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The Sleeping and the Dead

Narrated by: John Telfer
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (122 ratings)
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Summary

Detective Peter Porteous is called to Cranwell Lake, where the body of a teenager has been discovered. After trawling through the missing persons files, he deduces that the corpse is Michael Grey, an enigmatic and secretive young man who was reported missing by his foster parents in 1972. For country prison officer Hannah Morton, it is the shock of her life. Michael had been her boyfriend, and she had been with him the night he disappeared. 

The news report that a body has been found brings back dreaded and long-buried memories from her past.... 

©2001 Ann Cleeves (P)2018 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Excellent listen

Really enjoyed this and didn't see the ending coming! Was sad when it was finished

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Great storytelling

I loved this book. the reader is wonderful. it made you feel you were there.

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easy listening detective story

narrated well and very descriptive story Not until the end did you actually know who did it

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compelling

this was a really good book a page Turner made me want to get in the car and drive just to listen fab

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  • barbara
  • angmering, United Kingdom
  • 02-03-19

As you’d expect ...

Good twists & turns .. likeable believable characters . John Telfer is a consummate narrator , in the Stephen Pacey grade in my book ..

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Couldn't put it down!

Excellent plot, fast paced and I didn't guess the ending. Wasn't 100% convinced by Mr Telfer's female voices but I got used to them.

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Very slow

Compared to other books of Ann Cleves I have read I found this almost boring The pace was too slow ,the characters not really believable and the story,plot certainly not one of her best. The narration was mediocre

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Nearly very good but ultimately disappointing.

This has the makings of a very good story, it has some excellent ideas, but it never quite takes off. Nor does it hang together satisfactorily.
Some of the characters are extremely tedious and the motives for various behaviours contrived and unrealistic. It is plot rather than character driven and suffers as a result.
The plot itself is over complicated and rather shaky in places.
I looked forward at each stage to finding out what would happen only to rapidly lose concentration and fall asleep. None of it easily make sense and trying to follow what’s going on becomes too much like hard work.
The ending is extremely rushed and I’m not sure we ever find out who murdered Carl. Maybe if I can summon the will I’ll go back and listen again to see if I missed it.

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Disappointing

Did not enjoy this book at all. I could not get interested in the story which I felt was not helped by the narrator. Definitely not one of Ann Cleeves best.

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Not her best....

If you love the Shetland series, be warned - this is nothing like them.
To each their own but I found the characters in this tedious tale completely one-dimensional and not one of this sorry crew made me want to either know them more or like them.
Each of them, to me, was like a cardboard cut out - almost interchangeable.
I don't blame the narrator - he did as well as could be expected with this long-winded (or so it seemed) boring tale and flat caricatures. As winding as the plot was, I still guessed the end long before it came.
I'm usually sorry to come to the end of a good book but I was quite relieved when this one gave its last groan......