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No Wind of Blame: Inspector Hemingway, Book 1

Lu par : Ulli Birvé
Série : Inspector Hemingway, Volume 1
Durée : 10 h et 7 min
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The superlatively analytical Inspector Hemingway is confronted by a murder that seems impossible – no one was near the murder weapon at the time the shot was fired. Everyone on the scene seems to have a motive, not to mention the wherewithal to commit murder, and alibis that simply don't hold up.

The inspector is sorely tried by a wide variety of suspects, including the neglected widow, the neighbour who's in love with her, her resentful daughter, and a patently phony Russian prince preying on the widow's emotional vulnerability and social aspirations. And then there's the blackmail plot that may – or may not – be at the heart of the case....

©1939 Georgette Rougier (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Commentaires

"Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Pungent dialogue and A1 characterisation." ( Time Magazine)
"Miss Heyer's characters act and speak with an ease and conviction that is as refreshing as it is rare in the ordinary mystery novel." ( The Times Literary Supplement)

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  • Monica
  • 30/01/2015

Not a good read(er)

What did you like best about No Wind of Blame: Inspector Hemingway, Book 1? What did you like least?

Georgette Heyer's mysteries are sprightly and entertaining, though dated in regard to foreigners (teeth gritted), and rather contrived, shallow plotting (about which see comments on narrator). I am also less fond of the Inspector Hemingway novels than the earlier ones--they seem more routine. But like her other books, this was well written, full of fun, and had its share of wonderful characters--especially Vicky. And it is these qualities that make me love Georgette Heyer, even at her less-than-best.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Ingenious, if improbable. The villain is a most satisfying choice. Not sure I like the way one promising character gets reduced to a second-best dull old thing, but the emerging love story is fun.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Aside from pleasant speaking voice, she ruined this book in every possible way. No animation at all and draggy pace. This is especially unbearable when she voices the male characters, for whom she switches to Very. Carefully. Spaced. Monotone. This a serious crime in Heyer novels, which are so dependent on shadings of tone, irony, comedy, and a fine sense of the ridiculous. The reading killed these, so that the only thing left was the not-very-entertaining plot. You don't read Heyer for plot. I was so looking forward to revisiting the rest of the mysteries, but absolutely can't.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not with this cast/production. No way.

Any additional comments?

Try again with a different reader? And for Heyer fans who have not read her mysteries, get the books! They're lovely escape reading.

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  • Paul and Courtney
  • 22/02/2015

Horrible Naration: Why Use Australian Accents?

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The story was OK, but a little corny in the end. The Ulli Birve was just awful. I really can't believe that she can find work. She can do about three different accents, and two of them sound Australian. Just awful reading. The ending was a little silly.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It seemed exceedingly implausible.

What didn’t you like about Ulli Birvé’s performance?

Absolutely NOTHING. It was awful.

Did No Wind of Blame: Inspector Hemingway, Book 1 inspire you to do anything?

Hate Ulli Birve's work, and read the next book.

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  • Bodiccea
  • 07/02/2016

The Wheels Fell Off

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the beginning of the book - it is a cozy, with minimal blood, all very civilized and fairly light on the brain. However, the last quarter or so of the book became increasingly annoying. The method and solution of the murder is ridiculously complicated and unlikely to the point of absurdity. I simply could not wait for the book to end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11/01/2015

great story, so so narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

i know this book so well, having read it dozens of times, as i have all of Heyer's mysteries, and i like listening to the stories very much, but the narrator mispoke some words, she changed 'county' to 'country' at least a couple of times, which kind of changes the tone of those passages, and i dislike some of the accents used. but overall i like having the audible versions of these books because they are among my most favorite mysteries and i listen to them often. very convenient when i cant read the actual book.these mysteries are very well written and enjoyable.

What did you like best about this story?

everything

What aspect of Ulli Birvé’s performance would you have changed?

she is good but needs to make sure she reads the actual words as written

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  • The Louligan
  • 18/01/2015

ABSOLUTELY HORRENDOUS!

