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"Performed" not read

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

Reviewed: 22-01-20

This is the introduction to Miss Marple, one of the best amatuer fictional detectives ever created in my view. But Richard E Grant says "performed by" rather than read by at the end and therein lies the problem. It starts early when Christie suggests a touch of Irish blood in a main character and he is thereafter presented with a dreadful take on an Irish accent. Another character has an occasional Scots accent - no reason for it and inconsistent in its appearance.
Grant is clearly not a reader. If I hadn't read many of Christie's books in my youth, the reading of this would put me off.

Crud

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-07-19

I enjoyed Peter May's China series and read the first of his Lewis books, which was ok - but this is utter crud. Misogynistic crud at that. Overlong, a pathetic narrative device (not helped by having two readers for the 'now' and 'then'), very poor characterisation making for tedious listening , repetitive and over-frequent descriptive passages and a story which lacks any tension and becomes predictable far too soon. My advice is don't bother.

Standard P D James fare

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

Reviewed: 26-02-17

What did you like best about The Lighthouse? What did you like least?

An interesting setting with a good 'reveal' but otherwise standard P D James. Love interests are not her thing and their presence waters down the story.

If you’ve listened to books by P. D. James before, how does this one compare?

The reading was competent enough but slightly flat in the listening, perhaps reflecting the absence of real tension in the story.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The sewing room - written with expertise, the description accurate and interesting, three dimensional where other settings in the book are not.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

If the island was sufficiently dramatically portrayed.

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