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Beneath the Bleeding

Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
Series: Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, Book 5
Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (740 ratings)

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Summary

When Robbie Bishop, star midfielder for the Bradfield Vics, is poisoned by a rare and deadly toxin, profiler Dr Tony Hill and trusted colleague DCI Carol Jordan have their work cut out for them. Then a bomb explodes in the football stadium, causing massive casualties - and another man dies from poisoning. Is there a link between the cases? What are the motives for these crimes? The clock is ticking, and the death toll keeps rising....

©2007 Val McDermid (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"The queen of British crime.... McDermid is a consummate plotter so there are pleasing twists and turns in this first-rate story." ( Observer)
"The Queen of serial killers in this country keeps her end up...few can scoop Val on throat-clutching narrative.... Marvellous." ( Daily Mail)

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good story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I'm making my way through all of the Hill and Jordan series and i enjoyed the story but the very poor accents put on my the narrator really annoyed me and i'm now not sure about the the rest of the series now

What didn’t you like about Saul Reichlin’s performance?

very poor regional accents

If this book were a film would you go see it?

yes

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Good series

Having seen one or two of the TV programs it was great to get back to the source material. However I don’t enjoy the narrator. He seems to labour over the dialogue and some of the accents are terrible. For instance a so called welsh accent sounded like an Indian accent. However if I want to continue with the series I have no choice but put up with it. And it’s worth it!

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Poor accents

Some of the accents did not ring true. The Welsh accent sounded Asian and another accent soundedJapanese.

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Another intricate case

Val McDermid again teases the reader with complex and intertwined murder cases against the ongoing background of Tony and Carol's relationship. A page turner narrated well by Saul Reichlin - although the mispronounced Alnwick did bring me up short!

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Good but spoilt by narrator

An unlikely plot but quite entertaining. Like many of this series it is spoilt by the reader. He sounds prim and elderly and poor old Saul just doesn't do accents (with possible exception of a rather comic, constipated scouse).

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a great book, shame about narrator

Fantastic and well written book as always by Val McDermid. Unfortunately, the narration completely ruined it. The accents were terrible, he made two of the characters (one of which was a woman) sound like Frank Spencer! Welsh accents sounded Indian and the others were completely indistinguishable. First time I've ever regretted buying an audible book.

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Pity about the accents

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Saul Reichlin has read other things (millenium trilogy)brilliantly, but his accents in this were laughably awful, which really detracted from a typically gripping story from Val McDermid

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Pronunciation

Enjoyed this book as much as others in the series but was annoyed that the narrator hadn’t done his homework. It’s di- j- oxin not di-g-oxin and annik Castle not olnwick.

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Not one of my favourites

To be honest the relationship between the two protagonists is starting to get a bit on my wick by this point!

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The worst regional accents I’ve ever heard!

If this narrator ever ends up in the West Midlands and tries out his Dudley accent then I fear for his safety!!
Also, I couldn’t work out whether the other characters were Welsh, Geordie or Irish as he seems to flit between them. And as for doing women’s voices, it made me cringe.
I think the story was probably better than I gave it credit for but couldn’t concentrate on it as I was too busy rolling my eyes at the narrator!

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