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The Ryder Quartet Audiobook

The Ryder Quartet: Volumes 1-4

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Publisher's Summary

Four high-octane crime thrillers, each critically acclaimed as separate publications, now collected in a set. Hundreds of five-star reviews of the individual volumes testify to their reputation as action-packed thrillers steeped in authenticity and plausibility, reflecting the real world of police encounters with the dark world of crime.

©2017 Ian Patrick (P)2017 Ian Patrick

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    Rene Chell Iffley 14/02/2018
    Rene Chell Iffley 14/02/2018
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    "Absorbing and chilling"
    What made the experience of listening to The Ryder Quartet the most enjoyable?

    Very scarily like real life in that country. The news each day seems to be uncannily like what is described in this and other books from South Africa.


    What other book might you compare The Ryder Quartet to, and why?

    The Bourne trilogy comes to mind because of the action and the evil forces ranged against the good guys.


    What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

    Nice and easy, no fuss. He doesn't do the women so well. But the men are well done.


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

    Very sad in places and very funny in places.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the listen.

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    Daniel Blaine Buckingham 07/02/2018
    Daniel Blaine Buckingham 07/02/2018
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    "Very true to life and exciting"
    What did you like most about The Ryder Quartet?

    The four stories make a very good overall tale. They are well connected without any false cliff-hanging moments just to make you go and buy the next book. It is all plausible and very well researched in my opinion.


    What other book might you compare The Ryder Quartet to, and why?

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. Just as good. Thrilling and believable.


    What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

    He does the accents well without turning it into a whole melodrama.


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

    There are indeed lots of moments where it is very sad and also very funny at parts.


    Any additional comments?

    I read one of the books in the quartet last year. It was great to read/listen to all of them in sequence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce Templeton Bicester 23/01/2018
    Joyce Templeton Bicester 23/01/2018
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    "Impressive sleuthing in action "
    Would you listen to The Ryder Quartet again? Why?

    These were four police procedurals that I had expected to be British and rather in the mould of Colin Dexter or PD James. But they aren’t. They’re more exciting, in my view. Not the cool detached British detective looking quietly and relentlessly for clues, but the fisticuffs, kick-boxing, and violent engagement that one has come to expect from Hollywood detective stories. And? Guess what? I love that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The detectives were all good. It seems altogether more realistic to me that these detectives should be talking about their favourite rugby teams one minute, teasing each other the next, then engaging in rip-roaring action with the worst criminals you can imagine.


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

    Very nice to hear the accents properly done. The accents in the audiobook help a lot, and contribute to a very colourful and realistic experience.


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

    The stories are gripping and believable, and I found myself very engaged throughout. I was very upset at a couple of the gruesome deaths, but it is all so real and believable. I laughed a lot, too.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was very good, and each of the four stories seem to me to be rooted in the real world of contemporary post-democratic South Africa that has come to signal itself in the news items that I have seen in the form of blood-curdling murder and mayhem.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Desmond Franks Banbury 18/01/2018
    Desmond Franks Banbury 18/01/2018
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    "Beautifully plotted"
    If you could sum up The Ryder Quartet in three words, what would they be?

    Believable action thriller


    What did you like best about this story?

    I’ve read a couple of the individual stories in this quartet, but it was very good to go through them all in sequence from the beginning, and hear the author read them himself. The accents are good and – although I would prefer to have had a man and a woman’s voice to share the different genders between them – it was altogether very satisfying. The way the hunt for the evil criminal unfolds is expertly handled. By the time the great climax comes in the final chapter of the final book, one is ready for some big-action martial arts. The author doesn’t disappoint. I found the writing very well laid out, beautifully plotted, with lots of warm and believable human characters throughout. Most enjoyable. Some great discussions about rugby, too. Very funny.


    Have you listened to any of Ian Patrick’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes, one of the volumes, but this is the best.


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

    Laughs and cries all the way


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant. Highly recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Genevieve Joffrey Bicester 03/01/2018
    Genevieve Joffrey Bicester 03/01/2018
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    "Four lovely thrillers"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, for sure. Four eight-hour audiobooks collected together in one audiobook makes for a lovely series (and reasonably priced, for four books) to listen to in the awful winter weather we are having. It's like curling up next to the fire with a comforting warm voice taking you through the depths of dark despair and then out the other side again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole series makes sense as a cohesive whole, although each story stands independently of the rest. It was lovely picking up the hints and connections between each of the stories. It's like a Lee Child novel, where you say "oh yes, he's referring back to the thing that happened in that book". Same thing here. It all connects so well.


    What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

    Nice and easy and different - a clear voice with good diction but not the standard mid-Atlantic accent we hear so often.


