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Robin Lapper

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A Classic Whodunnit

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Reviewed: 09-06-20

Excellent stuff that unwinds at just the right pace. It won't be the least expected ending you've read, especially if you know Homes well, but satisfying none the less. Enjoyable

A well constructed story of it's time.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-05-20

This is a well constructed and captivating story that takes you to a France when things were a little more simple. Nevertheless the story is adult, and sophisticated. At times there are descriptions of some characters and peoples that will make you feel uncomfortable. The book's voice (to distinguish from the narrator) contains a cynicism that one might not expect of the character realised on television.

After reading I looked up Simenon online and the general consensus that he was not as good a man as he was a writer did not surprise me. I was at a quandary as to whether I should listen to more but I did read The Carter of La Providence and thankfully my fears were assuaged.

Having now read the second Maigret novel I can say the first book is a good grounding for the character but I would say the second book shapes the character more. The character becomes less cynical. World wise, but not as cynical as this first book may have you believe.

Overall the narration is good, the story is well paced, and you can absolutely tell why Maigret has stood the test of time.

Excellent "Page" turner

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Reviewed: 30-04-20

Really enjoyed this. Comparisons to Robert Harris are deserved, but there definitely a unique voice to this. It feels so possible. It's not far fetched by any means and it is easy to follow and not at all pretentious. Loved that the protagonist and the ultimate villain remain separate. It dealt more realism and with it more integrity to the book.

Recommended.

Worthy of Doyle.

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Reviewed: 10-01-20

Highly recommended. Performances are enthusiastic and excellent. Andrew Sachs is ideal as the sidekick Watson.

Excellent

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Reviewed: 09-12-19

Excellence all round. Beautifully written and spun by a master. These characters are so familiar but always so intriguing.

They narration somehow adds to the writing. Can't recommend highly enough.

A common sense book, diabolically read.

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-11-19

I had been recommended this book by a friend. Whilst the arguments in it are sound and at times interesting, there is a great deal that is just common sense.

However I may have been more harsh on the content because of the downright awful narration. It was as if the narrator felt he was reading to non English speakers or those who need words spelt out for them. I tried speeding it up but this just served to accentuate the thousands of unnecessary pauses and upward inflections. In the end it comes across at best simplistic and at worst utterly condescending to the listener.

Hopefully there are more patient listeners out there than I. There is so much potential in the arguments in this book and I feel sure that had I read the book it would've been a far superior experience. This is the first time a narrator has actually ruined a book for me.

Great story but very politically biased

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 22-03-19

An excellent story, beautifully told and exquisitely read


However it is a child of its Author and very much bent in fear of the left. A shame but if you understand the author's politics it's easy to spot and discount.

You'll come back again and again

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Reviewed: 04-07-16

If you are reading this you probably know Le Carre and you know Smiley.

What you may not know it's that this is very well produced, acted and directed. It's episodic nature combined with it's complex nuanced plots and characters combine to make it the best audiobook collection I have to go back to if I have time or if I don't.

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