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Great discovery!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-09-19

Bill Nevitt is one of the US narrators I tend to like so I picked this up with only a cursory glance at the subject matter and I have to say it was a proper little discovery.
It was very easy to join the series with this fifth instalment although I will now have to check out the first four - the plot is a highly interesting and hard hitting mix of animal smuggling, race fixing and gang wars with a good dash of classic action thriller/ courtroom drama. The characters are well drawn and credible.
Some of the protagonists sounded more Russian than Hispanic but it was still a very enjoyable audiobook.

Fantastic narration, charming story

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-19

This is a highly unusual story - starting rather slowly with the tale of a city trader getting into trouble, it turns into something completely different - a charming and fantastical story of redemption, trust and love, and a life-affirming reminder of the things that really count.
It might not have the most polished writing or perfect pacing, but there is so much genuine colour and richness and magic, I fell in love with this heart-warming story - and the fantastic narration by Jade McLean made it an absolute delight from start to finish.

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Great setting, great characters - solid series!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-19

I’ve read and enjoyed the first in the series so was looking forward to try the second on audio - I wasn’t initially very taken with the narration, but as different characters were added to the mix I started to warm to the different flavours the narrator brought to each one and lose myself in the story.
I love the setting, the cast of police officers with their ongoing tensions and the new characters we meet in this instalment - the plotting is solid and there are various strands nicely interweaving - the murder inquiries, the personal relationships and Gray’s missing son in the background.
There are a lot of questions open at the end - but luckily the next one is already available!

Fast-paced and action-packed - not for the faint hearted!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-19

Initially I started this on audio but found the American narrator’s attempt at a British English accent grating - I switched to the ebook and was quickly drawn into the plot. I then switched back to audio in the car as I couldn’t wait to find out how the story progressed and found to my surprise that I no longer minded the narrator - she had grown on me and I really enjoyed listening to the second half of the book (spending up to x1.25 helped a lot!).
The story itself has some dark and disturbing elements and I didn’t warm to all of the characters but the fast-paced, action-packed writing style and the brilliant character of Tank made it an entertaining and easy read. And while part of the plot concludes, there are enough open questions to ensure I’ll be queueing for the next one in the series!

Brilliantly narrated - great fun!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-08-19

Having previously read and loved ‘The Only Wizard In Town’ by this author couple I was very much looking forward to ‘Oddjobs’ - and I was not disappointed. The witty humour, clever plotting, original world building and engaging writing are just as good - elevated even further by Matthew Lloyd Davies’ absolutely fantastic audio performance. Doing all the accents, including supernatural languages, can’t have been easy!
Great fun - highly recommended!

Warm-hearted cosy mystery

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-19

This is a sweet, warm-hearted, gore-free, quaint village-based, cosy mystery, which is one of my favourite genres. It does require you to suspend some belief (the heroine does not always seem to live on the same planet as the rest of us in terms of her decision making), but the funny cast of characters really grew on me and the story itself nicely sets the series up for more to come - by the end of it I just wanted to know what happens next.
I partly read, partly listened to the audio and enjoyed both - Helen Taylor’s narration suits the book perfectly, but reading in my own voice gave me a different sense of Sharon Hutton’s sense of humour underlying the writing. I can recommend both versions, and am looking forward to the next instalment!

Great series getting ever better and beautiful narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-07-19

This is the third instalment in this series and - despite loving it from the start - my absolute favourite so far. Basically the series is just getting better and better - the characters are developing, the cases are getting trickier and Drake is getting more layered.
I have listened to Richard Elfyn’s beautiful Welsh lilt from the beginning and thus his voice is now synonymous with Ian Drake for me - I love his narration and the different voices and accents he gives the characters, adding a wonderful sense of place to the already very atmospheric writing by Stephen Puleston.
One of my favourite series on audio - I can’t wait for the next one!

A fabulous treat for fans of the series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-07-19

This short story is a fabulous treat for anyone who felt like me a little bereft at the end of The Traveler and desperately wanted to learn more about the unique world and the colourful characters Melissa Delport has created for this series.
The narration by Leah Sponburgh was spot on and I can’t wait for the second volume, The Saviour, to come out on audio - great fun!

Splendid adventure from a trusted author

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-07-19

Another splendid adventure from the multi-talented and multi-faceted Melissa Delport - I wouldn’t usually pick up a YA-type, dystopian, sci-fi romance but I’ve learned to trust the author and just enjoy the ride.
As all her books this was beautifully written, highly original, quirky, full of fun and in this case plenty of fast-paced action. The narration by Leah Sponburgh is fabulous - this really made my commute to work so much more enjoyable.
Here’s hoping for a sequel!

A real treat

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-07-19

I love this series but hadn’t actually read the first volume before so when I had the chance to pick this up on audio I happily went for it.
As the events from this book get referenced later on I already knew roughly what to expect from the plot but it was great to fill in the gaps in Sam’s background and the pace, plotting and page-turning quality are just as good as with books two and three. The narration by Andrew Calverley was absolutely excellent - in fact his voice made the main character immediately likeable from the start (it took me a little to warm to him in book two) and brought out the wry humour in Joel Hames’ writing wonderfully. A real treat to listen and may there be many more!