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Why a female narrator for a male main character series!

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Reviewed: 01-03-2020

Dervla McTiernan promises to go on to be a much celebrated crime writer, much like Tana French and Michael Connelly. The plot is complex intrigue that comes together beautifully and keeps you thinking about the story and characters, while you impatiently wait for the next opportunity you can escape to listen. But why choose a female narrator when the main character of the series is a male? The narrator drops her voice into a lower register to manufacture the many male voices in the book -so very, very uncomfortable to listen to. I returned the first book in the series after three chapters, because I found the fake male voices intolerable. I forced myself to listen to this one through to the end. The book is really great, but please change the narration model to a male for the make voices and a female voice for the ladies and girls, if you want to retain the current narrator. The man deserves to come into his own - he is a great detective and makes for a brilliant read, but not a good listen.

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