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Peter Shand was in his current position because he needed some hands on experience as an investigator. Until now all of his police work had involved administrative evaluation of cases handled by other CID officers. While he was excellent at what he did it did not prepare him for what would happen when the quiet rural patch he had been sent to would become the center of a media frenzy when a woman's body is found in the center of a stone circle with another woman buried alive beneath her.
He also finds that far from peaceful, the village has a simmering underbelly where incomers are fighting with villagers for control, where the weapons are Parish Counsel elections, livestock, and local legends.
The book was quite fun as poor Peter struggles to get his feet under him as he deals with a local psychic, a malicious reporter, and another murder.
The only problem I had was with the narrator. While he wasn't terrible in the sense that you could clearly understand his voice except when he came up with some very peculiar pronunciations of "denouement" and "assuage". He had a middle of the road US accent except when he assayed some truly dreadful local accents-- I had no idea what part of the UK he was aiming for with these. Given the book was set in England this was distracting and did the book a disfavor.
Luckily this was a whispersynced audible deal because I would have been really annoyed if I had paid more than a couple of dollars for the narration.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What would have made An Unsafe Pair of Hands better?
If a book based in an English village was narrated by someone who spoke in English and pronounced the words properly.
What do you think your next listen will be?
The Purity of Vengeance
What didn’t you like about George Orlando’s performance?
He was American, not English, his attempt at a Scots accent wobbled between Irish and New England.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The story, as far as I listened, had some potential.
Any additional comments?
I have listened to over a thousand Audible books and while I have truly enjoyed most of them,and also returned a couple or three, this is the first time I have felt it necessary to give my opinion.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Imagine The Waltons read by someone with an Oxbridge voice, or the Archers read by the cast of Dallas. The vocabulary and syntax are American, the reader can't pronounce Salisbury and the SCO with a ' broad Scots accent' sounds like a bad attempt at Irish.
Someone should tell the author that English people just wouldn't phrase or construct sentences in the way he thinks they do. In short it's pretty diabolical. Got a few chapters in and decided my time was too valuable to waste.