One of the most memorable sleuths in the canon of detective fiction has to be Father Brown, the small priest with “a face as round and dull as a Norfolk dumpling”, but who nevertheless outwits the greatest criminal minds with his wisdom regarding human nature. Brought to life here by actor Kevin O’Brien in a series of dramatic readings, this unabridged audio book of The Innocence of Father Brown also features an introduction and conclusion to each chapter by Dale Ahlquist, president of the American Chesterton Society and host of EWTN’s immensely popular television series, G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense.
First published in 1910, The Innocence of Father Brown includes many of the greatest Father Brown stories, including The Blue Cross, The Flying Stars, and The Hammer of God. So, sit back and enjoy the brilliance and wit of G.K. Chesterton’s inimitable Father Brown.
- Great stories, with a couple technical problems
(Update from christianaudio: the technical issue mentioned by this reviewers has been completely resolved, and the correct download files are now available. We have edited the reviewers star rating to "4" instead of "3" now that the issue has been addressed.)
First of all, I love these stories, and Kevin O'Brien does a great job of reading them. That said, I had one major technical problem with this purchase, and one stylistic quibble.
The technical problem is that on the download page, the tracks are scrambled (at least for me). A few of them are out of order, and I had duplicates of two tracks, which meant I was missing two tracks entirely. I have retagged the tracks I have so that they are in the proper order, and I have submitted a support request, so hopefully they will be able to correct this problem quickly for other purchasers.
My other quibble is that there are longish (1-2 minutes) introductions and commentaries on each track by Dale Ahlquist which I just don't care for. I'm glad he's a fan of the Fr. Brown mysteries, but when I play an audio book I just want to get to the story. To get around this, I just edited the tracks in Audacity and removed the excess fluff.
The introductions were useful in figuring out which tracks I had (see technical problem above), but other than that I think they detract, rather than adding.
In the end, I subtracted 1 star because of the technical problem (I'll add it back later once the problem is fixed, if I can) and I subtracted a star for the excess stuff. If you don't mind introductions, and they fix the technical issue, consider this a 5-star recommendation.