• Death in Kashmir

  • A Mystery
  • By: M. M. Kaye
  • Narrated by: Shibani Ghosh
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-02-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 2.5 out of 5 stars 2.7 (11 ratings)


When young Sarah Parrish takes a skiing vacation to Gulmarg, a resort nestled in the mountains above the fabled Vale of Kashmir, she anticipates an entertaining but uneventful stay. But when she discovers that the deaths of two in her party are the result of foul play, she finds herself entrusted with a mission of unforeseen importance. And when she leaves the ski slopes for the Waterwitch, a private houseboat on the placid shores of the Dal Lake near Srinagar, she discovers to her horror that the killer will stop at nothing to prevent Sarah from piecing the puzzle together.
©1984 M.M. Kaye (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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1 out of 5 stars
By Jac on 14-03-13

Dreadful Narration

This is a very good book, but the narrator really spoils it. All of the punctuation is in the wrong place and emphasis is put on the wrong words and places as well. Maybe it would be better if she'd actually read the book first. Such a shame.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By L Bruce on 11-05-16

Great story spoiled by narration

Would you consider the audio edition of Death in Kashmir to be better than the print version?

I love this book. It has a great story, full of atmosphere and mystery and, even though I know the ending, love to re read it every so often. I was so pleased to find an audio recording but was deeply disappointed by this version due to the poor narration.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a good old-fashioned mystery with a likeable heroine. The beautiful description of the different places adds to the atmosphere, sometimes colourful, sometimes mysterious and sometimes just plain creepy.

How could the performance have been better?

I have heard this book read by Virginia Mackenna and her voice seemed perfect - her very crisp English tones fit the time in which the"Death In ..." books are set. I appreciate that choosing an Indian reader may have been an attempt to add to the atmosphere but the pronunciation, the pace and the emphasis are frequently wrong, most distracting. It is also difficult to follow which character is supposed to be speaking, very confusing even if you are familiar with the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

If this book were to be available, read by Virginia Mackenna, I would definitely buy it as a replacement copy

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-02-13

The wrong Narrator

What would have made Death in Kashmir better?

The narrator has a plesant voice but no range. No character has a distinct voice. Men and women all sound the same which makes for a boring listen. I read M.M. Kaye's Death in mystery series and know them to be an exciting series. This narrator just put me to sleep.

What didn’t you like about Shibani Ghosh’s performance?

She was unable to create distinct characters. I think the best narrators are good actors who create and project a range of personalities.


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3 out of 5 stars
By Pam K. Thomas on 21-02-13

Let down for M M kaye lovers

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No! Wonderful book

What other book might you compare Death in Kashmir to and why?

M M kaye's mysteries have the charm of Daphne Du Maurier and the fun of Agatha Christie

Would you be willing to try another one of Shibani Ghosh’s performances?


Was Death in Kashmir worth the listening time?

It was not,but only because the reader literally buthchered it.I asked audible to please try and get these mysteries. A death in Berlin and Zanzibar are worth a listen.I will try all they get of the wonderful M M Kaye.Her biographies would be a welcome as well. These books are meant to be read by a cultured British voice. They were read in the 90's by Virginia Mckenna to great effect. They are all about British colonialism. The heroines are British. The main characters are British not Hindi . Ms Ghosh might be fine reading a book from an Indian's perspective.

Any additional comments?

nough said

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