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To Many Loose Ends

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

I know that SK likes to leave open plot and character links that he can hook onto in future stories, but this story left too many unanswered questions for me. It felt more like the first book of a trilogy as opposed to a complete story. I did enjoy the book and Paul Thornley's narration was top drawer as usual, however I was left feeling vaguely dissatisfied especially as it will be a year before many of my “questions” will be answered!

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Fast paced Edgy Thriller

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

Reviewed: 24-01-17

The story a follow on from The Teacher, operates on two primary timelines; 2 years ago describing what happened to Imogen in Plymouth causing her move to Exeter, and a present day case with definite links to the Plymouth case. A well constructed story that starts with multiple fragments which like a jigsaw puzzle gradually link up to create the complete picture.

It is however a very dark book, black in places that may not be to everyone’s taste! Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed the book I have marked the story down a star for two reasons. Firstly there are just far too many coincidences giving story a slightly implausible feel, and secondly because one or two of the violent scenes, in particular the country house hunt, in my opinion added nothing to the plot and were unnecessary
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Stevie Lacey does a great job with the narration, with extremely good characterisations. She must be getting well used to the West Country burr given that she also narrates the Charlotte Savage series. Overall I recommend the book and look forward to Katerina Diamond’s next offering.

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Good Police Yarn, shame about the narration

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

A good story line was spoilt for me by the characterisations of the narrator. Basic narration was fine but the voices of most of the male characters sounded very similar and as if they all smoked 40 a day. In particular Savage and Fenchurch’s dad were the most difficult, therefore ended up reading the Kindle edition for most of the story. Will read the kindle edition of second book in the series, which is a shame as usually I find the Audible narrators excellent.

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Not Erotic

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-05-16

This book is more saucy Chick-Lit than erotic. Whilst well written and narrated it is so slow that I gave up on it after about 100 minutes, by which time there had not been a single erotic scene, only a few sexy references. Disappointing as it had a promising start!

Don't waste your money or credits

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

Reviewed: 06-08-15

After a promising edgy start, book quickly becomes predictible and boring, more chick lit than erotic with a one dimensional plot line. Not sure why a guy whyo is happy to manage an escort service should be so upset by a girl he likes working for the service!

Good story shame about the narration

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

Reviewed: 15-04-15

Would you try another book written by Damien Boyd or narrated by Napoleon Ryan?

My first Damien Boyd novel and I would certainly try another, but it would have to be a paperback or Kindle version if the audio narration was by Napoleon Ryan. Whilst general narration was fine, characterisations, particularly those of the male characters was dreadful. They all sounded like middle class characters from a 1950's B Movie, all of whom smoked 20 a day along with half a bottle of scotch, and were all totally one dimensional. The female characters were better, but mostly sounded the same, and as for Nixon possibly the deepest voice I have ever heard was used. All in all I was disappointed as the plotline sounded intriguing, the hardcopy reviews very positive and I was looking forward to listening to the book. Not sure if I can finish listening!

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Absorbing Psychological Thriller

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

Reviewed: 09-02-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Thoroughly recommended. As an ex-commuter I found this a compelling listen. The book has an intriguing plot that slowly unwinds as the story is told by the three main female characters, each with their own narrator. The narration is well paced by all three, with good characterisations; my only slight niggle being that during a scene late in the book between Anna and Rachel, told from Anna’s perspective, it was sometimes difficult to judge it was Anna or Rachel speaking. The author’s descriptive passages painted clear scenes for the listener without being overly wordy, and at no point did I find myself bored or wishing for a scene to end.

Looking forward to Paula Hawkins’ next novel, it will certainly be a hard to better this one, but I hope she can.

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Seemed a Good Noir Thriller but............

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

Reviewed: 15-01-15

Would you try another book written by Ian David Noakes or narrated by John Paul Nicholas?

I would listen to another book by the author provided it was a different narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

It was dark and edgy with flawed characters as opposed to super-cops

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of John Paul Nicholas?

Anyone! The main character in the story is a 31 year old lady detective of Japaneese origin. So why cast a man to narrate, especially someone who is English and sounds like a middle-class school boy. Wose still the narration was flat and monotonous without any discernable characterisation.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Nothing wrong with the book, will read on another format, but the narration killed it!

A Hint of Scandinavian Noir!

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

Reviewed: 31-03-14

If you could sum up Until the Darkness Comes in three words, what would they be?

Very slow to begin with but once I got into it I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Yes the author asks the listener to accept some poetic licence, not least how quickly 18 year old Robyn accepts her newly revealed significantly older half brother, along with some seriously clichéd characters.

Andrew Wincott’s narration is impeccable and his characterisations bring all the dark “players” to life, to colour the atmospheric scenes of a tired and dull Essex island, painted by the author..

Yes Craine is a flawed character who must have the stamina of an ox to consume all the booze, and drugs that he does but still come out ahead, but hey that’s fiction for you, it would be boring if it was totally lifelike!

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Saucy Story Shame about the Narration

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Naughty Bits: Revised to be better than the print version?

No

Any additional comments?

Sean Crisden is not a bad narrator just cannot do an English accent! Worst accents since Dick Van Dyke did Mary Poppins, especially Dawn and Julie. Main character sounds like a Bostonian (sorry Boston) with a sinus problem!. In addition not sure why rural Surrey characters have an East End cockney accent; if Ms Kitt hasn't got sign off on narration she should. However if you listen through the accents et al this is a very naughty story with lots of juicy bits.

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