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Where does Death of a Traveling Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
As a Hamish Macbeth book, it is up near the top with all the others in the series. I own 13 HM audiobooks and a few on Kindle, because they had not been available on audio.
Who was your favorite character and why?
My fav is always Hamish. But the colorful characters that surround him, such as Willy and his Italian love, and the usual crew of Lochdubh (oh dear, can't remember how to spell it) inhabitants, make for such delightful, humorous, and, sometimes worrisome complications.
What does Shaun Grindell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I know that this narrator has been panned by some reviewers. I have listened to 3 narrators for Hamish Macbeth novels and I personally find no objection to Shaun Grindell. He does a fine job making Hamish sound just as I would imagine him. Occasionally, rarely, I may get momentarily confused about who said what. But, in all honesty, if I am paying attention to the story, I can figure it out. Of course, Shaun Grindell's voice is well-modulated and mellow, so I often may listen at bedtime, and drift off to sleep to a HM audiobook. Yes, I have heard better narrators, for instance, Davinia Porter (spelling-?). But I like the pacing of Grindell's reading. There is absolutely nothing wrong with his narration. But, it may be that some people just don't like his voice, though I find nothing objectionable about it. He has a comforting voice and can express surprise or strong emotions withoout my having to turn the sound down or up (which, with some narrators-not in THIS series, annoyingly, I have had to do).
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Of course! And, I re-listened to certain parts during which I had not been paying good attention the first time round. I like the narrator's voice and I like the way the novels are worded and their rhythm. Even hearing random sections is enjoyable after you get to know the main characters.
Any additional comments?
This particular book is shorter than many and does not go into as much detail and is not as complicated in the storyline as some of the others. That's why I gave the story a 4. But it is a fun listen. I listened while driving from Alabama to North Carolina. It could have had more descriptions and character development and plot twists, but it was also fine as is. Not my favorite HM book, but worth listening to.
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Typical Hamish Macbeth - intricate rambling plot, some bad characters, fun listen. Some people just need killing!
The narration is good - I found it a bit hard to understand at times, but that may just be my old equipment. I am quite fond of this series and this is a good one.
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