

A good story spoiled

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-18

A good story spoiled by the narration. I see that I am not alone in this!

Gripping!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Detection and huge information concerning French wines

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nicole, because she is unusual

Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Better than most. he is not the finest narrator but this is one of his better books

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me lose sleep because I couldn't stop listening.

Any additional comments?

Please will Audible try to get the 'missing' books 2 and 3 in the Enzo series - if necessary, commission readings!

So disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-10-16

What would have made A Grave Concern better?

the story is repetitve to such an extent that we checked to see if the iPod had reset itself.

Would you ever listen to anything by Susanna Gregory again?

Thomas challanor series, yes, this one, no

What didn’t you like about David Thorpe’s performance?

to pronounce Cymric as Simrick instead of Kumric grates dreadfully upon me, a Welshwoman

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Grave Concern?

The area round 3 hours into part 2 which seems to repeat earlier material

Any additional comments?

Such a letdown after enjoying several of Gregory's Thomas Challenor books.

3 people found this helpful

Jane Gardam never disappoints

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-15

Where does The Flight of the Maidens rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top of any list.

What other book might you compare The Flight of the Maidens to, and why?

'The Ruffian on the stair' read by Bill Wallis. Superbly drawn characters, all of them, even the minor ones

Have you listened to any of June Barrie’s other performances? How does this one compare?

She is a superb narrator, clearly differentiating the characters and being consistent throughout. - it is apparent that she has done a lot of reading/preparation before committing to tape.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It reminded my of my own end-of-schooldays and preparation for university.

Any additional comments?

I have recommended the book to several friends. Some listened via Audible, some read hard copy, all greatly enjoyed it.

Improbable, therefore disappointing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, unlike earlier Roy Grace books, the storyline is wildly improbable; characters develop new skills to deal with any eventuality and supposedly sensible 'normal' characters do incredibly foolish things. - escaping from a murderous kidnapper, girl opts to return to the flat TO WHICH HE HAS KEYS rather than to call police!

Would you ever listen to anything by Peter James again?

No - I think he has run out of plotlines.

What about Daniel Weyman’s performance did you like?

Competent reading with good characterisation.

Do you think Want You Dead needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, it has stretched the bounds too much already.

Any additional comments?

Bought this because I had enjoyed earlier Roy Grace books, therefore disappointed.

Re-used an old tape?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-05-15

Any additional comments?

In part 2, at about 2h 35 minutes in, there is a chunk of some other text being read by a a woman narrator! This is evidence of poor editding. Part 1 is OK, I haven't yet listened to parts 3 and 4

7 people found this helpful

Proustian detail began to grate

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-04-15

What would have made The Little Friend better?

It seemed never to get anywhere

What will your next listen be?

The Goldfinch

What about Laurel Lefkow’s performance did you like?

competently read. She did her best to make it interesting

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

Five hours into it and five hours to go! I gave up!

4 people found this helpful

Super story, poor narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-15

What did you like most about The Silent Boy?

The tale is atmospheric and rattles along

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silent Boy?

The discovery of the corpse in the boathouse.

How could the performance have been better?

Too many mispronunciations:
gable pronounced gabble, gavel pronounced gavelle, primly pronounced prime-ly all occur within one hour!
Failure to read ahead leads frequently to dmeaning being misrepresented.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no

Any additional comments?

Look out for more written by Andrew Taylor, but only if there is a different narrator.

3 people found this helpful