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Hero: A Simon Serrailler Short Story Audiobook

Hero: A Simon Serrailler Short Story

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Publisher's Summary

When Simon Serrailler was a rookie constable with the Met, he did something reckless in the course of a night's work which caused a man's death. But his act was praised by his colleagues, and he was called a hero.

Years later, now a detective chief superintendent who has been badly injured in the course of duty, he receives a medal for bravery at Buckingham Palace while recollecting that fateful night of his early career, when chance disguised itself as bravery.

Susan Hill has won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Llewelyn Rhys prizes and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She has written 55 books in several genres, including ghost stories. The play of The Woman in Black is still running in London's West End after 25 years. I'm the King of the Castle has been a GCSE set text. She has also published collections of short stories, fiction for children, several nonfiction books and the highly successful crime novel series about the detective Simon Serrailler, who features in this short story.

Her new novel, The Soul of Discretion, published by Chatto & Windus, is the final title in the Serrailler series. Susan Hill is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of King's College, London, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Honours of 2012.

©2016 Susan Hill (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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    Charlotte 01/12/2016
    Charlotte 01/12/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Want more Simon Serailler"

    After the horrendous ending of Soul of Discretion it was good to hear this but please can we have more of these wonderful stories. We've got to know his family and he is definitely going to go back to his job. Please Susan Hill give us more of Simon Serailler.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 30/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Thought provoking"

    Very much enjoyed this well written short story
    Sympathetically and beautifully read
    With a very gracious ending

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    S. Kempin London 19/03/2017
    S. Kempin London 19/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Well told, gripping story"

    Thoroughly enjoyable story and super narration . Look forward to listening to more of these As they are perfect to listen to in the car and whilst pottering around the house

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    Patj United Kingdom 12/03/2017
    Patj United Kingdom 12/03/2017 Member Since 2016

    I am a fan of Peter May whose atmospheric stories mean the housework etc. has to wait, but they stay with me long after they're finished..

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    "A True Story?"

    This had more than a ring of truth, so much so that I wondered whether the author had indeed had this conversation with a real member of the force. Simon S. the detective in her novels is a very insightful character who balances the rights and wrongs of each case from a very human and understanding point of view. He looks at everything from the police point of view, but looks deeper into the character of perpetrators of crime with a questioning mind. This story was a good illustration of his character and we trust of the police in general.

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    ANNIE60 29/01/2017
    ANNIE60 29/01/2017
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    "Good reading from narrator"

    Nice easy going story. Brought up to date in the storyline . Look forward to many more

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    Junie 01/11/2016
    Junie 01/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Farewell to a favourite character"
    If you could sum up Hero: A Simon Serrailler Short Story in three words, what would they be?

    Concise, brief, unsatisfying


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hero: A Simon Serrailler Short Story?

    None stood out


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Again, none especially


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Having read all the Simon Serailler novels, over time I had grown to know the character(s) and I was delighted to have the opportunity to know how he had survived the terrible events at the close of the last novel. Truthfully, it might have been better to leave the reader wondering...


    Any additional comments?

    I felt due to the brevity it skipped through the story, with little time to explore the characters and the events that had unfolded. (It was very brief).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn 29/08/2016
    Marilyn 29/08/2016 Member Since 2013

    Love family, life and books. I especially like dark, mysterious and anything from Robert Galbraith

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    "Short but sweet"

    A short story but vey well written and read by Steven Pacey .
    Can't wait for a new Simon Serellia book to be published.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kate 17/08/2016
    Kate 17/08/2016

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    "Return from the dead"

    Tantalising. Please resurrect Simon's career. Such a good series. We need more of it, please

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vicuña UK 09/08/2016
    Vicuña UK 09/08/2016
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    "Neat prequal"
    What made the experience of listening to Hero: A Simon Serrailler Short Story the most enjoyable?

    Great narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Works well as a standalone or as a backfill for those familiar with the series. It's tight, draws you in, but it's short and sweet.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favourite?

    Serrailler, but he narrates all characters well.


    Any additional comments?

    An unexpected bonus, I normally read this series, but I've listened to a couple and this filler story is a must for anyone following Serrailler.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sally 09/08/2016
    Sally 09/08/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "Rather clichéd"

    Lovely to have some more Simon Serrailler, even if only a snippet. Frustrating glimpses into the lives of the characters makes you wish for a full length novel. Unfortunately this very short story felt rather clichéd and not very convincing, although Stephen Pacey is always a joy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Pamela
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    10/05/17
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    "This 'story' makes no sense to me"

    Why THIS story inserted belatedly at the beginning when it feels like an ending of sorts? It's been years since I read this series so I am now re-reading the whole lot just to find out what events led to this point, because right now I haven't a clue. Perhaps it will make more sense then, but even so, after two listens it barely constitutes a vignette.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • E. Anderson
    Los Anchorage, AK
    02/08/16
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    "a nice little character piece, excellent narration"

    Susan Hill and Steven Pacey have definitely made a positive impression. I'll be searching both out when selecting future audiobooks

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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