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I'm very glad to see this first book of the Inspector Monk series on Audible. Every time I finish an Anne Perry mystery I wish she had edited the thing just once more to tighten dialogue or tidy plot points, but I keep downloading them. They are engaging, with good setting details of Victoian England and fairly interesting characters. She is not a mistress of atmosphere like P D James, but Perry does consistently create better than average atmospheric light historical mysteries without graphic sex or violence and without too much of the dark side.
Even if you're not enough of a Perry fan to contemplate listening to the entire series, this first instalment has added interest due to the brain injury of the protagonist and a slightly earlier setting than Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series. By the way, whoever wrote the publisher's summary in the product description obviously did not read the book--Monk's antagonist is his brain injury irself-- that's what most makes this book worth reading.
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As detective fiction goes, I enjoyed this and plan to listed to the next in the series. But ditto to the reviewer's comment about the need for more editing. Really tiresome at points -- millions of repetitive, unanswerable questions (who am I?) that can't be answered b/c of total amnesia. In print you can skim that stuff but for audio, I might recommend an abridged version.
I like Davina Porter much better than most narrators, and, for me, narrators are as important as the novel itself.
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Possibly , you need a great deal of patience if you are not to give up before the end .
What did you like best about this story?
The idea was very good and the characterisation well drawn in the main .
What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Davina Porter has a very professional microphone technic , she avoids sounding like a gurgling drain whenever she has to swallow , unlike a lot of narrators .
If this book were a film would you go see it?
Any additional comments?
This is not five star for me because it's too long , it's dragged out and soooo slow , the number of times the phrase " if only I could remember " is used is beyond counting , it's like toiling through treacle a lot of the time , needed better editing .
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Would you try another book written by Anne Perry or narrated by Davina Porter?
I would not read another Anne Perry book. I'm a tolerant reader but this was tedious and with a very unsatisfactory ending. I found it hard to care about any of the characters and the protagonist was irritating and whining. There were also lots of bad plot leaps and assumptions.
Davina Porter is a great reader I only kept going because of her voice.
What will your next listen be?
Back to reliable Scandinavian noir!
Which scene did you most enjoy?
Did The Face of a Stranger inspire you to do anything?
Yes - not read anything by this author again!