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Andromeda's Twin

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Great story but ...

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

Reviewed: 02-05-20

This is so well written and so well narrated, the story is a fascinating one, of Saint George and the Dragon whom he slayed long, long ago, unfortunately, the Dragon was guardian to the world of the fae, so this caused a bit of a problem and poor old Nick Medea aka Saint George ended up being melded with the Dragon in a curse to make him/them guardian of the gate.

It should have enthralled me but I just can't get into it, I feel that my mind is not in the right place to listen to this story with my full attention, curse of lockdown I think, so I am probably going to come back to it once the pain in my neck is fixed, my hair has been cut, I've picked my own food in a real life store and my dog has forgiven me for all those excess walks. Meanwhile, I'll go back to grumpy Scottish cime novels (I can relate to those right now) .

I was lucky enough to have recieved a free review copy in exchange for an honest review, I have listened and reviewed but I don't feel that I've done the book justice so I may be back to edit one day.

Irritating narrator

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

Reviewed: 30-04-20

I'm sad to see that Cathleen McCarron has been retained to narrate so many of these books, she is enough to put many off, she has a weird lisping way of speaking (yet with no lisp) with an accent that does not ring at all true, the story is as good as most of the Anderson and Costello books but I did find my mind wandering thanks to Ms McCarrron's voice which is not really, or even at all, engaging. I find it better to read the kobo version where I can if Ms McCarron is narrating.

Ok but

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

Reviewed: 30-04-20

I did like this story, but I found some of the characters highly annoying, Jennifer is a weak willed idiot who finally, FINALLY does the right thing at the end of the book, but drove me crazy most of the way through, Anderson was behaving in a similar fashion and almost got himself killed so all in all, not a story that puts Police Scotland in a good light, but, all's well that ends well, as they say ... whoever 'they' are ... I also felt that Jock Airde (not sure of that spelling) got a raw deal most of the way through this book.

The narrator, is rather annoying, she has a bit of lisping, weird accent that's not really right for the characters or the region but she's not terrible so she gets three stars.

Terrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 14-04-20

The narrator in this story was so boring I simply could not concentrate on the story at all, my mind kept wandering off, I gave up eventually and never really knew what the story was about, so one star may be unfair but it's the best I can offer.

I receved a free review copy in exchange for an honest review, which was rather tricky as explained, I've done the best I can.

OK if you like grandstanding private detectives

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

Reviewed: 14-04-20

As with the first story, this is ok as a short listen, I'd not want to listen to a full ten hour novel about this John Handful though. This story was more interesting than the first one, John is working a cold case which ends, predictably, with John surrounded by all the players, ... not in the library but in the pub - at least I think it was the pub, it had a barman so pub or country club while he regales them all with how he, the marvellous John Handful, brilliantly solved the mystery and points the finger at the murderer ... it's really not my cup of tea.

The narrator in this book is far superior to the first one, however, he's still pretty terrible, and sounds like a spluttering old man, which makes the bedroom scene between John and his 'fiance' even more shudder inducing.

I received a free review copy in exchange for my honest review.

Well I loved it, narration and all

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-20

I have loved every single one of the Logan McCrae books and this one is no different, I also love Stuart Macbride's narration, yes, he does speak a little faster than some but he's the author, he can give the characters their REAL voices, it makes it all the more entertaining to me, some people, especially the Scots can talk nineteen to the dozen, whilst some of the Irish for instance, speak so slowly as to send you to sleep. I like it, I recommend it.

Outstanding

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-20

This is a spectacular debut novel, I enjoyed every minute of it, and of course, Steve Worsley brings all the characters to life in that spectacular way of his.

Poor DI Mahler has a lot to contend with, having just recently attended the funeral of a friend and colleague, his mother is having a rough time and now he's running two murder investigations, or it that one double murder investigation ... ? Buy it and find out for yourself.

If you like the Logan MacCrae series I think you will like this book, it too has it's moments of dark humour and the narration, as mentioned, is superb.

Ok for a short story

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

Reviewed: 12-04-20

The story is extremely basic and revolves around the bumbling buffoon DI Silvers of the Suffolk Constabulary and John Handful himself who is asked for assistance as soon as a body turns up on the beach.

The narration is dire. The american narrator gives all the characters pompous old fashioned voices and pronounces everything in the american way, 'booey' for 'buoy' being one of the worst sins, also 'Zoë' being pronounced 'Zo'!

I received a free review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Not the most enthralling listen

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

Reviewed: 06-04-20

This one is very possibly like marmite, love or loathe, I listened all the way through and was pleased with the ending but I cannot say that I enjoyed it very much, I was bored much of the time as Jan dwelt on her past life, her old flat, her old car, things BEFORE .... it was interesting at first but grew immensely tiresome after the fourth hour or so. Nothing is ever straight forward in this story, there is always half an hour of mulling, musing and self doubt before anything is achieved which is not what people expect from a police procedural, which is exactly what this is at the end of the day. It does improve towards the end of the book though so I recommend following through with it all.

Upshot is that Jan spends too much time dwelling on things, yes, she has great insights, becuse she is a 'trained profiler' but the reader, or, in this case, the listener, does not need to be privy to her every tiny thought. The story was ok though which is shame, it could have been brilliant without all the waffle.

Laura Brydon does a great job with the narration.

I recieved a free review copy in exchange for my honest review, which is what I have given above.

Impressive

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

Reviewed: 05-04-20

I was not too sure about this one at the beginning, I thought it was bit cliched with the mad mother turning a son into a murderer malarkey that we often see, but I was soon pleasantly surprised, yes, it does feature the mad mother but there is so much more going on here than the usual.

I liked pretty much everything in the story, but it should be noted that there is quite a lot of violence, not excessive but more than the average police proceedural.

Mr Cullum is a lovely narrator but his screechy angry women voices set my teeth on edge, other than that, he was a pleasure to listen to.