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Streets of Darkness Audiobook

Streets of Darkness: Detective Harry Virdee, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Luther meets The Wire. This is the first Detective Harry Virdee audiobook.

The sky over Bradford is heavy with foreboding. It always is. But this morning it has reason to be - this morning a body has been found. And it's not just any body.

Detective Harry Virdee should be at home with his wife. Impending fatherhood should be all he can think about, but he's been suspended from work just as the biggest case of the year lands on what would have been his desk. He can't keep himself away. Determined to restore his reputation, Harry is obliged to take to the shadows in search of notorious ex-convict and prime suspect Lucas Dwight.

But as the motivations of the murder threaten to tip an already unstable city into riotous anarchy, Harry finds his preconceptions turned on their head, and he discovers what it's like to be on the other side of the law....

©2016 A. A. Dhand (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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    Diana Fallowes 18/06/2016
    Diana Fallowes 18/06/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Complex and fascinating - loved it"

    I would recommend this audible book. The author does not dodge issues of racism and interfaith infighting alongside a riveting powerful story that has numerous unexpected twists. New and refreshing. Wasn't sure about the narration at first but soon felt it was an integral part of my enjoyment of this debut novel. Thanks AA Dhand and Muzz Khan

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Waterlooville, UK 21/06/2016
    Simon Waterlooville, UK 21/06/2016 Member Since 2016

    A man with a child in his ears

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    "Igniting a Flame in a Dark Place"

    I’ve read a lot of new authors in the past year or so and when I noticed this one being trailed by Audible it looked like a must read. Having grown up in a very multi-cultural town and seen and experienced racism and its effects at close hand this book seemed bound to appeal to me – assuming that the author made his characters seem real!

    AA Dhand has done just that pulling together a story and set of characters that very much reflect my experiences of how prejudice is wide-spread and multi-faceted. How it normally exists in a bi-lateral fashion between any two groups rather than one-way as is often portrayed. A Sikh married to a Muslim in a city where right wing parties are active is always going to provide rich fodder for a story. Dhand gets stuck right into it, I enjoyed the Virdee character as well as the contrasting spirituality of his wife. This mix of levels of faith and charming superstition reflect many of my own experiences. It brings out a fascinating complexity and sophistication in the character relationships and their motivations.

    Of course this book had to be more than just a stroll through Bradford’s problems and faith groups. Billed as a hard-hitting detective story it really delivers, the plot is very good and the violence and threat level of the characters is excellent. Bashir in particular is a very strong character forged from the darkness. If anything I did think the “dark secret from the past coming back to haunt” motif was maybe a tad overdone but otherwise everything was clever and very well thought out.

    I did find Muzz Khan’s narration a little difficult at first but he delivers the Asian accents with such obvious authenticity that once I got myself attuned I really enjoyed his performance.

    I would recommend this. It is a very refreshing entry into the UK detective genre which delivers as a thriller and a piece of social commentary. I look forwards to reading more about Detective Harry Virdee and his adventures in the dark, gritty parts of Bradford in the future!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Harrogate, United Kingdom 29/06/2016
    Steven Harrogate, United Kingdom 29/06/2016 Member Since 2012

    Enjoy listening to crime and mystery thrillers. Favourite authors/narrators: Mankell, Nesbo, Hewson, James, Lyndsey/Reichlin & Barrett

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    "Bradford based thriller"

    As someone who has lived in Bradford during the last 20 years it was interesting to hear the local references. An engaging thriller once you adapt to the reader. Did also engage with the characters and will definitely listen to later volumes of the series (?).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    bayley 17/11/2016
    bayley 17/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "dark but very beautiful"
    If you could sum up Streets of Darkness in three words, what would they be?

    dark, broken, human


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interestingly, the thing that I liked most by the end of this audible was the thing that I liked least at the start; the narrators distinct accent. The use of an authentic regional accent was very difficult to tune in to but I am pleased I persevered as it added gravitas and a completely refreshing layer to the story.


    Which character – as performed by Muzz Khan – was your favourite?

    The narrator brought a warmth a depth to all the main Asian characters.


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

    No. It raises some very complex social issues that deserve reflection.


    Any additional comments?

    A great first encounter - I look forward to to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    fashionangel 21/09/2016
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    "Change Narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I am an avid audio book purchaser across a wide range of books. For this audio book I found the narrator without clear speech and the need to increase the volume for clarity


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Honestly I am unsure I really listened to the story during travelling due to narrator


    How could the performance have been better?

    Clearer speech and better character voices


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bashy 07/09/2016
    Bashy 07/09/2016 Member Since 2016

    Late discoverer of Audible, commutes now transformed, love fantasy and crime thrillers although the latter takes some navigating.

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    "Interesting debut"

    The story is set in Bradford which made it both familiar and all the more interesting. As a crime thriller it's very good. It could very easily transfer to TV.

    The performance of the narration is what could have made or broken the book. For the first hour I really wasn't sure but after that it seemed to work... Just. I did come from the amazing performance of Roy Dotrice in GoT Book 1 though so may have been spoiled. The narrators normal voice isn't the best but when in character it worked from an authenticity PoV particularly for the Asian characters. An angry Bashir particularly so! For white characters it was hit and miss. I do think Muz Khan should be used for future books though.

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    Terry 18/08/2016
    Terry 18/08/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Extremely poor diction"

    Unfortunately I did not listen to the book as one minute in I was distracted by the lisping , staccato delivery of the narrator. Please believe me accents can add a dimension to any story and enhance it. Sadly this was not the case here where the diction proved to be a distraction too far!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dave 07/08/2016
    Dave 07/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Great idea, dissapointing delivery"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. Great plot line, but very poor character development. There is not a likeable character in the book and so, you don't really care what happens to any of them


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Added some depth to the main characters


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He sounded like he had a speech defect


    Do you think Streets of Darkness needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not if it's like this one


    Any additional comments?

    This could have been a really good book. The plot is unique and the location a refreshing change

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs J.L. Taylor 03/08/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "A new authentic voice"
    Would you listen to Streets of Darkness again? Why?

    No, but that is only because I don't listen to any audiobook more than once.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Saima because she challenges all the stereotypes of Muslim women, she is strong, intelligent and courageous.


    What about Muzz Khan’s performance did you like?

    His voice is an authentic Bradford voice for all the characters. At first I thought his accent was too strong, but then it started to really add to the story.


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

    Possibly, but I didn't.


    Any additional comments?

    I lived and worked in Bradford for many years and I am familiar with many of the places. This is an excellent first novel that blends the characters and politics of Bradford into an edge of the seat thriller. What makes it authentic is his knowledge of the often complex relationships between different communities in Bradford. I know of couples just like Harry and Saima, and I know that among my pupils, when I taught there, there were Asian families who would not go to certain well known restaurants because of the link with money laundering and crime. I hope that this book is the first of many, and that they will put Bradford on the map for the right reasons. I also really hope that the TV dramatisation will be done well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ian 24/07/2016
    Ian 24/07/2016 Member Since 2010
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    "Shockingly Bad"
    Would you try another book written by A. A. Dhand or narrated by Muzz Khan?

    Never ,given the content,poor delivery and basically nonsense story.Totally implausible and
    worthless storyline.


    What was most disappointing about A. A. Dhand’s story?

    Everything,no positives whatsoever.


    How could the performance have been better?

    In so many ways that i don,t have time to list them all.


    What character would you cut from Streets of Darkness?

    Most if not all.


    Any additional comments?

    So glad i can return this as one of the poorest books,no,the poorest ever.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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