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Narrator ruins it

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

Reviewed: 29-06-20

I usually really enjoy Karen Slaughter, especially the Will Trent stories, however, this is one of the worst performances I have heard. She has a lovely speaking voice when just telling the story, but the character voices are dreadful. The females are really whiny, especially Faith and the males just sound a bit dense. The book is 18 hours long and really it’s a bit unfair of me to rate the story before I finish it, but 3 hours in I cannot tolerate the narrator any longer. Recommend you download a clip before purchasing to listen for yourself.

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Fantastic listen

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

Reviewed: 22-01-18

Brilliant narrator who has a lovely voice to listen to.

Listened to entire book in one day. Although you can see the end coming from about half through the book, this does not detract from the story at all.

The lead character gradually develops throughout the book and it keeps you gripped for her next step.

I’d recommend it to anyone.

Formulaic

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

Reviewed: 31-05-16

Should have known better. Nothing against James Patterson, his books are like magazines, easy to read, don't need to think, good for train journeys etc as nice short chapters.

Liked women's murder club when it started but there have been too many. This was a rag tag miss mash of story lines. The most irritating was Julie, the baby. Her story took up far too much of the book. I just didn't care, I bought the book for a good murder, not the usual boring new mother story. Heartless I may be but I just didn't care and kept fast forwarding. Such short books anyway, ended up being about 6 hours.

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Not up to usual standard

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

Reviewed: 04-03-16

Doesn't seem to have the same humour I would expect from a Brookmyre. However, this could well have something to do with the irritating narration. Too breathy albeit she reads with feeling and easily distinguishable character voices. Just something too whispery and breathy. Found myself dropping out for minutes on end and having to rewind. Lost my way with quite a few of the characters. Whether or not it was just a bit dull or narrator just too annoying, I'm not sure.

Teen book??

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

Reviewed: 15-01-16

Like the narrator a lot. Easily identifiable character voices and lovely voice to listen to.

Story is good and holds your attention as quite fast moving. Quite London centric and desperately trendy, but in view of main subject - social media - suppose it fits.

However, I'm not sure who it is aimed at. Half the time felt I was listening to a book aimed at teens. The 'heroine' is an outwardly cocky 23 year old, who feeds the homeless and stands up for the weak. A know all with no respect for authority or anybody over 30. All very stereotypical. The author made the police into uneducated idiots with little to no general knowledge and no understanding of technology whilst the heroine Freddie, a graduate made sense of the literary and historical references. To me she had little credibility and the author had to crow bar her into her role as social media consultant. I didn't like her character and preferred her childhood friend Nas, who at least seemed to have moved on from a sulky 15 year old.

At one point, the lead detective jumps and complains about a mobile 'shaking' when referring to a phone on the vibrate setting. At the same time he is talking about meow meow, so being credited with knowing about up to date recreational drugs whilst having no idea about mobile phones and A complete lack of knowledge about Twitter/Facebook etc

Despite getting a bit annoyed at the show off, mouthy Freddie seemingly out thinking everyone, I did enjoy the story. Despite being over the hill myself, I do understand and use social media as do plenty of others my age. The author should perhaps recognise this and not assume you have to be 23 to crack modern day crime.

Having criticised this I will get the next in the series as I liked the story but I hope characters are more rounded and have a bit of depth.

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Self pitying whining pathetic individual

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

No idea if you are supposed to have sympathy for the main character, Faith. I loathed her, self interested, self pitying pathetic character who spends a great deal of book in tears.

Book extremely slow and find myself cutting of for lengthy periods of time with no inclination to rewind. No idea why I'm sticking with it.,think it's because I've invested a long time and now reluctant to miss the ending.

narrator OK.

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Awful narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

Unfortunately I bought several books at the same time by this author. Not bad if you like this genre. However, the narration is terrible and ruins it.

Ms Cramer has a lovely voice, however, her "voices" in this series of books are dreadful. Hard, cold and demanding for the main character which makes you doubt she could possibly have a loyal team or command any sort of respect. Others have a peculiar sing song voice with the stresses in the wrong places. All in all distracted me far too much from the story itself. Normally an avid listener I kept switching to radio to break from the narrator.

6 people found this helpful

Very Helen Grace

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

Reviewed: 28-11-15

So similar to MJ Arlidge's Helen Grace books. The lead character is so similar, damaged, bike riding, family background horrors etc.
however, I suppose there are only so many detectives you can come up with.

That did not detract from my enjoyment of the story. Reasonably fast moving and you hear the protagonist's voice throughout.

Narration pretty poor, made Kim Stone cold and aggressive and I don't think she is meant to be. Driven and demanding of high standards yes but unsympathetic and manic, no. Made other characters sound bored.

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Average

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

Reviewed: 22-11-15

Showed promise early. However, very predictable, slow and you could see everything happening from a mile off. Got to the stage when flashing back that whole chunks of story were reread and it seemed almost word for word.

narrator ok, pleasant voice but that's about it.

3 people found this helpful

Cold lead

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

Would you listen to Thursday's Children again? Why?

Unlikely but there are very few I listen to twice.

What other book might you compare Thursday's Children to, and why?

very much of its genre. No specific book but there are plenty like it. That's not to say it's too "samey".

Did Beth Chalmers do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

I'm a little stumped how to answer this. She is a very good reader, lovely voice. But there are one or two characters that are annoying to listen to. Chloe is just irritating but she is a minor character and I find Carlson pedantic and boring. Love her Ukranian friend.

It's the lead one I struggle with. I don't necessarily think she is characterised badly, but there is something about Freida that is cold, humourless and unlikeable. She is irritable, snappy and considering her occupation, goes stamping over people's feelings to progress her investigations. I've listened to the whole series and, if anything, I like her less each book. However, there is a 'back story' here and perhaps I'll be more forgiving as the series progresses. She does have her good bits and can be selfless, it's just I find her soulless and it may be the reading that does this as she evidently has very loyal friends.

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

Not really.

Any additional comments?

Despite my feelings about Freida, I will stick with this series as I like the stories and the characters floating around on the periphery. Don't expect anything new or original, but is there really such a thing nowadays?

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