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Relentless

Narrated by: Paul Thornley
Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
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Summary

Saturday afternoon: you're with the kids in the garden when the phone rings. It's your best friend from school. Someone you haven't seen for a few years. It should be a friendly call catching up on old times. But it's not. This call is different. Your friend is panting with fear, his breaths coming in tortured, ragged gasps. Someone is inflicting terrible pain on him. He cries out and then he utters six words that will change your life forever...the first two lines of your address.

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An Absolute Winner!

When buying my monthly allocation of audio titles, I generally opt for those from the Crime & Thrillers section, so have a broad experience of this genre. I hadn't heard of this author before but chose to download this title on the basis that it had been shortlisted for an award and that the sample was tantalising to listen to. My expectations were therefore high and the book far exceeded them. Its pace was truly 'relentless' so much so that at times I was more than reluctant to turn off my iPod. After the book finishes, there is the added bonus of a conversation between the author and the actor who read it and who had done such a masterly job. This nicely rounded-off the positive listening experience I was was so sorry had ended. Thank you Audible, thank you Simon Kernick and and thank you Paul Thornley!

104 people found this helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent twisted plot

At first I thought this was just going to be a light-hearted and forgettable drama but it developed into a fast-paced and enthralling thriller with plenty of plot twists to keep me coming back to listen at every opportunity. The mundane background of the main protagonist and the south east suburban setting add an entertaining and novel dimension. The narrator does an excellent job of bringing the various well-rounded characters to life. Highly recommended.

74 people found this helpful

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Excellent

Loved 'A good day to die' and this was by far better. Fast, pacey and lots of twists. the 'hero' is so much not a hero, as realistic as you will get no superhero stuff just your average IT Consultant who gets scared, confused and angry. his actions are what you will get with a family man who has never been in trouble all his life. No good at this stuff really basically just absolutely loved it, just wish more of Simon Kernick's books get on here as unabridged downloads. A++++

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Superb...

Another super book from Simon Kernick. If you like a fast moving, twisting and turning crime drama, then this will be right up your street.
As the title suggests, this is non stop, and you'll find it very hard to put down!
Great narration from Paul Thornley

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Disappointed to say the least 😏

I love this author, Simon Kernick and I especially love Paul Thornley, however, unfortunately the combo didn’t work this time😏 - The story line was OK, but Paul’s main character’s tone just didn’t work for me it simply was to monotoned... Sorry 𗀹

9 people found this helpful

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My Heart Raced Along With The Story

My first Simon Kernick book as recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint!!

I drive alot with work so love my audio books, I found myself sitting in the car when I had arrived as I couldn't bear to turn it off. The narration is perfect for the characters and keeps up with the pace of the story. Well written and read 110% recommend this to anyone who likes a heart racing thriller.

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Don't bother

This is a poorly written novel full of unnecessary "he said/she said" unconvincing dialogue, very repetitive. The characters were two dimensional and unconvincing. I felt "who cares" . The reader's deadpan delivery added to the boredom. Couldn't be bothered to finish it

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Not really relentless

Would you try another book written by Simon Kernick or narrated by Paul Thornley?

Probably not.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The premise was interesting - a good idea that could have been better executed. The story carries you along to some extent but ultimately, for me, it failed to convince. Characterisation was thin and I never really warmed to the characters.

What about Paul Thornley’s performance did you like?

Performance was good except that when in the first person he tended to be a bit whining. Although the character has plenty to whine about I would have expected more nuance given the unexpectedness and trauma of the circumstances he is facing. One other minor irritant was the repeated pronunciation of "Daniels's" rather than "Daniels'."

Was Relentless worth the listening time?

Not really. certainly wouldn't listen for a second time, unlike most of the books I have bought.

19 people found this helpful

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I was caught up in it

It is interesting what contrasting reviews this has had. I was one of those who looked forward to every opportunity I had to listen to it - I found it the audio equivalent of a page-turner. Yes there are cliches - but that fits with the kind of person I imagined the main character to be - the style made him real - combined with the very good narration, I was able to lose myself in it. I have now listened to three other books by this author and have found them all of similar calibre.

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Hold onto your hats!

If there is a book that tells you how to write a fast paced, exciting thriller, Simon Kernick has clearly read it and taken on board most of the rules. This is the tale of an ordinary man who really shouldn't be involved with murderous criminals, but one day, through no fault of his own, finds himself in mortal danger. The action starts from page one and although the pace is maintained, the story still introduces some engaging and compelling characters along the way. Paul Thorley reads this with just the right sort of London accents (i.e. believable) and does a great job of keeping up the excitement. This is one to listen to when you want to give your brain a rest and allow it to enjoy itself for a change.

6 people found this helpful