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A great story, well read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-20

Like David Suchet as Poirot, or Jane Hickson as Miss Marple, Stephen Thorne IS Brother Cadfael.

Well written and well read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-10-19

Not perhaps the strongest of the Hornblower books, but a gripping read and well performed by Christian Rodska.

Spoilt by the narrator

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-08-19

This is one of Georgette Heyer's best detective novels, a classic locked-room mystery, and one that I would recommend as a very good read, but I cannot recommend this version as a good listen. Ulli Bervé's delivery is slow, plodding and lifeless, and there were several mispronounced words which really annoyed me.

outstanding

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-05-19

A great collection of short stories by Michael Gilbert, one of the great writers of detective fiction - in fact one of the greatest. As a barrister he was excellently placed to write court-room and police procedural novels.
His characters are very well-drawn and his plots are gripping. Rather more modern than Agatha Christie, I find his work infinitely more believable and cannot understand why so few of them are available on Audible or Kindle.

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A classic of the Golden Age

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-19

Ngaio Marsh is one of the great writers of detective fiction - far superior to Agatha Christie, in my opinipn - and this is one of her best.Very well read too.

A good read and a good listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-19

I am always a bit nervous of reading a follow-on to a classic series written by another author. There certainly were odd moments when the story jarred, but mostly it was good. The performance wasn't perfect - the characterisation and accents were a bit uneven - but that is perhaps the most difficult aspect of recording an audio-book and I wouldn't want to make an issue of it. (Years ago I recorded several books for my mother, who was blind, and I didn't even try to adopt accents - I knew my limitations.)
So, read the novel, listen to the audio version, and I think you'll enjoy it.

A fairly good story spoilt by racist attitude

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-19

Like all the D.I. Bonaparte books I've read so far the plot is good and D.I. Bonaparte is a sympathetic character. However the appallingly racist attitudes portrayed in this novel - however common and acceptable they were at the time - made listening to the book a very uncomfortable experience.
I played fair and listened to the end - Peter Hoskins is a very good reader - but I would never want to hear it again.

A thoroughly enjoyable read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-01-19

One of my favourites of the Hornblower books - good to have Hornblower on the receiving end of some good fortune for a change. Good too that this series is well read. Too many audio books are spoilt by their readers: improbable accents and rushed delivery are the most common offences, but Christian Rodska has delivered an excellently paced read once again.

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Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-18

A classic novel introducing one of the greatest fictional heroes, read outstandingly well by Christian Rodska.

Almost perfect

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I love the detective stories of Dorothy L. Sayers, but the gloss is taken off this collection by the narration. I find nothing wrong with giving Inspector Parker a regional accent, but I simply cannot believe that it could be so broad. He was an educated man and had lived and worked in London for many years - a cosmopolitan place, where he would have been exposed to a variety of accents. In that situation any accent would fade to some degree.
I found this over-emphasised "Eee bah gummery" very jarring, particularly when every other working class character spoke with a similar accent. They can't all have come from the same part of the country surely?

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