Absolutely! It was a wonderful story filled with so many intriguing characters, great action and adventure and poignant human interactions.
The humanity of the characters as they interact with each other. Even the villains were forgivable in their flaws.
There were so many wonderful characters that it is hard to pinpoint just one. I liked all of the detectives and their helpers who came out from the underworld of London to assist them. The "Dancing Man", the Doctor, and the boy, Fen, were especially interesting. You see, it is hard to choose!
I was very touched by the kindness shown by the detectives and the doctor and their respect for humanity and their dedication to the populace who depended on them.
This book took me several days to listen to and I could hardly wait in between to listen to the next part. I had recently seen a documentary on the history of Scotland Yard and the Metropolitan Police and this stayed very close to the historical background. The author did his research well. The characters are wonderful and diverse and the back stories for each are great and help the listener to understand their motivations for their behavior. The poignancy of the interactions made it very heart-warming, even though it is essentially a story about solving crimes and apprehending criminals. I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series. Alex Grecian is a truly gifted and lyrical writer.
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I don’t usually like murder-mysteries, but I took a chance on this one because I liked the background of London in the late 1800s.
I enjoyed it! I was drawn to the intrigue and the setting and I appreciated that it was not jammed with gratuitous maniacal serial killer gore and violence; sure there was some but it wasn’t over-blown.
Less murder and more mystery – that’s the balance I like.
I found the characters very lively and I almost regretted that some were only in the book.
It depicted the 19th-century London with accuracy, as far as I can tell, as well as the social difficulties of that time.
Mr. Moore imitated the different accents and prosody attached to them and to the lower and middle class. This made the different characters even more unique and almost real--if you decide that you want to believe this, of course. I liked his voice and it gave me the feeling to share the reading with a friend as if we were having a conversation.
Definitely! But as the reading lasts about 14 hours, it took me two days to listen to it.
I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the series!
I only made it through about 15 minutes of the story before I just couldn't endure it any longer. The narrator takes a deep, audible breath in between each sentence. It is so distracting and annoying that I gave up. Awful.
I enjoyed this book much more than I expected. Although it was wrapped up a little too neatly (and predictably) for my taste, it kept me on the "edge of my seat" as I kept waiting to see what would happen next. I liked all of the characters and am looking forward to listening to the next book.
What a great listen! The Yard was a great story, especially if you enjoy historical crime novels. The narration was excellent, however I did increase the speed to 1.25 which was perfect!
Indeed, the narration is excellent and the use of slightly different accents truly helps the listener keep track of the myriad characters.
The historical elements were of the most interest to me, very good description of the living environments, both good and bad.
I liked the accent Mr. Moore uses for Hammersmith best, it has a bit of brogue to it versus the more refined London accents. His use of a softer touch voice for the big, brutish Blackleg was also a terrific, ironic choice.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, not for the mystery so much as for the journey..
Because I was able to purchase the book for $4.95 it wasn't a total waste as I was able to listen to a new author and narrator. It could have been the beginning of a series that I might have enjoyed, BUT I continually became distracted until the last third of the book. It is a book I will NEVER listen to again.
Never heard of him before. He was okay, but I doubt I'll ever pick one of his books again.
He was okay but I will not search out books narrated by him.
Can't imagine it.
If you love to read and the books are still on sell then go for it, otherwise there are many more books that might be more worthy of your time.
An interesting look at the London Police Force attempting to rebuild itself and regain a city's trust in the wake of its failure to capture Jack the Ripper.
It also depicts the rise of forensic science and the first movement toward modern policing and murder investigations.
It's gory and gritty and shows, in depressing detail, the miseries of the poor in London, but I found it fascinating and thought provoking. I enjoyed the noir flavor, and found the characters well, and deeply, drawn.
I thought the narrator, Toby Leonard Moore, did an excellent job.
Characters to follow.
This will make a very good series for anyone that loves Victorian mysteries. Well drawn characters - and by this I mean they are multidimensional and differ significantly from each other - something oddly lacking in many books. The best writers can always make you answer a question about a characters personality...like Ron Weasley hates pastrami or Sherlock Holmes doesn't know the earth revolves around the sun, etc. Well .... that's how these characters are written - which I loved! These characters range from smart to funny, to persnickety to sloppy...it made for a real connection with them. A solid story and a great escape into fog, mystery and murder.....so happy it's become a series.