The Axeman's Jazz

  • by Ray Celestin
  • Narrated by Christopher Ragland
  • 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New Orleans, 1919. As a dark serial killer - The Axeman - stalks the city, three individuals set out to unmask him. As Michael, Luca and Ida each draw closer to discovering the killer's identity, the Axeman himself will issue a challenge to the people of New Orleans: play jazz or risk becoming the next victim. And as the case builds to its crescendo, the sky will darken and a great storm will loom over the city.

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Promising story but poor narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I was looking forward to listening to this book but after 90 minutes, although the story is promising, the narration is poor. The voices used veer between a poor rendition of Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry and characters from the Simpsons. The Scots and Irish accents of the police personnel wander all over the place. It occurred to me that Ida was going to be a key character in the investigation of the murders and I just couldn't stand listening to the whiny voice being used for her so I'm afraid this book is going back. Honestly, when we read a book we don't take on a dozen different voices. Why do it for an audio book, especially if the reader is not up to the job? If the writing is good enough, it should be clear who is speaking. Male readers inevitably make a poor fist of female voices so time to stop this nonsense and just have someone read in a their own voice.


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- Christine

just what I needed

New Orleans of 100 years ago came to life for me with this book. my other half discovered it and thought it would be my sort of thing and it was. the characters hold your attention on their own and the plot keeps you guessing. the performance took some time to get familiar with as it varied so much with what I had heard on other books but once I was tuned in it added to the intrigue.

I would recomend for anyone looking for something different but not too challenging. I enjoyed it and looking forward to the next in the series.

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- n c turner

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-01-2015
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks