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  • The Distant Echo

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Tom Cotcher
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681

On a freezing morning four drunken students stumble upon the body of a woman in the snow. Rosie has been raped, stabbed and left for dead in a cemetery. The only suspects are the four young men now stained with her blood. Twenty-five years later the police mount a cold-case review of Rosie’s unsolved murder, and the four are still suspects. But when two of them die in suspicious circumstances, it seems that someone is pursuing their own brand of justice....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing story with good characters

  • By Janet on 07-03-17

Well written, great ending

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

Would you listen to The Distant Echo again? Why?

I really enjoyed The Distant Echo. The story was interesting and kept me listening late into the night, well past my bedtime! I don't typically re-read (or listen again) to my books, but there would be nothing to keep me from it. I really enjoyed it! The twisted ending blew my socks off!

What did you like best about this story?

The development of the characters from young men in university to grown men with careers, wives, and children. The end of the story was shocking to me, and it's hard to catch me out. I usually have the "whodunit" figured out by the conclusion. I didn't with this book!

What about Tom Cotcher’s performance did you like?

His accent. Otherwise, I didn't really enjoy his performance. I thought his various voices of the main characters were strange--especially Rev."Weird."

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

No, neither. It just kept me on the edge of my seat.

Any additional comments?

I'm going for the next book in the series now.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Except the Dying

  • A Murdoch Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Maureen Jennings
  • Narrated by: David Marantz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

In the cold Toronto winter of 1895, the naked body of a servant girl is found frozen in a deserted laneway. The young victim was pregnant when she died. Detective William Murdoch soon discovers that many of those connected with the girl's life have secrets to hide. Was her death on attempt to cover up a scandal in one of the city's influential families?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rather a dull "read"

  • By Edward Smith on 28-02-17

Rather a dull "read"

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

Reviewed: 28-02-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I've watched the Murdoch Mysteries on TV, and really enjoyed them, so I thought I'd enjoy this book. Unfortunately, I found it to be very slow and dull. I wouldn't recommend it to a friend.

Would you be willing to try another book from Maureen Jennings? Why or why not?

I'd be reluctant because I didn't particularly enjoy this one.

Do you think Except the Dying needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no

1 of 1 people found this review helpful