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Great fast moving story

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-20

DS Heckenburg is a bit of a boys own hero - who is also a loose cannon, so one has to stretch reality to enjoy this and the other books in the series. That said it is a great listen and has kept me listening for 2 days with hardly a break. Luckily I have had a painting to finish and this book like many of the others has kept me company. I really enjoy Paul Thornley as a reader, he makes Heck so understandable - not sure though that he does not make Gemma (Heck's Boss) a bit to prissy.

The book is fast moving and just right for a good listen on a long boring motorway. The baddies and so bad and often the goodies a bit stupid but once you get over that it was a fun listen, if you can stretch reason it helps.

If you like a bit of a gruesome chilling thrilling writing - you might enjoy this.

Another great read/listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-20

Like another series about a female detective from Jane Casey, I have really enjoyed the 6 books by Rachel Lynch. The stories of the life of Kelly a DI in the lake district are well written and describe the beautiful landscape so well. The characters are really believable and the stories exciting and often have a good twist. I am really looking forward to the next book.

I would really recommend these books to anyone who likes a good fast moving crime story.

Exciting well written and well read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-20

I have now listened to all the Maeve Kerrigan books and really enjoyed them all. Jane Casey weaves interesting and exciting stories. I love the interaction that Maeve has with her colleague Josh. I like the subtle romantic element to the stories but it does not impinge at all on the brilliantly written story. The police knowledge and the great banter makes for a really good amusing and sometimes laugh out loud listen. The books are very well read in a soft Irish lilt by Caroline Lennon. Her interpretation of Maeve and the other characters is great.

I cannot wait for the next book and would heartily recommend this series to anyone - start at the beginning though it makes for a better enjoyment. I honestly feel as though I lost a friend when I finished this book.

Absolutely Dire. Not worth a single star.

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

Reviewed: 13-04-20

I am truly amazed that Audible allowed this book to be on its platform. I would not have given it any stars but could not continue with a review if I had not awarded a star.

It written in an appallingly awful childish manner. My 7 year old grandchild is more eloquent than this author. The reading by the author is simpering and giggly at times. A gay friend who listened to part of it said he thought it was 'Embarrassing'. I have read books with gay characters before and have not been irritated by them or found them difficult to accept as part of a story, we live in enlightened times. In this case the simpering, unnecessary references to ripped muscles and gorgeous features on virtually every male encountered in the so called story are just pathetic. It was so bad that I have only listened to half of it.

Audible you really should remove this book and author from your platform, it does you absolutely no credit to encourage this author to continue - he should go back to school and learn how to write decently and never read a book in public again.

This author thinks her audience are stupid.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-20

I really enjoy books that are about the same characters and that you can get to know and understand. That was the previous books about Jack Hart. Where did the new father come from - in book 2 it was a nasty drug dealing man called 'Rich Pantera who had absolutely no time for his son' and now we have the tragic figure of another 'Jack Hart who really loved his son' Rosemary Reeve is insulting her audience if she thinks we cannot follow from one book to another - what does she want us to do? Forget the past books. I found the story so messed about because of this that had I not been so absorbed in the painting I was doing I would not have continued to listen to the book. I won't bother to listen to any others now. It is a pity as I like the characters and the reading by Noah Debaise. Don't read this book if you have read or listened to the previous two books you will be confused and disappointed.

Great Adventure

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-20

Once you get over the rather egotistical nature of the two authors it is a great listen. I was inspired to listen to it after listening to Ted Simon's book 'Jupiter's Travels'. The book tells the story of two well known (though not to me) people who set off on their motorbikes to ride to New York the wrong way round - across Europe into Russian via the Stans and Mongolia then to Alaska, Canada and eventually ending in New York. Because of time constraints and the need for sponsorship they arranged to use the journey as a filming opportunity and went with a back up crew. Not quite the challenge Ted Simon had who really did go round the world unlike this pair who kept saying they had been round the world, to me it seemed the easy way round by comparison, not that I could even make it to the local supermarket on a motorbike. However, the book is very well read and the two men came across as likeable friends and seem to stay friends which is greatly to their credit. A good long journey book as there are good natural breaks.

Dire Narration

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

Reviewed: 19-02-20

Such a pity Mark Dawson continues to use David Thorpe as his narrator. He has such a boring flat voice and irritates me intensely, so much so that I don't really listen to the book. The story was not bad, more than a little unbelievable but that is fun sometimes. The characters are good but I would not recommend it if you don't like badly acted productions because this is what this book feels like.

Brilliant Book Heck at his best

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-20

I have listened to this book in 2 days. Thank goodness I had a huge pile of ironing to justify the time I was listening. It was a totally absorbing book. Paul Finch's books are getting better and better and I cannot wait for the next Heck book. The story was gripping and would have been a real page turner if it was in the written form, as it was it was compelling listening. I really enjoy books that are not full of padding - character assassinations - childhood reminiscences - darts to the past etc, that are all over worked, just to fill pages, this book does not have that. The story is fast moving and has some real twists and turns. Paul Thornley reads it so well and he is my go to book reader now. Enjoy.

Do NOT waste a credit or your money

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Reviewed: 01-01-20

I have enjoyed Mark Dawson's books in the past but this was AWFUL. The reading by David Thorne is dire, the acting by the other people is so amateur as to be embarrassing. The story is weak and full of historical inaccuracies that could have so easily been checked. I would not recommend this to anyone and Amazon/Audible has been pushing it for ages now, so don't be taken in.

Great Listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-20

A really good detective story, about a horrific series of incidents which all come together in the end via various twists and turns. It is read very well by Greg Patmore, though I feel that people who do not know Yorkshire and its people might find it a bit hard at times to understand. I loved the fact it was read by someone with a mild Yorkshire accent it added to the story. I grew up in Yorkshire and knew many of the places in the book. A great listen which I did not want to end. I have just bought some extra credits so that I can enjoy some more of the series. I would recommend buying the compendium of the 1st three books in this series.

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