Being a little old lady, sometimes bad language does deter me. Let us say that if the F and C words were omitted from the writer's vocabulary the book would be a hood hour and a half shorter (probably no bad thing). The novel definitely demonstrates the corrupt seedy side of Australia - bogan to the core (most Aussies I know don't talk like that). The narrator did a good job though. This was my second Peter Temple, don't think my ears could cope with any more.
The overall premise of the book was interesting but the narration from the female perspective of a petulant, sometimes unprofessional senior police officer was irritating in the extreme. The tone of voice didn't help and all I could hear was a sulky/petulant teenager instead of a hardened professional, I would have been irritated with her as a colleague so had some sympathy with the rest of the team. Even so, the writer has promise, she just needs to give her female leads a bit more iron in their backbones - more Jane Tennyson!
I gave up with this one - and I don't often do that. I got about half way through and decided to flick to the end, heard what was coming and couldn't be bothered to finish the rest of it which was a shame as the premise was quite interesting. I became irritated beyond words with Alice - yup, can see why she was a holistic therapist. The police procedure appeared shonky at best. My only regret is that I didn't listen to it earlier then I could have returned it.
What a gem of a find. I really enjoyed this story of a young man who gets embroiled in a present day thriller whilst studying a WW1 action. There was a nice balance of the now and the then and the climax when the two times come together (sort of!). The narration was quite laid back but it was gripping and I found myself taking longer on my walks because I was reluctant to leave the plot which, in hindsight was quite pedestrian compared with most modern day thrillers. I would happily read more by this author and listen more to this narrator.
I was hooked, no doubt, it was a good read from that point of view but the ending did have a sort of "with a single bound Jack was free" feel to it. Davina Porter is right up there on my list of favourite narrators, she manages male and female very well and certainly makes the plot come alive. I did want to smack Barbara Havers (as, I suspect, did Lynley!) from time to time but it looks as if the talented duo are destined to ride again in the future. I hope there is more with Lynley's romantic state the next time too, I like Deirdre!
The narrator did a good job with this one but the storyline was a tad creepy - the murder line was alright but the relationship between Acton and Doyle I felt was really weird. I dont know that I will be trying any more - if there are any more Acton and Doyle novels
I was on the point of giving up with Alison Bruce despite these novels being set in my home town but thought I would give her another go. Only a limited amount of gratuitous sex in this one (an improvement) and the plot was good. I still find the narrator to be the weak point in this series although there werent as many glaring mispronunciations of local names in this book.
This book hooked me in at the start and didnt give up until the end. The premise of an investigator solving the mystery behind his heart - donated following a murder - is fairly standard but it was interesting to follow the rationale. The narrator gave life to the various characters very effectively and I was sorry when the story came to an end
The narration spoiled this for me - sounded like a prissy librarian reading the words off the page. Once I got beyond the sort of characterless reading, the story was rather banal and unrealistic - with her "spidey sense" and intuition the heroine was really beyond silly to do what she did when she did it. I listened to it all - more because I was on a long walk and couldn't be bothered to change books than the plot which was obvious to blind Freddie from the off.
I really enjoyed this yarn - it hooked you in from the first page, continued to grip until the last page and was very well read by Robert Glenister who portrayed some excellent characters. It would be great to see more of Cormoran Strike and Robin but now the identity of Galbraith has been revealed maybe that will be the end - hope not.
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