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Bored and Bewildered In Brighton,
This review is from: The Adventures of Inspector Steine (BBC Audio - the Complete Third Radio Series) (Audio CD)
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I was until now hopelessly unfamiliar with the work
of writer and broadcaster Lynne Truss. I have always
has a healthy appetite for the unknown, however, so
welcomed the opportunity of listening to the BBC
Audiobook of 'The Complete Third Radio Series' of
'The Adventures Of Inspector Steine'.
To be honest the experience has been most disappointing.
The entertainment is described as a "comedy thriller"
but I was neither thrilled nor amused at any point during
this three CD, three hour marathon. The narratives are
disjointed and confusing in structure and the cast's
performances half-hearted or overblown in varying
degrees. Samantha Spiro's account of the police station's
housekeeper, Mrs Groynes, is about as good as it gets.
To be absorbed in a story one must be made to care to some
degree about both the characters and the dramatic outcome.
I was unable to experience an imaginative engagement with either.
I feel quite certain that Brighton must have been a more dynamic
and interesting place, even in the 1950's, than the one depicted
in these six provincially lacklustre episodes.
That I didn't "get it" may well be my own shortcoming.
Others clearly found much to enjoy where I have failed!
Mea Culpa Perhaps!