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A good story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-16

Enjoyed the story, but as soon as I began listening, I remembered from listening to book 1 that I found the narration style difficult. Hardly a breath drawn between full stop and sentence beginning. A narration race to chapter end. The breakneck pace only seemed to slow as the chapters in the 60s were reached. If only she would slow down I would enjoy the book far more. Not sure I can cope with her in the third book.

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Worth the listen, just.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-02-16

Would agree with some of the comments that at times, particularly towards the end, it becomes a little far fetched. Disappointing in what sets out as a good plot. However, I enjoyed the first two and still enjoyed this one with some reservations. Intend to read more of the series and hope that the denouements are a little more plausible.

Great first book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-15

Edge of the seat stuff. I couldn't put it down and stayed up till the early hours to finish it. Not a normal thing for me, - and I'm a highly selective reader.
Well constructed with a mature writing style. Very much looking forward to the next novel.

Not for those easily depressed.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-10-15

I'm sure Wake was carefully researched and close to the truth, but I found the whole book utterly depressing. The effects of the First World War on lives were devastating, but this book was unremittingly depressing with no parallel story line to alleviate it.

Not for me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-15

I'm a great fan of Mr. Cornwell and dislike criticising work from such a talented author, but this book was not for me. I'm sure that Mr. Cornwall applied his usual meticulous approach to his subject, and his writing style was of his accustomed high standard, but I found this book very tedious and struggled to stay with it. Historically accurate I'm sure it is, but it took dedication to finish reading it. And now for something much lighter.

Not of the same standard as the Island books

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-15

Am a huge Peter May fan, but this book was not out of the same drawer as the Island books. I found it tedious and as it went on, rather boring.

The Blackhouse cover art

Loved it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-15

This author can do no wrong for me. What a story teller and what wonderful narration. Loved it and have now read the whole series.

Not for me

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-15

I really, really didn't like the narration of this book. I found it irritating and extremely unrestful. I only managed 10 minutes of listening to it before I returned it. Only the second time I have ever done that. Unfortunately I am not in a position to comment on the content of the book.

Enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-15

Reading the reviews before I bought, it seemed that a criticism was that the plot got lost in the story. I can see why some felt that, but my feeling was that the author was drawing the characters who were likely to feature in further books. I really enjoyed all of the book and will definitely read more from this author. Well written and well read. Thank you.

Why this narrator?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-15

What did you like most about Cross and Burn?

A good story if at times a little laboured.

How could the performance have been better?

I struggled not to bin the story as a direct result of the mismatch of narrator to story. His intonation and his attempt at female voices for the most part, ruined the story for me. I would not listen to another story read by him, which is a shame as I would love to read another McDermid. Surely she must cringe at the choice of narrator?

Any additional comments?

Please change the narrator! Choose one that more fits the author and type of writing. I would not willingly listen to him read anything.