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Good As Dead Audiobook

Good As Dead

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Publisher's Summary

The Hostage. Police officer Helen Weeks walks into her local newsagent's on her way to work. Little does she know that this simple daily ritual will change her life forever. It's the last place she expects to be met with violence, but as she waits innocently at the till, she comes face to face with a gunman.

The Demand. The crazed hostage-taker is desperate to know what really happened to his beloved son, who died a year before in youth custody. By holding a police officer at gunpoint, he will force the one man who knows more about the case than any other to re-investigate his son's death. That man is DI Tom Thorne.

The Twist. While Helen fights to stay alive and the body-count rises, Thorne must race against time if he is to bring a killer to justice and save a young mother's life.

©2011 Mark Billingham Ltd (P)2011 Hachette Digital

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    Kirstine 30/08/2011
    Kirstine 30/08/2011
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    "Kept me listening"

    The Members' offer of this book at a knock-dawn price tempted me to try a new author. I was rewarded by a gripping and well-crafted story that was excellently read by the author himself. It felt as if I was following an actual siege as it unfolded, getting to know the various characters, I became eager to find out what happened next. The outcome was not predictable which added to the tension as the story came to an end. I'll be looking out for more of this author's books having had this taster. Recommended.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    MarieLouise Gloucestershire, United Kingdom 24/08/2011
    MarieLouise Gloucestershire, United Kingdom 24/08/2011
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    "Brilliant story + outstanding narration"

    Until now, I thought that only Robert Glennister could convey Mark Billingham's stories in a compelling way (and I have to confess when I saw that the author was narrating the book, my heart sank a little, wondering whether it was some kind of ego project and thinking it would be a horribly wooden effort like some of the author-narrated stories I've listened to) but I was so so wrong... listening to Mark Billingham tell the story, with all the brilliant accents he can do, is a wonderful experience... a real treat.And the story itself is very gripping.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Penny clyst st mary, United Kingdom 31/08/2011
    Penny clyst st mary, United Kingdom 31/08/2011 Member Since 2006
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    "Undecided."

    I have found Mark Billingham in the past to always produce superb 'hang on every word' crime fiction. I was disappointed with 'Good as Dead' as I felt it did not engage me in the same way as the others in this series.
    Whether this was because the author was the narrator and despite his obvious talent for dialect, there were times when I found his delivery wooden and two dimensional, or that the plot seemed thin.
    However I am the odd review out amongst the other reviews so it is ultimately up to the individual to decide.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Kent, United Kingdom 03/02/2012
    Cheryl Kent, United Kingdom 03/02/2012
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    "Good As Deak - Mark Billingham"

    Having read all of Mark Billinghams books previously, I tried this and as it was narrated by Mark himself I thought I'd give it a go. The first attempt I thought Oh Dear not quite right and then I realised that as he wrote the book he new the characters and story line so well it allowed you to drift into the story as though you were taking part. Very brilliantly written yet again. Can't wait for the next book to be realeased.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gwilym Amlwch, United Kingdom 26/08/2011
    Gwilym Amlwch, United Kingdom 26/08/2011
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    "Could not Stop"

    This gripping story includes murder, hostage taking & yet another murder well told by the author Mark Billingham,complete with excellent accent changes. It just flows along from chapter to chapter that I could not stop listening, I finished this book in just 3 sittings. Can't wait for Mark's next book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    H. Tollyfield 25/08/2011
    H. Tollyfield 25/08/2011

    Tolly

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    "OK, But..."

    This is a good story that sweeps you along, but you really do have to suspend belief because no siege is managed by the police in the way that this one is and no police officer would be allowed to conduct an investigation or treat witnesses and suspects in the way Tom Thorne does in this story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    VAL G. 03/10/2011
    VAL G. 03/10/2011 Member Since 2008
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    "GOOD AS DEAD"

    A rather strange book that was so far removed from any realistic police procedure it became a chore to read. Bearing in mind this was a book about a hostage situation, for the most part is was slow going with only occasional flashes of urgency. Not a good read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Effingham, United Kingdom 01/09/2011
    David Effingham, United Kingdom 01/09/2011 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointed"

    Not a bad story, but it's the last time a purchase a book narrated by the author. Professional actors reading a book instil a sense of drama and create characters with different intonations and accents so the book almost becomes a 'play'. The author did not have this skill and therefore I felt I was missing something. Also, the speed of reading was fast and took some getting used to.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sylv Sheehan 09/04/2016
    Sylv Sheehan 09/04/2016
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    "Really enjoyed this"
    What made the experience of listening to Good As Dead the most enjoyable?

    The storyline was interesting, and knowing the author did the narration added to it


    Which character – as performed by Mark Billingham – was your favourite?

    Thorne


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    There were a few flaws in the plot which didn't feel right, but overall I really enjoyed this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Morris Cumbria UK 13/12/2015
    J. Morris Cumbria UK 13/12/2015 Member Since 2014

    m0zz3r

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    "...not good as read"
    Where does Good As Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I stumbled into the Tom Thorne novels following the narrator Paul Thornleys work having listened to him narrate the Jack Nightingale series, and very well too. Wanting to start at the beginning with sleepyhead i found I could only get this as narrated by Robert Glenister, who I thought did a brilliant job, and have listened to him narrate all the other Tom Thorne novels until this one, bringing them to life with his characterisation. I wish he's been given this to narrate too. Like one other reviewer mentioned, I found the author's narration quite 2 dimensional. It did get better as the book went on, but still difficult to pick out who was talking unless mentioned by name.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Good As Dead?

    I though the story was good, and easy to suspend disbelief of the police procedures in the non stop action of the storyline.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Given it to Robert Glenister to narrate


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

    No, I gave up half way through, something I have never done with one of Mark Billingham's novels, purely because I was so frustrated with the narration. After listening to 'I Partridge' I went back and have managed to get though to the end, however I notice that the next book in the series is also narrated by the author, so not sure whether to return it or not.


    Any additional comments?

    Obviously the author knows the characters unlike any other narrator could, but I can't stress how much I felt let down by the delivery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Adelheid
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    01/11/11
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    "Enjoyable"

    As usual with Mark Billigham's books I enjoyed this Tom Thorne novel - however the author should not have narrated it. He should understand the characters better than anyone and yet it sounds as if its the first time he's met them. The mood suffers as a result of this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adelheid
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    "Enjoyable"

    As usual with Mark Billigham's books I enjoyed this Tom Thorne novel - however the author should not have narrated it. He should understand the characters better than anyone and yet it sounds as if its the first time he's met them. The mood suffers as a result of this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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