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Excellent crime read, expertly performed

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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: 05-12-15

I've read both previous Robert Galbraith novels and enjoyed them hugely. I think this might be the best yet. The story of Robin, her fiancee and her relationship with Cormoron develops further in this novel in a refreshingly different way, against the backdrop of a twisted crime puzzler. All expertly handled by Robert Glenister. More please.

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Excellent crime thriller brilliantly performed

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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: 22-05-14

My first book of Tana French's but was impressed by the previous reviews so thought I'd give it a go. I wasn't disappointed. It often takes me a couple of chapters to get into a new book but I was hooked within the first few minutes. The first person narration really adds to the immediacy of the book. An in-depth crime thriller with a lot of story to get through. My only criticism would be, I found the last third of the book slightly laboured - I think it could have been a little shorter. However, throughout the book the characters were brought to life by Hugh Lee's amazing narration and performance - his female voices are very convincing. All in all, a great read for crime lovers. Highly recommended.

A thoroughly enjoyable read

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Reviewed: 24-02-14

I thoroughly enjoyed this amusing and touching story. Brilliantly narrated by the author, the book shares the viewpoints of a mother and two, very different, daughters. A very well observed story of generations and their ambitions. I highly recommend this book and the twist at the end is lovely.

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Tried this author because of Sean Barrett

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

Reviewed: 05-01-14

Tried this crime author mainly because of Sean Barrett narrating. This may be personal to me but I like crime fiction as a bit of escapism but this author obviously has professional experience of pathology and is very well versed in tumours of all varieties. I'm afraid I got fed up with it for that reason and didn't finish the book. I felt that the author's extensive knowledge of such things was a distraction from the main story and frankly I found it grim.

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Continuing DC Goodhew Saga

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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: 01-12-13

The DC Goodhew series is set in Cambridge and follows the travails of somewhat unorthodox DC Gary Goodhew. Dedicated detective and insomniac Goodhew has two new cases to resolve whilst trying to stay on the good side of his DI. These books are thoroughly enjoyable, DC Goodhew himself is a very likeable chap and a decent one (unlike his professional rival DC Kincaid). Continuing threads from previous books make it worth reading them in order and enjoying the growing persona of Gary. Well narrated. In this particular book, there were some mistakes in the narration which had not been edited out and whilst no big problem does momentarily break the spell. Highly recommended for lovers of this genre and eagerly await book 6.

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Later Ridpath books much better

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

Reviewed: 19-08-13

I have listened to all the other Michael Ridpath books before I came to this one, as based on the synopsis, this was the book in which I was least interested. This must be one of Michael Ridpath's earlier books as I felt it was stretching the imagination to believe that you would willingly keep getting mixed up with the same people who only brought you trouble and heartache and even endangered your life, and that you would happily go into business with them after not having seen them for some years.

Having said that, it is quite an interesting story and allows you to reminisce about the time when the Internet was still new and the dot.com boom was in full swing. However, I must be getting spoilt, listening to the superb narration of the likes of Sean Barrett and Stephen Pacey. The narration of this book is irritating as there is so much emphasis on every single word, and some of the dialogue is spoken in the wrong character's voice. Just not up to usual standard which is a shame as Andrew Wincott has a very pleasant voice - he just hasn't been well directed.

Excellent balance between plot & characterisation

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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: 21-07-13

Added this to my wishlist before knowing the story behind Robert Galbraith and indeed, I have never read any JKR, so would not have swayed me one way or the other.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and found the balance between getting to know the main protagonists and plot was just right. Well written with convincing dialogue and superbly narrated by Mr Glenister. Highly recommend to any crime thriller reader whether or not they've ever read a word of Harry Potter or not. I look forward to hearing more from Cormoran Strike and his assistant.

Entertaining, enlightening and enjoyable read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-06-13

This book made me smile - very likeable characters portraying an interesting story and a very enjoyable listen. That we are all different is definitely something to celebrate. Superbly performed by Dan O'Grady who brings all the characters to life. I'm still thinking about this book some days after finishing it. Reminiscent of Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory.

Thoroughly enjoyable read

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-12

I've listened to all the Simon Serrailler crime novels and have thoroughly enjoyed them. Particularly gratifying is getting to know the characters in depth and following their travails as well as the crime in hand. To say that Steven Pacey 'narrates' the story is to do him an injustice. He makes the novel and all the characters come to life by adopting very different voices for all the main characters. So distinctive are they you know instantly who is speaking and can picture them in your mind's eye. Thoroughly recommend this series but you should start with Book 1 - I envy you the journey.

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Wonderful storytelling

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-11

This book was a joy. Following the story of Logan Mountstuart from schooldays through to the end of his days, this book was warm, amusing and sad by turns. Logan's life covers most of the 20th century and we see major world events through his eyes. Beautifully written by Mr. Boyd and expertly narrated by Mike Grady, Mountstuart's life is explored through his journals and for the first time, I really forgot the book was being narrated and just believed that Mike Grady was Logan Mountstuart. The story of a life well lived.

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