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I have read several Lovejoy books in the dim and distant past, and have all the DVDs of the TV series as well.
I had forgotten just how different the TV version was from the book. Lovejoy is not a loveable rogue in the books so if you're expecting him to be like Ian McShane then you're in for a disappointment. The books are far darker, indeed right at the beginning of this one we have Lovejoy hitting a woman to shut her up, so do listen to the sample to see if the books appeal.
Once I'd got used to the change of style again, (especially the 'voices') I enjoyed listening to it, but if you like a cheeky chappie, then this might not be for you.
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Would you consider the audio edition of The Judas Pair to be better than the print version?
Books like this one, with a larger-than-life central character, really benefit from the treatment of a good narrator. You just don't get as much from the page.
What other book might you compare The Judas Pair to, and why?
The Lovejoy series can't exactly be compared to anything else, they have such a distinct identity and style.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The ending, though a little tricksy on the first listen as it all happens quickly, is wonderfully set up and a great resolution to the book.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Any additional comments?
At first, I was disappointed. Michael Fenton Stevens does a good job but for me Christopher Kay is the absolute perfect narrator and I'll probably return to the older versions of the audiobooks as Kay's voice and delivery is unmatchable.
That said, Fenton Stevens won me over and also has his own appealing take on this brilliant character.
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