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Great story, but...

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

Reviewed: 19-05-19

I’m part-way through and really enjoying the story. The narrator is brilliant but the mouth clicks are constant-and driving me crazy. Why didn’t someone pick this up? Great voice and story but my stomach is in knots from the clicking.

Narrator woes...

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

Reviewed: 26-04-19

The story is great. But this is painful to listen to and I keep trying but why can’t such a well-known and surely lucrative book have another crack at a narrator? If only....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Exciting and enlightening

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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: 05-12-18

This is a wonderful book. Reading like a thriller, it shines its light on a truly brave, in fact, astonishingly brave person who contributed in no small way to saving the world from destruction during the cold war. I have some of Ben MacIntyre's other books but this for me is the best. His narration was perfect, and he became one of those great readers who almost disappeared, allowing the book to connect directly to the listener. I am so glad I listened to the other reviewers of this book, it is the best that I have listened to for quite some time.

Get it

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Buy it, get one for your friends and everyone else and we'll have a happier, healthier world. Really good book, interesting, well-researched and well-narrated. I've bought it as a book and also as an audio book and when I'm feeling horribly ill from someone's deodorant or perfume, at least I know I'm not the only one. Hopefully, now the word is out we can all become more aware of the effect that fragrance has on us and on other people nearby. Get it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Very moving story

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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: 02-11-17

This book is so painful in parts that it is difficult to listen to, yet it is so compelling you cannot stop. The horror of an innocent young man condemned to death for murder is well-written and moved me to tears in several places. It is gripping as well as emotional. John Grisham is a very talented story-teller, and I found it almost impossible to stop listening. The narrator did a great job. I have not got enough work done today because of this book...

Great hero, superb reading

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

What did you like best about this story?

I love the character Cordell Logan, he's one of the best heroes I've ever read/heard, funny, self-deprecating, witty, wise and wry. The landlady and the cat and the Duck are all brilliant flashes of colour in the story.

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

Whoever chose Ray Porter to narrate David Freed's books was inspired, he IS Cordell Logan. He brings such humour and reality to the words that I have a hard time stopping listening. The plot was good, but really, I just want to hear more about the character as portrayed by Porter.

Any additional comments?

The plot was fine although on that front I've enjoyed other of Freed's books more, and I missed the Ruptured Duck from a lot of the book, but really, I love this series very much and can't wait for the next one.

Great story, great narration

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

Reviewed: 02-06-15

What other book might you compare Blood Work to, and why?

I really enjoy Michael Connelly's Bosch book series, this is up there with them. His plotting is really clever and surprising as it is in the Bosch books. I still marginally prefer the character of Bosch as read by Dick Hill, but McAleb is a great character too.

What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He is one of my top two narrators, he brings a filmic quality to listening - his characters are alive - such a gifted reader.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Really enjoyed this!

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

Reviewed: 25-01-15

This was the second time I've listened to a book from this author and narrator combination and I enjoyed it as much as the first. The main character Cordell Logan is a great invention and I hope to listen to more of him with this wonderful narrator. There is a second book in this series, of which this one is the third, but the second one is narrated by someone else. For me, Ray Porter is Cordell Logan so I haven't yet bought the second book. I may give in cos I love the format so much.

The story was ok to good, but the whole thing is supported by the great character that David Freed wrote along with the brilliant narration of Porter.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Really enjoyed this book

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

Reviewed: 25-01-15

I enjoyed this a lot, the hero is a great character and I loved his humour, some of which I found a tiny bit reminiscent of Carl Hiaasen although there was nothing of the surreal here. I didn't find his ex-wife so convincing as a character, I felt she was more two-dimensional but I liked the book and narrator so much I went and bought Voodoo Ridge and enjoyed that too. I am always looking for books that aren't too terribly gory but have good twists and turns, it is quite hard to find them and I give up on quite a number of books before the end because they're too gratuitously graphic for me. This one did have some gory bits but not too many and I could cope.

The narrator is excellent and really inhabits the character, he was totally convincing for me and I was sorry to see that the second book in the series is narrated by someone else.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Narration ruined it

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

Reviewed: 01-12-14

I'm sure this book is one I would really enjoy, but sadly not with this narrator. For me, it was entirely ruined as the reading was so painful to listen to. I've managed 34 minutes but can go no further.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful