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A Raw, Pacey and Brilliantly Crafted Thriller

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-11

It's no wonder at all that Peter Temple is an award winning author who is held in increasingly high regard.. I did some research before I bought this 'Aussie' thriller and it really paid dividends. Have to admit that when it first started off I didn't think I'd get to grips with the clipped and pacey style of the narrator or the author but before long I was completely won over by this compelling combination. What can also be initially 'challenging' is the raw nature of the Aussie outback dialogue but I guarantee that this novel will give you as many laughs as it does thrills. This author doesn't hesitate in taking on a whole raft of issues including race, politics, corruption, abuse and murder and he does it superbly well. You definitely won't find yourself needing to suspend belief in either the plot or the characters. Clever,.clever Peter Temple. His heady mix of short, sharp chapters, vivid and wholly believable characters and almost cinematic dialogue all render this novel a truly unique and hugely enjoyable experience.

5 people found this helpful

What A Great Thriller!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-11

My first Belinda Bauer novel and it was just SO terrific. I was totally engrossed from start to finish and she has a refreshingly different style that just keeps your attention focused on her every word. The characters are quite superb.....as is the plot. I promise you it will keep you guessing til the end. The narration is every bit as good as the novel deserves it to be.

I can thoroughly recommend it.

6 people found this helpful

My First Trollope Novel but Not My Last

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-07-11

This was quite simply brilliant in every possible way and a fantastic introduction to Trollope's writings for a 'first-timer' like me. Timothy West does the most superlative job as the narrator and I can't imagine anyone else who could do such justice to this wonderfully rich and colourful novel. I now have my eye firmly set on more of Anthony Trollope's novels and fortunately there are loads of them, but I can't imagine any of them being more engaging or thoroughly entertaining than this.

18 people found this helpful

There's rough....... and then there's ROUGH

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-07-11

This is the very first time I've given up on any audio-novel less than half-way through. Sorry but I just can't agree with the other reviewers here because I found both the writing and the reading so totally dreadful that I couldn't finish it. Maybe I missed out on something special here by not going the distance..... but I'll settle for that as the better option.

Not worth a star in my book

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-11

I read twelve reviews before buying this title and only one was critical. 'Fergie' gave it two stars which is one more than I can bring myself to give it. Should have listened to Fergie instead. It's trite, cliched and mostly implausible with touches of Mills and Boon chucked in. If you like your thrillers served up like this, then this is the book for you. Thank heaven I didn't pay ?35.00 for it. Definitely not one that's going into my Library.
My first really duff purchase though as I've had some great reads!

5 people found this helpful

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So good- they're making it into a movie in 2011

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-10

Just loved this! I read the other reviews before I made my choice and there is very little I can add to their plaudits, other than to say of course that I agree how terrific this is. The narration is gripping- what a pity Adam Gruppa doesn't read more Connelly novels. I also see that this is going to be released as a movie in 2011- let's just hope they do it justice?!
(pardon the pun).

This was my first Connelly audio novel and I have now bought 3 in just 4 weeks! Really gripping exciting stuff, intelligently written and just the thing to take your mind off all the stress and worries of getting through a day!

Yes, I can most definitely put my name to recommending this....

1 person found this helpful

Superbly written, plotted and narrated

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-10

Heard this book being highly recommended as a good read on a Radio 4 programme (by another female author). I have listened to it twice and it was even better the second time! Sean Barrett's narration draws the listener so easily into the tough world of 1950's Glasgow and does real justice to Craig Russell's superb novel. Lennox is a compelling and imperfect hero and the characters and the unusual plot will really get you hooked. I am looking forward to reading more by this author now that I've discovered him- as 'Lennox' is a class act in my opinion, and a real cut above most of the rest.

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Chris from the West Mids

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-10

This is the third novel of the 'Karla trilogy' following Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy and Smiley's People. Not made at the time by the BBC because of prohibitive costs, as I understand it - more's the pity! I am a total Le Carre addict anyway but I consider this novel to be his best and it must surely rank also as one of the very best of its' genre.

This is a heady mix of espionage, humour, pathos and brutality and is equally rich in characters, not least of whom are George Smiley and Gerry Westerby, and it's all so beautifully crafted and told as only Le Carre can.

The next superlative I will save for the narrator, Michael Jayston who is nothing less than a genius in this field. I have listened to many, many audio books with some excellent narrators but none are his equal.

I absolutely never tire of listening to this and I'm certain that I never could. I can passionately recommend you listen and experience it too! beta inappVoteInfo

11 people found this helpful