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Splinter the Silence

Tony Hill/Carol Jordan, Book 9
Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
Series: Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, Book 9
Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (811 ratings)

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Summary

When psychological profiler Tony Hill comes across a series of suicides among women tormented by vicious online predators, he begins to wonder if there is more to these tragedies than meets the eye. Could it be murder? But what kind of serial killer wants his crimes to stay hidden?

Tony and DCI Carol Jordan begin the hunt for the most dangerous and terrifying kind of killer - someone who has nothing to fear and nothing to lose....

©2015 Val McDermid (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"The real mistress of psychological gripping thrillers; no one can plot or tell a story like she can." ( Daily Express)
"McDermid remains unrivalled." ( Observer)
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Good story, nightmare narration

What didn’t you like about Saul Reichlin’s performance?

Slaughtered a good book. Poor performance. Poor characterisation. Did he get paid for these? I want to listen to more val mcdermid books in the series but not with this narration

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Regional accents...

I listened to Saul Reichlin read all three of Stieg Larsson's books and was really impressed with how he carried the voices of such an extensive array of characters. Unfortunately, when it comes to British regional accents, it is (excuse the pun) a different story. Scouse characters randomly become Irish and residents of Bradfield sound like a convention of the Jimmy Clitheroe supporters club. I'm about half way through at the moment and it's a bit of a trial.

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Good but not good

Back on track with Tony and Carol, although I found some of the attitudes a little dated. However, the narrator is bad - very patronising and some of the accents are just plain offensive.

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Probably the worst narration I've ever experienced

Overall the story is pretty good; save your money or your credit and read it on kindle

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Narration has ruined a perfectly good story

The storyline was good but ultimately undone by some truly awful narration. Terrible accents made me cringe. Overwrought pronunciation and expression made the dialogue seem awkward, cliched and poorly crafted. This is one that should never have made it out of the recording studio.

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A listening experience marred by poor narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I listen to books when doing routine chores. It was mildly engaging but the style of narration irritated me. It was lacking in expressive nuance and failed to engage my attention.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I'd have chosen a different narrator - preferably a woman, given the strong feminist story line.

Would you be willing to try another one of Saul Reichlin’s performances?

No.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Maybe.

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Awful narration

This is my first Val McDermid book via Audible. I'm a big fan of her stuff and was really looking forward to listening to it. The story is not one of the best of the series but I was happy to be back with some favourite characters although some of the dialogue is clunky and a bit unbelievable.

I seem to be in a minority not being that keen on Saul Reichlin as a narrator but I thought I'd be able to put that to one side...wrong. He really spoiled it for me. He's particularly bad when he's putting on accents for some of the characters...it made me genuinely cringe.

I'm going to make a point of not listening to anything else he does.

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Saul Reichlin more like Bored Reichlin

I have reached ch . 15 and I'm losing the will to continue. Jeff Harding brings much more excitement to the stories that he tells. Saul is like a bored, professor on auto pilot.

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Poor, amateur attempt to reincarnate characters that are now one dimensional. Also read in a poor racist manner

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another blinder from McDermid-narration a bit iffy

After what seems like a lifetime of waiting for the next chapter of what i call the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan saga, I was more than eager to get started-I was not disappointed. The story builds and flows effortlessly and I was enthralled from the start. the only thing that let it down a bit was the narrator. his voices all sound the same and his attempt at accents was laughable. luckily the writing was strong enough to get past that. Thoroughly enjoyed it and am only disappointed that I finished it so quickly! Another 5star offering from Val McDermid.

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  • Kathleen
  • 14-10-15

Very disappointed

What disappointed you about Splinter the Silence?

Come on Val this story was so predictable you knew her heroes were going to be best friends again. I fell out of love with Carol one of her main characters she has turned into a whinging Pom.

What could Val McDermid have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I New from the start the boyfriend of Stacy the computer genius was no good. Too easy to spot.

Would you be willing to try another one of Saul Reichlin’s performances?

Did not mind Saul it was easy to spot the different character voices.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Splinter the Silence?

It does not need any thing cut out of it needs more more body put into it' excuse the pun.

Any additional comments?

Very disappointed I wasted a credit, I was so looking forward to listen to this book.
I want my credit back

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  • alana
  • 19-09-15

Disappointing

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Would definitely not say this was time well spent. Storyline was abysmal. The end was unbelievable. Pretty much all of the story was a tad far fetched.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Have no idea - but it won't be a McDermid novel.

What three words best describe Saul Reichlin’s performance?

Inconsistent, lazy, unbelievable.

Was Splinter the Silence worth the listening time?

No

Any additional comments?

No comment.

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  • Monica
  • 16-05-18

Not as good as usual

I really don’t like the narrator. His attempt at an Asian accent is ridiculous. The story needed better editing. It’s long and meandering and certainly not what I’d expect from this author.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-06-16

First audible book.

Loved it! My first audible book thanks to my son. Now I have to choose the next one.