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  • Dying Fall

  • A Ruth Galloway Investigation
  • Written by: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library

Ruth Galloway receives a phone call that bears shocking news. A friend of hers from college, Dan Golding, has been killed in a fire at his Lancashire home. Her shock turns to alarm when she gets a letter from Dan. He has made a discovery that will change archaeology forever but he needs Ruth's advice. Even more alarming, he sounds vulnerable and frightened. DCI Harry Nelson is also rediscovering his past. Up north for a holiday, he meets his former colleague Sandy MacLeod, now at Blackpool CID. Sandy tells him there are strange circumstances surrounding Dan Golding's death. Many of those who worked with Dan seem to be afraid.

Many have secrets to hide. Ruth is drawn deep into the mystery, and where she goes, so does her toddler daughter, Kate. This time, it's not just Ruth's life at risk.

©2013 Elly Griffiths (P)2013 Quercus Publishing Plc

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  • Sarah C
  • 06-05-13

Cant do a male voice to save her life!

Would you consider the audio edition of Dying Fall to be better than the print version?

Didn't read print version.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Clare Corbett?

BRING BACK Jane McDowell! Clare Corbett is a terrible match for these characters! I'm going to finish the book, bit I'm dreading hearing the male characters talk. I can't comment on their accents, but she sounds as if she's doing parodies of male voices.

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  • MoK
  • 11-03-15

Where is the original series narrator?

The new narrator ruined the book for me. Her male voices were so annoying I could barely finish listening. Bring back the original narrator!

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  • Sue
  • 29-05-13

Great Story, absolutely Terrible Narration

How could the performance have been better?

Go back to Jane McDowell as your narrator. Clare Corbett is irritating right from the beginning but when she starts to do the "voices" of the various characters she becomes unbearable. She is not able to keep the voices consistent with the associated characters and her idea of the local accents is just insulting. I could not finish listening to this book and will read it instead.

Any additional comments?

Change your narrator and a book should be read not performed!!!

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  • Aryn
  • 25-03-13

Still a great series

Action, suspense, great characters and a well-written story. I am getting used to the narrator/voices in my head disconnect (you know, when what you're hearing isn't how you thought the characters should sound ); Ms Corbett is absolutely capable-her men sound like men, her accents are amazing, and I like her voice.

If you're up for a decent forensic series without a lot of gore and isn't going to leave you unable to sleep at night, allow me to suggest this entire series. And I do suggest you start at the beginning to get the full flavor of how things are put together and who these people are.

And I'm delighted to say that while this series is beginning to flag a bit, it is still a solid 4 stars.

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  • theenglishmajor
  • 26-04-13

Worst narration ever but a good story

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator attempted to do several accents. If I were from Yorkshire, I would have been offended. Just because someone has an accent is no reason to make them sound stupid. The regular narration was so soft, I had to turn the volume way up. Even then, I could hardly hear it. But the "accents" were so loud and horrible that the dialogue seemed as if it were being yelled. Even the poor two year old screamed every single word of her dialogue. All in all, a ridiculous circus that really detracted from the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-16

The screaming child ruins this

Would you listen to Dying Fall again? Why?

No. I generally don't listen to books again for quite some time but this would not be one. The narrator, especially the very uneven volume levels, the screaming Kate and the overloud Sandy completely spoiled my enjoyment of the book. Books should be read, not considered a 'performance'

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Very disappointing and contrived.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Clare Corbett?

Jane McDowell read the early Galloway and she was excellent. I won't buy any more as long as Clare Corbett is the reader

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

No comment

Any additional comments?

For goodness sake read the book and don't do the accents.

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  • Mer
  • 20-08-16

When will this series score a decent narrator?

A nice addition to the series--I love the main character, Ruth--and the location, which is another "character" in the stories.

However the narration has been consistently horrid. Jane McDowell's strident, grating voice would leave me clenching my teeth after only a few moments of listening. However, Clare Corbett is worse--but in a different way. She has a pleasant enough voice, easy to listen to, until she attempts to do a male voice. At first I thought I was hallucinating--no WAY her clownish male characterizations would have been permitted. Wrong.

C'mon people--will somebody please just LISTEN to these performances before inflicting them on the paying customers?

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  • D. J. OLSON
  • 20-10-15

terribly terrible narration!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend only reading this book. The narrator does dreadful male voices. I am going to finish the story by reading it and return this to Audible.

