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I'm sorry. This book just got on my nerves. Thought it would be very interesting; surely it had all the ingredients to have been. Though there had been no Audible reviews, the Amazon (paper book) reviews made it sound good. And it probably is in that format.
Almost from the start I felt the whole thing was very off-putting. It began okay--a wealthy backer considering how to bring talent to the city's orchestra and help audiences enjoy the music more and obviously pay more for their annual subscriptions. So they invite British conductor Jeremy Wadlington-Smythe to come to America to lead the orchestra. He is a conductor with the ability to bring music to an audience in very creative ways. He views it as a challenging opportunity to bring music to life in new ways. That's where the book starts going downhill. Even before the mystery part begins.
Although there is a lot of "insider" sort of exposure to the backstage workings of how the creative moment seen by the audience is actually much more down and dirty deals, which has interest, to me that was overpowered by what was either bad writing or bad narration (I'm not sure which). It was artificial, pompous, stilted, and I cringed at the conversations between people that used such perfect grammar it was simply unrealistic. Average people simply don't converse so formally.
Found it ironic that a book about creating music, beautiful sounds, wound up being one where the sounds of listening to it read aloud were just pretty awful. I gave it more stars than I personally felt it warranted because the people who had commented on the written book seemed to like it so much that I suspect it might be better in that version.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Murder in the House of the Muse to be better than the print version?
What other book might you compare Murder in the House of the Muse to and why?
Mozart in the Jungle:Sex, Drugs and Classical Music,
What does Dennis Kleinman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I was able to visualize the character of Jeremy Wadlington-Smythe and got a better idea of his musical, creative and his Sherlock Holmes murder solving background.
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Any additional comments?
Dennis Kleinman's development of the characters through his voice was amazing and it made it much easier to follow and get more involved in the story!