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While the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series seems to get more attention for Anne Perry because that was her first series, I actually prefer the darker William Monk/Hester Latterly series more myself, which is unusual because if you examine my library of several hundred audio books, you will see very few that are not "cozy mysteries," which most certainly does not describe Anne Perry's books.
I have listened to most of the Monk series available through Audible and several that are not, and so far, this is probably my favorite of the books, as we see how the different characters react to the pressure of Hester's being charged with murder and the urgent scramble to find any evidence to use to keep her from being executed. While in general I think Perry does a good job of developing her characters in each book, the unique situation in which all the characters are placed gives her a lot more freedom to explore depths to each character not seen before.
One thing that really draws me to these books is Perry's great attention to detail, whether it be in describing the historical situation (I didn't realize that at the time of these books, Scotland had its own jurisprudence system, with a jury of 15 men instead of the British 12), showing what an experience would have felt like to people of that day (i.e. the significant difference for Hester in riding the train in the second class carriage one night vs. the first class carriage the next), or the elements of Hester's nursing career (i.e. the vast difference in attitudes people carried for the upper class nurses who went to the Crimea vs. the lower class nurses who stayed at home).
I gave the first two books in this series to my aunt, a nursing professor, because I thought she'd enjoy seeing the Victorian nursing system, and now all her friends, nurses and non-nurses alike, adore the series themselves too! This is one series where you do definitely want to start with Book 1 if at all possible, but after that, I have not had trouble following a non-sequential order, as the books have become available.
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Would you listen to The Sins of the Wolf again? Why?
Yes, but after enough time passes so that I don't remember the details.
Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Heard many of hers before--she is always excellent.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
I can hear another faint voice in the background of this recording. It's very distracting.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
The narration is superb and there is a good little story here within the 16+ hours. The book needed a strong edit, however, as far far too much time is spent describing the feelings of those involved in solving the crime..hours in fact...and far too little time on developing the plot and exploring the 'who done it'. I had to fast forward a great deal, something I never do with audiobooks.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
It is far too long and the style of writing is pedantic.
Would you ever listen to anything by Anne Perry again?
Yes, I like Anne Perry but this is, by far, the least enjoyable of her books ... in my opinion.
What three words best describe Davina Porter’s voice?
Appropriate, agreeable and expressive.
Do you think The Sins of the Wolf needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful