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The Restless Dead

David Hunter 5
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
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Summary

Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of The Restless Dead by Simon Beckett, read by Jonathan Keeble.

Composed of over 60 percent water itself, a human body isn't naturally buoyant. It will float only for as long as there is air in its lungs before gradually sinking to the bottom as the air seeps out. If the water is very cold or deep, it will remain there, undergoing a slow, dark dissolution that can take years. But if the water is warm enough for bacteria to feed and multiply, then it will continue to decompose. Gases will build up in the intestines, increasing the body's buoyancy until it floats again.

And the dead will literally rise....

Once one of the country's most respected forensics experts, Dr David Hunter is facing an uncertain professional - and personal - future. So when he gets a call from Essex police, he's eager for the chance to assist them.

A badly decomposed body has been found in a desolate area of tidal mudflats and saltmarsh called the Backwaters. Under pressure to close the case, the police want Hunter to help with the recovery and identification.

It's thought the remains are those of Leo Villiers, the son of a prominent businessman who vanished weeks ago. To complicate matters, it was rumoured that Villiers was having an affair with a local woman. And she, too, is missing.

But Hunter has his doubts about the identity. He knows the condition of the unrecognizable body could hide a multitude of sins. Then more remains are discovered - and these remote wetlands begin to give up their secrets….

With its eerie, claustrophobic sense of place, viscerally authentic detail and explosive heart-in-mouth moments, The Restless Dead offers a master class in crime fiction and marks the stunning return of one of the genre's best.

©2017 Simon Beckett (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Enjoyable with good twist

Great plot, well read. But please it isn't RHIB. It's 'Rib'. Drove me a bit frantic as it was said so many times. Ask a sailor next time

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Great story

Excellent story that was really well read. Kept me guessing to the end. Can't wait for the next story.

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Very good

Gripping and atmospheric. Lots going on with tense waits and unexpected outcomes. Fab. A treat.

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An engaging and well-researched thriller

I really enjoyed this and will purchase other books in the series in due course. The technical details appear to be very soundly researched and the first-person narrator has a very plausible combination of strengths and weaknesses, including what struck me as him possibly being depressed. I really enjoyed all the minor observational details, like people's hair being blown about, which illustrated a lot of the scenes. The mystery aspect started off well, and steadily built up, to be resolved in an imaginative way which I'd not anticipated. I enjoyed the narrator's performance, and he gave consistent and different voices to a variety of characters.

Minor niggles...
- rigid-hulled inflatable boats are universally called "ribs"
- keeping a character by them attending a court session on the Sunday of a bank holiday weekend?
- found some of the foreshadowing a little clumsy
- the narrator got a bit excited at times

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Excellent

This is the second Simon Beckett book I have listened to and it was thoroughly enjoyable and once started difficult to stop, good story line, several twists and another superb performance by J Keeble who brings the whole book to life. I enjoyed this and Calling of the Grave so much I have purchased the rest of the series.

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Very Enjoyable

I listened to the whole book in one day because I quickly became engrossed in the story. It was well read and well paced. It is my first book by this author but I am now keen to discover more of his books.

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My first time with Simon Beckett

This was the first book of Simon Beckett’s that I had listened to. Beautiful narrated by Jonathan Keeble. Very engaging plot with lots of twists and turns. I really liked that in the end the reader gets closure on all aspects of the plot. Will definitely be seeking out more of his books.

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The scariest audio book I've ever listener to

This was an exemplary piece of writting and the narrative gave it the edge and pace it deserved hurry up with the next story brilliant just brilliant
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Lots of twists and turns

This was a well crafted story, it certainly kept my interest. Lots of twists that I didn't expect. I was pleasantly surprised as I have made some awful choices recently. I will get another in this series as I rather like Dr Hunter and the story was intelligent and gripping.. Nicely read by Jonathon Keeble

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Hard going

the story is convoluted in technical details about dead bodies etc, does not generate suspense at all and if you know the other stories in the series, some resemblances. It’s read v well by J Keeble.