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Publisher's Summary

1963. It was the year of the Profumo Scandal, the Great Train Robbery, the Kennedy Assassination...and the Mickledore Hall Murder. The guests at the hall that weekend had included a Tory minister, a CIA officer specializing in dirty tricks, a British diplomat with royal connections, and Cissy Kohler, a young American nanny who had come to England for love. And love kept her in England for nearly 30 years. In jail. For murder.
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"Glover has a rich, pleasing voice and projects a lively intelligence." (AudioFile)

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  • Lars
  • 18-03-2008

not as good as others

Dalziel is at his best (or should one say worst?) in this novel. This is what earns the novel the one star.
But - the story is too complicated. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a fan of the simple whodunits, but this is simply too much. Loads of characters involved is ok, but mixed with ever changing theories on who has done what and why with new ones around the corner every instant makes the whole thing disagreeable after some time.
To finish it off, the recording is awful. The narrator makes a good job of creating a great personality for Dalziel with his voice and the accent, I have to give him that, but the weak and sick characters are definitely overdone. It's horrible to listen to him speaking in slow, hushed voices for ages, stopping at odd moments, making long pauses and then stopping again after a few words. That's not creating atmosphere or tension any more, that is simply annoying, and after some time boring. I just though "oh no, not again" when Cissy Kohler started talking again, was close to switching the thing off when the dying Westrop was involved.
Worst of all is the sound quality. Most of the audiobooks I downloaded here sound like they were recorded on 1940s equipment, I am used to this already and have learned to live with it, but this one really beats the rest. It's ok on an iPod or iTunes, but it was impossible to listen to it on my navigation device while driving. And yes, I downloaded it it in the highest available quality.
Even one credit was too much. i rarely give up on a bood or an audiobook, but here I had to - I just could not take it any more. Having listened to it for over ten hour, I gave in one hour before the finish. I just could not be bothered any more.

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  • Bob M.
  • 05-12-2007

difficult to listen to

I can't think of any other audiobook I've not been able to get through eventually, but I've started this one 3 times now and am not able to understand enough of the narration to get any idea of what's going on. Make sure to listen to the sample before you buy it!

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  • Janet Davis
  • 24-09-2012

Complicated and in need of editing

Would you try another book from Reginald Hill and/or Brian Glover?

Reginald Hill yes; Brian Glover no.
Although this one was VERY complex and could have done with some trimming, it was made worse by Glover's uneven narration. Yes, he does Dalziel's voice well (as he should), he is miserable with the women. Listening to Cissy talk was worse that just about anything I have heard in a while. He also raced through the non-dialogue narration as if he was being paid by the word. And raced in either a monotone or a sing-song. Pacing overall was very uneven.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Already begun Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Brian Glover?

Jim Dale would be my first choice.

Was Recalled to Life worth the listening time?

I try to do series in the order they are written and this was next in line. It was a bit long, even though the story was complex and had characters sort of appear randomly, but I stuck it out anyway. My hope is that the next installment is better.

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  • Mary D
  • 10-08-2021

best of a great bunch

Hyper-literate, funny, serious crime novel of (very contemperate)manners. If you reread A Tale of 2 Cities first,even better, but not necessary.

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  • Phoebe J. Epstein
  • 13-11-2019

Complicated

This story is complicated and slightly unsatisfying. Not Hill’s best effort.

The narrator seems to believe that all American men speak like characters in a second rate gangster movie. Rather annoying.

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  • Judy F. Brandon
  • 29-04-2017

terrific

Hill at his most complex and erudite. Read once for the story and will re-read to enjoy the language.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-01-2012

The book is fine, the reading is terrible

I like Reginald Hill. I have listened to several of his books. I didn't pay enough attention to the voice reading this one before buying it. To start with, he reads so fast I had a job understanding. Then he slows a little, but he has a problem with all the accents except the Yorkshire one. It is difficult to follow the story, difficult to distinguish most of the characters, I nearly gave up except that I kept expecting it to get better. I wouldn't recomment this version at all.

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  • Rosy
  • 09-06-2018

Book excellent, reading poor

Good story, though not Hill's best. Reader shouldn't try accents and the sound quality poor. If you're looking to try Reginald Hill, start with another book, if you're already a fan this one is worth a listen.

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  • William Stewart
  • 02-08-2014

Not really up to scratch

What disappointed you about Recalled to Life?

there were a number of factors as to why this audio title did not entertain me.it was difficult to follow,it was narrated poorly,the accents were poor especially the American ones,the story was ok but nothing special.

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  • Allan One
  • 23-02-2021

Disappointing....

The story is a good one but complex. The better option would be to have had a 'cast recording' with numerous readers...
....it took me a couple of go's to wade through it.

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  • SD
  • 20-02-2021

Convoluted plot

I got this audiobook years ago and never finished it. With the ongoing lock down, I persevered because I have read most of Reginald Hill’s books, some of which can be brilliant but au have also read a couple which have been a bit of a let down. Sadly, this is one of those, a long drawn out convoluted story.

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  • Ron H
  • 02-10-2021

Abysmally read ruined by shouty Glover

Unable to rate performance as no negative rating. Good grief thought Colin Buchanan was bad but Glover really can destroy a good read. Hard to believe the publishers would entertain these two dullards unless they want to condemn these books. Yet another badly presented book to return.
Haven't rated the story as what I did suffer made little sense.

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  • M. van Heerebeek
  • 17-09-2021

Excellent story, awful reading

This book is as good as you can expect from Reginald Hill, in my eyes the very best crime writer. His creation of the characters, not just Dalziel and Pascoe but all other major and minor players in the stories, is magnificent and pulls you in to every story he’s written.
What a pity it is spoiled by the atrocious reading by Brian Glover - sometimes reading as if he badly needs the bathroom but wants to finish the chapters first, emphasis and volume in all the wrong places, and no feeling for the characters at all.
The readings by Colin Buchanan and Shaun Dooley are okay/good, the readings by Jonathan Keeble are wonderful, but I would avoid the books read by Brian Glover unless you are a huge fan who can appreciate the story through the reading.
And hey, Audible, isn’t it time these books got a comprehensive full set read by someone really good?!

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