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Snoozefest

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

Reviewed: 28-08-19

So I was a huge DCI Ryan fan, but seems as though LJ Ross cannot come up with anything imaginative since book 10 (Longstone).

The prequel was good but should have been the first book. This one & The Moor have just been utter rubbish. Only thing that kept them going is the stories with the actual characters. In terms of the actual crime mysteries it's all just boring & not gripping.

Think LJ Ross, is rushing to keep putting these books out rather than taking the time to write an actual good book.

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Good but not great

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

Reviewed: 23-08-19

Glad I listened to this one, shame to say it doesn’t seem quite on par with her other books. Saying that some aspects (in terms of the characters lives) it was still good it was just the whole mystery as a whole was very lacking & not as gripping/mysterious as the others.

Maybe Ross is starting to run out of ideas?

As always John is a great performer, glad he has stuck with these from the beginning.

Anyway on to the next one....

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Brilliant read

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

Reviewed: 08-08-19

Brilliant, great read keeps you locked in & engaged. Great for those who love books they cannon predict, every time you get a suspicion it takes another turn. Then you get to the ending & you're like "OF COURSE" but the thought never crossed my mind even though it was a similar ending (suspect wise) to another book I read.

My only flaw with this book is why the main character is psychologist but goes around investigating a crime like he should be a detective? just seems a bit weird for me but doesn't subtract from the book too much.

Very recommended.

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Very good but needed to be longer

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

Reviewed: 30-07-19

Story wasn't quite as good as the first one & some parts felt a little rushed especially towards the end. Good cast engaging characters. Also the sound effects seemed a little lacking/repetitive.

A good listen though after the first one, you should continue the series.

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Listen to The Infirmary (book 11) FIRST!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-19

Fantastic book, I have just finished all the DCI Ryan books (excluding Moor).
This book (& series) is a must read for all those who love murder mystery books.

Reason for the title - As stated previously, I have just finished all the books & as book 11 (The Infirmary) is a prequel I highly recommend listening to that one first otherwise one of the best books in the series becomes predictable as you know pretty much everything that is going to happen.

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This should have been the first book LJ ross wrote

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

Reviewed: 05-06-19

Brilliant writing as we expect from LJ Ross, however completely ruined by doing it as a prequel.
As a rule I personally hate prequels. Don't get me wrong I am really happy that she did an entire book on the Ryan vs Edwards plot BUT writing this whole book when it's the eleventh one in a series was a mistake. It would of been better to have had the extra details in High Force as flashbacks or memories.

There is no proper gripping mystery to this book as we know whats going to happen & what the main story points were. If you are a new reader I would highly suggest this be the first book of the DCI Ryan series you read.

Anyway the positive's, Jonathan Keeble - what can I say but another brilliant performance.

I am so happy that he & Audible did his version as well as the drama. Personally I was put off the drama as the voices weren't appealing so I didn't want to purchase it. When I say the pre-order for this with Jonathan I was very excited. Can't wait for the next one!

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Another brilliant read!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Another brilliant book performed by Richard Armitage, the books read by him I have always been drawn in unable to turn off the book.

The book is great a fantastic thriller that keeps you guessing until the end. As this is the first book of C.J Tudor's I have read it is easy to see why people say she give Stephen King a run for his money. If you love thriller's with a bit of a dark twist then you have to read this book!.

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Another brilliant book!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

One of the best of the Alex Rider series. Very gripping.

Eager to get on & read the next book!

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Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

I have been a big fan of these Alex Rider books for years, originally reading them when I was a kid. As with everything getting older you forget so I was very happy to stumble over these again & listen.

The books are great & very gripping, the only issue I have with them is the unrealistic gadgets but oh well.

The only let down is the performer, he struggles to give the different characters different voices over the series of books, sometimes the accent's all sound the same, but he does a better job than I could.

Some small issues with the audio as in previous books - will be the reason for my returning.

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Not a single flaw. You have to read! Brilliant book & performance

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

Do not hesitate to read this book, You will NOT regret it (just make sure you have read the previous books too).

Joy Ellis has done it once again, another truely amazing book, the Jackman & Evans series I am regretting not knowing about these earlier. I was so gripped to this book I could not put it down at all, I listened to it on the bus to work, at work, bus home, cooking, cleaning etc... I couldn’t pull myself away. I have never been gripped to something with such a strong force before. All the characters are brilliant, the writing is brilliant & Richard Armitage is just incredible, he brings out the characters you really picture the scenes in your head and feel like you know the characters. Because I have been picturing it so well in my head because of his performance I feel like I haven’t read a book but watched a TV series instead.

I still stand by my past review that the 3rd book (The fourth friends) was really not a good read & im sure would have put alot of people off but don’t let it you have to read this one as well. This one is very strongly competing with the 2nd book to being my favourite honestly don’t know which one I would choose.

I cannot wait for the 5th books audio to come to audible I am waiting eagerly as I don’t have time to read the book physically. Please release it quickly Audible & make sure it is still Richard Armitage. I hope Joy releases many more Jackman & Evans books in the future.

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