The Water Room : Bryant & May

  • by Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by Tim Goodman
  • Series: Bryant & May
  • 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Christopher Fowler has won a widespread following for his senior-citizen detectives Arthur Bryant and John May. Here a woman is found drowned in her basement - with nary a drop of water to explain the crime.


What the Critics Say

"Traditional mystery buffs with a taste for the offbeat will relish British author Fowler's wonderful ... contemporary whodunit." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Baby Boomers Rejoice: This is a book for our time.

I never give mysteries a five, but this one deserves it. What a find!

2. Characters. John May is rational, extraverted, orderly, popular and a student of human psychology. Arthur Bryant is introverted, intuitive, disorderly, difficult, and a student of everything except human nature. They have been partners for nearly fifty years. To stay together in the PCU they have refused promotion, and they are doing everything necessary to resist the forces pressuring them to retire.

In spite of the fact that they have been together for so long, each has the capacity to surprise and to annoy the other.

2. Narrator. Tim Goodman is as good as they get. He subtly slips from his role as omnipotent narrator to any of the dozen voices he has created for the story,and like the other excellent readers, he can change his distinctly masculine voice to one that is clearly feminine without a noticeable change of pitch and without sounding ridiculous.. You always know who is talking, but no single voice demands more attention than any of the others.

3. Plot. One of my criteria for a good Audiobook is length. Dickens is, by far the best buy, but this one, at 14 hours, is excellent value for one credit. The plots are clever and coherent. If you are not paying attention you can listen to parts of the story for a second or third time and enjoy them that much more.

4. Writing. I give Dan Brown a 1-. Donna Leon and Sue Grafton go between 2 and 3. Fowler is a solid
His prose is fresh. He uses words and phrases I've never heard, and the dialogue - especially between John and Arthur is so well and lovingly crafted that I'm tempted to buy and read a hard copy of the book.
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- Cholmondeley

Great story and narration!

This was a really good audiobook. The story had just the right amount of mystery and humor. And the narrator was superb. I wish Audible had more of the Peculiar Crimes mysteries and more of this narrator's works.
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- Lynnette B. Crocker

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-17-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books