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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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  • Mikey
  • poole, United Kingdom
  • 19-09-18

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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  • Sue
  • Dunstable, United Kingdom
  • 21-09-18

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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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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  • Andy
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 24-09-18

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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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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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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Spare me the Ibsen

I enjoyed this less than the previous books. Putting in meaningless quotes from Ibsen wore very thin after 70 chapters. And the story became laboured after the discovery of the body. In the end I just wanted it to end. Having said that, there were enjoyable bits too: the author's disdain for London society tossers is splendid; the dialogue between Robin (?Robyn - I've never seen it in print) and Matt and between Strike and Charlotte was excellent; and the reader is one of the best. I think it's time Strike and Robin got it togetherb this dancing around each other is also wearing a bit thin.

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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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Sadly disappointing for true fan

I bought this as an Audiobook, and something that jarred throughout was that the voice chosen for Strike, by the otherwise excellent reader, was a dead ringer for Inspector Wexford, the elderly and beloved detective devised by Ruth Rendell. Therefore I could never have envisaged him as a potential lover of young Robin. This proved a major drawback throughout.

The book started well enough and I settled down to what I fully expected to be an engrossing read, as I enjoyed the earlier books so much. But after the initial fun and games with Strike and Robin and the wedding, it became a little pedestrian. There were several chapters of tedious telling the story rather than showing - other writers will know exactly what I mean. During the entire book there were interminable chapters devoted to the pedestrian love life and the long-winded misunderstandings which are tedious, predictable and serve only to slow the plot down. Does the sub-editor fear the the effect of suggestions of pruning on the great J.K. Rowling?

What a pity Rowling ever had a hero with a prosthetic leg. She seems to feel the need to bring it up in one way or another on what seems to be practically every page, until we are swamped with mentions of his missing limb. Obviously his leg is going to be sore and is that not enough? Do we really have to be constantly aware of his discomfort, graphic descriptions of the state of the stump, how it inhibits his career and really makes him pretty well unsuitable to be an adequate detective since mostly he seems to be unable to do almost anything requiring physical strength without becoming unbalanced or exhausted and drawn with pain.

Continuity was occasionally strange, with a revolver becoming a rifle and then a revolver in the space of a few pages and what the relevance of Billy and his story has is beyond me.

A disappointing and apparently hurriedly written book, overly long, 600 odd pages in the kindle edition, and rather tiresome. Were this the first in the series rather than the fourth I probably would not wish to read another. As it is, I will hope that someone in the publishing house will keep a firmer hand on any further episodes.

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  • Ann D
  • Newcastle, England
  • 03-10-18

Loved it!

Just like the first three in the series, I loved this. The characters are fabulous and it’s a story to really ‘get your teeth into’. Surprisingly, Robert Glenister’s narration was not as faultless as previously. His Yorkshire accent was decidedly dodgy (strange, as he did a fine job in previous books). Other reviewers have commented that his Scottish accent left a lot to be desired too (I don’t know the accent well enough to pick that up). Nevertheless, his voice is wonderful and the accents problem didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book.

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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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  • 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.

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  • Jo-Ann Passmore
  • 14-11-18

Amazing!

Wow. So well written and performed. Absolutely thrilling. The grit and realism was gripping. Loved it!

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  • Grace
  • 06-11-18

mwah

I was looking forward to it, but it turned out overly formulaic. Disappointing, no stylistic literary surprises, just more of the same.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-18

Looong book

Very good narrator, but I guess it comes down to taste. I depend on several highs along the way, but this turned out to be talk, talk and talk, until everything is revealed during the last ten minutes. Not for me.

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  • Chu
  • 27-10-18

The best !

Love this one and the best so far in the series! Glad to hear Robert Glenister ‘s voice again! Nice play!

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  • Tara
  • 21-10-18

Fantastic

My most favourite author does not disappoint. Every word is a pleasure to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-10-18

Best so far

This book is excellent. Best so far in this serie. And best crime I have read for years.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-18

I just can't get enough of Strike

I can't wait for more! It has been a pleasure to listen. Also great reader!