An Order for Death : Matthew Bartholomew

  • by Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by David Thorpe
  • Series: Matthew Bartholomew
  • 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Believers in the theory of nominalism have set some Cambridge colleges at the throats of those who believe them to be heretics, and Michael, the senior proctor, has his work cut out to keep the peace. When a nominalist is murdered during a riot, Michael is certain he will easily find the killer amongst the Dominicans, but before he can get any sense out of them his junior proctor, Walcote, is found hanged, and he discovers that his trusted ally had arranged secret meetings at the St Ragelund Convent between men who would not normally be seen together - and the nuns of St Ragelund are renowned for behaviour entirely inappropriate to their calling.
Meanwhile Matthew Bartholomew learns that Michael, his lifelong friend, is in all probability the thief who relieved one of the antinominalist colleges of some of their most precious papers. If that charge were proved, it would put paid to Michael's long-term plans to become master of Michaelhouse - but would he kill to protect himself? Unable to believe his colleague would be capable of such acts, Bartholomew knows the only way he can quiet his own conscience is to solve the murders himself.

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Too quiet

It was a good if overly complicated plot, very well read as always but the production values meant that it was too quiet. I often listen to books while driving but this was too low in volume out put to hear even with everything turned up to full volume. I'm now loathe to by another in the series in case it is the same
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Good story but terrible narration

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

The book is well plotted and has good characterisation - it is the narration that really lets it down with uneven and sometimes damn strange interpretations of the main characters. If you enjoy murder mysteries with nice historical touches then I would recommend reading the book rather than listening to it.


What other book might you compare An Order for Death to, and why?

Sorry, didn't know how to answer this one.


How could the performance have been better?

Thorpes interpretation of some of the monks can be strange and in this particular case embarrassing. When voicing one of the adult monks, described in the book as the size of a child, Thorpe produces a high pitched whiney voice similar to a truculent two year old, making for a truly cringeworthy listen. I do like how he gives voice to Mathew Bartholomew, one of the main protagonists but remain unsure about the other, Brother Michael.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

In between the moments of cringing the story was interesting but I am returning the book as I can't bear to listen to the narrator anymore. For me this is one book I will stick to reading rather than listening.


Any additional comments?

The stories are getting better as they go along but the narrator killed this one for me I am afraid. I can only hope that somebody has a discreet word with Thorpe and tell him to adapt his narration style otherwise I may be returning a lot of audio books back to Audible.

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- Hathor

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-05-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK