★★★★ Rated four stars by Iris Chacon. Recommended to: listeners of any age; contains no offensive material.
This writer received a complimentary copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest and objective review.
I had previously read the ebook version of this enjoyable novel by Phyllis Entis. Hearing the story narrated, though, was a different experience entirely. I was surprised at how the pace of the story seemed more sedate and mellow, giving me time to digest and appreciate all the deep detail incorporated into the story as the result of the author’s extensive research. Perhaps when reading to myself, I went too fast, eager for the next clue, and failed to appreciate the beauty of the descriptive passages in their recreation of the period setting.
This new audiobook is of excellent production quality and was easy to navigate with the Audible.com interface. I listened to it on my Kindle, but it would perform as well on other devices.
Narrator Harry Dyson does a fine job of bringing our mystery-solving hero, Damien Dickens, to life as a likable, smart, personable fellow. Dyson’s voice suits the pace and tone of the book very well and causes the listener to feel instant affinity for every character — females as well as males. I’m hoping to hear his narration of future Damien Dickens Mysteries.
Phyllis Entis weaves several plot lines so skillfully that I didn’t realize the many connections between the disparate mysteries until she led me to them in the end. Whether you have ever read a Damien Dickens Mystery before, you will enjoy this one; the story stands on its own. Be warned that the adorable labradoodle appears only briefly (I won’t say more, to avoid spoilers here), but the puppy is still an integral part of the plot.