Would you be willing to try another book from Elly Griffiths? Why or why not?

Only with the narrator of the first books in this series.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Clare Corbett?

The narrator of the first books or anyone who can do believable male voices.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes.

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  • Tracey
  • 06-02-13

Another great entry in the series

This 5th volume is my favorite of the series. I appreciated the different setting: Blackpool sees Ruth consulting on recent find by her old college chum (now dead in a mysterious fire.) Druid friend Cathbarth and Kate are in tow.

DCI Nelson and wife are vacationing in Blackpool, visiting his mother. Naturally, the 3 become entangled in solving the mystery behind archaeologist Goldingls fiery death.

I like the introduction to Nelson' family (his mum is a hoot and bonds quickly with Cathbarth) as well as his old "stomping" ground and colleagues. I look forward to seeing more of Sgt Tim (hoping he will follow Nelson back south, as he is an intriguing character.)

The mystery holds together fairly well and Kate isn't too much an intrusive part of the story (I typically prefer the surly loners). I actually find myself looking forward to seeing how Griffiths handles Kate's aging.

Some of the transitions between scenes are a bit choppy, but I suspect this is due to the format (probably wouldn't be as harsh in text.)

Narrator handles the different accents and characters with aplomb.

Highly recommend to any mystery lover.

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  • Jean
  • 05-02-13

Great Ruth Galloway Mystery!!!

Ruth remains one of my favorite mystery characters. She is very real with believable strengths and weakness. Like all of us she is always second guessing herself. DCI Nelson and the Druid Cathbarth, other characters in these tales, are well developed with their own strengths and weakness. Ms. Griffiths' books, well plotted and riveting until the last paragraph, leave the reader wanting more.

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  • Margaret
  • 25-04-13

readers

I have enjoyed all of Elly Griffiths books about Dr Ruth Galloway.

What a pity the publisher changed the reader for this unabridged book.

The general narration was fine but I thought this reader was very poor on the mens' voices..

A good story spoiled for me by this.

If there are any more planned, please revert to the original reader.

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  • Clare pitt
  • 16-04-15

Good book, annoying narrator

Not a bad story, quite interesting at times but the narrators attempt at male and the child's voices set my teeth on edge.

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  • Apts48
  • 31-03-15

Great book but narrator misses

If you could sum up Dying Fall in three words, what would they be?

Fun, different, entertaining

What did you like best about this story?

The Characters and the archeology aspects coming together within a mystery.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Clare Corbett?

The original narrator was great. Please bring her back! Other reviewers have said the same. Clare Corbett is a good narrator and have liked her very much for other books but she was not good for this book. Her take on the regional accents was poor and whenever the child Kate appears SHE SCREAMS in this awful fake child voice. I found it so disturbing that it almost ruined a wonderful fun book for me as it was actually unpleasant and jarring.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

book yes - narrator no.

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  • Kirsten Behrens
  • 26-09-15

I miss the performance of Jane McDowell.

Would you be willing to try another one of Clare Corbett’s performances?

I miss the performance of Jane McDowell.
For the female voices and the story line, Clare Corbett does an excellent job, but her male and child voices sounds like a caricature.

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  • Saffy
  • 19-07-13

Hugely enjoyable series

Would you consider the audio edition of Dying Fall to be better than the print version?

As I currently have a visual impairment the audio edition is a lifesaver for me!

What did you like best about this story?

The continuing story of Ruth Galloway and friends. If you have never read any of this series I would suggest starting at the beginning.

Have you listened to any of Clare Corbett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes I have listened to many of her performances and she is definitely one of my favourite narrators. This is one of her best performances, she really makes you feel a part of the story and the characters lives.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is not an unputdownable gripping story but it does draw you in over the course of the book.

Any additional comments?

I love the Ruth Galloway series and would highly recommend it. This is not the best in the series as the story gets a little silly in places but I still loved it!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-02-15

Great story

Loved this story. Preferred narration by Jane McDowell in previous books listened too.
Love the characters Already downloaded number 6!

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  • Valerie
  • 12-10-14

Good story spoilt by bad narrator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Clare Corbett?

Jane McDowell

Any additional comments?

I loved the story, but the narrator spoilt it for me. Her male voices were awful. Unfortunately I have already bought the next story and Clare Corbett is again the narrator. However, I shall not buy any further books in this series if she continues to read them.

