I'm guessing that the majority of people who get this audio book are fans for the BBC mini series "Luther" like I am. If so then this book is really for you. This is the story of Luther that's alluded to in the very first series. That series begins with Luther hanging on to a serial killer up in a warehous and the either losing his grip or letting him go. This book is the story that led up to that beginning.
This should have been the first series, but someone said this wasn't developed until later. None the less this is a great introduction to the brilliant and very troubled Luther. In the series we get the impression that some of the guilt is because of the actions in that first scene, but in this book we find his psychological break down was occuring long before that scene. That Luther was both driven and pained from all that he'd seen as a homicide detective. what we get a small bit of in the series is brought up in force in this book.....If you're a fan...You want this book...
it give a back story to how he became the man he is
yes but it should have been idriss elba doing it:)
some of the stuff is really gruesome, really the tv show has some scary stuff, this book is way way way more gruesome, hearing the narrator narrate how the villian butchers his victems is not a calming read, every hit from the disabilitating hit to the knee, the hits to the face, the well you get the gist of it
don't read this in public transport people will see you flinch and if you read at night, well sleep might not come easy
Long time shopper, reader, listener, and audio book enthusiast.
As an American, I preferred to listen to the narration of this story rather than use my own inner voice for the characters. English accents are fascinating, and David Bauckham, does an excellent version of Luther's persona.
Luther, obviously. He's a smart character and makes the tough choices. And well written. I don't listen to many police dramas, but I could definitely find time for more Luther. In some ways, Luther is like that bald guy on the TV show The Shield (at first anyway). Even when he starts crossing the line, like going vigilante a little bit, I'm right there rooting for him.
I'm looking forward to Peter James book called "Dead Tomorrow". Thanks in part to all the links Audible provides to authors and narrators on their website.
Yes, just like I wanted to watch all of the episodes of the TV series at once too!
Yes. More Luther Please!
I am a fan of the show and it provided even more insight into the main character
The details. It describes each of the crimes and victims vividly.
Heartpounding; Intriguing; Compelling
There are two moments where otherwise disparate parts of the story come crashing together. The listener enjoys an "ah-ha" moment.
Mr. Bauckham gives voice to the characters. Though this is not a dramatization, you do get the sense of seeing or hearing different actors portraying the different characters.
He is a master of several british realm accents, allowing the listener to believe that they are listening to the characters and not a narrator.
I loved the authors attention to detail without getting too verbose! One example that stuck in my mind was " the smell of old dust on a warm lightbulb" .
Very graphic and dark story, but I like those kind! Very fast paced with lots of action. He does a great job of portraying a very sick and twisted mind.
I loved all the subtle differences in the British dialects.
I loved the tv series, which did a very good job of bringing Luther to life, but the detail in the book is wonderful. Great author. Can't wait for the next one!
dark, intense, riveting
the story is good, gritty, and makes you know about the character Luther before the television series started.
This will be a hard book to listen to if you are squeamish, but it is a good book. It is graphic in the description of the criminal activity.
I bought this book based upon the strong reviews, but it didn't live up to my expectations. The character development of the villain was very weak. First, the author wants us to believe he is this methodical, careful, experienced killer, then we see the guy wailing on people out on the sidewalk. What? Really?
The plot wasn't all that strong, either. I came very close to shutting it down with about 2 hours left, but somehow managed to stick it out.
There are better murder mysteries out there.
The violence in the story Luther was a true disappointment. Depicting the nature of 'evil' does not have include such descriptive ways to hurt people and animals . I couldn't finish the book in an effort to stay away from images forming in my head as I read this book.
The narrator did not detract from this book.