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.
He gives the killer away within moments
Great for the subject I just wish it was a better book
I would have an entire rewrite give me a mystery to solve in a mystery thriller.
If you like Anne Perry's Thomas Pitt or William Monk series, then this is a book you should read. There are many interesting characters that provide an in-depth view of Victorian London. The plot and subplots make it impossible to just turn it off and go to bed. I can't wait for the next installment of this new series.
I believe if you listen to this book you will not rank it in your all time best but most won't feel it was a waste. I like some of the characters but others I felt deserved more attention. I felt the narrator did a good job and would listen to other books by him. My general feeling was that the author was kind of exploring the space and that his books will only improve from here. If you like this period in time I am not sure all of it is 100% accurate but you did feel some of the limitations of criminology in the time as well as the burgeoning of scientific method in the craft. That part was fun as the author worked through how discussions and methodology might have worked in the time. I just felt there was more creative license then research in some of the choices made by the author than I usually like in this type of book.
I would read this author again.