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White Nights Audiobook

White Nights

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Publisher's Summary

Midsummer in Shetland: the time of year when the birds sing at midnight and the sun never sets. An unknown Englishman turns up in tears at an art exhibition hosted by Bella Sinclair. He claims not to know why he is there or even his own identity, and the evening ends in farce and confusion.

The next day he is found dead, hanging from a rafter in a boathouse, a sinister mask on his face. When a local musician is also found murdered, Detective Jimmy Perez becomes convinced that the killer is local.

But are his personal relationships clouding his judgement? Or is it just this unsettling time of year, the time of the white nights?

©2008 Ann Cleeves; (P)2008 Soundings

What the Critics Say

"Beautifully constructed...a lively and surprising addition to the genre." (Times Literary Supplement)

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    xxx england 03/06/2013
    xxx england 03/06/2013 Member Since 2017

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    "Not a good choice"

    Thought I'd give this a try even though I wasn't impressed the last Ann Cleeves book. I thought this one might be better, If anything this is worse. The story is quite slow even after the crime is discovered.
    The main issue is the reader , it would be better if he just read it. I have listened to some readers who keep the accents of the characters so well, that you know immediately who is speaking. Not only are this guy's accents poor (B'ham, Shetland, Liverpool) but he allows them to slip so much that you are never quite sure who is who. I have lost interest with this book and can't bear to finish it. The reader drones on and on. Wish I had bought the actual printed book as this does not do the story justice.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barrie HAVANT, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    Barrie HAVANT, United Kingdom 07/04/2013 Member Since 2014
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    "White Nights"

    This was the first Island-set book by Ann Cleeves that I had come across (I'd been through all the Vera novels) and I found it very different, but in a good way, rather reminiscent of the "Scandi" novels - rather dark. But as with Vera, the characters are all strong and the writing is so good that it sucks you in. A great read and excellently read by Gordon Griffin

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Maggie 06/10/2015
    Maggie 06/10/2015
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    "Cracking!"

    I enjoy Ann Cleeves's writing but struggled a bit with Jimmy Perez because I started the Shetland series out of order, and I'm trying to put that right. That said, it's not that easy when the first in the series isn't recorded. Why, I've no idea but it does seem a tad bizarre.

    Either this one was easier going or I'm finally getting to grips with the Shetland books, as I enjoyed it more than the 2 I heard already. It flowed well, I could follow the logical progression without ever working out the denouement. It was only at the very end that I began to have a vague inkling, and still didn't get it all right.

    As before, lovely evocative picture of Shetland and the way of life mixed with an old fashioned who-dunnit with good strong characters. Ms Cleeves really can write, and the narration was good. Only question is how such sparsely populated islands are beginning to look a bit like Midsomer?

    Definitely recommended but don't make my mistake - listen in the right order if you can.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matt London 19/04/2017
    Matt London 19/04/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book, odd narration"

    Awesome thriller set in a superbly drawn community. Compelling characters and a beautifully drawn hero in Perez. Plenty of excellent twists and turns to keep you wanting more.

    Narration very easy to listen to and generally good, but there are some very odd Shetland accents, and the scouse detective (who's only revealed as from Liverpool 100 pages in) is given a North-East England accent for no apparent reason. Shoddy preparation.

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    Rosemary White 17/04/2017
    Rosemary White 17/04/2017
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    "The wrong choice of narrator can ruin a good book"

    I struggled with this book . Anne Cleeves is a great author and I've enjoyed all her books so far... except this one. It is set in the Shetland isles and should have had a Scottish voice. Gordon Griffin did not at any time differentiate the different characters other than pitching his voice a little higher for female characters. His dialogue tones are the same with a characteristic set of inflections which I remember from other books he had narrated and which I find unrealistic and very annoying. I listened to the whole book but lost interest early on. I heard the 3rd book in the series before this one as a Daily Deal purchase knowing I enjoy the author. I felt I should hear them in sequence and so I purchased this book and listened to it next. A big mistake. I am really glad a different voice has been chosen for the subsequent books and I look forward to hearing more of DI Perez voiced more appropriately. I am returning this book with a huge sense of relief, glad to be rid of it and wishing I had never listened to it.

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    Gwen Portsmouth, UK 30/03/2017
    Gwen Portsmouth, UK 30/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Can't bear the narration"

    Why on earth choose an English narrator for a novel set in the Shetlands? I'm afraid this just doesn't work for me. I struggled to get past the first couple of chapters. It's not just the English accent being very incongruous, but also Gordon Griffin's attempts at a Scottish accent which are just awful. On top of that, there's something very old fashioned about his intonation which I just can't put my finger on; it reminds me of a badly read serial on Radio 4 with no real thought as to what would be an appropriate vocal approach.
    It's a shame because I liked the setting for the novel and was hoping for a strong sense of place, and I just didn't get it. It's put me off trying another by the same author in case the narration is no better.

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    Lucy Taylor 30/03/2017
    Lucy Taylor 30/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "It's all about how it is read"

    The first few chapters were hard work, the intonation was all wrong and was making it uneasy to listen to. it got better and so did the story. The drama is not a big page turner i didnt feel gripped. I will try another book just to see if there is something more exciting in her writing but otherwise I'll leave it there.

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    Lesley Falkirk, United Kingdom 12/01/2017
    Lesley Falkirk, United Kingdom 12/01/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable but took a while to get going"

    I nearly gave up on this book several times as I felt it moved so slowly I regularly lost track of what was happening. It picked up as the story moved on and I got to know the characters. Don't think I'd rush to read any others in the series though,

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    Mr shepherd Teignmouth, United Kingdom 04/01/2017
    Mr shepherd Teignmouth, United Kingdom 04/01/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Narration"

    Terrible, he ruined an excellent story with his accent and lack of feeling for the character and story.

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    Amazon Customer 02/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "An ok listen"

    I was hoping to get lost in the unfamiliar Setting of The Shetland Islands in this story. And while the book does give lots of very evocative details I was disappointed to find out that So, I was disappointed when the narrator was not from Shetland, but was English. the local accents given to Perez and others did not seem very accurate or authentic. And the Liverpudlian policeman, Taylor, certainly didn't have the correct accent! This took away from the full experience for me.
    I was also disappointed to find out that the first book in the series, referenced in this second book - Black raven - does not appear to be available on audible. Always frustrating.
    Otherwise, it was quite an engaging story. The pace was slowed somewhat by seeing events from different perspectives, and therefore having the same details of the murders repeated. But I liked Perez as a character and will consider, when perhaps I don't have anything else to read, to give another book a try.

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  • Tracey
    craigmore, Australia
    30/09/15
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    "white nights"
    What would have made White Nights better?

    the narrator has a flat voice that tends to drone


    What could Ann Cleeves have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    don,t know couldn,t get into the storyline as i got bored with the voice


    How could the performance have been better?

    he needs to get a bit of character action going everything comes out deadpan


    What character would you cut from White Nights?

    again i didn,t get that far into it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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