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Summary

A standalone novel.

When a teenager is the victim of an unprovoked attack while walking his dog, a murder investigation begins. A cruel twist of fate makes his innocent family the targets of a vicious campaign of terror. As the detectives of Liverpool's Major Investigation Team try to contain the violence, several key members of an organized crime family begin to topple, causing shockwaves across the planet.

©2015 Conrad Jones (P)2017 Conrad Jones

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This book has put me on to a whole new genre

If you could sum up Brick in three words, what would they be?

Unlucky teenage boy.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bryn was my favourite character, we spent a fair amount of time with him early in the book and really got a feel for a decent but imperfect teenage boy who loves his family and his dog.

What about Diana Croft’s performance did you like?

Her ability to flip between accents is remarkable - her Russian accent in particular was brilliant.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was little too long to listen to in one go, but I did finish it in 3 large blocks because I couldn't bring myself to turn it off. I willingly did laundry for 2 hours so I could keep listening to it, that should put it into perspective.

Any additional comments?

This book is fantastic in its own right but the audio edition elevated it to something even better. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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heart thumping action

** spoiler alert ** I was gifted this book by the narrator.

Such a fast paced, horrific story it actually had my heart pounding whilst reading.

Diana Croft does such an incredible job of making each character come to life, her accents are superb. Even her male voices of which there are many are quite distinct.

An assault on Bryn, the teenaged protagonist of the story starts the chain of events that ruin any lives of people attached to the incident .

Bryn is one of those smart-mouthed. cocky young boys who after having a few "words" with a complete stranger finds himself being chased by a hooligan who catches him and starts pounding on the kid. By chance Bryn finds a 1/2 brick whilst he is grappling to get a way and kills the thug with one hit.

Of course this bloke is a drug runner for one of the local gangs and all hell breaks loose. He is the son of the biggest importer of drugs in the region and now Dad wants revenge. There must have been some reason his son had chosen to run after the kid and fight with him, it can't have been a random incident.

So now his associates set about trying to kill Bryn and his entire family. The family can't seem to get away and go into hiding, no matter where they are they are found.

Bryn in the meantime has been transferred to juvie and despite being promised protection, is beaten ruthlessly and is now in hospital with a brain injury.

Such a fast paced explosive story could not put it down and have since re-listened.

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Brilliant

Fast moving and filled with suspense absolutely love this just my cup of tea more !!!!!

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Hard hitting, gritty thriller

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Even if this is not a genre you usually go for it is a very enjoyable book. I found it kept my interest right from the outset but even more so as the story progressed. Despite the vast web of characters throughout the story you really get to know them through vivid descriptions and attention to detail.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of the Evans family as they are just a normal family that have become caught up in something they shouldn't have. It shows you only have to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.....

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

The narration was faultless throughout and all of the characters were really effectively brought to life. Her accent range is very impressive and made the dialogue very easy to follow.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If time allowed then yes. I listened to it over a week which is pretty impressive considering I work full time!

Any additional comments?

I will be looking out for more of Conrad Jones' books or any narrated by Diane Croft.

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Brick

This is a good audiobook which I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. One of those where you can easily lose a couple of hours by becoming so drawn into the story that you don’t really notice what’s going on around you. Narration is very good as well

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It really is gritty & unputdownable!

Not my usual genre but I had a code to read it so I did. From the start, this fast paced drama grabbed my attention & I wondered if it was going to be too violent for my taste...it wasn't & the reason for this is the family central to the story, particularly young Bryn. The Evans family have no previous involvement in crime & are completely out of their depth when they are suddenly caught up in the middle of a terrible situation, which engages the reader fully. Dad is particularly clueless when judging the severity of the threat against his family, which comes across as unintentionally hilarious at times.

The story moves very quickly and there are many characters. Whilst the pace keeps the listener listening intently, some of the characters lacked depth, too much focus on the action rather than the people involved in it meant that I was really only rooting for Young Bryn in the end. The book wasn't too long so I think the author could have dedicated a little more time to making the central characters a little more well rounded. I certainly would have liked to know a little more about the background of Simon for example.

The drama is set in my home area, so the landscapes and humour were very familiar to me. The dark humour around some of the situations encountered made me laugh out loud, not sure if they were supposed too but they were typical Scouse humour which resonated with my own culture & background.

