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Most excellent book and reader. Much more captivating than "Tree of Hands." Recommended highly. I'm going to follow this reader.
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I really got frustrated trying to listen to this one. I was constantly adjusting the volume, as some characters seemed to shout, and with others (Burden) the narrator's voice fell away and became unintelligible.
I am a big fan of Rendell's Inspector Wexford series as a rule, but perhaps I need to stick to print.
This is vintage Ruth Rendell in that the story pivots around a psychologically damaged young man and his very peculiar controlling mother: a style of fiction of which she is unsurpassed. The narrator of this audio version doesn't try to do different voices but the characters are clearly delineated and the multiple facets of the story unfold in a comprehensible way. There is a peripheral story involving Chief Inspector Wexford's actress daughter. If you enjoy the Wexford TV series it's interesting to compare the interplay between Wexford and Inspector Burden in the books with how it is depicted on screen in that Wexford is less tetchy and Burden more pernickety in the books.
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The narrator sounds unbelievably bored throughout the story making it very difficult to enjoy. I really enjoy Ruth Rendell's books but this one was a major fail due to the performance of Mr. Bailey. I had to rewind constantly as I kept zoning out due to the monotonous tone. PLEASE Audible ...PLEASE return to Nigel Anthony for Rendell's inspector Wexford books.