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A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel cover art
  • A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • Chief Inspector Gamache/Three Pines Series, Book 15
  • Written by: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-04

Narrator did a weak job of accents and other voices, quite distracting. Story needs a tight edit. The Clara storyline didn’t add a thing and the residents of Three Pines are caricatures, not contributors. Very disappointing.

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage cover art

High expectations- sadly, not met

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-30

The story is relentlessly consistent - chases and escapes - with little tie-in of story elements other than obstacles along the way. Lack of character development. Most annoying though is the narration which was in shouting form when the action grew intense. I couldn’t stop listening because I thought my time-investment would be rewarded but not really... we already know what happened as this is a prequel. Sadly disappointing.