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What did you love best about Necessary as Blood?
I love the characters and their development is part of the attraction of this series.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
Overall, I really don't care for Jenny Sterlin. I've read many books narrated by her and it's somewhat nitpicking to criticize her, because all-in-all she delivers a pretty solid narration. But, when a narration draws your attention from the story to the narration, that's an indication that there is a problem with the telling. I find myself annoyed by her adenoidal vowels, her mispronunciation of words, and, in the specific instance of this book/series, her voice for Duncan (which is dreadful and completely mis-portrays him as a boorish snob.) Bronze narration, maybe. But not Sterling.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I love the 'Charlotte' parts.
Any additional comments?
Would recommend and would read again.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
The Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James books always provide a story that works on several levels, enough tension to keep things interesting, and a mystery that holds you. Combined with excellent narration, this volume provides an enjoyable listening experience. I especially like the way Crombie handles all her recurring characters so that each grows and develops additional dimensions, providing a second story that moves apace with the mystery and enriches the whole.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful