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Everyone ‘understands’!

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

Reviewed: 25-10-19

I’ve enjoyed the previous books but the writing style isn’t going to win any prizes. However, the main problem for me is that the theme is becoming repetitious. Over and over, we have to listen to the same concerns expressed by the same characters about Sean’s uncanny insight into the minds and behaviour of serial killers, not to mention their concerns about Sean’s own reckless behaviour. Might be time for me to call it a day on DI Corrigan and Luke Delaney.

Awful narration.

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

Reviewed: 19-10-19

I read this book years ago and I enjoyed the story as much this time. It was, however, completely ruined by the dreadful narrators. Why on earth are there two narrators who both represent the same characters but, obviously, with different voice characterisations?! The story doesn’t need two narrators and it is infuriating to hear the different approaches as it makes the whole thing feel disjointed. To add further insult, some of Michael Hanson’s pronunciation is just ridiculous, even accepting the American accent. For example, ‘boosom’ instead of ‘bosom’, the ‘fra’ of ‘fragrance’ pronounced as in ‘fragment’ and his unnatural. And. Annoying. reeeeading. Good story but I’ll be avoiding these narrators in the future. Shame.

Average story, well read.

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

Reviewed: 16-10-19

The narration is good but I couldn’t identify with the main characters who are privileged and greedy beyond belief. In fact, I didn’t like either of them and hoped they’d get their just desserts! You really will need to suspend your disbelief and, if you can, it’s an average story but not one that would encourage me to read more from this author. The pace is slow and the events and different relationships lack plausibility.

Badly written, dated and sexist.

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

Reviewed: 27-08-19

I have enjoyed some of Archer’s novels, particularly Kane and Abel but I when I heard the words ‘classy bird’ I had to give up on this one. The writing competence is pre GCSE level and the narration is dreadful. This novel has most definitely not stood the test of time.

Couldn’t finish

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

Reviewed: 27-06-19

Oh dear. I had to put narration on 1.5 speed in order to tolerate it. I found the writing poor; if I have to hear the words ‘Sounds good to me’ one more time, I’ll scream and I couldn’t care less about the characters who are boring and have absolutely no depth. The stories don’t seem to have a point and do not connect in any meaningful way. I tried so hard to finish the set but had to admit defeat. Not for me.

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

I’m a huge fan of the Heckenberg series and this story is as outstanding as all the others. I am so hacked off that some reviewers have felt the need to include blatant spoilers in their reviews. If listeners want to know how the story ends, they’ll listen and find out for themselves! I’m really glad that I didn’t bother to look at the reviews first. If you’ve listened to the rest of the series, then all you need to know is that the writing and the story are as excellent as usual and Paul Thornley’s narration is 5* as always. If you haven’t listened to the previous six books, then start with book one and work your way through, you’re in for a treat. You might want to take some time off work though because I’m pretty sure that most people will be hooked and riveted from start to finish.

Listened on the way to Auschwitz

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

Reviewed: 21-02-19

My mother and sister both loved this book and I chose to listen to it on the way to and from visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau today. I understand the positive reviews at a simplistic level but I can’t reconcile what I saw and heard during my visit with this story. Today I saw the Kommandant’s house, which overlooks the gas chamber and crematorium and heard how Hoess described the view as ‘paradise’. I heard about the lives of men, women and children who would never have been allowed to sit by the [electrified] fence day after day and I just can’t put this story together with that, even as a fable. I don’t think it’s a starting point for children, especially modern ones desensitised by all that they see and hear, although I applaud the author’s efforts to start that conversation. For me, the innocence and naivety of this story are completely irreconcilable and discordant with the things that I saw and heard today but I wish it were not so.

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Couldn’t finish it.

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

Reviewed: 30-01-19

NOS4RU is one of my favourite stories but I struggled with ‘Horns’ and I just had to give up on this one with 5 hours to go. The narrator is fine and the basis of the story is interesting. For me, the hurdle that I just could not get over was the fact that I thoroughly disliked the main character and had some empathy with the entity trying to harm him. He’s utterly selfish, treats women as disposable objects, mistreats his dogs and has no empathy or genuine concern for his staff or anyone else in his life. Of course, with 5 hours unheard, his experiences may have led to a personality transformation. I’ll never know and I don’t care! I’ll be wary of trying another Joe Hill story.

Absolutely brilliant

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

Reviewed: 23-01-19

This is such a clever story with lots of twists and turns. Peter James’ perception of human nature and behaviour is, by turn, cynical, amusing, disturbing and inspiring but always accurate. The main character is thoroughly likeable and there is a range of adversaries to battle. A beautifully crafted story read by an outstanding narrator. Loved it!

Truly ridiculous

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

Reviewed: 12-01-19

I can only describe this as an audible version of a ‘video nasty’. The violence is extreme, graphic and continuous so unless you have a very strong stomach, I wouldn’t bother. The idea behind the story is good but the reality really is ridiculous and the solution obvious very early on. I would imagine that any self respecting Met officer or SAS operative who listens to this story will be seething with rage and incredulity at how thick the author has portrayed them; if they bother to listen that long. I wish I hadn’t.