This was the first book for me by Val McDermid and I really enjoyed it a great deal... I love discovering "new" writers (new to me) and will definitely read more from this author!! I almost liked the narrator who found just the right tone for this kind of story... Great book and I highly recommend it!!
Frankly, I bought this book because it was the "daily deal," but what a nice surprise!! It's more of a fun, light read and I love the setting being in 1930's England. Usually, I go for the darker, heavier detective series, but this was delightful little gem to take a break with. This is the very reason I love Audible's Daily Deal. It allows people, like me, to take a chance on a new author without worrying about wasting a credit or spending a lot of money and sometimes you find a great new author and a little jewel!! The narrator does a wonderful job with the different characters sounding so differently.
I just love these books and I've not been disappointed in any. I believe this is the best one to date. Dr. Brockton doesn't have fancy airplanes to whisk him anywhere and there is not one computer hacker in sight. No, he just uses good old-fashioned forensic science, detective work and common sense. You will be caught up into this series from the minute you read your first book. Can't wait for a new one to come out and the narrator does an excellent job.
As I said, this is a riveting story regardless of who writes or performs it, but another author and narrator could have done a much better job. I would not have used a precious credit for it, however. The narrator is almost the worst I've ever listened to. Frankly, I think it's a combination of the writing and the performance that turned me off. As it is, I'm pushing it giving it a 3 star rating. Sorry, I was hoping I had found a new author to read, but Ann Rule, she ain't.
At last Cornwell seems to be getting back to writing decent Scarpetta books after a series of almost unreadable ones. I'm glad I gave her one more chance because I was close to ignoring her completely, having gotten so tired of hearing about Lucy and Lucy's love-life, Moreno's almost obsession with Scarpetta, and she and Benton's problems. Please stay with the crime aspect and keep leaving the other to a minimum.
Oh my Lord!!! I am not even halfway through this book and I felt compelled to review it.. I have never laughed out loud so much in my life!!! This is a true gem of a book and I'm so glad I got it.. My only wish is that this young man had not died before he could write more masterpieces...
GREAT!! I don't understand the negative reviews of this book.. It is a great "stand-alone" novel but even better if you read the companion novel "The Gold Coast" first!! I didn't find the explanatory parts of the book over long at all.. A different novel by Nelson Demille and it is good enough to be a classic and the narration could not be better!! Cudos to Mr. DeMille and Mr. Rummel!!!!
This is not like the novels that DeMille usually does but it is really very good, and the performance of Christian Rummel is spot on.. I try to review each book I buy from Audible because I depend on reviews, myself, when choosing a book to purchase.. My credits are dear to me.. LOL Because of the reviews of the follow-up novel, "The Gate House," I will not be getting it and perhaps this is one of those times when a sequel shouldn't have been written.. "Gold Coast" is a great novel on it's on, and like other greats books who have tried "sequels", such as "Gone With the Wind," I guess "The Gate House" is rather "anticlimatic," repetitious and downright "silly" at times, according to the reviews. That being the case, enjoy "Gold Coast," because it is a great listen!!
I guess at one time or another everyone has read "David Copperfield" but you must listen to this version.. I simply cannot say enough about the masterful performance of Martis Javis!! Each character is distinct and wonderfully portrayed and the words fall soothingly on your ears.. I could not have enjoyed it more if I had been watching it played out before me.. We all know the genius of Charles Dickens and because of the performance of Martin Javis, I will be listening to the other works of Dickens as narrated by Martin Javis.. Thank you Audible!!
I love Tom Clancy but this book was the first I had listened to with this narrator and I really wanted to give him a chance because, in truth, I had read all the negative reviews about him... However, I hate to admit it, but they are true and I doubt I will ever listen to another book by Clancy with this narrator.. If you have Kindle and have listened to "text to speech," this is how it sounds.. So sorry.
I love Nelson DeMille's novels and this one is another good one.. But, I think I need to warn you, be prepared to not be very fond of the "hero" in this book... It's a different sort of DeMille book in that way.. I came of age during the Vietnam War and so I loved all the details in this novel, and except for the point mentioned above I loved the book and as usual, the Scott Brick narration was terrific... I sure hope Scott gets paid enough for what he does because, as far as I'm concerned, he is the BEST!!
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