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  • The Ghost Riders of Ordebec

  • A Commissaire Adamsberg Novel, Book 7
  • By: Fred Vargas
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

"People will die," says the panic-stricken woman outside police headquarters. She has been standing in blazing sunshine for more than an hour, and refuses to speak to anyone besides Commissaire Adamsberg. Her daughter has seen a vision: ghostly horsemen who target the most nefarious characters in Normandy. Since the middle ages there have been stories of murderers, rapists, those with serious crimes on their conscience, meeting a grizzly end following a visitation by the riders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delight to read

  • By Margaret on 30-07-13

Very, very odd

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

Reviewed: 06-02-15

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who enjoy bizarre, ambling scripts with characters you can't empathise with

What was most disappointing about Fred Vargas’s story?

The characters were very wooden and the plot was pretty thin on the ground

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of David Rintoul?

you could have cast Bob Cat Goldthwaite and it wouldn't have made it any more or less interesting

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Narcolepsy

Any additional comments?

This is the only audiobook I have ever failed to finish. I persevered for 2 thirds of it and just couldn't take any more. It really felt like it had been translated from French to English and no concession had been made to the idiosyncrasies of the two languages.

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