Duchess of Death

  • by Richard Hack
  • Narrated by Nicolas Coster
  • 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

She is the most popular novelist in history. Yet the drama and torment of Agatha Christie's private life remains a mystery even to her most ardent fans. She made no secret of her disdain for the press and for those who wished to intrude on her private life.In this immensely listenable and intimate biography, best-selling author Richard Hack reveals the romance, scandal, and betrayal that drove one of the 20th century's most celebrated literary figures.

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The narration is unbearable

I am a generous reviewer, mainly I think because I choose carefully and seldom end up disappointed. So, 4 stars, often 5, is not unusual from me. I got this one very wrong however.

I was aware of the 'mystery' caused by AC staging her own disappearance, and her at times torrid personal life, and I thought it would be very interesting to get a bit of background. Wrong. It's just dull.

The main problem is the narration. If I was just reading it, I might struggle on, though the writing isn't doing much for me, either. But the narrator is just bizarre and even if it was a well written, gripping book, I would be unable to listen to him.

I abandoned the book when I could no longer bear the thought of him attempting another, entirely random, regional British accent. It's painful. He can just about do 'posh' men and to a lesser extent, middle class women. That's it. The police officers and assorted 'locals' who have been presented so far (3 hours in) have a range of voices and accents that don't exist in real life. One voice can meander from Geordie to Brummie in a single sentence. And these are the home county locals!

He has odd pronunciation too - Torquay (I think) is pronounced Two-Key. Maybe it's not meant to be Torquay...

I read the reviews so I knew the delivery might be 'odd', and I see that some listeners got used to it; that has happened to be before, but this time, I can't see me staying the course.
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- Alison

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-06-2009
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books