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As most people who read detective stories and mysteries know, the Ellery Queen novels are splendid examples of their time and of the locked room/impossible crime genre. This book is no exception. But be forewarned: the narrator leaves everything to be desired. he is stiff, awkward, artificial. His attempts at characterization through accents are laughable. He makes listening a continuous challenge. To me, he reads the book as if he were reading it to a group of beginning English-language learners, who were following along with the printed text.
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I had to watch this on a minimum of 1.25x to prevent my mind from wandering off mid-sentence as the poor reader inched his way through syllables like a drugged sloth. I put up with the resultant squeakiness, but it was decidedly sub-optimal. Bit of a shame, as this is an entertaining mystery.