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Sleeping in the Ground

The 24th DCI Banks Mystery
Narrated by: Simon Slater
Series: Inspector Banks Novels, Book 24
Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
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Summary

The thrilling 24th instalment in Peter Robinson's number one best-selling Banks Series.

A shocking mass murder occurs at a wedding in a small Dales church, and a huge manhunt follows. Eventually the shooter is run to ground, and things take their inevitable course. But Banks is plagued with doubts as to exactly what happened outside the church that day and why.

Struggling with the death of his first serious girlfriend and the return of profiler Jenny Fuller into his life, Banks feels the need to dig deeper into the murders, and as he does so, he uncovers forensic and psychological puzzles that lead him to the past secrets that might just provide the answers he is looking for. When the surprising truth becomes clear, it is almost too late.

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Surprisingly tedious and self-indulgent

I’ve listened or read all the books in the Alan Banks detective series and have to say the present book is the least enjoyable owing to a thin story padded out by far too much irrelevant ramblings not least the long sections devoted to the simplistic psychological speculations of a profiler. The book is full of psychological navel-gazing by Banks about his past loves and missed opportunities for relationships. Altogether the book has far too much ‘psychology’ and not enough detection.

The author has always had a propensity to insert too much of, I guess, his musical taste and opinions, but in this book it is excessive and self-indulgent. We also don’t need to know every detail of what people are wearing or the decor of rooms. It all smacks of an author tired of his successful series and merely fulfilling the need for an annual book.

The narrator is excellent.

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A little predictable ....

This one was too predictable for me. The dual strands of the old murder and New made it quite obvious where we were heading. Not a classic Banks but still enjoyed it and it's well written. I could do without the condescending music and poetry stuff but at least Alan isn't an Alcoholic.

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One of the bes!

Having read all the series to date, I would place this slight change from the norm at the top of pile!!!

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Very disappointing

This started well, but I guessed the killer very early on, and the hesitancy of the police to accept the obvious conclusions was really annoying! The characters were unsympathetic and their responses unbelievable.

The awful narration didn't help. The delivery was stilted and pompous, with mis-timed pauses that affected the listener's understanding and it was hard to distinguish different characters. All attempts at female voices, (with exception of the best-forgotten attempt to recreate Winsome' s West Indies' accent), were the same- whiny, nasal and annoying- the men's weren't much better.

I will not be listening to anything else narrated by Slater, but I was also not impressed by this particular effort from Peter Robinson. Banks himself came across as uncharacteristically unsympathetic and the portrayal of the female characters smacked of mysogyny. I think this series has passed its sell-by date.

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Disappointing

Been a long time fan of Banks but I have found the last couple of books disappointing, this one seemed very self indulgent, long narrative on Banks thoughts on past events which did not seem relevant to story. Performance was also not as good as other audio books I've had, noticed some wrong dialogue and change in pitch for female characters sounded comical.

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These books are getting worse and worse

Predictable, unbelievable plot lines, daft characters, the description and treatment of women (all beautiful and jealous of each other, and of course, all attracted to an aging detective who's becoming more and more self-pitying and self-obsessed with age). When the main character calls a police woman 'young woman' after she's saved the day, how patronising!

Saw all the twists coming a mile off. And the narrator sounded bored, too posh for a book set in Yorkshire.

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another grate lision

if you havent heard any of the other in this series get lisioning there fantastic this book is again thrilling and enjoyable it griping and intresting

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Not very interesting

I Was disappointed with this storey didn’t grip me and dragged on in my opinion.

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Sleeping in the ground

This is another good story from dci banks I love these books you get immersed and can't put it down. Narrator was a pleasure to Liston too.

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One of his best

The intertwined plots and character descriptions brings the reader/listener into the story. This is one if his very best.

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  • Janet Willis
  • 01-08-17

FANTASTIC NARATION

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Great book - lots of interesting characters, but the story got predictable right at the end