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From the very beginning of the story, the ultimated demise of the main character, Dr Crippen, is clear. As the story progresses there is a certain morbid fascination, like watching a train wreck, in listening to the events unfold. While the plot was interesting, I did not have all that much sympathy for Dr Crippen, who seemed to make some dubious decisions, especially when it came to women and business.
The ending would also have been more suspenseful if his the ultimate fate was not already made clear to the listener.
I found the narrator's cadence a bit monotonous, but the voices were good. There was also an underlying current of dark humour that added to the narrative, which is worth an extra half-star on top of the score I gave.
Brilliantly narrated you could almost be transported back in time watching this fascinating story unfold. The author explores all the known facts of the murder trial part fact and part fiction. It is skillfully written, compassionate and thought provoking. The narator brings the characters skillfully to life leaving the listener with a vivid picture of the life and death of Dr Hawley Crippen.
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