The Jewel That Was Ours
- Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
- Length: 8 hrs
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 08-31-12
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By Lillian T. on 04-10-18
I wish I had found this author long ago!
What makes Colin Dexter's writing memorable is his style, his obvious affection for literary techniques such as alliteration and the deft. painting of his characters in a few quick strokes. Each is given enough depth of personality to allow them a full range of emotions needed to bring his stories to life. As all of the best mystery writers do, he creates a novel that happens to be a mystery. I have one negative comment: the literary quotes at the beginning of chapters were well chosen but when it is in another language shouldn't. a translation be given? After all you wouldn't leave a Biblical quotation in it's original Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic even if you were fluent in them. It is a kind of intellectual snobbery don't you agree?
The narrator on the other hand was at points a distraction. His breathing is very audible and at times phrases are rushed to allow him to get to the end and take a breath. Enunciation is not consistently distinct. Some passages are read in a monotone when a little inflection would be helpful. He seems to be very accomplished in creating vocal personalities for many characters.. That was his redeeming grace that kept me listening, but I would prefer not to be worrying that the reader was on the verge of physical collapse. There were many long pauses at the end of chapters where I was afraid oxygen was being administered and the next chapter would be in a completely new voice. It was very disconcerting.