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One of the most beloved books I have in my library, naturally, I jumped at the chance of having an audio version...Titanic is nothing to this disaster: a funny and lyrical, sophisticated and lovely text turned into a shrill staccato parody. One of the most tactful and beautiful love scenes - into a hurried romp through a village market.
Where did they get that narrator? Who chose her - she is obviously seeing the text for the first time in her life, has no sense of humor, no idea of the variety of tones and accents, of the quiet intelligent humor that is one of the loveliest things about Sayers' books.
The worst possible thing is that she has already done nearly all the novels - so there is obviously no chance of getting another narration in the foreseeable future.
If you love Dorothy Sayers novels, DO NOT buy those books. It's better to re-read them yet another time rather than listening to this disaster.
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What made the experience of listening to Busman's Honeymoon the most enjoyable?
A great combination of light hearted murder mystery and romance . The narration is fine, except for a few spots of some poor editing near the beginning
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I love the Lord Peter Wimsey books but Jane McDowell seems to have no idea about the characters she's creating. I often couldn't tell the difference between Peter's voice & Harriet's. All the non-aristocratic characters spoke with the same voice as each other. Ian Charmichael's readings, though old, were much better - ditto David Case (Whose Body - the first book I ever bought from Audible in 2006). Sadly Audible has jettisoned those.
There are also several large passages of untranslated French & my ancient 'O' level can't keep up. I don't know whether I've missed much but I need the text & a large French/English dictionary.
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Would you try another book written by Dorothy L Sayers or narrated by Jane McDowell?
I've read all of D L Sayers' novels. They are superb. This narrator has managed to make them mediocre.
Who was your favorite character and why?
In this particular novel, the characters of Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane are as usual outstanding
How did the narrator detract from the book?
A lacklustre narration; monotonous and strangely paced; totally unconvincing 'voices' and utterly lacking any sense of the period. So dull, in fact, that it sent me to sleep within minutes of pressing 'start', every time I tried to listen to it. And what on earth was the narrator thinking when she pronounced Lord Peter's name as Peter 'DETH BREDDON' Wimsey?
If this book were a film would you go see it?
Only if this narrator's voice featured in no way whatsoever.
Any additional comments?
I did hesitate about downloading this version, because I have Ian Carmichael's recordings of Strong Poison and Gaudy Night, the first of the Vane/Wimsey trilogy and the BBC dramatized versions of Busman's Honeymoon and The Nine Tailors and enjoy listening to all of them very much indeed. I saw that reviews of this new narrator on the Audible site were less than enthusiastic,but I decided to take a chance on listening to Busman's Honeymoon in the unabridged non-dramatized format . I really wish I hadn't bothered. The fact that almost all the Sayers Wimsey novels are now narrated by Jane McDowell sadly means I can't look forward to adding these novels to my Audible collection. I'm so disappointed.
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