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S. Dempsey

Ireland
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  • My Cousin Rachel: Film Tie-In Edition

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Pryce, Roger Michell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860

Ambrose Ashley, Philip's cousin, guardian, and god, married Rachel in Italy and died there. Jealous of his marriage and grief-stricken by his death, Philip prepares to meet his cousin's widow with hatred in his heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing, atmospheric mystery

  • By S. Dempsey on 23-06-13

Intriguing, atmospheric mystery

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

Reviewed: 23-06-13

What other book might you compare My Cousin Rachel to, and why?

A similar writing style to Patrick McGrath and a similar atmosphere to "Gillespie and I" by Jane Harris. As the story slowly unravels, we are unsure whether the narrator is reliable or not.

What does Jonathan Pryce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narration was so perfect, I hardly noticed it. Every inflection and accent was pitch perfect. It helped create a wonderful atmosphere.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

An intriguing thriller mystery that keeps you guessing till the end.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Sushi for Beginners

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Lisa Edwards, top London magazine editor, has been fantasizing about promotion to New York. Instead, she's asked to launch a new women's magazine in Dublin. She thinks nothing could be worse - until she meets her new staff. They're friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic - in other words, they wouldn't last two minutes in London!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Painful to the ears

  • By difelma on 25-06-08

Good rating for the book, appalling narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-13

I was barely able to listen to this narration without cringing. I have no idea why they couldn't hire an Irish actress to narrate it as almost all of the characters are Irish. The narrator's Irish accent sounded exactly like an annoying English person taking the p*** and trying to do an "Oirish" impression, but for 16 hours.

I love Marian Keyes's books but I think the publishers really need to reissue these with an Irish actress doing the narration, as with This Charming Man or Mystery of Mercy Close.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful