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Well narrated but sadly a tedious story

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

Reviewed: 20-09-17

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, but found the second book lacking and I struggled to remain interested.
I decided to try this third book, hoping for a return to the quality of the first but I was sadly disappointed.
In fact I have not even managed to finish it, having reached about half way through and realising that sadly this author has not lived up to his promise in my eyes.

The basic story premise as far as I got had some promise but the writing is tedious and slow and whereas in the first book the main character, John Milton, fascinated me, by this book I really have no interest in him at all and he has become somewhat annoying.

I may return to it at some point but when you find you have to deliberately concentrate to listen, rather then the story pulling you in, then it does not bode well.

All that said, I do really like David Thorpe's narration and would look for other books (but not John Milton ones) that he has narrated. It is definitely the fault of the book and not the story-teller in my opinion.

I couldn't turn it off!

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

Reviewed: 20-09-17

I wasn't sure what to expect of this book as from reviews it seemed to be like Marmite - love it or hate it.
In fact, I couldn't turn it off. An excellent story where the reader is never too sure where it is going. I was sure I knew the culprit but changed my mind virtually every chapter although I did work it out a little before all was revealed.
I like the author's style of writing. She is able to conjure up a vivid picture of not only the physical but also what is in the main character's mind. Her empathy with Emma's thoughts and emotions was excellent.

As for the narration, I thought Joanne Froggatt did an excellent job. I am a big fan of hers anyway, but acting talent does not always translate into narration. Joanne was perfect for this book. Her narration completely reflected the relentless pressure the main character, Emma, was feeling. Sometimes despair, sometimes frustration and at times anger.
I found her voice easy to listen to and liked the fact that she didn't try to change her voice too much for different characters - this often fails dismally in my opinion and ruins the narration.

To sum it up - An excellent book and superb narration. I will definitely be watching out for more narration by Joanne and more books by Sarah Denzil.

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A disappointing follow up

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

Whilst the narration was again excellent I found this book rather disappointing after the first in the series.
It didn't seem to have as much of a story and in honesty, I almost gave up after the first few chapters. I did however, persevere and it was bearable but not especially impressive and it did not grip me like first one did. I think had I read this one first I would not have bothered with any more by this author.

I will probably try the third in the series, as I do like the characters and narration and hopefully it will return to the promise shown in book 1.

Excellent thriller

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

Reviewed: 15-08-17

Very much enjoyed this book and the narration was excellent. Plenty of action and it kept me hooked right the way through. A sort of poor man's James Bond (without the gadgets)

I just love this series

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

Reviewed: 01-08-17

What can I say, I am addicted to this series and always waiting for the next one in the series.
I enjoy the narration and as usual the story had me not wanting to stop listening.

I have enjoyed the development of Maeve Kerrigan's character throughout the series although she is perhaps the most unfortunate officer the Guarde have ever had. :)

It does get a bit gruesome in places and I have to admit I sometimes fast forward a little in any scenes that might get upsetting to a dog lover like myself.
If you are easily offended or upset by rather graphic descriptions this series is probably not for you.

As always I cannot wait for the next one...

Gripping sequel to his first novel in this series

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

Firstly - if you haven't read the first in this series then you should do BEFORE reading this one. You will find it tough to follow if you don't.

As for this second novel, I felt it built well on the characters introduced in the first one. I was gripped from start to finish and became very familiar with the two families involved. I have to admit some of the story lines were a little predictable, but in some ways this is not always a bad thing. I spent most of the time being enthralled in whether what I thought would happen actually did.

I can't wait to get to the next one in the series.

WOW - This was a weird one

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

Reviewed: 26-10-16

If you could sum up Dark Matter in three words, what would they be?

It's more than three words I know but - Initially confusing but quickly mesmerising to listen to as you start to understand the plot

What other book might you compare Dark Matter to, and why?

I cannot think of any other book that is anything like this one. A combination of thriller, adventure and sci-fi with a spot of romance thrown in for good measure.

What about Jon Lindstrom’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed listening to Jon's voice and I am pleased to say his "female" voices didn't grate on me as much as they usually do when read my a man. I have to say he really "became" the main character in my head as he was talking which I always take as a good thing - that point where you forget there is actually a narrator there and simply get caught up in the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were several places that really did make you feel for the main character who is excellently written and you come to believe you really know the man.

At several points I really felt that perhaps this novel wouldn't have a happy ending and I was surprised how much I wanted the main character to triumph in the end as I tend to enjoy stories with less conventional endings.

