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Not up to her usual standard.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-19

I have read / listened to all of Ms Ross' books, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. I was looking forward to this book having read the reviews. It is very descriptive but so slow. The storyline was not to my taste, and I found it very hard to finish. The main characters fell short of feeling any great depth for any of them. In general I found it boring and I will not be listening to another of this series.

6 people found this helpful

Change of narrator spoils the whole story

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-09-18

I was looking forward to listening to the latest book. After 3 hours I had to stop and read the book instead. The accents are all wrong, the characters have lost their familiarity, such a shame. It is like listening to a totally new series which is not what I was anticipating.

36 people found this helpful

Slow and concise narrator very tiring

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-18

I enjoy Faith Martin novels this should have been a good book but it was not. The detail of the memorabilia of the decade did make me smile. Sadly the narrator was very slow and precise making it difficult to enjoy and I found it hard to finish. The storyline was weak and very longwinded. Sadly not for me.

4 people found this helpful

Too dramatic, little to hole my attention

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-18

In theory the book should have been good, but sadly it was not. The storyline was unbelievalble, characters did not gel, nor ring true. The constant reminder of his grief rang false and over dramatic.

22 people found this helpful

Sadly boring

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-18

I have enjoyed this series so far. What a disappointment to find that I was struggling to complete this book, and found myself bored. The story was slow moving, it just droned on with unrealistic story lines and the new characters not at all likeable. The narrator did her best with a poor story line. The last few chapters did liven up a little but I found myself disbelieving the events that took place.

7 people found this helpful

Not great narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-12-17

I love Jane Austin books sadly the narrator keeps stumbling over words and paragraphs, which considerably lessens the flow and enjoyment of the book

1 person found this helpful

Writer improves with each book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-17

The book is great tying up many loose ends. The writer continues to grow, resulting in the characters becoming more real.
My only gripe is the download is faulty and cannot be played on my iPod only on the phone or iPad

Not for me

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-16

Would you try another book written by Mark Dawson or narrated by David Thorpe?

No, I did not enjoy the storyline, characters or the narration

What was most disappointing about Mark Dawson’s story?

Terrible storyline, main characters that held not empathy or involvement for me

How could the performance have been better?

More fluid, more intonation, less stakato

Any additional comments?

I wish I could have enjoyed it, the reviews made it sound a good book, but sadly it was very amateurish with an unbelievable main character

1 person found this helpful

highly recommended, kept me quessing until the end

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend that people read book 1 first. The characters are gelling and maturing well now and it was a good suspense novel. It is a great second novel.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sycamore Gap?

without spoilers it is hard, but it was towards the end involving 2 of the main characters Gregson and Ryan

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favourite?

phillips is a great character, and the northern accent is not bad at all

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Anger at the incompetance of some of the characters, and true dislike of Edwards and Colin

Any additional comments?

LJ Ross has written a good suspense novel, a huge improvement on her first in the series and Jonathan Keebles narration had me on the edge of my seat at times.

15 people found this helpful

Sorry could not finish it

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-15

What disappointed you about The Very First Damned Thing?

The narration was so very poor, and did not flow, resulting in a disjointed story

Would you ever listen to anything by Jodi Taylor again?

I love Jodi Taylors books by the original narrator

What didn’t you like about Jodi Taylor’s performance?

Jodi Taylor may be a very good writer but her narration was amateur, with pauses in the wrong place, the intonation in her voice was all wrong, There was no emotion in the narration, and it left me feeling cheated

What character would you cut from The Very First Damned Thing?

no characters, just the narrator

10 people found this helpful