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

    No. Not possible. Not desirable, either. It is thirty hours all in all so I took over a week to listen to it. In the bath. On the bus. In front of the fire. Lots of red wine and warmth and an exciting series.


    Any additional comments?

    The dog is amazing. What a character. I should mention that my dog sat with me in front of the fire and whined whenever the dog in the book got into trouble. Uncanny, that. Clever canines.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Jessica Phelps
    Musgrave, Durban
    20/01/18
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    "So true and well researched"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very entertaining and very real


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ryder Quartet?

    Like Fiona and Jeremy Ryder, my husband and I also fling ourselves in despair onto the lounge floor when The Sharks drop the ball five yards from the line. That was so brilliant.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    For me, the repartee between the cops and their spouses/partners was the most enjoyable aspect of the books. Married to a retired detective, who tells me that these books are UNCANNILY ACCURATE, I know a bit about the things cops have to deal with. I also know a bit about their passion for rugby. The discussions about rugby were hilarious (and very accurate, too, when it came to arguments about what happened in the world cup matches).


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The attack on a family at the hands of thugs was very moving, especially the aftermath


    Any additional comments?

    I live in a suburb that is right at the heart of the action that is portrayed in these stories. It is quite nerve-wracking, in fact, knowing the features of the city and the topography of the surrounding beaches and sugar-cane fields, and hearing regularly about awful crimes that are committed in the same vein as those described in these books. I listened with rapt attention to the characters and their adventures.

    We loved listening to these stories. They are so true to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hadrian
    Parkview
    11/01/18
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    "Stylish set of four crime thrillers"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Thirty-something hours of audiobook action. What's not to like? OK, there's a little bit of slowing down at one point in the first book, to get readers and listeners apprised of the facts they need to follow the action, but then it soon bursts back into life. I thought all four books were really good. I gained insights into life in a province I don't know that well but that I certainly do see a lot of in the media. Downright awful criminals. Here they get their come-uppance, at least to some extent. But what's especially good is the cultural value I gained from listening to these books. I learnt a lot about police work and camaraderie and also about violent crime. And human nature. Good plot, well written, well narrated.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ryder Quartet?

    The devilish weapon right at the beginning - about thirty pages into book one - is a chilling moment. But then there are many more such moments. Like the attack on a family in book four. Maybe the best of all is the final c hapter of book four when Ryder goes on the attack.


    Which character – as performed by Ian Patrick – was your favorite?

    The two Afrikaans detectives Koekemoer and Dippenaar ("Koeks 'n Dipps") are a scream.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The attack on the dog at the end is really moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Good writing, good speaking, relevant and up-to-date drama. I liked it a helluva lot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charlize
    Durban
    03/01/18
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    "30 hours of total absorption"

    I couldn't believe how totally absorbed I was in this over the course of a week, listening every night. The fact that the murders, events, mayhem and corruption all take place within a mile or so from where I live made it especially fascinating. But it wasn't just that. The stories are all so well structured and the atmosphere was so well created that I thought I was back in the old days when my family sat with ears glued to something called "Squad Cars" on the radio in South Africa ("They prowl the empty streets at night..."). The characters are so entertaining. The villains are - well - villainous, and the detectives are just like people I know and knew in the old days. I loved these stories and they all make for an interesting complete cycle, even though they are separate stories. The narrator was dark and mysterious, which was well suited to the narrative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Evelyn Gaintree
    Pietermaritzburg
    13/02/18
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    "Different and thrilling"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ryder Quartet to be better than the print version?

    I preferred the text, to be honest. The narration was good but I loved being drawn into my imagination while reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The clash between good and evil against a background of whether justice is suited to ther worst kind of devils.


    What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

    Nice comfortable narration with good accents


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

    The attack on innocent people was very upsetting.


    Any additional comments?

    Very accurate and true to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shareen
    12/02/18
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    "Brilliant and true to life"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ryder Quartet to be better than the print version?

    Both are good. They were gripping and enjoyable to listen to and most of all they reflect the reality around this place where I live.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The characters are entertainingly real and believable, even the criminals: they are funny when drunk, evil when sober, and dangerous all the time. The cops are funny and witty and tease each other mercilessly while going after the bad guys when duty calls. The whole set of stories is very entertaining and the narration is particularly good. The reader has a mysterious voice and is always clear and precise.


    Have you listened to any of Ian Patrick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, none so far.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are a couple of gruesome murders but generally it was a pleasure to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    These books are true to life and brilliant to listen to in the car or in the bath (which is where I spent most of my time with them), although I could have done with no swearing (but then I suppose that’s what cops and robbers do in real life), even though it was sparingly used. But what a thrill it was to listen to all of these books one after another.

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