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I really really really really really wanted to like this book ...

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

Unfortunately, I’ve just reached two hours from the end of this book and have to start reading it now. It’s just not working for me. I’m really sad about this, as the concept and the summary looked really really great! Certainly one I will be sending back to reclaim my credit I’m afraid.

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Sadly, this has nothing whatsoever to recommend it

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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-18

The single factor that kept me reading was the narrator - great job - and usually in other circumstances I love Spider Shepherd, but on this occasion the double tap has missed it’s mark in my view.
There re no particularly well-identified bad guys to dislike, so it’s hard to cheer on the good‘ S when there’s nothing to base that on - pity ... but nothing here to recommend the book.

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Great book, only spoiled by a terrible narrator

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-18

I’ve been looking for a new series to get into, and I think I found it with this first book by Robert White. It’s a different take on the usual scenario, but done really really well! Anything letting you down is the dreadful narration! The volume of the narrator’s voice is all over the place, sometimes loud sometimes not so loud, and the accents aren’t accents really… If you cannot be on this this is a great book!

Unnnreadable ... the plot lost it, and the narration ....

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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: 29-05-18

I very very rarely do’t finish a book - I like to think I respect the work of the writer and readers so try to struggle on to the end ... but this, is the exception (along with Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes by the way). There is little or no plot as far as I can tell, and the voices that the reader conjures up are incredible (and not in a good way) - from West Country to Canadian in one breath - and for the same characters). This is one I will be getting my Audible credit back on.

I’ve been saving this. Book for Christmas - my treat away from the madness ... and well, like the turkey we had, it’s alright

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

Reviewed: 31-12-17

But nothing to write home again, and I’ll not be rushing to listen again ...
What made this was the narration, just on the farcical side of hamming it up; but all the better for it!
Would I recommend this book? Yes, of course, as I love Stuart MacBride’s work overall, but it’s like turkey at Christmas, sometimes it’s alright, but you wouldn’t have it often, but you wouldn’t go without it either.

Perhaps I'm just sick of John Milton, but seriously ... can this be written by the author of the other Milton books?

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

So the author knows their way around the NY subway system??? Granular detail about interchanges and journeying on the subway and on a motorbike through the Big Apple don't make for a thrilling read in my world.
There wasn't really a story here, and David Thorpe's usual delivery of Dead pan emotionless Milton had nothing to hold on to. But like I say, maybe I'm jaded with the Milton series? I've loved a series recently (Ben hope Harry Bosch, Logan McRae, but perhaps I'm at the end of my pleasure of them. Try this, and maybe you'll get something from it I didn't ... I am sad though; Milton was GREAT, long-live the old Milton!

If you've not read anything by Stuart Macbride before, you'll love this ... If your a Mr Macbride fan, then read on ...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-05-17

I stumbled on this book by accident, and nearly had a little wee with excitement and anticipation! And the thought of 21 hhours of Scottishy goodness gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling. I hate writing this, really I do, but it didn't work for me. The story was unbelievable; mostly, and the characters were too similar to the Logan and Steel crew. (But I love Alice MacDonald and want to have her crazy babies). I don't think my view was helped having just reread Shatter the Bones just before reading this. Overall, it's my least favourite of Mr Macbride's writing; but read it, then read HalfHead if you've not tried it, it's completely different and BRILLIANT!

Oh dear - another example of "jumping on the current trendy band wagon" ...

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

Poor, trying too hard, and failing ...
Maybe I've read too many books about coma patients lately, but this is clearly trying to be B A Paris, or Gone Girl, but unlike these books, (which actually have a story and suspense), this missing the point. I accept there was probably meant to be a twist, but I'm afraid I missed it - and any sense of story. It felt very much like the author had an idea, but didn't know how to execute it. And there was the district lack of an editor (and continuity was poor). I'm sure enough people will buy this and like it; and doubtless there will be some kind of spin off, so good luck Alice Feeney, I admire you for grasping the super ontrend nettle and running with it! As a good read however, I will be asking Audible for my credit back on this one.

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Undoubtedly this book is in my top 5 ...

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-02-17

List of books I will never Ever read again!
Apart from not getting past this being read by Adam from The Archers; there is nothing whatsoever to recommend this.
Sorry, but its only about the 2nd occasion I've wished for a zero on the ratings scale!

8 people found this helpful

I really wish I liked this book, but ...

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-17

The only thing to recommend this book is the reader - Well done Paul "you ^had a poor story to work with." - I suggest if you want a good story including grusome details, and good characters that you check out Stuart McBride, but don't waist your money ′or credit" on this title - this makes me sad as someimon Kernick can be amazing

1 person found this helpful