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Head in the Sand Audiobook

Head in the Sand

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Publisher's Summary

The discovery of a severed head in a golf course bunker triggers a frantic race to find a serial killer that brings the town of Burnham-on-Sea to a standstill.

A connection is made with a series of unsolved murders harking back to the 1970s, and Detective Inspector Nick Dixon finds himself caught in a race against time that takes him the length and breadth of the country.

The brutal killing of an elderly man raises the stakes and, as he closes in, Dixon begins to question whether he is chasing one serial killer or two.

Head in the Sand is the second novel in the highly acclaimed DI Nick Dixon Crime Series.

©2015 Damien Boyd (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Andromeda's Twin 19/04/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "Nick Dixon has HIS head in the sand"

    The story is so-so, engaging in some ways but oh so irritating in others, D.I. Nick Dixon is a diabetic, who, it seems, is so forgetful that he has 'diabetic episodes' whilst behind the wheel of his land rover and thinks nothing of hitting parked cars and driving off without reporting it (because he'd lose his job if it were discovered). He also seems to be very lucky in that his boss does not mind him carrying on an affair with a colleague which is not particularly realistic in the British Police Force.

    Nick Dixon also appears to be somewhat of a genius in the detecting game, whilst all of his colleagues, his girlfriend included, appear to be simpletons. Jane, his D.C. girlfriend, comes across as rather dense as every time Nick raises a point she either repeats it or asks, what is that, what does that mean or, how did you think of that, often doing both.

    The narration is an interesting mix of soothing voice, mispronunciation and female characters that all sound like the same simpering idiot. I have a real problem with this one, Mr Ryan has a good range of male voices, he is pleasant to listen to but his female voices all sound the sound.


    In summation, I shall not be bothering with books 3 and 4, I have already read book 1 on my kindle and enjoyed it reasonably well but I'd hesitate to recommend this book, it does have an interesting story line but fails somewhat in the overall presentation and ends rather abruptly leaving you wondering if you've missed something.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Kidderminster, United Kingdom 18/08/2016
    Mr Kidderminster, United Kingdom 18/08/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Dull"

    This book has the potential to be a page turner (figure of speech) but it's just dull.
    There are a whole world of unnecessary details ... Explaining how you sign in to a home and that you wrote you registration really doesn't move the plot along.
    And the performer/reader has a fairly flat voice - it feels like he's trying to make it sexy and husky but really it seems to lack emotion and again is just dull.
    I wouldn't recommend any of this authors books!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine 31/03/2016
    Elaine 31/03/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Story enjoyable but narration a bit wooden"

    Enjoyed this relatively quick "listen". Story was good and kept attention but did struggle with the narration, which was quite wooden.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bridget 11/11/2017
    Bridget 11/11/2017 Member Since 2009
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    "Not one of the best I've heard!"

    Story not too bad , narration dreary sounded like he was reading a novel set in the 50's. Women police officers sound dreamy and some make characters too butch!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sonar 14/10/2017
    Sonar 14/10/2017
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    "Fantastic book"

    Brilliantly read. Fantastic novel. Cant wait to hear or read the next book in the series. The characters in the book come to life when read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01/10/2017
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    "not sure"

    Reasonable story but the narration was dire - especially the rdiculous breathy females. I'm not sure I even like the DI Daley character. I kept asking myself if a policeman would really do and say the things Damian Boyd has this guy doing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Head in the Sand"

    Found the narration of this book so boring and monotonous I could not get beyond chapter three

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    annie bugiel 15/07/2017
    annie bugiel 15/07/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Reader Napoleon Ryan"
    What didn’t you like about Napoleon Ryan’s performance?

    Haven't read the print version but much enjoyed Damien Boyd's narrative, but found the reader (Napoleon Ryan) very difficult to listen to, particularly the female characters who all sounded like simpering Regency females.
    Will nonetheless buy the next two books!


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    Louise Bush 26/06/2017
    Louise Bush 26/06/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "OK"

    The story is ok, I suppose, but the narration is dreadful, especially of the female rôles.

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    Amazon Customer 07/04/2017
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    "very easy listening"

    story will not blow you away but kills a few hours, this the second in the series but not sure i will listen to the third.

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  • Chyril Sparks
    Blacksburg, Virginia
    30/08/15
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    "Another great listen "

    Another great listen and good book by Damien Boyd. He keeps series light but intriguing and had enough twists to keep you from solving it too quickly. Looking forward to next book in series.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • MobileMinx
    Kent, WA, United States
    22/04/15
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    "Sometimes the Past Catches Up!"

