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Even better when read by a fine actor.
on 4 March 2018
I read this in paperback form some years ago and enjoyed it, and later titles in the series, as an entertaining adventure with an authentic period feel. Having recently downloaded it onto Kindle, I treated myself to the audio narration, by Anton Lesser, and this has turned a good story into a first-class, personal 'book at bedtime'. Mr Lesser's wonderful range of voices comes as no real surprise for such a versatile actor, at present in roles as wide apart on the dramatic spectrum as Qyburn (Game of Thrones) and Reginald Bright (Endeavour). In this first of the Sally Lockhart series, he is equally good at male and female voices - something quite rare among narrators, I find, and therefore to be treasured - and slips readily and easily from character to character, bringing them all into vibrant life. My particular favourites were timid, whispering little Adelaide and the bovine, bestial Mr Berry... oh, and the sibilantly evil Mrs Holland ought to have a mention, too.
So, my thanks to Philip Pullman for the story, and even more to Anton Lesser for making bedtime for one 68-year-old so special and magical by his outstanding interpretation.