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This was a light enjoyable read, but the attempt to reproduce an Australian accent was absolutely dreadful. For an Australian living in Sydney to have to listen to this it was painful and irritating. The voice of the Australian character who was looking for information about her natural parents was a blend of a South African twang and broad rough Australian sounds of a centuary ago! Other than that it was a pleasant story but nothing remarkable.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I have read all in this series and am waiting for the next as Isabel's life unfolds. McCall Smith is a great story teller and the endings are always positive.
I bought this not realising the narrator was different from the previous stories and I am afraid the change made it un-listenable for me! Can't finish it, yet loved all the others.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I am afraid that this was a HUGE disappointment for me.
Up til now he whole series of Isabel Dalhousie books, along with the other Ian McCall Smith books has been a delight. Here we have a different narrator, and to be honest the experience of listening to her is dispiriting. Such a pity after the very good reading of the other works by Phyllis Logan and Hilary Melville.
PLEASE don;t get this narrator to read any more of these lovely books. She ruins them.
And for audible listeners: if you have enjoyed the rest of the series: DON'T get this.
I wonder: Are Audible considering doing a new version? Would be good.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this story as it unfolded. However the voice of the young Australian woman was absolutely dreadful and irritating. It was so wrong. As an Australian I suggest that thet should not have tried to change the voice, it was dreadfully inaccurate..... on occasions it seemed like a bad imitation of a broad New Zealander!