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A great ending.

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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: 17-07-19

I’ve loved all of these books and have really enjoyed all of them. I was actually a little sad listening to this last instalment but it was excellent and a fine conclusion to the epic story. I will miss the characters and feel a little bereft now it’s all over. More please?!?

Next thrilling instalment

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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: 17-07-19

I’m loving there books. I really enjoyed the last two and this one is not a let down either. Thankfully, I came to these late and didn’t have to wait for the next one to become available so was able to move straight to the next book.


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Fantastic

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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: 17-07-19

Stumbled across this series from another review and I’m very pleased I did. Excellent story and narration, I really enjoyed it, and went straight to the next book in the series

Truly excellent!

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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: 03-07-18

This is a 'book within a book' book, cleverly written and with a really twisty plot. I thoroughly enjoyed it - superbly narrated and I got completely lost in the story.

I can usually tell a good book, as I usually listen when I’m out walking, but with this book, I kept my headphones in and continued to listen throughout the day, very engaging with a good selection of suspects to choose from.

And engaging listen!

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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: 03-07-18

I enjoyed this book. It wasn’t written in a way I’d been expecting a super-hero book to be - way more realistic than that. It switches between two characters for the bulk of the narration and I usually find this to be annoying, but actually, I was converted to this device during this book.

The narrators are excellent and certainly give the book depth and character. The plot is great, quite believable (call me a cynic!) and the story progresses at a fairly fast pace. As I said, I enjoyed it so much that I immediately downloaded the next book in the instalment.





Made me go back to the book!

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Well, I got up extra early yesterday to download this book as I was so looking forward to it. Sadly, Audible have treated this in the same way Peter Jackson treated The Hobbit (which also made me re-read the book). Lost are the charm, wit and humour of Sir Terry and in its place are a some elements of the book with one character taking on several characters actions from the book.

Please leave these stories alone, Audible! The reason I bought this 'adaptation' was that I enjoyed the book. I didn’t need to listen to a story loosely based on the book - and by loosely, I mean some of the characters had the same name.

That said, I thought the cast did a sterling job with the material they had. I only wish they had stuck to the book a bit more faithfully, as I found it very hard to enjoy anything about it, and spent the four and a half hours mostly shaking my head in despair..... the only good this to come of this is apthat at least I shall enjoy re-reading the book.

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A good listen!

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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: 21-03-18

Firstly, I LOVE this narrator! 10/10. Sometimes with complex storylines and lots of characters, I can get lost and quickly have no clue who is who. This narrator was outstanding and gave each character their own voice which really helped me immerse myself in this epic.

I read a review of another book I didn’t enjoy that much, and the reviewer recommended this author and at 33 hours, I thought it was good value - I listen while I’m out dog walking for three hours a day, so like to get value for money. What great advice. It’s a great story, a bit laborious to begin with, but it lays strong foundations for the plot to grow from.

I love the language the author uses, it’s not verbose, but cleverly descriptive...not once have I thought 'just get on with it', I’ve really enjoyed this and already bought the next three books to listen to.

Took a bit of getting used to!

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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: 24-02-18

What did you like most about The Word Is Murder?

I had to google to see if this was a 'true' story or not, I actually think when this happens, it means the book has sucked me in to its universe! It was a bit strange, being written in first person with the (well known) author as the star of the show and it’s took some getting used to, bear with it as it was a very entertaining listen - I had three outcomes for the 'who done it' and was wrong about each! Very good plot, clever use of detail and keeps you guessing!

What about Rory Kinnear’s performance did you like?

The narrator was very good and easy to listen to. He brought life to the characters and had a good voice for each of them.

The narrator spoilt it for me....

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-02-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
The story was great, clever use of language, entertaining, funny and engaging characters....but....the narrator didn’t do it for me and his accent and pronunciation of words when speaking for the main character started to really get on my nerves - thought because 'thot' etc! I enjoyed the book so much though, that I bought the kindle version of the rest of the series, as I just can’t listen to the narrator - sadly all of his other voices were spot on, but the he mangled Andy for me. Sorry!

How could the performance have been better?
Change the word pronunciation to be a little more accurate for Andy as I’d much prefer to listen to books nowadays!

Leave NOTHING to the imagination.....

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I like books. I like my imagination to fill in the gaps of stories, especially if they are on the darker side. I am able to frighten myself better than others can. This book is not like that at all, everything is explained is excruciating detail, literally nothing is left to the imagination. I would think you could reduce the length of the book by at least a third and have a better read.

What could Mark Morris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I thought the premis of the book was excellent, it just described everything in detail.....again.....and again. I can make leaps, if for example, the character was described as lying in a gutter, which I had just been told was full of rubbish and excrement, I don't need to be told three seconds later that the characters jacket was dirty. Lead me through the plot please, by all means but let my imagination engage, I don't need to be told absolutely everything!

Have you listened to any of Ben Onwukwe’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I thought the narrator was good, but ended up listening to the book on 1.25x as it was just so slow.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Wolves of London?

I would be quite busy cutting lots of details from the book. It is VERY descriptive in areas - painfully so at times - that does not really add to the plot. I listen to my audible books when out walking and I've not been able to stop saying "just get on with it!". More plot, less description please.

Any additional comments?

I was looking forward to this book, as the plot sounded interesting and clever. I was hoping it would be something like London Falling or the ROL books which I enjoyed. This was not as good which was a shame. Sadly, I've already bought the next two books so I shall force myself to listen to them in the hope it gets a bit quicker paced.