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While snippets of this novel used characters from Austen's Persuasion cleverly and entertainingly, long stretches of plot and dialogue were tedious. Even for a light listen, it's very uneven in quality, stretching beyond belief both the sciences of developmental psychology and acoustics (could win an award for plot devices dependent on evesdropping and oddly placed 18 month-old Regency toddlers). The mystery itself was about on par with a Stephanie Barron Austen mystery, and like those, a good "clean" listen - no vampires, blood or bodice ripping.
While I realize Regency Brits didn't sound like contemporary Brits, I'd still prefer an acutal Brit narrating a story about Brits. The narrator was competent, but all those overdrawn not-quite-right vowel sounds were annoying.
That said, could I be persuaded to download more of this series if available on Audible? Probably -- tolerable, untaxing bedtime stories are always welcome to my ears, especially if they evoke Austen, no matter how distantly.
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Would you try another book from Carrie Bebris and/or Leslie Carroll?
Possibly but this was very disappointing. The big draw is Darcy but his character is disappointing, drab and unappealing.
What was most disappointing about Carrie Bebris’s story?
So slow and very little substance.
What three words best describe Leslie Carroll’s voice?
Easy, clear, steady
What character would you cut from The Deception at Lyme: Or, The Peril of Persuasion?
Can't honestly remember. I switched off mentally so many times..
Any additional comments?
Very disappointing. There were some parts that grabbed my interest but they were few and far between.
I like the book, it isn't a masterpiece, but I like the bringing together the characters of my 2 favourite Jane Austen novels.
Leslie Carroll, whoever she may be, ought not to narrate a story that is set in 1815. I don't want to start on what is wrong about her narration, listen to the sample and make your own mind up if you could listen to 14 hours of her 'not quite sure' upper class accent, which slips effortlessly into a little but of Irish, Australian and then a Lyme Regis sailor who sounds as though he's spent most of his life in a Lancastrian mill. Sorry, it's truly ghastly. One way of describing he voice is like Kate Bush singing her song based on Wuthering Heights, high pitched but without Kate's ability to do so.
I wish it could be re-read with Phyllida Nash narrating. She adds depth and a vision in your mind.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This was a good book. First of all, it was based on my all-time-favourite Jane Austen book - Persuasion - but it was also well written. It took me a while to get used to the narrator's voice but after a while the story grabbed me and it was difficult to tear myself away from the computer!
I am also a great fan of a good "whodunit" so this book satisfied on every front.
It was written well, good characters and I enjoyed it so much, I went and bought the paper version and all Carrie Bebris' other Mr and Mrs Darcy Mysteries. They did not disappoint.