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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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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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Very entertaining!

If you could sum up Crippen in three words, what would they be?

It took me a while to not feel like I was chopping and changing direction in this book (not necessarily a criticism) but then I got hugely into it. Another John Boyne masterpiece.

What about James Daniel Wilson’s performance did you like?

I did enjoy James' performance, although I would say if anything, he spoke rather slowly. But definitely enjoyable and a good performance.

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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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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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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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excellent

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

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I loved it.

Great story. Gripping. I was captured by Dr Crippen personality. Boyne is an excellent writer. Outstanding narrator.

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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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