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As a big fan of P.D. James, I was quite pleased to discover Peter Robinson. I have listened to two other Peter Robinson books besides Cold is the Grave and found them all quite satisfying and enjoyable. Robinson is all about character development, each one is really fleshed out psychologically and then he tells you what each character is thinking, feeling, wearing, listening to, eating and so on at any given moment. Obviously this kind of detail can drive some people crazy, especially if a lot of action is what they are looking for, but I really like that kind of detail, and Robinson does do it well. The narrator may take a little getting used to, he tends to sort of "chortle out" his female voices sometimes, but really he is quite good. Cold Is the Grave was a good story and Robinson leaves you wondering who did it till the last, but that is not even why I like his books. It's more the journey there rather than the destination that makes it a good listen.
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I've thoroughly enjoyed 7 of Robinson's previous Inspector Banks mysteries, all narrated by James Langton. I felt like I knew Alan Banks and his family & associates, and I liked them. Mr Keith's narration, however, ruins all this familiarity. Where Langton's Banks was intelligent, sensitive, and sexy, Mr. Keith's interpretation makes Banks sound like an unappealingly obtuse geezer. I'll be switching to print immediately.
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