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William Le Queux was a British novelist and prolific writer of mysteries. Indeed, mystery surrounds the author himself as to whether he was a spy or rather just a self-promoter. Regardless of which is true, Le Queux brings us a story of intrigue and espionage that travels across Europe in the true spirit of a good mystery. There are shootings, burglaries, romances, escapes from prisons, and intricate conspiracies that may surprise and leave you scratching your head as you try to solve this “whodunit”. In the best tradition of a good mystery however, you may need to wait for the final chapters to discover the truth.
A very complicated and unlikely plot, but I will leave that aside as I was forced to listen in uneven chunks over several days, but the real reason for the low stars is, not the American accent of an English upper class protagonist, but the absolutely awful attempt at the porunciation of British place names: Chie-chester, Glass-gow (as in owl) and worst of all, Trafligar (Trafalgar) Square. The voice of the reader was pleasant enough ans some mistakes could be excused, but to re-arrange and even alter the pelling of a well known place name which could have easily be researched, ruined it for me.
A very good story, consistently and clearly narrated by Tom Weiss, even if it is with an American accent rather than an English one.
This has to be one of the most idiotic books I have listened to, so much so I was compelled to continue listening to hear what act of stupidity the protagonists would do next. Tom reads very well but is let down by the awful mispronounciation of virtually all British place name ( Trafalgar Square baffled me for a while ) and some words which I thought common both sides of the pond, which is a shame as otherwise he has a good clear voice.
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