Retail pak Harper Audio 2002
CS ISBN 0060523026 $29.95 Six cassettes
The recent PBS "Mystery!" program featuring Inspector Thomas Lynley created new interest in Elizabeth George's intriguing series. Many listeners have enjoyed her audiobooks, both abridged and unabridged. This collection of George's stories is a real departure, and although performed in the capable voice of Derek Jacobi, an unsuccessful one. Several of the stories are set in the U.S., and California, land of the boogie board and macramé, is not Jacobi's home turf. He's so out of context, that he unfavorably colors the believability of characters and narrative. In the title story, "I, Richard," and another that features Detective Lynley, Jacobi is excellent, but the short story form does not seem to show off George's strengths. However, the afterword interview with the author is a plus. R.F.W. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB / MAR 03]
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