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Sadly, this fantastic story is rather hampered by the narrator who over-acts the reading and whose accents are cringeworthy and inconsistent. This plot calls for many regional voices, from Yorkshire to Cockney with quite a bit of French thrown in. I didn't find any of them convincing. If the series was narrated by Ian Carmichael or even Gordon Griffin who have narrated other Lord Wimsey stories available on Audible I would buy the lot but I'm afraid I'm put off!
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
I'm a great fan of the Lord Peter Wimsey stories, so was looking forward to this. But oh dear. This narrator is okay with the narrative, but her reading of dialogue is just so weird it's thoroughly distracting. Inspector Parker's voice was odd it itself, but Wimsey's voice was even worse - affected and high-pitched, bordering on shrill and squeaky. Since there is a lot of dialogue, it's difficult to ignore. Until I started listening to this book, I was looking forward to ordering other stories in the series, but I definitely won't be now. Incidentally, it was only recently that I bought Busman's Honeymoon from Audible, read by Ian Carmichael. It's excellent - but now no longer being listed! Why on earth not? Carmichael's voice is well-modulated and pleasant, and he gives such an intelligent reading that I'd happily buy any of the unabridged novels if read by him.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Lord Peter will always be superb (and incredibly sexy!). ...And the introduction of Harriet Vane is perfectly placed in Wimsey's investigative career. What I don't understand is the general braying about Jane McDowell's narration. I have many audible books and her voice is up with the best. For a woman to narrate male characters is just as plausible as the reverse. Bravo all around.