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Is there anything you would change about this book?
The first few stories were written by French authors. Unfortunately the reader had not learned French and he mispronounced such simple words as "monsieur" which he pronounced as "moan-sewer." As a lifelong mystery reader, some of these stories were predictable. So, I look for how the story is told. They were so-so overall.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Woodside?
Anyone who knew how to speak French.
Was Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories worth the listening time?
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
OK so the content was OK.. historical tales, many of which were not just detective tales but OK from a historical standpoint... and that part was good... but I had to wade through the gut wrenching mispronunciations of the storytellers narrator. Really Mon Sewer, and Zoo Roaster .. it just make the entire effort seem flawed...
If you are getting paid to read this stuff in English... then we expect you to read it in adult English not pedantic English.... really a bummer
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book written by Julian Hawthorne (editor) or narrated by Scott Woodside?
No. This narrators accent is appaling and I am returning the book as I simply cannot bear to hear any more of his mangling the french language.I do not expect all narrators to have perfect accents when reading translations of foreign authors but his mispronunciation is dreadful.
Has Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories put you off other books in this genre?
Yes. Whoever thought these stories were the worlds best needs to get out more. There is nothing quality about the first story by Guy de Maupassent. I cant imaging a time when it was classed as a detective story.
How could the performance have been better?
The narrator could learn to pronounce some of the foreign words a bit better.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
As I gave up part way throught the second story I cannot say. At least with the kindle version I could skip the most boring easily. I have to say I gave up reading that as well but thought it might be easier to listen to them than to read. I was wrong.
Any additional comments?
I think I have made my feelings about the editor and the narrator clear. The books were a product of their time and the first two should have been left there. I am astonished that even given the standards 10 years ago the one about the negro with criminal tendancies was shocking. The only excuse was that when written they reflected the way most people felt. Whatever your feelings about other colours to have a sentance that says on one look the man was a criminal as he was black was appaling even at the time.
The stories are engaging and interesting, however, the enjoyment is spoiled by the narrator: Scott Woodside's extraordinary mispronunciations.