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The Vinyl Detective: Written in Dead Wax Audiobook

The Vinyl Detective: Written in Dead Wax

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Publisher's Summary

He is a record collector and a connoisseur of vinyl, hunting out rare and elusive LPs. His business card describes him as the Vinyl Detective, and some people take this more literally than others.

For example, the beautiful, mysterious woman who wants to pay him a large sum of money to find a priceless lost recording on behalf of an extremely wealthy yet shadowy client. And so begins a painful and dangerous odyssey in search of the rarest jazz record of them all....

©2016 Andrew Cartmel (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"The Vinyl Detective is one of the sharpest and most original characters I've seen for a long time." (David Quantick)

"Marvellously inventive and endlessly fascinating." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    Viv 07/11/2016
    Viv 07/11/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "BRILLIANT"

    I loved this book. it's a mad adventure with more twists than a vodka martini.
    I really can't wait for his second offering, coming out in 2017, I'm told.
    The writing is tight, funny and rip-roaring.
    I also loved the narration.
    This was a great experience.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 26/05/2017
    Paul 26/05/2017
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    "err..."

    I nearly gave up on this. I ended up playing it on 2x. The book is very good but takes a long time to get going. About half way the story gets interesting and is as my 5 stars shows, a good listen. But.. you have to stick with it as the first half is well read but a little bit boring. The last 50% of the book actually make it worth listening to the first half so stick with it. A really worthwhile listen but very very slow to get to the meat and potatoes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pat 20/05/2017
    Pat 20/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story beautiful narrated by Jen allen. "

    Allen's narration was brilliant. he brought this story to life with his voicing of it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12/05/2017 Member Since 2005
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    "A quirky story"
    Would you listen to The Vinyl Detective: Written in Dead Wax again? Why?

    Not sure that I would listen to the story again because the build up to the outcomes would be spoilt.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    No favourite characters but I did enjoy the descriptions of the jumble sales, the charity shops, the car boot sales etc - all part of my life's experiences.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just a silly smile most of the time - it is a light hearted book about some serious topics - large corporations and items of value.


    Any additional comments?

    A very different listen but worthwhile. The narration hit just the right sort of non descript tone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AmyJackson 30/04/2017
    AmyJackson 30/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Had to abandon this audiobook"

    The story is probably ok but I cant bear the reading which is mundane, pedestrian and painful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    H. Tollyfield 17/04/2017
    H. Tollyfield 17/04/2017

    Tolly

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    "A satisfying slow-burner of a story"

    I really enjoyed this story. It isn't a fast-paced, action-filled thriller, but an intelligent and intriguing story which just keeps leading you along at a comfortable pace and keeps you listening. I love the detail about the world of vinyl record collecting and the distinctly shady world of US jazz in the 40's and 50's. The characters are well-developed and the good guys are all believable and likeable. If I have a complaint, it is only a very minor one and that is that the way in which a key character emerges from a major event in the first part of the story to reappear in the second part is a little bit "and with one bound he was free!". Ben Allen's narration is excellent, well-paced and brings the characters to life. A very satisfying listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rogayah 03/03/2017
    Rogayah 03/03/2017

    Glued to a story, but could also be knitting , unknitting, cooking, drawing cats or doing Chinese Calligraphy and learning a language or try

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    "The whole story"

    What began as a slow starter built into a rollercoaster ride of a race to find a record and more involving big corporations and big money and people willing to spend what is needed to ensure they get what they want. Our hero and friends, caught up in these webs fight to the end.

    The story is a bit "Boys' Own", but it's fun, fast moving and keeps you listening to the end. The narrator is excellent.

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    Amazon Customer 25/02/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyed the chef from soup to nuts!"

    Quirky and nicely paced with character. the narration breadth and depth was good compared to some I've listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Reading, United Kingdom 19/02/2017
    Paul Reading, United Kingdom 19/02/2017 Member Since 2010
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    "A good yarn on an unusual subject"
    Where does The Vinyl Detective: Written in Dead Wax rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Clever plot centered on the niche world of record (LP) collecting. At times things did get a bit far fetched, but the narration is superb and keeps the listener going, particularly as the characters are beautifully framed and very individual....most of us would think they are anorak wearing oddballs, but the author crafts this in such a way that their humanity comes through and makes this an entertaining listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was centred around the world of rare record collecting. I knew people sort of did this and i had seen record fairs advertised, but i didnt realise just how far they take this. Clever way to position this thriller.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    03Waltersand 14/02/2017
    03Waltersand 14/02/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Performance a little dodgy"

    Great story, really enjoyable even though it feels like two books rather than one. Only complaint is the pauses between sentences in the performance, every time it's about half a second too long, gets very frustrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • John S.
    Seattle, WA United States
    31/01/17
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    "Outstanding narration!"

    Really a 3.5 for the story itself, but rounded up for the excellent narration. Tough to review this one without spoilers, and I hate rehashing plots), so I'll try to give a plot structure in terms of what to expect . . .

    Our un-named hero is slogging along from paycheck to paycheck (not enough money to heat his flat) selling rare records when he's made an offer to track down one the 1950's. So, off he goes on his quest, along with a "minder" from his new employer, Nevada. Unfortunately, there are others, a very nasty pair, on the same trail. Midway through the book, there's a "crisis point" (shall we call it), where the focus shifts from working with Nevada on that album, to locating the entire limited output of its producer on behalf of an American gal called Ree (audio, so never saw the spelling), with the location shifting from London to Los Angeles. This is signaled by having the "record" flipped from Side A to Side B, which I thought clever.

    That's about as much as I can say about the plot without straying into spoiler territory. What really worked for me was that the guy is incredibly likeable, rooting for him is as natural as breathing. There's a sort of "assistant" called Tinkler in both parts, who came across as a bit dim, but loyal (could have been the narrator's voice); he accompanies the two on some of the British adventures, while serving as a sounding board by phone and email in the second part. The book seemed longer than it actually was, but I didn't feel bogged down by jazz/technical stuff as much as other reviewers seem to have been. Even the minor (tertiary) characters were interesting enough to help carry things along.

    So why not five stars? Well, I found I had to suspend disbelief to accept some of the events. For example, our hero lives in a bungalow(?) with no central heating in London. I would assume the pipes would freeze, although he seems to have a functioning hot water heater. Also, he has no car in London so isn't used to driving there, but effortlessly (it's implied) tools around right-driving Los Angeles traffic? And then there's the resolution itself, which I obviously can't reveal, which was too neat (clever) for me, although I was pleased for him regarding its effect on his personal life. Another slight minus concerned the taxi driver kept on a retainer for their London excursions, Agatha. The woman has a shaved head, so they take to referring to her as Clean Head for a nickname, which I found mildly creepy.

    Audio narration was absolutely brilliant. I'm assuming the guy is English, so does a range of British accents well; what impressed me was that he did many American voices well, too, without resorting to stereotypical American accents. Moreover, he lucks out regarding female voices that Nevada's speech is what is known as (relatively) "posh", Clean Head is Cockney(?), and Rhee speaks Standard American English, so one doesn't feel it's the same re-used voice.

    Definitely recommend - looking forward to the upcoming sequel!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ms Peach
    Houston
    04/10/16
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    "Witty wonderful"

    Great listen. Well written. Great characters. I laughed out loud at the dialogue. Well read. Well plotted. You can never seen the next twist.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • KIRSTEN
    23/02/17
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    "Witty and Clever"

    I really enjoy Andrew Cartmel's writing style. He sets up fantastic terminology like "optimistic cat", and he creates an engaging sorry arch. I found myself thinking I had the story figured out but there was still a surprise for me at the end. I am definitely looking forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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