The Man in Lower Ten

The Man in Lower Ten

Streaming Audiobook - 2008
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Mary Roberts Rinehart has often been called the mistress of mystery. In fact, the phrase "The butler did it" originated in one of her books. In 1905 Rinehart entered a field exclusive to men: detective fiction. Now, nearly a century after she began her ground-breaking career, her celebrated thrillers still remain un-put-down-able masterpieces.Rinehart's The Man in Lower Ten, the first American detective novel to make the bestseller list, follows the investigation of the murder of a man in a sleeping car on a train. In this fast-paced thriller, the investigating detective builds up a network of clues that absolutely incriminate three entirely different people-only one of whom can be guilty.
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2008
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781400128006
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (6hr., 30 min.)) : digital


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May 27, 2019

the narrator of this book is a man and the reader is a's very interesting because the narrator makes lots of references to his manly, masculine features, actions, etc. This is disorienting at first, but a huge improvement over a female narrator trying to imitate a male voice which most cannot do well at all. Even worse, is a male reader trying to immitate a female voice. 99% of even the best readers cannot do the other gender voice at all -- it usually sounds ridiculous. It's uncommon , but using different readers for the different character's speaking is a good solution -- like a stage play. But when there's a solo reader and he/she has to do both male and female voices, it's better to do it the way this book does. It's okay to have subtle changes in voice to distinguish each character speaking, but the attempt to feign a male (or female) voice is usually a cartoonish exaggeration -- probably reflecting the cartoonish gender stereotypes most of us are saddled with. This audiobook reading is an interesting challenge to all that conditioning.


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