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Taken for Dead Audiobook

Taken for Dead

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Publisher's Summary

The severed head of Micky Crounan, local baker, is grinning gruesomely up from the bottom tier of his own cake. Katie Maguire of the Irish Garda is baffled--until another local businessman goes missing in horrific circumstances. Soon Katie is on the trail of a debt-collecting gang calling themselves the Kings of Erin. But these are very dangerous men. And they will stop at nothing to throw Katie off the trail....

©2015 Graham Masterton (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"One of the most original and frightening storytellers of our time." (Peter James)

"A natural storyteller with a unique gift for turning the mundane into the terrifyingly real." (New York Journal of Books)

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    markc 23/08/2016
    markc 23/08/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "The other novels are better"

    I just found this to far fetched and found myself shouting at the story, saying no that wouldn't happen. Hopefully the next one will be better

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James United Kingdom 21/07/2016
    James United Kingdom 21/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "More of the same"

    Cork must rate as the most dangerous city in Ireland! Lots of characteristic gore and action in this one. Katie's life continues to get more complicated personally and professionally.

    Good performance again. Worth a listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth 20/05/2016
    Elisabeth 20/05/2016
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    "Horrible narration"
    Would you try another book written by Graham Masterton or narrated by Louise Fitzpatrick?

    NO NO NO NO, not by Louise Fitzpatrick. I have been looking forward to listen to Kate Maguire solving yet another crime, and listen to the wonderful narrating of Caroline Lennon. I love listening to the irish accent and how well she seperates the different characters by the use of her voice. To my surprise (didn't notice it when I bought the book via Audible), there is a new narrator, Louise Fitzpatrick, and she absolutely ruin the listening experience for me. I've been listening to the first six chapters and can hardly stay with the story because of the monotonus, bland and bored reading. There is also something about where she puts the pressure and pause in the scentences that makes it sound like she is reading off a shoppinglist, in a faiedl american accent. I really hope I can get used to the voice, but I seriously doubt it. Since I listen to the books when running etc. I can 't just go out and buy the book. I'm good, but I can't run and read at the same time.


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

    A new narrator


    How could the performance have been better?

    To read with a a whole lot more enthusiasm for starters.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Martyn LINCOLN, United Kingdom 26/03/2015
    Martyn LINCOLN, United Kingdom 26/03/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "A country with' troubles'"
    If you could sum up Taken for Dead in three words, what would they be?

    This is a story that is really frightening at times but feels as if it is happening now.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Taken for Dead?

    The burning on the beach


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I can only describe her reading as appalling . She had no idea of creating the voices of the different characters and thus one wonders at times who is speaking. Please bring back the previous Narrator for the next book please


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

    The 'Troubles' are back


    Any additional comments?

    I do hope the series continues with a return of the previous Narrator

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    iris Paris, France 06/03/2015
    iris Paris, France 06/03/2015 Member Since 2015

    I love history, crime and thrillers, biographies and almost anything by the BBC.

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    "Exhilerating Read"

    This is the fourth Katy McGuire story I have read and although Caroline Lennon is not the narrator of this one her replacement does an excellent job which is good news as I hesitated about buying when I saw there had been a change of narrator.

    The action takes place in Cork where a mysterious gang calling themselves the Kings of Ireland are perpetrating kidnappings and despite all the efforts of the Police to head them off, it becomes apparent that someone in the Gardai is passing on information. Katy feels persecuted by her boss and if this is not bad enough a new neighbour - a veterinary surgeon - pours oil on the water too.

    The plot is intricate and is full of twists and turns to keep your interest at a peak. There is only one rather explicit sex scene that reads more like an autopsy than an erotic moment but this author does not do sex scenes very well in my opinion. Apart from that quibble I found the book to be very well written in the crime genre.

    A high point for me was that the story is peppered with anecdotes concerning the real kings of Ireland and quite frankly they were not always very princely in their behaviour!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    D SWABY 29/10/2016
    D SWABY 29/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Bring back ms Lennon"

    too many mistakes by the storyteller
    monotonous tone, no characterisation
    should have listened to what other reviewers have said

    I will be getting my credit back

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jules Cheshire,UK 30/03/2016
    Jules Cheshire,UK 30/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Exciting from start to finish"

    This book is brilliant. A touch of Irish humour mixed in with exciting action. A little on the gruesome side of that worries you, but personally I enjoy the gritty story lines. The main character Katie is well written and the narrator with her lovely accent makes it that much better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Petra 15/02/2016
    Petra 15/02/2016
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    "Not as good the others, terrible narration"

    Book 4 in the Katie Maguire series and the first one that isn't up to the 4 stars I've given for the others. This one deals with cases of kidnapping. Local businessmen are being kidnapped by a group called The Kings of Erin. I still enjoy the mix of history and mythology that Masterton inserts into these books and the sense of the Irish setting was excellent again. But Katie's 'development' in this one was terrible. I am referring to her decision making regarding her new next door neighbor. I don't mind a protagonist with some flaws but that took stupidity to a new level. Then there's the now standard cringe worthy sex scene. Masterton is fantastic when it comes to gory horror scenes, but the relationship and love aspects of this series are starting to be a tad formulaic.

    I started off listening to the audio version, but had to abandon it because, 4 books into the series, there was suddenly a new narrator. I don't give up easily, but a potential 13 hours of monotonous, school-like reading out loud was more than I could bear.

    The book ends in a bit of a cliffhanger, and I look forward to reading the next part, hoping that Katie will return to be the strong female protagonist we saw in the previous installments.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    N Myers 25/08/2015
    N Myers 25/08/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "The narrator ruined this for me"

    I've really enjoyed this series of books and was looking forward to this one but they have changed the narrator from the previous books. The new narrator made the whole story a bit dull. She didn't have a good range of voices and I struggled to keep up with conversations between different characters as all the voices sounded the same. Shame really. I may just read the next book and not bother with the audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    caroline 11/08/2015
    caroline 11/08/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Series continues to be great"
    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly enjoyed this latest edition to the Katie Maquire series. Whilst the narrator did her best to make this as an enjoyable listen, her narration often became rather emotionless and grey. Hopefully this will improve in the next instalment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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