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Lamp of the Wicked Audiobook

Lamp of the Wicked

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Publisher's Summary

The village of Underhowle appeared to be on the brink of a new prosperity after half a century of decay...but now, instead, it seems destined for notoriety as the home of a psychotic serial killer of women. DI Francis Bliss of Hereford CID is convinced he knows where the bodies are buried, but diocesan Deliverance Consultant Merrily Watkins - called in to conduct a controversial funeral - wonders if Bliss isn't blinkered by personal ambition.

And are the Underhowle deaths really linked to the most sickening mass murders in British criminal history? The fifth Merrily Watkins mystery takes our endearingly fallible heroine from the wilder shores of millennial spirituality to the darkest hinterland of human depravity.

©2003 Phil Rickman (P)2006 Isis Publishing Ltd

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    Mrs 25/05/2015
    Mrs 25/05/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Distracting accent problems"
    Any additional comments?

    I agree with the previous reviewer about the accents - key characters have had quite major accent changes from previous recordings, which is distracting. It's a good story and Emma Powell is generally a strong narrator, but on at least one occasion, Franny Bliss's accent veers wildly from Scouse to Birmingham and back again several times within one conversation! When you're losing focus on the story because the accents are becoming so irritating, think it's time to consider re-recording. Otherwise, a good and well read novel.

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    Emily 28/07/2016
    Emily 28/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Another good Ms Watkins outing"
    If you could sum up Lamp of the Wicked in three words, what would they be?

    Overly whiney Teenager


    What other book might you compare Lamp of the Wicked to, and why?

    This book stands up well to the others in the series. In my opinion it is the best so far, (I am listening in order) and I hope this trend continues


    Did Emma Powell do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Merrily and Jane's accent are getting thicker, and Moira and Frannies, were a bit all over the place.


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

    This is a long audiobook so not really suitable for a single sitting


    Any additional comments?

    The whole "dark night of the soul" storyline starring Jane is a bit of an issue for me.I understand the kid has been through A LOT but seriously, stop whining!She has this over inflated sense of self importance that begins to grate very quickly.Merrily is quite ineffectual in her dealings with her, in fact everyone seems to pussyfoot around her. I got to the point where I really think Jane could do with being told to shut the f up!

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    Gabrielle Harvey-Jones 13/03/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Recommended!"

    Spooky and scary (not at all my thing, as anyone who knows me would tell you!) but I love these books!

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    fran 10/03/2016
    fran 10/03/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "entertaining as always l"

    I love this series of books. The stories are good and the narration really brings the characters to life . I'm looking forward to the next one.

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    Silver6 10/03/2015
    Silver6 10/03/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Wandering accents"

    Firstly, I really enjoyed the story and I do rate this narrator. However, having listened to the previous books, all but one read by the same narrator as this one, I'm confused by the changes in accents for three of the central characters. Previously, their accents were neutral, placeless accents but in this reading, they all have Herefordshire accents. Don't get me wrong, I like a Herefordshire accent as much as the next person, but the dialogue and the personalities just felt wrong this time round. Hoping it's a blip and they'll return to their origins in the next book.

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    Daisy 18/02/2015
    Daisy 18/02/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "Rickman Best?"

    This is my fourth audio book from Phil Rickman over the last 4 years. The best story so far, I just had to keep listening,. Strong well written and developed characters. Brilliant throughout.

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    Linda 05/09/2016
    Linda 05/09/2016 Member Since 2010
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    "Great characters in another unusual thriller"
    What made the experience of listening to Lamp of the Wicked the most enjoyable?

    The story


    What other book might you compare Lamp of the Wicked to, and why?

    All the other Merrily Watkins books because there is nothing else quite like this series


    Did Emma Powell do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Yes. She has a great aptitude for this but I dislike the fact that she has slightly changed a couple of the voices - Jane and Lol seem to have local accents which were not there in the earlier books.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Jane's teenaged angst when Nev Pyle was killed - a real "is this all there is?" reaction.


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    "Enough Global Warming Scare Tactics!"
    Would you listen to Lamp of the Wicked again? Why?

    Yes, because his writing is amazing!


    What could Phil Rickman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I would have liked not to be Preached to over Global Warming Issues that Have Not been Scientifically Proven As Factual.- Not "Peer Reviewed"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the guy was electrocuted on a Pylon...Who's dumb enough to get near one of those?


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

    Pylon!


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  • Deborah Long
    24/08/16
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    "I can 't wait for the next one!"

    As usual the characters and the land drive the books. I had fun reading it!

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