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Lethal White

Cormoran Strike, Book 4
Narrated by: Robert Glenister
Series: Cormoran Strike, Book 4
Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Literature & Fiction
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Summary

Shortlisted for best audiobook in the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018.

I seen a kid killed.... He strangled it, up by the horse.

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.  

Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.  

And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike's own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been - Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much more tricky than that....

The most epic Robert Galbraith novel yet, Lethal White is the gripping next instalment in the ongoing story of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott.

©2018 Robert Galbraith Limited (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

After having read the previous installments to this series I must say there was little doubt in my mind that I would enjoy Lethal White, but this had a different approach compared to the others and I found myself becoming increasingly intrigued with how Strike was going to overcome the fresh obstacles placed in front of him. The difference between this book and the last few, is that when Cormoran first appeared on the scene as a personal detective he was a single (albeit a bit lonely as well) rough-around-the edges detective, he was unknown to the public and his raw approach was evident not only from the way he talked, his mannerisms or even the cuisine he would often choose to indulge in (Large donor kebab with extra chips) but also the almost obsessive determination in getting the job done. Lethal White throws some pretty interesting spanners in the works, Strike is now famous, he's tasted success through his work and he's even found some sort of relationship in Robin, which proves to be difficult as she has become invaluable to him. Excellently read by a master narrator, this book is pleasingly long in length and the story has more twists than a formula one racing track. This review was about 100 words too long, because any Galbraith novel scarcely requires any introduction, I just got a bit carried away because I enjoyed it so much! Compelling from start to finish.

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Whatever the audiobook term is for unputdownable.

This is the first Strike book since the tv adaptations and it was great to find that the Strike in my head is unchanged. Probably because the tv was so well cast! This was a very engaging episode and I couldn't stop listening. Excellent plot. The usual great narration from Robert Glenister. I must admit I did yell at the characters a bit, but that's standard now. They're flawed, I love them.

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Amazing

For me this series is consistently excellent. The plots weave in with the character development and real events to give a good sense of context. I cannot sing the praises of this series too much, other than the fact that I am getting everyone I know to read it and I’m now “patiently” waiting the 2 years for the next instalment! In terms of an audible book Robert Glenister is excellent, his regional accents are great and the characters spoken words are synonymous with his voice!

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Not the strongest in the Strike series

Well read as always, and enjoyable enough but not the strongest in the series: I have no problem with the on-going will they won’t they of the protagonists, but the mystery plot was a little weaker than the previous and felt as if it relied a bit too much on long conversations of exposition.

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Gripping

A great installment in this series. The crime story was very interesting and really had me thinking. I couldn't work out who had 'done it' or why, and I'm pleased that for one person at least it was resolved in the way it was. The personal story was very gripping, characters becoming more loathsome, the lack of communication between some was so irritating I found myself almost shouting at my listening device lol. It was all very realistic though. Just a warning that there are elements of emotional and mental abuse explored in this story that some may find triggering. Bring on the next one!!

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What's gone wrong?

This has been a great series so far, but this book was really not up to scratch. As a crime-thriller, it lacked crime or thrills. And there can only be so much of the recycling of the non-romance between Robin and Strike before it just gets repetitious. It feels like 'Galbraith' has read one too many Jane Austen novel, but lacks Austin's finely tuned pacing and flair.

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Compelling in story and performance

I must have got through this audible in record time from the release date, so compelling was the story and performance. I will be sure to find more titles read by the extraordinary and multi-voiced Robert Glenister who brings the best of the different skills of storytelling and acting to his role. And I love, as always with this series, the sense of place... of London, the subtle detail and the broad sweep of the story with its fascinating contemporary and ancient themes.

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Disappointing

Having listened to all the previous books, I thought that this one was by far the weakest. It's saving grace was the excellent performance by the narrator, Robert Glenister. He brings to life each of the characters with great skill. The story is far too long and over complicated. I love the two main characters and once again, we are left wanting more of their unfolding relationship.

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The best so far...!

The Strike novels have always had a highly addictive quality, and this fourth is no exception - I was actually hugely invested in a physical copy of a different novel when this came out, but one night I was too tired to read, so I thought I'd just listen to the first 10 minutes of this and ease myself in gently before jumping with gusto once I'd finished the other book...well, four days later, I had finished this and not touched the other! "Unputdownable", exactly. I listened over breakfast, which spilled into early afternoon and long evenings. It's so easy to dip into, but once I started I couldn't stop. A truly gripping central mystery (which, unlike the Silkworm or Career of Evil, didn't irritate me along the way), populated with characters who, in true Christie-style, all had plausible motives to commit various crimes, alongside the continuing relationship between Robin and Strike which enthrals me. I love the way we see their individual perspectives in separate chapters, it is very involving, like a serialised drama: perfect for an audiobook. The only negative: it has left me wanting so much more, as soon as possible!

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Absolutely brilliant

22 hours of listening to this fantastically gripping story and I didn't want it to end. Thoroughly drawn into the characters lives. Please let there be another chapter soon.

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  • Hanna
  • 03-10-18

Another great Cormoran and Robin story

Such a good story, was difficult to stop listening. I was not able to guess the ending. And I really loved how it was read by Robert Glenister. He made the characters and the story feel so alive as I listened

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  • Edward
  • 15-11-18

Absolute ripper

Great book. Loved it - an absolute ripper, again. I love that I couldn’t predict the ending

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  • Bruce
  • 07-09-20

Sadly, interrupted with pretentious and annoying quote

An enjoyable book. Good story, adds to the story arc of the series nicely too. Shame about the book quotations inserted at the beginning of EVERY CHAPTER. I found these more and more annoying as the book went on... to me they were irrelevant quotes that just distracted and interrupted. Only if they were Latin would it be more pretentious. Not sure if i will buy the next book... dont think i can deal with another 70+ useless quotes scattered thru what would else wise be an enjoyable book.

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  • 07-08-20

Great book brilliantly read

Loved it. She's a great story teller and he read it superbly well ( fantastic accents )

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  • Terry
  • 29-03-20

Poor voice choices

It’s hard to come to terms with Cormorant Strike having an aged Yorkshire voice, he sounds more like an ancient actor from the Archers. In many ways it would have been better to just read the story instead of trying to interpret the voices of all the characters. It was so annoying I had to give up in the end and read the book myself.

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  • Yuliya YY
  • 16-10-19

Captivating story, but not as good as previous...

I liked it, but I didnt feel it was as good as previous 3 books.. I lost a bit of interest as the book progresses to the end. However, if there would be book no.5, I would be definitely getting it.

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  • Brian Costello
  • 24-08-19

My favorite Strike novel yet! Can't wait for more!

This audiobook is an absolute delight! A great installment of this series, but the performance really brings the story alive. love the mystery, love the interpersonal drama! Can't wait for more Strike and Robin :)

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  • Lisa Elumalai
  • 02-03-19

It delivers.

Just a great story in a series I love. You know it's good when your long commute is extended by sitting in the car at your destination just to hear a few more minutes.

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  • Lauren
  • 01-01-19

The finest one yet

This addition to the series has been my favourite yet. A real “page turner” that kept me listening to it at any chance I could find. Highly Recommended to all the Strike and Harry Potter fans out there.

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  • Brenda
  • 27-11-18

Absolutely enthralling. loved every moment of it.

the narrator was incredible and the book enthralling. so enjoying these wonderful Comorant detective series.