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So many wonderful actors like Caroline Lennon could have brought this book to life instead of trying to bludgeon it to death with grim, prim and so totally affected 1970's RTE continuity announcer style accent and intonation which tortured every sentence with mention of dawgs, fawwtherrs , saowftness and of course one of the main characters Paaaawtrick. Not to mention his surname which disturbingly sounded like Vaginal adding to the endless crimes against vowels continually perpetrated. However this was nothing compared to the stomach churning character voices which ranged from sounding much like Ross O'Carroll Kelly on a bad day for the men, to all the charm of nails on a blackboard for the women. It is a testament to the book that I managed to finish this ingeniously plotted book with the self conscious, grating heavy weather made of it by the narrator and how I wish I had read it old style rather than listened to it read in this strangled and strange affected accent. DIRE or as the narrator might say DOIRE!
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