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  • Michelle
  • 10-03-13

Almost Perfect

This is Elly Griffiths at her best, unfortunately at is ruined by one thing; the narrator's characterisation of Cathbad's voice.



The story is classic Ruth Galloway and it cannot be faulted, the usual suspects are all there, with the twist that the main plot is set on the Lancashire coast. Most of the voice characterisations, which is very important when listening to a book, are fine. The voice of Cathbad, however, is dreadful. The Druid grew up in rural Ireland and has spent his adult life, as far as we have been informed thus far, in Manchester and rural Norfolk; the narrator makes him sound as though he were a bad actor trying to portray the result of a Home Counties upbringing coupled with Eton and Oxbridge.



The book itself would be a definite "five stars", but I just cannot do the same for this audiobook as a whole.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 23-02-15

Not brilliant

The story in this was a bit odd and far-fetched, but okay-ish. I did get irritated by the fact that so much was made of the Lancashire, Yorkshire divide yet the accent that was used was Yorkshire NOT Lancashire. It also gets a bit over the top in the 'oh dear I am so fat and frumpy!' department (Ruth). I don't think I'd bother with another in the series, especially with this narrator.

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  • Janette
  • 02-03-13

Back on Form

Great to see the author back on form. In this book we discover more about our favourite characters from the previous books and also discover new characters added to the family. I have to say I loved Nelson's Mum and her interpretation of Cathbads name.



I bought this novel without reading any synopses as I like the author so much. So imagine my surprise settling down on my train trip to Blackpool from Scotland to discover the book set in and around the blackpool area, which brought the whole story alive for me as I knew where Ruth and Kate were located.



Superb read that had me laughing, crying and near the end so shocked I could hardly breath and shouting aloud "Oh NO!: If you read you may discover why lol.



I Highly recommend this book.

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  • imtralee
  • 12-05-15

the narrator loses me

Jane McDowell seemed to have a much closer affinity with the characters of this series than Clare Corbett, who makes central Male characters sound either creepy/sleezy (Cathbad) or uncaring (Nelson). I miss the old characters.

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  • Eosaphrodite
  • 17-08-16

Great next book in series

This is a good installment in Ruth Galloway series. Fans should enjoy story but change in narrator is quite disconcerting after consistency of previous titles. Once I got used to the change it was fine though. Clare read well and managed all the different accents and voices beautifully. I think if you haven't read any books in this series before, I'd recommend going back and finding an earlier book in this series to start with as much of the relationships in this book assume prior knowledge.

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  • jennifer palmer
  • 20-04-16

Painful reader!!

It was almost impossible to enjoy the story at all. The readers voices were horrid. Especially that of the little girl, which was not only high pitched, but ten times louder than any other character. I actually had to cover the speakers on my iPad quickly whenever this character spoke. It disturbed my sleeping dogs! I would definitely not recommend it, the story itself was dull. I would return it but I've returned too many apparently!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-04-22

Change of narrator was jarring in parts

Cathbad narration was dreadful. Kate’s squealing was grating. Nelson’s character changed due to narration.
Sorry to the narrator, otherwise it was fine,
Story was great.

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  • Lena H.
  • 04-11-21

Out of date

This author seems obsessed with demonising “men in dresses”. Second bad guy in the series so far.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-10-21

dnf due to narrator

I love the series, but the new narrator is awful, especially Nelson and Cathbad. could get more than a few chapters in.

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  • Corinne Butler
  • 23-09-20

Embarrassing Narration

After listening to and very much enjoying the previous books in this series, narrated by Jane McDowell, I was jarred and reduced to cringes by the Claire Corbett narration of Dying Fall. Her character voices were ridiculous and embarrassing. Such a good plot ruined for me.

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  • Bill
  • 12-08-20

Another great read by Elly Griffiths

Enjoyed this continuation of the series but as most others have mentioned Clare Corbett's narration took quite some getting used to after listening to Jane McDowell for the previous books. While I have enjoyed listening to Clare narrate other books I don't think she handles the male characters in this series anywhere near as well as Jane... in fact quite uncomfortably overall. The story felt a little less 'tight' in parts than most of the previous books but successfully wove a continuation of the main characters' storylines. And I'm off to order the next in the series!

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  • finnea
  • 14-02-20

Why Posh English narrators for this series??!

i confess to having a general dislike of posh English narrators but wanted to try this series. i picked the Clare Corbett over Jane McDowell because she sounded marginally less plummy (and i had actually enjoyed her reading of The Widow).

