Murder on Russian Hill
- A Peyton Brooks' Mystery, Book 3
- Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
- Series: The Peyton Brooks Collection, Book 3, Peyton Brooks' Mysteries, Book 3
- Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 04-04-14
- Language: English
- Publisher: ML Hamilton
- Whispersync for Voice-ready
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By Gala on 04-29-14
This series gets better every time
What made the experience of listening to Murder on Russian Hill the most enjoyable?
The narrator. K. Hazen is very talented. She creates a recognizable personality for each character, and gives the story a visual quality that keeps me interested and wishing the story didn't end. I also enjoyed the parallel story of Joshua's childhood.
What about Kelley Hazen’s performance did you like?
The way she narrates conversations among characters. You forget it's only one person telling you the story.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
I've listened to all the books in the series and have enjoyed the experience very much. Each book gets better than the previous one. I particularly enjoy how the characters have grown and how they get along and deal with the terrible business of being a cop. The combination of this series and the narrator is excellent. I'm hoping there are more books coming.
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By Lidia Chymkowska on 02-09-18
Peyton's adventures continue...
The third book in the Peyton Brooks' Mystery series is engaging and generally intriguing, especially in the retrospections into Joshua's life story. There are a lot of background characters this time for Ms Hazen to read, many of them male, but she manages to give each of them a separate voice, though I personally find some of them a bit irritating (no star deduction for it this time as the task was really difficult:)). Besides that the interpretation is wonderful: emotional in places, impartial when it should be, with quite a lot of good acting.
As for the plot, the dual narration - of the present and of the past - adds dynamics and tension to the storyline. The insight into Joshua's fall into addiction is touching and makes the listener as enchanted by him as Peyton seems to be.
The the only fault I would pinpoint is that some scenes/situations seem illogical to me, like the fact that Joshua remains the main and - well - only suspect even after none of his fingerprints are found at the crime scene (plus some other facts coming into light, explaining smaller details in his favour) while on the other hand the police are really hesitant about arresting a man whose fingerprints are found not only at the crime scene but also on the murder weapon... This is a trend I have noticed in these otherwise fast-paced, involving books: there is one suspect from the beginning and the police sticks to him/her no matter what, even if they come across details, facts or evidence that point in other directions... It goes somehow against the logic of things... But as the characters are in all of the books quite interesting, the crimes intriguing and Peyton generally very likeable, I just choose to overlook those implausibilities and read/listen to the books with quite a lot of pleasure:)
DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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