I've been a long time reader and listener of Clive Cussler's books. I relish an adventure with Dirk and Al as much as any other Cussler fan. I really enjoy the stories with Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon. I have also found great enjoyment in our intrepid detective, Isaac Bell. However for some reason Sam and Remi are fast becoming my favourite Cussler protagonists. I don't know why for sure but I'm thinking it is the interaction of a married couple. It's similar to my enjoyment of the original Hometime series where Dean and his female co host would act the role of a couple doing whatever the episode was focused on. It brings the story home to me. Although my wife and I have no experiences like the Fargo's do their banter back and forth and unshakable faith in one another is something I can relate to.
The Kingdom, the latest Fargo offering from Mr. Cussler, is a very enjoyable ride. A great weaving together of history and adventure that makes you want to not stop the story. In my humble opinion Scott Brick should be the ONLY voice of Cussler books as he delivers another sterling performance.
You will not be disappointed with the journey you'll take in "The Kingdom"
Change the narrator? ok but not at the same quality as the first three
To paraphrase a legend "My Mother begs you, My Father begs you, My Sister begs you, I beg you.... please return to the original narrator for book 5.
It's been years since I read this story, while I've watch the movie version several times. it was great to hear the story as written again, much better than the movie. I was however disappointed with the narration. I do like his voice and it is pleasant to listen to. However it does irk me when a reader does not know the pronunciations used by another country (in this case Great Britain). Several words were pronounced incorrectly and his british accents are terrible mostly sounding all the same.
However if you get past that (and I understand a lot other may not mind someone being called the herb version of Basil rather than the persons name) it's a great story..
I have to caveat this review in that my interest in this story was first piqued by the setting. Having spent time in the Peak District and also having family who live there - it is like a homecoming to read and travel through the villages, towns, and landscape.
This was my introduction to the Cooper/Fry mysteries. While it was obvious to me that there was a history of which i knew nothing i didn't find that it detracted from the enjoyment. Quite the contrary it whet my appetite to get and read the earlier books.
The Devil's Edge takes you (and Ben) around the peak district, on literal cliffs and personal ones.
Following the horrible attacks of a group of toughs dubbed the 'Savages" the search is on to find who did this. On the way you find out just how small a village can be when you have nosy neighbors.
It is a great listen and Mike is very easy to listen to.
It is very frustrating to see earlier books available to audible.co.uk listeners but not in the U.S. It is hoped that this will soon be resolved.
However do not let that stop you from getting this listen. It is worth it!!!!
I recently discovered Stephen Booth and this is the second story I've listened to. So obviously there is a lot of history between DC Ben Cooper and DC Fry that i'm not yet privy to. That being said I love these books. I have family in the peak district and it makes me very homesick when I listen and hear village and town names that are so familiar. The story follows Ben as he investigates a series of murders, recent and a couple years old, that center around a now shut down pub called The Lighthouse. Even the name is apt for a pub placed where this one is, as you would know if you have been to the moors. I don't want to give anything away but rest assured (for fans) you'll get plenty of Gavin Murphin (sp) and Ben and Liz are busy planning their wedding. Matt, Ben's brother, is around too having recovered from the brush with the law as detailed in The Devil's Edge.
It's a great listen and Mike does a super job reading Stephens' wonderful story. I hope we don't have to wait long before the previous books are on offer AND for the next story.
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