The Man with a Load of Mischief : A Richard Jury Novel

  • von Martha Grimes
  • Sprecher: Steve West
  • Serie: A Richard Jury Novel
  • 9 Std. 31 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


At the Man with a Load of Mischief, they found the dead body stuck in a keg of beer. At the Jack and Hammer, another body was stuck out on the beam of the pub’s sign, replacing the mechanical man who kept the time. Two pubs. Two murders. One Scotland Yard inspector called in to help. Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury arrives in Long Piddleton and finds everyone in the postcard village looking outside of town for the killer. Except for one Melrose Plant. A keen observer of human nature, he points Jury in the right direction: into the darkest parts of his neighbors’ hearts.…


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Wrong casting

I would have liked to buy this whole series but I have no patience with unintelligent male readers trying to impersonate female voices in such a ridiculous, caricaturing way.
Besides, Tim West is sporting a marked American accent, and while I acknowledge that Martha Grimes is an American herself, she is widely acclaimed for her perfect rendering of traditional British society. The higly cultivated Inspector Jury and his friend the aristocratic Melrose Plant should be rendered in faultless Oxford English.
As if these faults weren`t enough, this reader delivers all his sentences in one same monotonous phrase melody, rather like an automaton or a not too bright first year student.
I am dumping it now after four chapters. Why suffer unnecessarily when the books are available on Kindle for a few euros? I want to read the first 6-8 of the series, which are always named as her best. After that she seems to be losing much of her wit (or getting careless maybe?)
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- listener


Auf welchen Platz würden Sie The Man with a Load of Mischief auf Ihrer Hörbuch-Bestenliste setzen?

? Somewhere in the top 25. But I have many :o)

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

I could not agree less (respectfully...) with the listener who did not like Steve Wests performance here, I love it. Maybe this is just an example how taste can be different. I like his performance in acting all the different players accents (which are supposed to be far from Oxford...) and will be looking for more of his reads.

The story is a great beginning to a series for me. While not new, it is a new find for me and by now I have been through the first three books and am getting more and more "hooked".

A clear recommendation to all who like English crime stories and all their weird (sorry, interesting) characters.

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- Christoph

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 26.03.2013
  • Verlag: Simon & Schuster Audio