    DI Dickson is at it again!

    Following the trail of four beheadings, he steadfastly inspects the clues, asserts his authority and solves the question of who and why. Accompanied by a squad of helpers, the investigation is fast and thorough-bringing a misguided killer to justice. The human detritus of a single mistake has shock wave impact on the lives of those involved over three decades.

    Listen as DI Dickson and his co-worker lover constable Jane, put the pieces together while exposing the shambles of a torn apart life.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Wayne
    Matthews, NC
    09/05/16
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    "Excellent crime story"

    Head in the Sand is Book 2 in the 5 novel Detective Inspector Nick Dixon series. The story is an interesting one of multiple decapitated heads of people found in golf course sand traps with the bodies found elsewhere. The problem is finding a linkage among the victims beyond that all worked in the medical field.

    Napoleon Ryan's narration takes some time to become accustomed to. It's not because he is British (I've lived in the UK and am very accustomed to the various British accents). Ryan does different voices well, but he does tend to over perform a bit.

    I look forward to listening to the final three books in this series.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Marie
    ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States
    13/08/16
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    "Over the top, bad narration."

    I am returning this book. The narrator is bad. The main character (Dixon) talks in a bedroom voice so low it is sometimes hard to hear. The women characters are all breathy, like Marilyn Monroe. The other males are over the top caricatures.

    The bad narration makes a slow, story even worse. I don't care to listen to see what happens.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • joan
    YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States
    19/05/16
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    "A really good police prodedural"

    Set in England this novel has all the elements of a ripping (!) good tale. It's not difficult to get around the British-isms and the narrator is first rate.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ali M. Fitzgerald
    Anchorage, AK United States
    04/11/17
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    "This should be filed under "Comedy""

    Get this book if you want a ridiculous, over-the-top wanna-be mystery. The narration is done in such a silly, smarmy voice - it's straight out of the Carroll Burnett Show. Picture an actor strutting around on a stage, tweaking a faker-than-fake mustache and impersonating Rhett Butler. Not that the writing itself merits any better - I don't now if this is supposed to be a modern-day story, but the manly man is stereotypically gruff and condescending. The women are bird-brained and fawning - over the manliness of the manly man. The storyline itself is to trite that you really don't need to listen to it to know what happens in the next scene - it follows every old trope from any cardboard, generic mystery - it's noir without the "noir." It's more "Neeehhhhhhh..." I only made it through *maybe* and hour, but I had to turn it off because I wasn't in the mood for a comedy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mee
    15/10/16
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    "Bland and arrogant"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you enjoy man-splaining, and female cops asking "what now" through the book as if they don't have any knowledge. Zero humor nor charm.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator was breath-y, think Christian Bale's Batman or David Caruso's CSI Miami, in all of the MCs dialogue. Many inappropriate awkard dramatic pauses, cue Caruso's dramatic putting on dark sunglasses or Capt Kirk


    Any additional comments?

    I do not recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trish R.
    JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
    18/09/16
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    "Great book and awesome narration.."

    So, title: Head in the Sand. In actuality it’s not just the title there really is a-head-in-the-sand, on the 12th hole of the golf course. Ewww. Nice way to start a story. If that doesn’t catch your attention nothing will. Then there was another headless body found and the hunt was really on. And the way they went through list after list until they narrowed things down and made the arrest, only to find out the guy was innocent. Then having to start over again.

    I love Dixon and his crew, and I really like the relationship he has with Jane. There’s nothing romantic about it but you can still feel the closeness they share. No sex! Not even a simple kiss. Bummer.

    I liked this book much better than the first one. But the first one was all about rock-climbing and I didn’t understand half of what was said about that.

    There was swearing in this and the F-bomb was used 30 times.

    As to the Narrator: Napoleon Ryan is just fantastic. His men sound so different and the women sound so gentle and sweet, and like a woman! One reviewer said this, “You would swear multiple people were reading,” and I couldn’t agree more. His many voices are just amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SCar
    31/05/16
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    "And the murderer is..."

    I really liked the narrator. Good plot! It kept me guessing for most of the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    23/04/16
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    "Head in the Sand"

    I love the progressive character development from story to story. They are enjoyable vignettes in Nick's life.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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