Snow by John Banville, Read by John Lee
A Devilish Historical Mystery
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Narrator John Lee does a masterful job bringing the devilish mystery Snow to life. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Alan Minskoff discuss this historical mystery set in rural Ireland in 1957. Listeners hear Lee’s pitch-perfect renditions of the locals and the Protestant gentry’s upper crust speech. He smoothly voices detective inspector Strafford, who, like the people he is investigating, comes from the gentry. But Lee’s most memorable and affecting imitations are the local police and the innkeeper, his wife, and their endearing housemaid, all performed with authentic brogues. John Banville has written a nuanced whodunit; the clues are revealed like a complex pattern in a tapestry.
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