• Crippen

  • A Novel of Murder
  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: James Daniel Wilson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-02-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.0 (3 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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5 out of 5 stars
By John on 01-29-12


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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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-23-17

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Shayna on 10-30-17

Good story. Ordinary performance.

The narration of the story is quite distracting with pregnant "and"s, jarring accents and voices that don't seem to match the descriptions of the characters. Not as enjoyable as Boyne's other works, especially The heart's invisible furies.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bernadette Aitken on 01-08-17


This was a great story. I hadn't realised it was based on a real case. The twist was one I didn't see coming.
The story was very well read and the voices were distinct and maintained throughout.

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