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I first encountered David Hewson's writings through his Rome series and found his stories enthralling and well-suited to being audio books. Semana Santa pre-dates that series and is not so successful as a book to be read aloud as it has many characters with unfamiliar sounding names and is full of elaborate writing that goes off at tangents describing, for example, dreams in great detail which leads to one losing the thread of the narrative. The book also gets off to a sluggish start, unlike the author's later books which grab attention from the beginning. I heard a recent Audible interview with the author who said that now he bears in mind how his writings will play in an audio version. This has benefited listeners, to judge by more recent books.
Semana Santa is a good story and Sean Barratt reads it superbly well giving the many characters different accents and tones of voice which helps the listener to keep track of who is whom, though I sometimes got mixed up as to who were the goodies and who the baddies!
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A great story and a really good narrator. A slow build up, but the pace quickens and you soon get really into the storyline. It jumps well from present time to past and there are some excellent characters that you quickly get a great feel for. The setting in Spain works really well too. David Hewson's books are in my opinion not easy plots to follow, but this story has some great twists and turns and keeps you guessing right upto the end. The added Spanish Civil War factor works well. I would strongly recommend this - i have a long journey each day and found myself looking forward to listening as the story unfolded. A great download !!!
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