This audio CD is a rendition of Francis Durbridge's novel, which was written in 1940. The story features crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, who also stars in many other stories by Durbridge, which are also available on audio CD. The story is narrated by Anthony Head, who you may know as Giles from 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' or from his roles on the BBC productions 'Little Britain' and 'Merlin'.
I got this CD partly because I am a big fan of Anthony Head, and fancied hearing him read an audio book. I wasn't dissapointed - his voice has a lovely tone and he reads the book in an engaging manner, managing to add interest to even the duller scenes. His array of voices for different characters is amusing and entertaining without verging into the ridiculous. He is a little brisk but I guess if he'd read slower the story might have started to drag, as 2 and a quarter hours is a long time anyway!
The story, however, is not as good as Head's reading of it. It is a pretty average detective story that starts reasonably well but descends into a lot of tedious scenes in the small hotel/inn, which just involve people talking to each other. Occasional action scenes keep the story moving but there's just so much conversation and exposition that it tends to get a bit boring. Also, the story is not hard to figure out, and the conclusion is pretty obvious.
Nevertheless I never thought of turning this off, and I listened to the whole thing with vague enjoyment. Not a CD I will listen to again, but I'm glad I tried it and if you're a fan of Anthony Head then you will probably find something to like!
The CD has an RRP of £12.72 but is currently selling on Amazon.co.uk for £7.63. Alternatively you might be able to get it from the library, which I would recommend as I think this is a one-time listen.
(updated from my review on Amazon.co.uk)