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A Deadly Habit

Narrated by: Simon Brett
Series: Charles Paris, Book 20
Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
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Summary

Having landed a small part in a new West End play, The Habit of Faith, Charles Paris is dismayed to discover that his good fortune has been orchestrated by his bête noire, the now-famous screen actor Justin Grover. But why has Grover become involved in this relatively obscure production - and why has he roped in Charles to star? 

From the outset the production is fraught with difficulties - and matters become even more complicated when a body is discovered at the foot of the dressing room stairs. Did they fall - or were they pushed? As one of the last people to have seen the victim alive, Charles Paris is drawn into the ensuing investigation.

©2018 Simon Brett (P)2018 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Not bad but I prefer the Bill Nighy versions

I love the Charles Paris series and have all the audio books but I must say (sorry Simon), that I really prefer the dramatised versions with Bill Nighy and a full cast. Perhaps it would have been OK if the narrator, in this case the author, could have matched the character voices to those of the dramatisations. As it was, I found it somewhat irritating that Charles Paris sounds completely different to what I‘ m used to and I found the narration all in all rather bland.

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Love Simon Brett's Charles Paris stories.

I am a big fan of Simon Brett 's stories so it is no surprise I rated it 5 stars.. They are well written pleasant whodunits, not too gruesome or gory. Charles Paris is a likeable character & the world of actors , directors, & all that showbiz stuff makes a change of scene (or crime scene in this case) to other whodunits.
Expertly read by the author.

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Charles Paris is good value

Easy to listen to even if they are a bit formulaic. I prefer the Bill Nighy narrations although the original author will bring his original perspective to the story. Nothing wrong with Simon Brett's narration but the dramatised versions are always better.

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A Deadly Dull Listen

Overall the story was interesting with some lovely characters but the author got bored and the story was tied off in a joyless ending. I enjoy Mr Brett's books and usually manage to listen to his readings without complaint but, after listening to his quavering voice struggle through this book, I think it's time he gave an actor (should that be voice artist?) some work. If an audiobook with Bill Nighy and Suzanne Burden appears I will buy it. I enjoy Mr Front's interpretations. I can't recommend this book.