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While I don't find them quite up to the standards of her Regency novels, I do enjoy Heyer's mysteries, which were "modern" at the time she wrote them, in the 1930's - 1940's. Now they are period pieces, and interesting as such as well. Ulli Birve has now narrated most of Heyer's mysteries, and I have found all that I have listened to so far to be very enjoyable. I think that she "gets" the personalities of the various characters very well and conveys the spirit of the story, and the time period. And yet is easy to understand and follow the plot, which is important in a mystery.
One thing I find very helpful is that this book is "wispersync" ready, so I can go back and forth between my Kindle version and the audio version, or even read along with the narration. I enjoy "wispersync" and hope that Audible will make more of Heyer's mysteries available in this treatment, especially They Found Him Dead, which has many of the same characters as Duplicate Death.
I hope that Audible/Ulli Birve will soon release the two of Heyer's mysteries not yet available, Detection Unlimited and Penhallow.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
This is not my favorite Heyer mystery, however it's a reasonable way to pass the time overall with a surprise ending that I did not see coming. If you like classic golden age mysteries, you'll probably enjoy the story pretty well. The reader is not overall horrible, she does opposite sex characters quite well, has a pleasant voice, and is able to differentiate between characters reasonably well. However, I bought this book in spite of the fact that one of the reviews on the U.K. website warned against the horrible attempt at a Scottish accent given to one of the secondary characters , because I thought they were probably being over sensitive. I was wrong. The butchering of this accent is so bad, it's really impossible to tell what accent the reader is trying to portray, and sometimes even what she is saying at all. She sounds like she's actually choking sometimes, and sometimes more like she's had a major stroke. I mean, the badness of this accent is so epic words can't describe it. This accent belongs to a secondary character, but he does have far too much to say (at least as read by this reader) towards the latter half of the book. I would recommend against this book based on that fact alone because it is very disturbing and unpleasant to listen to.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book written by Georgette Heyer or narrated by Ulli Birvé?
I've listened to a few Georgette Heyer books, they are always well written. UNFORTUNATELY, read by Ulli Birvé. I think I'm started to get used to her, but it's hard work.
What other book might you compare Duplicate Death: Inspector Hemingway Series, Book 3 to, and why?
The Hemingway books are a little like Christie or Marsh, nice mysteries padded out with OTT characters.
How could the performance have been better?
It would be nice if Ulli Birvé could act at all, or mimic any accents at all. Her scottish accent here is painful and nearly incomprehensible. Her monotonous delivery is tolerable with time. Also bear in mind that she often doesn't know how to pronounce a word and guesses blindly, which is off-putting. The humour of the characterizations is often lost trying to extract meaning from her mangled English.
Did Duplicate Death: Inspector Hemingway Series, Book 3 inspire you to do anything?
I find myself inspired to imaginatively criticise Ulli Birvé. Sorry Ulli. I'm sure you tried.
Any additional comments?
It would be lovely to get these great fun mysteries read by someone who can. Like William Gaminara. Please.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
The plot of this is one of my favourite of Heyer's murder mysteries - and reintroduces us to several characters we have met before, in addition to Inspector Hemingway. It was worth listening to again, whilst getting on with the housework simply because it is a Georgette Heyer.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Duplicate Death: Inspector Hemingway Series, Book 3?
The narrator's appalling - off the scale incompetent - attempt at a Scottish accent. Nicola Sturgeon should do something about it.
Would you be willing to try another one of Ulli Birvé’s performances?
No. Never, not ever. Not even if I were struck blind and she was the only narrator of audio books.
Was Duplicate Death: Inspector Hemingway Series, Book 3 worth the listening time?
Yes - only because I was doing something else at the same time and love the book.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I absolutely love Heyers's thrillers and this is no disappointment. Great characters and dialogue, which steep her mysteries in humour. Her hero and heroine are delightful, as ever, but it's the minor cameos that sparkle.
The narrator is good except for the seargeant. That Scottish accent! Just dreadful!