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This audiobook is a brand-new edition, recorded by Ben Aldridge.

The Long Call is the number-one best-selling first novel in the Two Rivers series from Sunday Times best-selling author and creator of Vera and Shetland, Ann Cleeves.

In North Devon, where the rivers Taw and Torridge converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father's funeral takes place. The day Matthew turned his back on the strict evangelical community in which he grew up, he lost his family, too.

Now he's back, not just to mourn his father at a distance, but to take charge of his first major case in the Two Rivers region; a complex place not quite as idyllic as tourists suppose.

A body has been found on the beach near to Matthew's new home: a man with the tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.

Finding the killer is Venn’s only focus, and his team’s investigation will take him straight back into the community he left behind and the deadly secrets that lurk there.

©2019 Ann Cleeves (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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Slow, Oh so Slow

There is so little tension and the narrators voice is so gentle it is just right for inducing a snooze. I got so soothed I felt I was lying on marshmallow. The story passed by as a warm summer afternoon with the peace being broken only by the necessity to wonder if there was anything going on in the background, I dreamed of Vera in her scruffy mac, eating from a poke of chips and longed for twang as Tyneside.

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Boring narration

Narrated sentence by sentence, no differentation in character's voices, failed to hold my attention so did not finish it.

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A great new detective

Brilliant story and loved the narrator. Great to hear local dialects that make the story come to life.

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A Good Read

Ann Cleeves is a skilful storyteller who weaves her characters into a believable whole, maintaining sympathy and suspense throughout.

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disappointing

struggled to finish. the narrator is so boring. I'm sure its a great story but I was so bored with the telling of it I gave up.

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Disappointing narration

Narration lacks the atmosphere and movement between characters compared to the Vera and Shetland books.

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the long haul!

A very slow story. I found the narrator's stop/start voice off putting. Shame as I normally like Ann Cleeves. First audio of hers though...

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Midsomer murder

nice plot. felt like a good Mrs Marple episode, Midsomer murders. nicely done with well thought characters.