Dark Road to Darjeeling : Lady Julia Grey

  • by Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by Ellen Archer
  • Series: Lady Julia Grey
  • 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lady Julia Grey travels through India, accompanied by her sister, Portia, her brother, Plum, and occasionally her husband - Brisbane. Along the way, Portia becomes convinced of a murder, and all four are pulled into the dark underbelly of 19th-century India.


What the Critics Say

"Narrator Ellen Archer dives into the story with abandon and is clearly enjoying herself with the rich cast of characters, including an upper-crust English spinster, a disheveled Welsh doctor, and the White Rajah, a charismatic hermit who lives in a nearby monastery. Archer also offers a thoughtful, rich performance as Julia, who slyly competes with her husband to solve the case." (AudioFile)


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Once Again, Ellen Archer Mangles a Good Story

Deanna Raybourn hasn't disappointed in this 4th installment of Lady Julia/Nicholas Brisbane series. The story is intriguing and absorbing, set in a rather exotic setting [India] and with a cast of characters, each of whom has a motive for murder, a "White Rajah" who isn't exactly who he seems to be, and a man-eating tiger.

But Ellen Archer, who is an American actress faking a British accent, is inadequate, as she has been in the previous 3 books. She badly needs a speech coach. Her attempt at being "elegant" results in numerous mispronounced words, the wrong syllabic emphasis for no reason, strangled vowels that sometimes make it very difficult to understand her. She doesn't do regional accents very well; indeed, the only two characters who sound normal are Americans! [Ms. Archer, however, has a lovely singing voice] I think Barbara Rosenblat [Amelia Peabody novels], also American, is the exception that proves the rule: if a story is being told in the first person by a British narrator, get a Brit to do the narration. If Lady Julia hadn't sounded as if she was being choked to death a number of times, I'd have given this book 5 stars.
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- S. Lev-Ami "Antigonos"

Great Series, Terrific Narrator!

This is the 4th in one of my favourite series and it's as good as I could have hoped. The exotic setting at the foot of the Himalayas is wonderful - there is even a humorous bit where several of the main characters try to figure out where they are (what country they are actually in). The characters are diverse and interesting and you may change your mind several times as to who is actually good, who is bad and what all of their hidden agendas are. Lady Julia and her husband Brisbane, being newly married in this book, are among the most likable detective couples around. Their witty dialogue, especially when they are arguing, is so much fun, while not overpowering the actual mystery and even the sad parts of the story ( and there are a few).
Ellen Archer is a great narrator - ok, maybe her Portia voice is a little odd, but the rest of her characters, particularily Julia, are really well done and pleasant to listen to. I had no problems differentiating voices and accents to know who was speaking,whether male or female. I would have rated this book 4 1/2 stars if I could - only declining to go with 5 stars because Portia's slightly irritating voice takes a little getting used to. (Mind you that's just a matter of personal taste. I've read other reviews on her other audiobooks, where people loved Portia's voice and some where they didn't like Julia's)
I would recommend downloading the first three in the seriest first if possible, but that being said, you would have no trouble following the story in this book, even if this was your first Deanna Raybourn.
I hope this series continues with many more installations and I hope Ellen Archer continues to narrate the audio versions.
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- Delia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2010
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books S.A.