The plot was as good and as downbeat, as whisky-soaked and tobacco-stained as any Ian Rankin but as soon as I started listening I remembered this narrator's irritating habit of pausing after he said 'Rebus' which he seemed to do every single time and after a while this started getting in the way of the plot which was a shame because otherwise his accents and reading was good.
"Rip roaring Boy's Own yarn"
Great fun to listen to, like an aural version of an Indiana Jones film. A ripping yarn you can't wait to get back to listen to!
"If this is justice..."
Very hard to listen to. Not because of the style or the narrator, although Grisham is always a bit flat, but because of the content which I imagine must have been well researched and is deeply upsetting. I wouldn't recommend this for a good listen but it is unnerving and instructive.
Totally believable, unnerving, chilling. This book is a compulsive listen! No idea where it will lead or how it will finish...and it stays in your head once you've heard it!
"Everything he touches turns to gold"
Horowitz is an amazing writer, I have listened to all his books for teenagers several times with my children (narrated by Paul Panting and Kelly Shale) they are always inventive, sometimes creepy and always entertaining. They never talk down to their audience. This was the first for adults and it was just as good. I don't know how he manages to find plot after plot so skilfully. It was a great listen and tackles a taboo subject with brio.
"Unusual and compelling"
I thought this was very good. There's a real feel of the North and the moors the bleakness in the character that fits in with the country round him. You are kept guessing throughout the book which threads different tales together until the satisfyingly unexpected conclusion.
This is excellent: totally unexpected, beautifully read and keeps you guessing till the end. Brilliant!
The only trouble is Audible doesn't seem to have the second book in the series....
"Dull and one-dimensional"
A lack-lustre tale where hard-done-by goodies take on lumpish baddies. As it grinds to its inevitable politically-correct conclusion the only thing to say is congratulations to the readers and listeners for holding out till the end.
"Clever but a bit dreary."
This book has a very strong atmosphere, it left me depressed even though I respected the style, the reading was good and I was intrigued by the plot.
"Good to get away"
This detective evokes Rome so well you get a feel for it and for the characters. The plot is surprising. The narrator has a slightly ponderous style which doesn't exactly detract from the story but at times you feel he may be too tired to finish the sentence.
"One that will haunt you"
Once you've heard this you'll never be able to forget it. I find that everything Kazuo Ishiguro writes has that quality but this one is particularly disturbing and the narration is absolutely brilliant.
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