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What a shame! I was reccomended this series by my sister after I finished the Amelia Peabody mysteries. This otherwise perfectly agreeable cosy mystery story was spoilt by the performance. I listened at one and a half times the normal speed as I couldn't bear the almost patronising drawl of the narrator (I'm still undecided if it was a person or a computer generated voice) There are some funny moments of American to English poor translation. I doubt that the Author would have used the phrase like fleas on a cats fanny had they known the English connotations of the word! However, I'm already looking for the next in series so the story won in the end.
What disappointed you about Aunt Dimity and the Duke?
The performer appears to be learning to read. Every "a" is pronounced as a long a.
The character Emma is written as smar, logical, strong and is here made to sound weak, young, and non-assertive. All the English characters speak with big spaces between each word.
I was really happy that you had made this book available. I preordered so I anticipated enjoying the reading. I forced myself to listen twice, hoping it would sound better the second time. It was just as annoying.
I can get free recordings through a government program for the handicapped. They have a great recoding of this book, but I have no way of copying it because they use a unique recording method.
I am also VERY sorry to see that, now that you have made the series available, it is all performed by the same artless individual.
What other book might you compare Aunt Dimity and the Duke to and why?
The book, not the erecording, has many of the qualities of Charlotte MacLeod's Sarah Kelling series: Charm, wit, and humor. These qualities do not come across in your version.
Would you be willing to try another one of Teri Clark Linden’s performances?
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Aunt Dimity and the Duke?
The text is great and does not need cutting.
Any additional comments?
Please rerecord with a different performer.
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Would you try another book from Nancy Atherton and/or Teri Clark Linden?
The Aunt Dimity series has been delightful diversion, Nancy Atherton has inserted this volume skillfully into the series.
What didn’t you like about Teri Clark Linden’s performance?
Reminds one of a teacher reading to an elementary school class.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful