Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, I would. It’s short enough for anyone to be able to finish in one sitting; it’s also enjoyable both when it comes to the plot and the interpretation. The characters are skilfully sketched with a few lines/words and the pace of the story is swift, which is good for a cozy mystery…
What other book might you compare The Deadly Real Estate Affair to and why?
I’d compare it to some stories by Agatha Christie – it has a similar construction: first, expositions of all the characters through dialogues and situations seen or overheard by others, then the crime itself, and then the investigation carried out by the detective mainly through another set of conversations… And although Agatha Christie is a definite master of crime books, I think Ms Morgan is equally enjoyable:)
Which character – as performed by Angie Hickman – was your favorite?
I liked the way Ms Hickman “voiced” Grannie Annie:) She really sounded older than the other women characters.
Generally, compared to other narrators I’ve listened to so far, Ms Hickman is the one who doesn’t act out the text of the book so much. Rather, she just reads it, adding some voice modulations for different characters but not trying to be really “manly” when the male characters appear, which is a good decision here because she has a rather high pitched though really nice female voice. She would have sounded really strange trying to sound like a 50-60-year-old man:)
I also liked the tempo of Ms Hickman’s reading – it was quite fast but not too fast for a non-native speaker of English like me to miss anything from the story:)
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Well, it was funny in places:) I liked the “cupcakes and chocolate” theme coming back in the least expected moments:) And the conversation on “chick flicks” with the police detective was great:)
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DISCLAIMER: I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.