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Enjoyed this book, although I found the explicit sex scenes and graphic descriptions of torture a bit distasteful. The plot is good and the tension built dramatically , and pleasingly, throughout the book. The thing that spoiled this book for me, however, was the narrator. He didn't seem to have a grip of any regional accent, his Geordie accent sounded Welsh, and his Scottish accent was frankly appalling! His awful attempts ruined the story for me, and I found listening quite painful at times.
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What did you like most about Mermaids Singing?
Love this author and indeed the whole Tony Hill series. It's such a shame that this is ruined by the narrator.
How could the performance have been better?
Wrong narrator, not a lot of feeling in his voice or range come to that. Ruined it for me I'm afraid.
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
it was ok - i got engrossed although I took a few breaks listening. I was quite annoyed with the unnecessary graphic description of sexual and physical torture. I am not squeamish but I found it did not add to the storyline at all. In fact, come to think of it, except for the graphic descriptions there wasn't much of a storyline to hold the interest.I much prefer other Val McDermid books I listened to.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Mermaids Singing?
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Saul Reichlin?
I like male narrators, but in this case I much prefer Cathleen McCarron. At the start I wasn't sure if I could stand the narrator but got somewhat used to him. He reads as if he is wading through syrup - so slow and so boring and sounding so old.
Could you see Mermaids Singing being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
I certainly wouldn't want to watch it!
Any additional comments?
Not a great start to the series - too graphic, too sexually explicit, boring narrator