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If you could sum up The Raphael Affair in three words, what would they be?
Very happy to see Iain Pears's art history mysteries finally coming to audible. He's a superb writer (see An Instance of the Fingerpost if you want a long, enthralling listen), and lucky for us, a superb mystery plotter too. A hapless English academic, the delightful Italian policewoman who interrogates and then fascinates him, and the avuncular chief of police are all finely drawn, and the story bubbles along with pockets of hilarity. This is one of Ralph Cosham's very best outings—he's eminently suited to both the silly-ass and the thoughtful side of Jonathan. I hope the other books follow quickly!
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I loved these books when I first read them a decade ago. I recently began to reread them and when I found this unabridged on Audible.com I was very excited. I love audio books and to be able to listen to this book was a pure delight. It was all I had hoped it would be.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Jonathan Argyll is the perfect combination of bumbling humility and skilled historian, and he more than anyone cannot tell the difference sometimes. It's impossible not to root for him in his lovelife and his professional life. What's wonderful about this series is that Jonathan's life is not a series of successes piled one after another, it's more like two steps forward and one step back. Sort of like most people's lives.
What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?
Ralph Cosham's English accent hit the mark perfectly for the characters and his Italian accents were unstrained and natural. He did not read his female characters by putting on a falsetto voice, for which I am very grateful. Nothing ruins a book faster, in my estimation.
Any additional comments?
I love art history and this is what attracted me to the books in the first place, so this element adds greatly to the novels for me. However, I don't think an art history background is required to enjoy and understand the storylines.
Iain Pears' mystery novels are intelligent, funny and stand the test of time.
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