The narrator was superb, almost every voice was male so Diana had her work cut out. There were also a wide range of accents to cover and I was particularly impressed with her Liverpudlian & Russian accents. There was one Welsh guy in there who may have been mixed race but other than that, Diana's ability to express the voices and the emotions of the situation brought a reality to the story that would have been lacking had this not been an audiobook.

I've not read Conrad Jones before but I wouldn't rule out reading more from him. I thought Brick would make a good film or tv series, though I don't have a tv so what would I know?

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  • TG
  • 10-07-17

Brick

I received this audible book for review, and loved it.

Keeps you interested from the off, no surplus story arcs and a satisfying end. Recommended.

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Action packed, fast paced thriller

I received a free code for this audiobook. It is not my usual fare, as I tend to steer away from gang related, graphic books.
However, this gripped me from the start. It was fast paced and action packed, but I laughed out loud at some of the lighter, humorous sections.
The narrator was absolutely brilliant. She captured the various accents perfectly. I was very impressed with her Russian!
If you like your books to be of this genre, Brick will be a must read!

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Really enjoyable with a lot of twists.

I really enjoyed this book. The story was very fast paced and intricate and you were never sure who was going to meet their maker next. It kept my interest right until the epilogue.
My only criticism of the book was the single voice narration. I found the reader's Russian accents quite irksome and thought the junkies musings were a bit repetitious.
Otherwise it was a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

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wow..

Would you listen to Brick again? Why?

My Review:
well here is my first ever review of an audiobook, actually my first review of anything and I could not have picked a better or easier choice, the story is 10 hours long , the narrator, Diana croft tell the story in such a way that it keeps you wanting to listen on, the characters are believable and I don't know much about the criminal underworld, but after listening to this book, I really don't want to. it wasn't all easy listening some scenes did make me squirm, the descriptions were eye opening and throughout the book you felt for Brin and family like they were your own.
this book had so many crosses and double crosses it was like a spider web but despite that it was easy to follow, I will definitely  be checking out more of Conrad's work.
In short, this books kicks down the door of your brain, sits in your favourite chair, drinks your tea and not leave.

What about Diana Croft’s performance did you like?

really liked it, did the book justice

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have loved to but unfortunately unable to.

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  • DubaiReader
  • 08-08-17

Gang warfare and violence.

I volunteered to listen to the audio version of this book, expecting a thriller, but not expecting the level of violence that it contains. In fairness to the author, the violence was up-front and in-your-face right from the beginning and under all normal circumstances I would have closed the book there and then. However, I tend to complete audiobooks more often than the written word, so I persevered.

An unfortunate teenage boy from a peaceful, if poor family, becomes embroiled in a gang situation where life is cheap and revenge is all. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time and mouthed off a bit too much. As a result, he and his family become targets of a ruthless mob and find themselves fleeing for their lives.
My friends read 'body-count' books and we joke about the number of bodies eliminated by the author during the course of the book - well, I have to say I lost count with Brick, there certainly weren't many left to bring to justice by the end.

If you're looking for dark and brooding with an ominous presence, then this may be for you; if it's a frantic page-turner you're after, then, no, I didn't find that with this book, it didn't grab me and I'm sorry to say, even the ending was a bit flat.
Notable comment for the narrator, Diana Croft, who nailed the Northern accents.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 20-06-17

5 stars isn't enough

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This is a hard hitting, dark, violent story that is definitely not for the faint hearted. Beautifully written, you are carried into the disturbing underworld of the criminal classes. Bryn and his family are the only bright stars in a black night and I was genuinely frightened for them. The tale twists and turns like a fast running river, eventually gushing out into the sea and freedom. A remarkable story from Conrad Jones, ably narrated by Diana Croft

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  • Julia
  • 29-05-17

Un put a down-able

I love this style of book, its very hard hitting and to the point, no over the top padding or fluffy around, your attention is grabbed right from the start and then your taken on a readers journey through a war zone and come out the other end feeling like you just had a lucky escape, and the British writers are so good at it.

Great Story about a boy who is a nice kid out walking his dog and ends up in bad trouble, You get to really dislike the villains in this book which there are lots of.
The narrator does a excellent job especially as there are so many accents.
I was hooked from the moment I started reading this book and it was one my quickest reads in a long time as i couldn't put it down.
Throughly recommend this as a action packed thriller.