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This is one of my favorite of Heyer's mystery stories. It has wonderful characters and a mystery that keeps you guessing. Unfortunately Ulli Birve's narration leaves the story flat. She seems to think that masculine. voices. are. all. uninflected. and. stilted. I'm sorry there isn't a negative rating for the narrator.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Would you be willing to try another book from Georgette Heyer? Why or why not?
I enjoy her Regency novels and some of her mysteries. The performance made it difficult to appreciate this book.
Would you be willing to try another one of Ulli Birvé’s performances?
No. Stilted, difficult to distinguish the different characters.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about Detection Unlimited?
I read and enjoyed these stories many years ago and so looked forward to listening to them, however, the narration is so bad I could not listen to the end. I believe they are produced in Australia and it is hard to imagine that the producers could not find there an actor capable of giving voice to characters with recognisable English accents or capable of speaking in a less ponderous and monotone way.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book written by Georgette Heyer or narrated by Ulli Birvé?
Reading was bad so could not get into the story
Would you ever listen to anything by Georgette Heyer again?
Maybe I used to like the books
What didn’t you like about Ulli Birvé’s performance?
Maybe it was the voice
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
Nothing more to say
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I love Georgette Heyer's mysteries. The characters are so funny and the settings are like slipping into a warm bath in winter - warm, familiar and comforting. I think Heyer is at her very best in these contemporary stories. She has a light touch and great humour through characterisation and dialogue.
The narrator for all these stories is quite weird. She does a great job of the main characters, and especially Inspector Heminway. She really captures something. But I have so many problems with other aspects of the narration. First, she cannot - I mean really cannot - do accents of any kind other than RP and cockney British. At least one of the secondary characters in each book is voiced as an automaton. Flat, no inflection, no expression. While I guess this does make the voice distinctive, it is often against characterisation. Finally, she mispronounces so many words and phrases it is incredible. It sometimes sounds like she has not read the book in advance. Also, there are points where she pauses at the wrong point in the sentence, thereby losing the grammatical meaning. This is jarring and irritating. I don't think this narrator really does justice to these books, and I'm disappointed that she narrates all of them.
However, I can't say the narration ruins the experience for me. Just takes them down a notch from where they should be.
I do recommend these mysteries for anyone who enjoys golden age thrillers.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful