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Secret Adversary

Narrated by: Deaver Brown
Series: Tommy & Tuppence, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
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Absolutely terrible sound

I expect a certain standard of recording from Audible. this story sounds like it was recorded from the back of the narrator's bathroom where sound can get lost and distorted. Terrible audio quality. Silly me for thinking it was a bargain. cheap is the word. I shall be getting a refund. please up your game Audible and be more discerning with audio quality. Shame on you! I was forced to put a star for story but as you've guessed didn't listen to it to make a comment on that.

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Buy the book this is terrible

I got as far as chapter 3 and had to abandon this liar of rubbish, I it hope will be reviewed by Audible. Why on earth is there music all the way through? Very distracting. The narrator is terrible and sounds as though he is in an echo chamber. I will now go to the library and read the original book.

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awful, terrible narration.

I couldn't listen to this at all. I gave it several tries, but the narration was so dreadful I couldn't continue. there was also tinny music in the backgroud and the sound quality was awful. I have no idea how good the story is, because I didn't get very far.

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Not the best version

I was disappointed in this version. The reader sounds intoxicated, and hesitates over words and phrases. The constant tinkle of Musak in the background is distracting, and intrudes on the spoken word. I love Agatha Christie’s work, and would not recommend this to new listeners.

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Catherine

This is dreadful. Do not buy it under any circumstances. The narrator is awful and can barely read the text with the correct grammar and it has irritating tinkling music from the beginning all the way through. It only cost me £2.15 but I will be asking for my money back.

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Dreadful! But not the material........

Sadly, I only managed approximately twenty minutes of this audio book and was forced to give up. Despite it being and early work by Agatha Christie and understanding it was not likely to be as polished as her other works, having never come across it, I was intrigued and ready to give this a go. However, it was not the author that gave me a problem, but the dreadful narrator! I am afraid to say that the American gentleman attempting to narrate this book has the most irritating voice and unfortunately completely lacks any ability to read a story to an audience. I cannot believe this book is even part of the Audible output. I genuinely have never come across such a poor performance and was hugely disappointed. It sounds as though it was recorded at home by an elderly fan and certainly not by an actor. My advice here would be; don't waste your credit or your money and avoid this version. If you are interested in the work itself, seek out a printed copy of the book and read it yourself. Sorry to be so down on it and I hate to leave negative feedback, but I think it worth saying this time. Audible, this lets you down. In order to post the review of this product, I was forced to give it one star in every category.....it really should not have received any for performance or overall.

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Worst narrative ever

I managed to listen to the end as I wanted to give a proper review. The narrator seems to be unable to pronounce his words most of time and you want to help him out! Then it will rush at the beginning of the next chapter. The background music is there to distract you from the awful narration and then finish, well that’s the cherry on the top. Don’t buy anything this chap narrates as he ruins the story

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Appalling quality

This book is by far the worst quality book I have ever purchased on audible by quite some distance. An introduction basically telling the listener that the book isn’t very good followed by the worse sound quality and narration I have ever heard, I actually thought it was some kind of joke! Shockingly naff piano music in the background makes matters even worse, avoid this book at all costs!

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Just say no

Don’t buy. Awful narration by American chap with clumsy style and he’s accompanied throughout by tinkly piano music. My ears 😫 Absolute shocker.

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Music in the background

I love any and all Agatha Christie but I have had to return this audio book due to the annoying, unnecessary, distracting music in the background. Why would anyone think this is acceptable? Dreadful. Also I do not need an ‘introduction’. I’m quite capable of making my own mind up. That was patronising and condescending. I’m off to buy the book to read.

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