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Mary

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  • A Song for the Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Stuart MacBride
    • Narrated By Ian Hanmore
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (75)

    A heart-stopping crime thriller from the author of three consecutive No. 1 bestsellers, including Birthdays for the Dead and the DI Logan McRae series. He's back... Eight years ago, ‘The Inside Man' murdered four women and left three more in critical condition - all of them with their stomachs slit open and a plastic doll stitched inside. And then the killer just … disappeared. Ash Henderson was a Detective Inspector on the initial investigation, but a lot can change in eight years.

    Galadriel says: "MacBride knocks it out of the park."
    "Fast paced and thrilling"
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    Where does A Song for the Dying rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A terrific thriller, there was even humour hidden among the blood, gore and twisted minds. Far fetched, certainly and very gritty but highly entertaining and beautifully narrated by Ian Hanmore. I am really looking forward to the next book by Stuart MacBride, hoping to meet up with the same characters again.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I was engrossed in this book from the start although I found some of the characters very harsh and some of the scenes were brutal. I loved the problem solving skills used to untangle the crimes and the way the team each pitched their unique skills to arrive at the truth. The plot reminded me of Ian Rankin with the gloves off, clever, intuitive, gritty and at times funny.


    Have you listened to any of Ian Hanmore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard Ian Hanmore before but love his Scottish accent and would like to hear more of him narrating .


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    At times the book made me laugh but the humour was secondary and almost covert.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book, it captured my imagination and managed to be both far fetched and totally believable at the same time. The considerable talents of the writer and the narrator
    combined to make this a wonderful audio experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terry Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (421)

    An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Smartest Novel I've Heard or Read in Long time"
    "The best thriller I've ever read."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to several friends. I can't believe it hasn't generated more buzz. It is a superbly crafted thriller, intelligent and highly engaging.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The two main characters, one a U.S.A secret service agent and the other a terrorist working alone to destroy the western world are both well developed characters, who elicit the reader's respect because of their single minded determination and commitment to their very different objectives. The hotel manager in the Turkish resort provides comic relief via his unique delivery of the English language.


    What about Christopher Ragland’s performance did you like?

    The narrator is well suited to the story he tells. His voice is pleasant and well modulated and surprisingly matter of fact regardless of the scene he is describing.He is a perfect fit for the novel, and is able to tell the story in a manner that is engaging, low profile and very convincing.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A new brand of terrorism that makes suicide bombing seem benign.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an amazing listening experience. It was a long novel but I was so engrossed in the plot the time flew by and I didn't want the book to end.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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