I love Georgette Heyer, owning every Regency and Georgian book she's written. I'd never read a romance novel before until I stumbled on her "Frederica" about 5 years ago on Audible. I was hooked! But this "thriller" is juvenile, confusing, uninteresting, with boring unlikeable characters. The main one, Inspector Hemingway, is a joke. He couldn't get an indictment against a ham sandwich! Heyer surrounds Hemingway with a cadre of dull sargeants and constables who are as inept as he his. Oh, they finally solve the crime but only after the listener is subjected to 7 hours of "Keystone Kops". Hemingway doesn't even appear until 4 hours in. By that time, I was hoping that ALL of the other characters would just die along with the first victim! They are so flat and dull.

I couldn't figure out why this book was so bad after listening to/reading more than 20 books by this prolific author. The story sounded like someone else had ghostwritten it, with none of Heyer's usual well-defined characters, smart witty dialogue, and intriguing plot. So off to Wikipedia I went. There, I discovered the problem. Heyer's HUSBAND had provided the main protagonists for the thriller, leaving her to put together a story that was not her personal "baby". As a result, the books are cliché, dull, and awful. Her thrillers were never as popular as her romance novels, selling way less and getting lukewarm reception. There's only one Inspector Hemingway book - THANK GOD! I tried one of her Inspector Hannasdyde thrillers a few months back, but returned it to Audible within the first 2 hours. I thought I'd give it another try, listening to this entire mess, only to be equally disappointed. I'm returning this book as soon as this review is published.

Narrator Ulli Birvé is competent, given the substandard material. Save your money! I chose to reread my Agatha Christe collection again - Hercule Poirot never gets old!

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  • Book Maven
  • 04/02/2015

Not sure what was wrong...

I've always enjoyed reading Georgette Heyer's mysteries, and the narrator did use a lot of different voices but there was something wrong that made it drag. A few voices were loud & irritating or set my teeth on edge. Possibly I'm overly sensitive but I wish she had toned it down & added more variation & resonance to the reading. Especial as she is an actress. Well maybe she's new to narration? I'll hold off buying the rest of the series. For now. The storyline was okay but veered off in places. I was glad when it finally finished. A
feeling I've not had yet reading the paper books.

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  • Mrs. L. A. Randles
  • 17/06/2015

Most disappointing listen so far

What would have made No Wind of Blame: Inspector Hemingway, Book 1 better?

a different narrator perhaps. But the story itself was lacklustre. I didn't like any of the characters and quite honestly, I didn't care who had committed the murder! There were a few characters I would have cheerfully murdered myself!

Would you ever listen to anything by Georgette Heyer again?

Yes-I throroughly enjoy her Regency and Georgian series.

What didn’t you like about Ulli Birvé’s performance?

I know its difficult to do so many accents but it jarred to have Australian vowels cropping up.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No.

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  • Kathryn Loring
  • 11/03/2015

Disappointing

The reader was so bad in the beginning, I almost stopped listening, but I had no other books on my device. The 'Inspector' didn't even show up until chapter 10 (out of 16) but once he was there it got better. Doubt I'll continue the series. Very old-school writing too.

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  • Adelite
  • 26/02/2015

Cozy

Would you listen to No Wind of Blame: Inspector Hemingway, Book 1 again? Why?

The story and the reader were excellent. I believe the recording was suboptimal- sounded compressed sometimes speeded up without altering listener preference options. I am wiling to carry on with the series since the writing, wit, reading are most entertaining.

What other book might you compare No Wind of Blame: Inspector Hemingway, Book 1 to and why?

Same sort of writing as Josephine Tey.

What about Ulli Birvé’s performance did you like?

Excellent voice with identifyable characters but the recording did not do her justice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The character of ERmintrude is simultaneously annoying and endearing- that had to be difficult to achieve. The moment at the end of the book when she takes in the children of her arch enemy is sweet.

Any additional comments?

Better technical recording please.

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  • N. Brown
  • 14/07/2018

Great repartee!!

I Love Georgette Heyer! Her stories are so well written and the interaction of her characters is so crisp and down right funny, at times . I never knew about her mysteries until after I had gone through many of her romances. But, I really like her mysteries more. I first heard the audio books with two male narrators, so I wasn’t sure I’d like Ms. Birve. I’m glad to say she’s very good with her characterizations of the different people in the stories. If you want something fun with great characters, try Georgette Heyer. I don’t think you’ll be sorry.

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