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Ripley's Game

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Narrated by: Peter Brooke
Series: Ripley, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
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Summary

Living on his French estate with his elegant heiress wife, Tom Ripley, on the cusp of middle age, is no longer the striving chancer of The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Having accrued considerable wealth through a long career of crime, he tires of his idyllic retirement. Highsmith's chameleon longs to get back in the game, so when a friend needs a favour, he relishes the opportunity.

Tom Ripley detests murder. Unless it is absolutely necessary. Wherever possible, he prefers someone else to do the dirty work. In this case someone with no criminal record who can be manipulated to commit 'two simple murders' for a very generous fee.

Ripley's Game is followed by The Boy Who Followed Ripley and Ripley Under Water.

©2016 Patricia Highsmith (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK
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couldn't stop

Once started couldn't stop... As in the prequel I didn't see that coming, brilliant and entertaining

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Classic, you won't be disappointed

I can't get enough of Ripley or indeed Highsmith. A master of suspense at play. the world she creates is so detailed and believable. The performance of the Narrator strikes just the right pace and tone. loved it from start to finish.

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The story is excellent, but...

As with all the Ripley books, the story is excellent. However, the narrator, while not bad, is also not excellent.

Adam Sims, who narrates Ripley Under Ground and Ripley Under Water is miles ahead of Peter Brooke.

Accents are muddled and don't expect correct pronunciation of foreign words.

Also, he sometimes sounds like he's reading the book and not really paying attention to the phrasing.

Overall, though, it's an enjoyable listen and I would recommend it.

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Poor performance

I can't comment on the story (though am confident that it's great) as I couldn't get past the first couple of chapters. Found the reading to be unlistenable.

Random emphasis of words and arbitrary mid-sentence pauses, etc, means constantly having to second-guess Highsmith's meaning - imagining the text written down and figuring out how it might sound if read sympathetically. On top of that, characters are given exaggerated, caricatured accents, which is similarly baffling and distracting. All very disappointing after enjoying the first two books in the series.

Will get a hard copy of the book and read it the old fashioned way.