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A’hhh, shoot the narrator!

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

Reviewed: 19-04-20

Great story. Probably not as good as the previous book, but still a good yarn. I only persevered with this book because the story was good. The ending is good. It wraps everything up well.
The narrator is awful. He puts too much stress on every single word, and attempts drama by clipping off the end of every sentence.
Once the story got going, I remembered how much I disliked the oft repeated ‘he lit a Marlborough cigarette’. After the tenth repetition, I well know what brand Nightingale smokes. The same irritation goes for his MGB car!
Having put forward my gripes, I’ll say the book is still worth listening to, especially if you’ve already bought the previous book.
So buy it, but bear the narrator in mind. Listen to the sample clip before committing.

Fanflippingtastic!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-20

I followed the advice of other reviewers & started listening on chapter 1, missing the prologue. Thanks folks!
I was totally gripped by this book, from start to finish. The whole yarn is great. The main character’s exploits kept me on the edge of my metaphorical seat. I was really rooting for them & wanted them to succeed. I wanted the main ‘Mr Nasty’ character to come a cropper too.
The action scenes are well written & the narrator does a superb job of the whole book & all the different voices.
The end of the book wraps things up perfectly.
I really recommend this book. I’ve listened to well over 150 books now & this is up there with the best of them.

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Different but good.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-20

I’ve just listened to this for the second time. It does well as a stand alone novella, but only if you’ve listened to at least the first Rivers of London book. You need the background to enjoy it.
The narrator is a complete change to Kobna, but as this book is set in Germany & has none of the London characters, this is fine. It would have been very odd to have Peter Grant’s voice included when he didn’t feature in this book.
The only negative for me, is that I still don’t really ‘get’ the Noble Rot, besides the fact that it killed people. Perhaps I had the sleep timer on and missed something.
Overall, another enjoyable book.

Read Dune first

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

Reviewed: 17-01-20

I’ve listened to this book twice now & found it hard to get into, both times. The story is not compelling like that of Dune. You must read that first book in the series before this one, or you won’t understand what’s going on. It is worth persevering with this book if you intend reading the next, Children of Dune. Get over the first few chapters & you’ll enjoy the rest.
The ending is a good one. It really wraps things up in a satisfying way.
The narration is excellent.

Very good, except for.........

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

Reviewed: 13-06-19

I really enjoyed this book. The story takes unexpected twists and turns. Different strands are brought together well at the end, ready for the next instalment. The narration is great.

I found only one real MAJOR bugbear & that was over the lead character’s unrelenting smoking of roll up cigarettes. It felt as if every paragraph began and ended with ‘he lit a cigarette’, or ‘he ground the cigarette butt under his heel’. I accept that some people smoke and that incorporating this into a novel can add atmosphere. However, I did get sick and tired of a fag being lit up or stubbed out on the floor with monotonous regularity. I carried on listening because the underlying story was worth listening too. Just be prepared if you detest the habit.

I enjoyed this

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

As usual Sean Barrett’s narration was excellent.
I enjoyed the descriptions of Norwegian soldier’s hardships & loyalties & happenings on the Eastern Front during WWII. The chapters flip between these times and the recent past, introducing the Oslo police involved in the story. Everything ties up very well at the end. The book has a very good ending.
Note. I will listen to the book again, because I can’t recall what became of the bent gun dealing policeman named ‘The Prince’. I wanted him to get his comeuppance, but the character seemed to just fade away. I do listen while cooking, so may have missed something.
Other than this..........a super book.

Very very good

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

Reviewed: 21-11-18

I had listened to all the books of The Lewis Trilogy, so decided to give this book a try.

The narration was spot on, as in previous books. The description of the islands, the people, the culture is outstanding, bringing the story to life. I hate telling half the tale in a review, so I’ll just say that the conclusion is not what you expect it to be. You keep guessing who the murderer might be, and later on, whether Rory is in fact still alive. You are kept on the edge of your seat during the police investigation. Some of the characters in the book are complex, but their back stories are well told. The regular change between the present and past events is well written. In some books you get sick of constant flash backs, but here, they meld seamlessly into the story as a whole.

There is one annoying loose end left, after the book ends, but overall I can forgive this.
I describe Peter May’s novels as ‘dark’. It’s not all misery, but if you want lightweight chick lit, then this is not for you. If you enjoy a meaty detective story, with real fallible characters, set mainly in a dark and brooding physical landscape, then you will enjoy this book.

I recommend you read The Lewis Trilogy first, to understand the background of many of the character’s families.

Listen to this!!

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

Reviewed: 15-11-18

This is a hard hitting account of one boy’s journey into manhood, via the British Army and bomb disposal (predominantly improvised explosive devices.....IEDs) in Afghanistan during the late 2000s. I don’t want to spoil the listen for others, so I’ll just say that this book follows an unhappy, semi delinquent youngster, through a full spectrum of emotions and life experiences, into maturity and heroism. Kim Hughs most certainly earned and deserves his George Cross. I salute and thank him for his service.

There is suffering, brutality, laughter, fun, love, comradeship, mutilating injury and the untimely death of friends and colleagues.

This book is all about the writer’s own personal life, but we are left wondering whether British & NATO involvement in Afghanistan was worth the human cost to those directly and indirectly affected by what happened there, and what it achieved, if anything.

The narration is excellent. I highly recommend this book to absolutely anyone.

Something different; something really very good.

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

Reviewed: 16-10-18

I enjoyed Slow Horses very much indeed. Slough House is a place where defunct MI5 failures are sent, in the hope that they will resign out of boredom. The Slow Horses are like James Bond on barbiturates, but when bad things happen and they get into scrapes, for the most part, they escape death threats and manage to solve the mystery of what is going on. Each character is believable and interesting. I don't want to spoil the book for others, so won't describe them.

Suffice to say that this book has originality in spades. I do enjoy a book whose style is unique. This is a detective tale with a difference. The plot, characters, ending and narrator are all excellent. I thoroughly recommend it.

Another super Alex Veras story.

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

I’ve really enjoyed all the books in this series and Chosen is no exception.
The story line and characters hold your attention. I would advise listening to the earlier books first as you will be aware of the back story, however Chosen does hold its own as a stand alone novel.
Alex and his friends and associates have umpteen battles and there are casualties. Life won’t be the same again for any of them.
Besides Alex himself, my favourite character is Arachni, a giant magical spider and dressmaker, who lives in her lair under Hampstead Heath. She is probably Alex’s best friend and confidante.
Chosen, is the tale of a struggle between good and evil, but with a magical twist......in fact, many twists, both expected and surprising.
I don’t like spoilers, so I’ll just say that good wins the battle, but not necessarily the war. The story ends with a cliffhanger, so I’ll just have to listen to the next book.
If you like magical fantasy, you’ll enjoy Chosen. It is not boring or predictable, and the author’s power of description is amazing. The narrator does a top class job too.