But the whole performance fell apart for me when early on it emerged that the lead character was originally from a working class background. Clare's voice carries no trace of this - and even if we're supposed to believe that Ruth totally transformed her accent into Received English pronunciation (who does that anymore?!) there is a real problem, given that the text is full of class references and observations. As Ruth and her uni pals all sound upper class, the North-South jokes come off as snooty with no hint of self awareness, humour or affection -- and the situation is not helped by the caricatural (working class) Northerner voices. Even more surprising: Cathbad, who sounds like the Duke of Edinburgh in this reading, turns out to be born and raised in Ireland!

In this day and age, *posh* should not be accepted as neutral. Fine if the characters themselves are upper class but there are plenty of good readers around who went to regular comprehensive schools!!

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  • ReadWriteWish
  • 18-09-19

Not my favourite in the series

Number 5 in the Ruth Galloway series and still loving it. I wouldn’t say this one is my favourite yet though, for a couple of reasons.

I’ve been listening to these on Audible as I drive to and from work, and A Dying Fall had a different narrator than the other books in the series. This one Clare Corbett, the others Jane McDowell. I must say I really missed McDowell’s work. Corbett’s voices for the men was very distracting, and not in a good way.

The story starts with the death of one of Ruth’s university friends. Before he died, Dan, also an archaeologist who lives and works near Blackpool, had discovered some bones he believed to be those of King Arthur. Dan’s boss asks Ruth if she would look at the bones and offer her expert opinion. Ruth accepts, deciding she’ll use the time in Blackpool as a holiday for her and her daughter, Kate.

When Ruth arrives, she finds that Dan’s death was not an accident, but murder. In the normal way for such books, there’s a plethora of likely suspects and, of course, one of them is sending threatening texts to Ruth, meaning she and Kate are in danger.

Her knight in shining armour, Nelson, has meanwhile been forced to have a holiday and he’s chosen to return to his hometown of Blackpool to visit his mother and mother-in-law. Thus Griffiths has lots of opportunities for Ruth and Nelson to run into each other…

Griffiths takes up those opportunities, to a point. In fact, on the face of it, Ruth and Nelson are behaving appropriately and are simply trying to protect Kate and solve the crime. However, if I was Nelson’s wife, I would definitely not trust the crime solving duo are far as I could kick them.

The main crime was very different to the others in the series and yet it still cleverly incorporated Ruth’s knowledge of bones. I’ve had a whinge about Griffiths' writing in the reviews of the other books but, I must say, I think she’s become much stronger in this regard. She has stopped her annoying word repetition and having the characters think the same thing over and over (although, ugh, Ruth still thinks about Erik which drives me nuts). The only major gripe I would have is that the guilty party's reveal at the end included a bit of an information dump surrounding their crime plot.

My favourite supporting characters still feature, especially Cathbad at his stellar best (although, as I said earlier, Corbett’s way of interpreting his voice wasn’t the best). Griffiths introduces a few others I wouldn’t mind getting to know more in future books (Nelson’s mother and his reaction to her was a hoot!).

Kate is becoming such a cute character also. I’m sure Griffiths has her own children. From sleep deprivation to Dora backpacks, she writes the scenes featuring Ruth’s thoughts about motherhood perfectly.

As Ruth and Nelson are both on vacation, we get a different setting this time. I have zero knowledge of the Blackpool region but it sounds quite fun (except for the crazies featured in this book who apparently live there). After four books of Griffiths describing Norfolk and the salt marsh where Ruth resides, I thought this too, was quite a clever move.

I wouldn't recommend reading this book without reading the previous ones in the series. Not that readers wouldn’t follow the plot, but I just think the nuances of the Ruth/Nelson relationship, and the relationship Cathbad has with them both, would not have the same impact on those with no background knowledge.

As usual, Griffiths gives us a bit of a cliffhanger when it comes to Ruth and Nelson at the end of the book. I didn’t think this one was as startling as the other books in the series. I still enjoyed it but let’s just say I smiled wistfully instead of gasping aloud this time.

Actually that would be a good way to describe my overall feelings for this book: it made me smile wistfully instead of gasping aloud. It will still be a favourite as it's part of what has become one of my favourite series but it isn't my favourite of the series thus far (say that three times without getting tongue twisted).

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