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A Banquet of Consequences Audiobook

A Banquet of Consequences

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Full of shocks, intensity and suspense from first minute to last, Banquet of Consequences reveals Lynley and Havers under pressure.

The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind. But what was the cause of his tragedy, and how far might the consequences reach? Is there a link between the young man's leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge?

Following various career-threatening misdemeanours, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself. So when a past encounter with best-selling feminist writer Clare Abbott and her pushy personal assistant, Caroline Goldacre, gives her a connection to the Cambridge murder, Barbara begs DI Thomas Lynley to let her pursue the crime.

Soon Lynley finds himself investigating the London end of an ever more darkly disturbing case while Havers and DS Winston Nkata look behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire and deceit.

©2015 Susan Elizabeth George (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

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    justmurr 28/06/2016
    justmurr 28/06/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "disappointing"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It has lots of obscene language - should have a warning.


    Has A Banquet of Consequences put you off other books in this genre?

    No - there are really good crime writers who do not use bad language.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reading was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, read most of the other Elizabeth George.


    Any additional comments?

    How about some warnings on the books to say they contain foul language.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janette London Colney, United Kingdom 24/11/2016
    Janette London Colney, United Kingdom 24/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent end to the trilogy"

    Very good book the author still thinks the police are in the 1930s but by all the little errors it is still a great listen
    The narrator attempt to voice a West Indies London accent is worth the listening alone made m laugh out loud, but well read in every other way.

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    Rose 20/07/2016
    Rose 20/07/2016
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    "Not one of her best"
    What did you like best about A Banquet of Consequences? What did you like least?

    Best - As always, I enjoyed the exploits of Barbara and Lynley and their interaction.Least - I really felt that the foul language used, so frequently, was unnecessary and quite spoiled the listening experience for me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth George again?

    Yes, I would, but perhaps only if it was an older book that I had previously missed.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Julie Teal?

    Yes, I think so.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot was rather drawn out and never that convincing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Derby, United Kingdom 25/06/2016
    Helen Derby, United Kingdom 25/06/2016 Member Since 2007
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    "One of the better Lynley and Havers books"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This seemed to be a slight departure in style from the rest of the series, but that said a welcome one. I always prefer Havers as a character (I think I'd dislike Lynley in real life) and she has a great role in this mystery


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Banquet of Consequences?

    The sheer unpleasantness of some of the key characters and my realisation was truly memorable.


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    Mrs A M Dimsdale Gill 15/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Elizabeth George is back"

    having felt the story drifting in the last book this is excellent. A good listen.

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    Catherine 15/02/2016
    Catherine 15/02/2016

    marathon listener, very discerning about the narrator quality...

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    "Great story"

    This series has evolved so well. This is is a complex plot, entwined in a family riven with personality disorders, dominated by a matriarch to whom the truth is a stranger. Add in 'ex'-es accidental deaths, mysterious circumstances and Havers's burning passion to solve and resolve, against the confines of the her position and employer, and the Lynley/Havers series continues to strengthen in maturity and complexity. A great listen.

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    W. M. Koolstra-dekker 07/12/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "What an exquisite treat!"

    Finally a new Elizabeth George. And what a wonderful treat. I enjoyed every minute of it, as the characters and the story unfold.
    Very well read also, apart from the West Indian voice of Winston Nkata, which is very difficult to get right.

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    Heather 18/11/2015
    Heather 18/11/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Worst listen so far!"
    Would you try another book written by Elizabeth George or narrated by Julie Teal?

    Never!


    What will your next listen be?

    A well written detective novel.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some of it was well read, a difficult job for Julie Teal with such poor material.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the accents were so diabolical I nearly turned it off a dozen times. The voice given to the black detective was excruciating. It's only because I left it on as background noise that I got to the end. I have read Elizabeth George before, but certainly won't again after this. The T.V. adaptations of Elizabeth George novels are very good, even though some characters (D.I. Lindley for example) are tiresome. I hope they don't adapt this ridiculous plot. I think the editor must have said, 'put some really sordid sex into this Elizabeth, doesn't matter about the story!'

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Annie Montignac sur Charente, France 04/11/2015
    Annie Montignac sur Charente, France 04/11/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "Not the best Lynley/Havers crime novel"
    Would you listen to A Banquet of Consequences again? Why?

    No. I found the voice and character of Dorothea Harriman completely out of character from previous books and the character of Caroline was impossible - most people raging at length with such foul language as she did would have been told to 'shut up!'. Elizabeth George has a very wide-ranging vocabulary but I find her use of words such as 'rozzers', 'digs', 'cops' very out-dated.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Elizabeth George? Why or why not?

    Yes. I enjoy the working relationship between Barbara Havers/Nkata/Lynley


    Which character – as performed by Julie Teal – was your favourite?

    Thomas Lynley


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Can't think of one


    Any additional comments?

    The book could have been about two hours shorter. The scenes where Dorothea Harriman is trying to smarten up Barbara Havers, find romance and other interests for her were preposterous, as was the reader's interpretation of D Harriman's character. The secretary of a Superintendent of police would never be such an air head and Barbara Havers is as she is and unlikely to want to change.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Barbara
    31/05/16
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    "Less exciting than other titels"
    What did you like best about A Banquet of Consequences? What did you like least?

    I liked the narrator, Julie Teal, but I didn't like the book itself, the way the story develops. Too much so-called psychological insights that didn't add anything extra to the characters.


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

    It was a typical case of "I thought so".


    Could you see A Banquet of Consequences being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It probably will be made into one or two episodes of the Inspector Linley series by the BBC. Then it will be much more exciting because of the great acting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K.
    St Gallen, Switzerland
    21/04/16
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    "Yippee! Barbara Havers is back!"

    Everyone knows the BEST thing in the Elizabeth George books is Barbara Havers, and in this book she back in her full glory. Of course, so is Isabel--whom we all hate--and Deirdre, Thomas Lynley's new love interest--what's with her? I haven't figured her out yet.

    The first death doesn't occur until 6 hours into the book. But that was OK because there was enough Barbara in those first 6 hours to keep me interested.

    Anyway, if you love the Thomas Lynley mysteries, you will be happy to know this one is back to the old formula, with Barbara getting herself into all kinds of trouble, but then redeeming herself at the end. And might she really start taking tap dancing lessons????

    Next to One Evil Act (one of her best), this one might be my new favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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