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I found this devastatingly boring. Whether it was the narrator and her exaggerated pronunciation of everything, particularly the French accents, or whether it was the story itself, I don't know. I stuck it out, hoping it would "catch" and I'd want to know what happened next, but it never did. I hate to think about the time I wasted, not to mention the money. I didn't like it.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
Not one of my favorite Ngaio Marsh stories, I don't think I liked a single of the characters besides Alleyn and Fox. Very hard to be in sympathy with anyone since I kept hoping they would all just shut up and die in a house fire. This is wholly subjective though, I know.
Nadia May is also not a narrator I can really enjoy. Her accents are too exaggerated and varied. It seems like she trips herself up; sometimes one character's accent gets mixed up with another and I don't realize that Alleyn is talking because the first few words of his speech sound like Fox. And anyone French is just torturous to listen to, drawls on forever.
What did you like best about this story?
Fox. Always Briar Fox.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nadia May?
Benedict Cumberbatch, Phillip Franks, James Saxon
Was A Wreath for Rivera worth the listening time?
No. I've only regretting downloading two of Ngaio Marsh's books, this one and Colour Scheme–for different reasons. I could have stood the mediocre plot and unlikable characters of Wreath for Rivera if the narration was more enjoyable.