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What would have made The Red Hill better?
Did not listen long enough to know.
Would you ever listen to anything by David Penny again?
NO. Too much violence, bad language and sexual content.
What about Ian Russell’s performance did you like?
What I heard was good.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment. Wish books had ratings. This would be an R.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
I'm sorry, but the whole story seemed ridiculous to me. The narrator was quite good, but the whole thing reminded me of a low budget movie about Sultans, harems, slaves, sex, soldiers, etc., etc.! I barely made it all the way through.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
First the good. Thomas Berrington is a fascinating character about whom I would love to hear more. There is an ensemble of interesting characters and the physical and historical settings are captivating. The story moves along nicely and the prose is engaging. However, the reveal comes from nowhere, without the chance for the reader to divine the clues. The biggest defect is the narration. This is clunky and halting, although I have heard far worse. With a better narrator I would happily listen to the sequels. I may anyway.
I've had several attempts at finishing this audio book but the narration is so still and flat and boring that I've given up each time .. the story may well be a good one, but the delivery is as full as dish water..