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Implausible, overly-detailed and predictable

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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: 22-06-19

What a waste of a credit. Wish I’d taken more notice of the reviews that pointed out this book’s many flaws. None of the characters were likeable, and it was hard to identify with or care about any of them, even the victims. There came a point when it was so obvious ‘who dunnit’ that I wanted to shake the main character Stella. All the other 1 star reviews for the paperback edition say it much better than I can. It’s a surprise this ever got published as it reads like a very early draft that needs a good structural edit and some advice on creating believable characters and a compelling story arc. I definitely won’t be seeking out more in this series.

Absolutely Brilliant!

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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: 26-05-19

One of the most absorbing audiobooks I’ve ever listened to. Dr Richard was a compelling narrator and his story beyond fascinating. A high octane journey through the major incidents of the last 35-40 years — cases that will be familiar to listeners from the heartbreaking news headlines, and unfamiliar cases that revealed so much about humanity (or lack of it). This was one book I didn’t want to end. Highly, highly, highly recommended. Thank you, Dr Shepherd.

The difficult second novel...

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

Reviewed: 06-07-15

I'm not sure if my boredom with this sprang from an expectation of something as exciting as 'Before I Go to Sleep', or because it is actually boring, but I really did get fed up with it and stopped listening about 20% from the end. I found I simply didn't care. Middle class people with too much time on their hands spending a lot of time talking...and talking...and if they're not talking they're (gasp) using the internet to hook up with other people (and making decisions which are, quite frankly, not very credible and only there to push the so-called plot along). Very dreary. The narrator kept doing a really annoying "male voice", too.

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Okay for a long journey

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

Reviewed: 25-08-14

This is just about okay and has a fairly interesting plot. However there is a contrived feel to the main characters' reactions, as if they just act that way to keep the book going. I quite liked Jane Fallon's "Getting Rid of Matthew" but this one wasn't for me. Also, the narrator had an irritating habit of "doing" the male voices.

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Gothic and tense

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

Reviewed: 25-08-14

I discovered Sabine Durant via the interesting "Under Your Skin" (excellent writing, compelling page turner, deeply annoying ending). I wasn't sure about this one at first, worrying that it also might have an annoying ending...thank godness it didn't. It's equally compelling, a masterclass in the two-viewpoint/split timeframe narrative, and great fun in a dark, tense, gothic way. Daniel Weyman is excellent as the male lead, unfortunately not equally matched by Penelope Rawlins who insists on "doing" male voices which make the men sound like idiots. If she just read it straight, it would be a much better listen. However, she doesn't spoil the audiobook because the story, plot and characters are so strong. Highly recommended.

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Wonderful!

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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: 30-07-14

A fabulous follow-up to 'The Cuckoo's Calling'. Strike is such an engaging character, and we learn a little more of his background in this compelling audiobook. However it's his lovely sidekick Robin who is developed more in this second adventure. I loved the publishing world backdrop, and the minutiae of literary life (they do say 'write what you know' and it's fun to wonder how much is based in real-life experience for this particular author!!). Well-narrated too, although I keep visualising Hagrid as Cormoran - just can't help it.
A really good listen.

I wasn't engaged

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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: 07-04-14

I thought I'd love this book - all the right ingredients are there, but somehow it didn't engage me. I was hoping for something along the lines of Stephen King's 'The Stand', with a large ensemble cast and an apocalyptic theme, but this just became boring after a while. I think perhaps the use of a narrator created a distance between the main protagonists and the listener.

A Fabulous 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: 17-12-13

I'd give this audiobook ten stars if I could. It's funny, original, and keeps you guessing as to what's going to happen next (and in the end). The characters were superbly drawn and realistic, and the situations sometimes slapstick funny, sometimes wry, sometimes full of emotion. Highly recommended.

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Loved it - and can't wait for more

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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: 02-09-13

I'd already added this to my wish list when the big news broke - and I nearly took it off again, as I've never been a fan of the Harry Potter books. I find Rowling's writing too nervy. However I'm glad I didn't totally lose interest and persevered with the audiobook (this was partly because pundits were being so unfair on the author, and I wanted to give her a chance and see what the book was like for myself).

Robert Glenister's narration is excellent (atlhough he does make Cormoran Strike sound a bit like "Hagrid as Private Eye" - but in a good way). The story was compelling, the characters realistic, and the plot twisted and turned. A very enjoyable listen overall, and I certainly want to follow Strike and his assistant Robin in future books, so hope the fuss hasn't put Rowling/Galbraith off writing more in this series!

Quite heavy-going

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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: 27-07-13

I've thoroughly enjoyed previous Declan Huges books, but found this one hard-going. I'm not sure if it was the narrator or the story. There seemed too many characters and a bit too much violence and gore, and I found I didn't really care about many of the people. I love Ed Loy, and this is the second Ed Loy story I've listened to (The first was 'Bad Blood' which I recommend highly), but I simply couldn't get into this one. I listened through to the end, but it's probably going to be a while before I download another one by this author/narrator.