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My Brother Michael

Durée : 10 h et 40 min
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Literary

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One of Britain's most beloved authors, Mary Stewart leads her listeners on a journey of murder and deceit through the dusty roads of mid-century Greece in this tale that fans of Agatha Christie and Barbara Pym are sure to love.  

'Nothing ever happens to me...'

So begins Camilla Haven's letter home during her quiet holiday in Athens. But when a stranger begs her to drive a car to Delphi, swearing that it is a matter of life and death, Camilla impulsively takes the opportunity she's been offered. Before long she is caught up in a whirlwind of intrigue, deceit and murder as she spins along the dusty Greek roads in a race against time to solve a 14-year-old mystery.  

'The longer I waited the less possible it seemed to walk out of the café and leave everything to settle itself without me, and the more insidiously did the other possibility begin to present itself. Dry-mouthed, I pushed it aside, but there it was, a challenge, a gift, a dare from the gods....'

©1959 Mary Stewart (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critiques

"The contemporary thriller at its very best." (Guardian)

"Mary Stewart is magic." (New York Times)

"One of the best British story tellers of the 20th century." (Independent

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  • Northlake
  • 22/08/2019

Mary Stewart deserves better narrators...

Having read and immersed myself in the atmosphere of Mary Stewart novels so many times as to have virtually memorized most of the text, it has been a disappointment to listen to the Audible presentations of some of the best stories ever written. Why an author of her stature and obvious popularity has been inflicted with such inferior narrators is incomprehensible. Fraudulent accents, uneducated (and unprofessional) mispronunciations of words, apparently unresearched and awkward interprepretations of characters...It has been a disconcerting, uncomfortable, and often grueling experience to listen to these audiobooks. I cannot even finish this one.
I love Lisette Lecat’s interpretation and narration of Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. Jane Entwistle’s Flavia de Luce (Alan Bradley) is fabulous. If Jane Austen were not a favorite author (she is) I could listen just for the joy in the performance to Juliet Stevenson.
Audible, your selection of narrators for Mary Stewart tales is an insult to the quality of the writing.

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  • VirginiaMom
  • 16/08/2019

Great book, too slow

One of Mary Stewart's best. Narrator reads too slow and is overdramatic, but overall okay. I sped up the narration speed to 1.25x, which was much better.

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  • Judy Solberg
  • 23/08/2019

Classic from a pioneer in romantic suspense

A snapshot of the post world war II world with the cold war looming. Set in Greece with many allusions to the classical world. Wonderful descriptiive writing. and full of suspense.

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  • Patty K
  • 21/09/2019

Best narrator ever

Mary Stewart is one of my favorite authors, and My Brother Michael is one of her best. Jasmine Blackborow is a perfect narrator, with great enunciation, steady volume, and narrative flow, with enough differences in characters’ voices to identify them without going overboard as some narrators do. She made the story come alive.

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  • P. C. Brock
  • 20/09/2019

Another wonderful Mary Stewart audiobook

I absolutely adore Mary Stewart's sensibility, and have loved every Stewart audiobook that I have listened to. I have not read any of her novels; I first encountered her at Audible. Her heroines are easy to identify with: brave but a bit insecure, well-meaning but a bit naïve, thrust into unfamiliar (and often perilous) circumstances which, after a struggle, the character successfully surmounts.

Stewart's descriptions of landscapes and nature are always entrancing. In this novel, set in the early 1960s, the protagonist visits Lebanon and Syria, beautifully invoked. Romance helps to energize the story, adding to the atmosphere, but the plot depends on the actions- and agency- of the protagonist. There are elements of suspense, and of mystery, nicely handled. There are reflections on the ancient history of the area, as well as the conditions of the 1960s. Stewart's lush prose is enriched by suitable bits of poetry. The spoken narration is very well done. Overall, The Gabriel Hounds provides a lovely listening experience.