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After his adventures described in "the Winter Queen," young Russian diplomat travels to Japan on board of Leviathan, where a series of unfortunate and mysterious events take place. The setting of the novel somewhat reminds Agatha's stories, but Akunin's book offers more than a thrilling mystery: the language is truly exquisite, and the translation into English did not ruin it. I have read the book in Russian and listened to it in English, and loved the both versions. I just wish more books from the series about Erast Fandorin were available in English, and I certainly will continue to look for them.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
If you're someone who can appreciate an old, drawing room-style mystery, this one will not disappoint. It has all the usual tropes -- diverse group of individuals with their own secrets, all trapped on a ship, suspicious with one another -- but is elevated about the "same old thing" with the great narration by Michael Kramer, who is fast becoming one of my favorite readers on Audible.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder on the Leviathan?
Characters named "Gauche" and "Sangfroid" are a nice tongue-in-cheek addition to the increasingly complex mystery.
What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I have heard Mr. Kramer in other works -- Mike Carey's Felix Castor series, and Thomas Perry's Butcher Boy series -- and yet he still impresses me with his cadence and facility with accents (which was of particular importance in this book with multiple key players). I'm sure that all readers have their own tastes when it comes to those who read our stories, but I must say that Mr. Kramer is among my favorites.
Any additional comments?
Buy it for the by-gone story; stick with it for the storyteller.
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