Any additional comments?

I'm not sure quite how to describe this book as the slightly sci-fi premise involved is a little complicated to start with and in the first few chapters the reader is really wondering what is going on as much as the main character is (in a good way, I might add)

If you enjoy a novel where you have to think then this one is likely to be for you, if you want an easy listen - maybe not.

That said it takes the reader through a distinct journey with the main character and in many places I really felt I was there with him. There are places I certainly wouldn't have been able to press the pause switch for sure.

Definitely worth taking a chance on if you are not familiar with this author as I wasn't at the time I bought it.

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A very different setting for a thriller

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

Reviewed: 26-10-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Scarlet Widow to be better than the print version?

I don't know as I have never seen a print version

What was one of the most memorable moments of Scarlet Widow?

I do not want to answer this question for a thriller or it will spoil it for subsequent readers but there are numerous memorable moments, some for more gruesome reasons than others.

What about Emma Gregory’s performance did you like?

Emma has a nice voice to listen to which is always a bonus. Her ability to make each characters voice unique was good and I enjoyed her narration greatly.

Any additional comments?

This is a fabulous thriller, although it is a little gruesome in places as are many of this author's novels. At several points throughout the story I was positive I had predicted the outcome, but I have to admit, I hadn't got it right until very near the end.

An unusual setting in that it moves from England in the 1700's to America and maintains the historical references essential to the time. In fact the historical setting really adds to the story and makes it unique with the main character's personality very much being one sculpted from her life experiences during her childhood in England and then her life as a married woman in a small religious town in New Hampshire.

If you like thrillers but want something a little different then this could be a good listen for you.

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Unexpectedly good and excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 26-10-16

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

Always a difficult question as it depends on the friend's interests, but yes, I would recommend the book.

The narration on this novel is superb. Roger has a lovely voice to listen to and his ability to portray accents is excellent. The addition of Amelia's voice for the sections from a female perspective is an inspired choice as not only does she too have a very good grasp of accents it also means we are not inflicted with a man trying to do a "woan's voice" which rarely works in my opinion.

What did you like best about this story?

Firstly I loved the attention to detail in the author's ongoing descriptions of life at the time. He succeeds in painting a vivid picture of the setting of the story and manages to keep that going as the timeline progresses.

His ability to create such rounded characters and make the reader identify with them is excellent and I found myself really caring about most of them - well, the ones we are supposed to care about anyway.

Even his not so good characters are well rounded and not simply evil villains and although maybe not sympathising with them, the reader can understand their actions to a certain extent.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I cannot narrow it down to one scene - all are good. The ones I probably like best might be spoilers if I mention them so I will let the person reading my review decide for themselves.

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

The story made me do both at times. There are humorous sections but also some very tense ones and some that are heart wrenching. The author successfully put my emotions through the wringer. On several occasions the reader can see what is coming and I, for one, found myself telling the characters out loud what to do and say in the vain hope I could change the story line.

Any additional comments?

I have never read any books by this author before and have to admit I only bought it because it was on free offer. I have now bought the next in the series.

If you enjoy stories that follow the lives of the characters through both happy and sad time, challenges and triumphs then you will enjoy this very well written story. I found once I started, it was very difficult to turn it off and when it came to the end I couldn't wait to buy the next one in the series.

A word of warning though - whilst it comes to a nice place to pause, this book does not really have an "end" as such and leaves the story wide open to continue through the next volumes. If you enjoyed it and are willing to buy the next one, then go for it but if you prefer to jump from one author to another and only tend to buy books as a one-off you may be disappointed and feel lie you have been left hanging a little.

Another brilliant tale from this author

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

Reviewed: 13-10-16

What did you like most about The Night Stalker?

I really enjoyed the plot - lots going on with just the right amount of scene setting so you can picture it in your ind but not get bogged down in unnecessary waffle.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Erika Foster of course, a feisty woman with character and morals but who comes up against trials and tribulations in her private and personal life but still manages to do her job against all odds.

Which character – as performed by Jan Cramer – was your favourite?

Erika. That said, I absolutely love this narrator. Her grasp of accents and nuances of speech is wonderful and I have no problem identifying which character is speaking. I actively look for books Jan is narrator on.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Towards the end when she actually meets the culprits and things are not quite what they first seem.. (avoiding spoilers her lol)

Any additional comments?

I love this series and I am not sure if there are more, but I hope soon book 3 will be appearing on the site read by Jan again

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