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K Nelson

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Too slow to get started and reader does not work for a Quebec-based story

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-02

I was disappointed with both the pace of the plot and the character development. I enjoyed the book, to some extent, mostly because I was interested in the well-known characters.

The use of a reader with a British English accent, and the representation of characters by using British English regional or class-based accents, is distracting and condescending to Canadians, both English and French-speaking. It does not represent the country. Also, the book is set in Quebec, but the reader did not pronounce all the French words properly.

I realize that the readers for the previous Gamache books had British English accents, perhaps to distinguish the books’ location and characters from a U.S. setting, but if it was necessary to replace the former reader a more neutral accent / voice should have been found. A new reader should be found for the next book.

I am certainly not as excited about the next book in this series.