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  • Dark Crimes

  • DCI Sophie Allen, Book 1
  • By: Michael Hambling
  • Narrated by: Cat Gould
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • 3.3 out of 5 stars (140 ratings)
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Dark Crimes

By: Michael Hambling
Narrated by: Cat Gould
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Summary

A young woman's body is discovered on a deserted footpath.

It seems like a simple crime for DCI Sophie Allen and her team to solve. But not when the victim's mother is found strangled the next morning. The case grows more complex as DCI Sophie Allen discovers that the victims had secret histories involving violence and intimidation. There's an obvious suspect, but Detective Allen isn't convinced. Could someone else be lurking in the shadows, someone savagely violent, looking for warped revenge?

Dark Crimes is the first in a series of detective thrillers featuring DCI Sophie Allen, head of the newly formed Violent Crime Unit in Dorset. She is pushed to the limit in her first major case as the team's head.

©2016 Michael Hambling (P)2016 Tantor

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Narrator truly is awful and ruins a good story

I didn’t think all the awful reviews about the narrator could be that bad. But she IS that bad. She kills this book stone dead!

The character of Sophie Allen is vibrant and energetic - quick to praise, enthusiastic when people get it right, scathing when they do not or someone is trying to put her down. The narrator would have done Dylan the spaced-out rabbit in “The Magic Roundabout” really well. She makes Sophie sound as if she is coming down off a cannabis trip - dragging voice with an Australian intonation. In fact, although I have only listened to the first chapter, she makes everyone sound the same, a bit like an engine trying to rev up and failing.

A real shame because the Sophie Allen books are excellent. But I simply cannot listen to this narrator any more. This is going back.

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Story line

Great story line and setting, but not well narrated which meant story was not flowing

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Apalling Narration

The narrator was dull and drawled. She also made very bad attempts at other voices- the book was ruined.

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Off putting Narrator.

Story was good but is was spoiled by the awful narrator. Her accents were terrible. Will not listen to the next one if it’s the same person narrating.

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Struggled with the narrator but do like books like this

I’ve struggled to stick with this book as the narrator is hard to listen to.

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Good story

Awful narration. Australian accent wasdistracting, and her attempts at accent dreadful. Took a while to work out what she was attempting to portray. Would listen to another by this author, but NOT with this narrator

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Not much.

It was an ok story but please sack the narrator she was terrible. It spoiled a reasonable story.

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Good plot spoilt by too many mispronunciations by narrator and at times her bored tone.

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Enjoyable

Worth a listen. Narration OK - a little robotic and almost everyone sounded the same, which got a little grating as got further through. I found the ending a little lacking but still enjoyed. Worth listening to being free at the moment.

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The narrator

The narrator spoiled the story for me. I was sometimes laughing so much at the awful accents that it took the emphasis away from the story.

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