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The Beautiful Dead

Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
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Summary

Eve Singer needs death. With her career as a TV crime reporter flagging, she'll do anything to satisfy her ghoulish audience.

The killer needs death, too. He even advertises his macabre public performances, where he hopes to show the whole world the beauty of dying.

When he contacts Eve, she welcomes the chance to be first with the news from every gory scene. Until she realizes that the killer has two obsessions. One is public murder. And the other one is her.

©2016 Belinda Bauer (P)2016 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Well enough written but nonsense, don't waste your time!

Alas another piece of nonsense about a crazy killer with lots of money, a crazy motivation and a fixation on a good looking woman. The poor guy just wasn't loved by his parents. There are a couple of extra bits and pieces thrown in to the mix for variety: a dementing parent; a black female body guard and a toy boy. All well and good but you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, can you?

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Overacting!

Shame really as it’s a good story. The reader is trying too hard and the dialects are poor. Eve would not be speaking in a heavy, breathy whisper. Just normal would be fine.

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Bauer-lite

Oh, dear. I really hate writing a glum review of a favoured author, but was so disappointed with this one; it seemed loaded with cliche, triteness, and the word ‘disparate’. Someone on Good Reads described it as Bauer-lite, and I would agree; having thoroughly enjoyed the Darklands trilogy and Rubbernecker, TBD did not compare well. I think it wasn’t helped by Andrew Wincott (The Archers, apparently) narrating in silly voices.

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Not Bauer's best

I was disappointed by this one. It was all a bit silly and predictable, and not up to Bauer's usual standard.
I don't why, the main character being female, they chose a male narrator. He struggles with doing female voices, and reads the main character's as a sort of whisper, which makes her come across as daft and girlish, rather than as a hard-nosed reporter.

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  • margaret king
  • 07-12-18

Is this artificial intelligence?

Belinda Bauer is an outstanding writer who is able to conjure up complex, nuanced characters, which makes this book all the more puzzling because it is tedious and superficial.
It is almost as if a machine learning program wrote a novel based on all Bauer's books and called it Beautiful Dead.
How else can the writer account for creating characters that invite so little engagement? And for putting them in a storyline that is utterly uncompelling and that elicits from this reader a feeling akin to feedback from a mic.
The protagonist's father has dementia -- a brave choice for the writer because she has to find a way to convey a family member's experience of this without making the reader want to throw down the book in frustration.
In Tokyo Year Zero, David Peace has the skill to maintain engagement while inflicting considerable discomfort on the reader. (It's not dementia in Tokyo Day Zero but I won't say more for fear of spoilers.) Sadly, Bauer has not have the skill.
She could also take pointers from other works by Peace on how to create an unlikable journalist who traffics in death but who negotiates a complex moral universe. (Hint: the moral universe should be more complex than that of undergraduate fridge poetry.)
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