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The Last Temptation

Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
Series: Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, Book 3
Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (772 ratings)

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Summary

A twisted killer targeting psychologists has left a grisly trail across Europe. Dr Tony Hill, expert at mapping the minds of murderers, is reluctant to get involved. But then the next victim is much closer to home.... Meanwhile his former partner, DCI Carol Jordan, is working undercover in Berlin on a dangerous operation to trap a millionaire trafficker. When the game turns nasty, Tony is the only person she can call on for help.

©2002 Val McDermid (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"McDermid has become our leading pathologist of everyday evil....The subtle orchestration of terror is masterful." ( Guardian)
"Val McDermid is a roaring Ferrari amid the crowded traffic on the crime-writing road." ( Independent)

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Not the best

I'm really trying to get in to this series, indeed I really enjoyed the first two but I find this narrator very hard work. I don't think he suits the feel of the books at all and in this one, I even more so.
I also felt the story line was quite far fetched.
I actually couldn't finish it.

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Spoiled by the narration

Val's books are fab. Very dark, so be prepared! I'm mystified why this narrator is STILL employed to narrate such a high profile popular series. He's by far the worst narrator I've ever had the misfortune to listen to in all my audible years! Dreadful accents, emphases in all the wrong places, no emotion whatsoever. I'll stick to the printed versions from now on

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what on earth

so disappointed, I love Val McDermid books normally and normally can't wait to finish and then regret when I have as they are so good. what on earth happen here? this has taken me over a month to conclude and now I have I'm glad. it wandered all over the place, couldn't work out if I was listening to a spy novel or a murder story and when it finish it seemed to whimper to a stop. will not listen to this one again.

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Thrilling

One of my favourite books in this series. McDermid brings a chilling group of criminals to the heart of this one and Reichlin narrates perfectly again!

Edge of your seat all the way through, hard to stop listening.

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Great book with good narration

Enjoyed this book more than previous two in the Tony Hill series. Saul Reichman's narration, I felt, was much improved as his attempts at European English accents were much less painful than regional UK accents. This improved my enjoyment of this audiobook. The two storylines that played throughout this novel were slow to start and it took a little while for the book to grip. But when it did I was easily immersed and it was very engaging. A great third novel on this series. I'm looking forward to the fourth,

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Not her best

Too much attempted in one book, would probably have been better as two separate stories.

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good listen

overall i enjoyed this book and i have been a fan of the author for some time. There were parts of the plot that i found a bit implausible but overall i enjoyed the book.

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Not my favourite in the series.

I found this book got bogged down in the detail occasionally.
I'm not sorry I listened to it but I preferred the first two books.
I truly wish they had chosen another narrator for this series. His accents are diabolical and his female voices are laughable.

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A best seller.

Suspend your disbelief and settle in for the ride.
Preposterous and reckless but great fun. At times you begin to wonder as all the crime thriller boxes get ticked along the way with an extra one thrown in towards the end where I laughed out loud. For the record, doorbells don't peel, nor telephones and nor do church bells. They ring.

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Enjoyed it

Was a little put off by the reviews but decided to go for it anyway. It's not as consistent and fast paced as the first two - not sure the two weaving storylines work as well in this context - but it's still a good listen in my opinion. Although a pivotal moment in the book relies on a mistake I'm not personally convinced Tony or Carol would make.

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  • 14-02-19

Great Installment To The Series

This entry in Val McDermid’s series about profiler Tony Hill and detective Carol Jordan is less fraught than its two predecessors, but it is just as involving. Carol is working undercover in Berlin, trying to stop an international guns/drugs/refugee smuggler, while Tony is invited to consult on a series of murders of academics, all psychologists who have conducted experiments on human behavior. The two cases run on parallel lines, and each is very intriguing. The relationship between Tony and Carol finally begins to blossom, only to be dealt a severe blow. That is just one reason I’m eagerly anticipating the next book. I know I’ll be treated to a cracking story with rich themes and the underlying thread of the protagonists’ relationship.

Saul Reichlin was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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