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Crippen

A Novel of Murder
Narrated by: James Daniel Wilson
Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (137 ratings)

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Summary

July 1910: The grisly remains of Cora Crippen, music hall singer and wife of Dr. Hawley Crippen, are discovered in the cellar of 39 Hilldrop Crescent, Camden. But the Doctor and his mistress, Ethel Le Neve, have vanished, much to the frustration of Scotland Yard and the outrage of a horrified London.

Across the Channel in Antwerp, the SS Montrose sets sail on its two week voyage to Canada. Amongst its passengers are the overbearing Antonia Drake and her daughter Victoria, who is hell-bent on romance, the enigmatic Mathieu Zela and the modest Martha Hayes. Also on board are the unassuming Mr John Robinson and his seventeen-year-old son Edmund. But all is not as it seems....

©2011 John Boyne (P)2011 Random House AudioGo LTD

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John Boyne's subtle narrative ruined by Narrator

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

The book maybe, this audio version not at all. I listened to John Boyne's most recent book and thought it was the best audio book I had heard, the writing had such subtle humour and pathos to it, the narrator just amplified it. So with great enthusiasm I bought this audio book and found that it has been utterly ruined by the narrator's lack of skill. Laboured reading, and caricature voices which are just grating. Such a shame

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Had to give up.

What didn’t you like about James Daniel Wilson’s performance?

He just read the words of the narrative, no nuance at all. Then the voices of the characters were just caricature like, and totally failed to give Boyne's briliant subtle humour and story telling the depth it requires. So disappointed I gave up.

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Gripping

I could not put this book down. The masterly way John Boyne see-sawed between historic and current date lines was expertly brought to life by narrator, and character actor, James Daniel Wilson. This book kept me guessing to the last chapter. A great example of how factual incidents can be turned into exciting fiction. This is a must!

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I’m not gonna lie....Just don’t

With 3hrs left to go I stopped. I was worried I might actually die from listening to the narrator and his dreadful character voices and the pain of the drab drab story was so overwhelming I needed it all to end more than I need to hear the ending. John Boyne is amazing - But this book disappoints

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Terrible narrator

I love John Boyne’s books. This narrator was so appalling I had to stop listening..... pantomime style accents, unexpressive reading in a high pitched voice...... sadly lost all comedic beat of boyne’s writing. Would love to hear this book again...... but with a different narrator.

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Excellent reader and intriguing story

John boyne is the excellent story teller . I bought this audio book and finished listen within 2-3 days eventhough I was busy. James daniel wilson is an excellent reader and I now start looking for his narrative audio books.

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superb

brilliant story expertly told a twist at the end great characters couldn't put down read

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Excellent performance

This is an intriguing story woven skilfully around the facts of the Dr Crippen case. However the best part of it is the reading and performance by James Daniel Wilson. He is immensely skilful at creating the many characters with distinguished voices for each whether male or female. In fact he creates incredible female voices. It was a superb performance. Thank you.

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Excellent

A rather loose telling of the events surrounding the death of Cora Crippen and her husband’s arrest. There’s a wonderful cast of characters, most of whom are more wicked than the ‘doctor’ in their own ways. I was so happy to meet Matthieu and one of the Tommies again too.

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OK but not keen on the narration

The big problem with this is the narration which distracted from the story Ruined it

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excellent

narrator was fantastic gave each character a different voice. .. . . . .