©2009 Peter James; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd
I have now listened to 3 of Peter James's books with Roy Grace as the detective. I enjoyed this one, Dead Tomorrow, the most. I really enjoyed the varying plots, and the pace of the book. I would definitely recommend this book the most so far.
Great reader. Sounds so much like Neil Gaiman (at least to me).
I was unable to finish listening to the book because of the narrator. He sounds like a train spotter & should not be allowed to perform another book.
I love Peter James & will listen again with a different narrator.
Stephen Fry, Roy Dotrice, Simon Vance, Anton Lesser or John Curless
All his books are great, I wish I could get all the way through. I may have to buy the paper edition instead.
The plot is enjoyable - with enough twists and surprises to keep you intrigued. Unfortunately the narrator misses the feel of the book and detracts from the enjoyment thereof.
"Best one yet...."
This is a GREAT audiobook. Excellent story, excellently read. I felt that Peter James had really defined each character, with a particularly well-observed depiction of young teens. Even the regulars felt more rounded and three-dimensional than ever before. It is rare that I feel bereft when a book ends - this is one of those rare times.
"do "read" this"
gripping from start to finish. Topical, moving and very thought provoking. Should be used by NHS to demonstrate the need for more organ donors.
"Good story overburdened with superfluous details"
It's hard to believe that this book is by the same author as the excellent Dead Man's Grip. Dead Tomorrow's basic story of the two sides of human organ trafficking is topical and thought-provoking, but the narrative is mired in endless detail about what people are wearing, how their hair is coiffured and the furniture in the room. It's noticeable that this book is much longer than other in the Roy Grace series. There's also far too much sugary prose about Grace and his new love Chloe that verges on nauseating. Some of the other characters don't ring true, especially Lynn, whose daughter desperately needs a liver transplant, who though employed in a job that needs people-skills she peppers her speech with the F-word when, for example, speaking with member of the transplant team. Swearing has it's place but to be effective it should be used sparingly in books and plays.
Having enjoyed other books in the series I put this book down as an aberration.
The reader does a good job ploughing through all the verbiage!
"A Real Page Turner"
This is 3rd D S Grace book that I have listened to, and in many ways is possibly the best. As commented by other reviewers Peter James' ability to flesh out his characters and make them totally believeable is uncanny, as is the amount of technical detail, not just police procedure, that fills his novels. Even as I approached the final stages of the book I could not decide what the outcome would be, and the author did not disappoint, providing a realistic outcome. Very well narrated as usual by David Bauckham, he certainly has a great style bringing each character you life in the unique voice that he uses for each. Highly recommended.
A multi-layered police procedural with the solving of a multi-national human trafficking ring running in parallel with a desperate mother's search for a liver donor for her dying daughter. Plenty of suspense and challenging questions of morality to keep the listener engaged and thinking.
not even nearly as good as the first 4..sorry !! Narrator was not great either. Good story, let down by the details
This is a very good story ,as usual, from this writer, my only complaint is the naration. To my ears the slightly nasal tone gives the character a slightly 'maronic' sound, Perhaps I've been spoiled by the sympathetic narrations of the Ian Rankin, Terry Pratchet et al novels
"Loads of characters"
Yes, very believable, although it is a bit graphic.
Kaitlyn and her mum. And of course Norman Potting, but he only has a brief part.
His voice has grown on me, and I don't know how he achieves so many characters.
"Read it rather than listen to it."
I have had to give up on this due to the awful narration. The story itself is good, but the narrator does such an awful job with his grating voice it stopped me listening to it.
He makes every woman sound like a simpering idiot and the character of Chloe is just cringeworthy and unneccesary. All the other characters seem to have something about them but the relationship between Chloe and Roy is sickly and unreal, adults just don't talk to each other like that. Going back to the narration, Lyn despite her daughter urgently needing a new liver, speaks like she is trying to appease a three year old who won't eat his peas. The daughter is voiced as whiny and each word is drawn out with exactly the same inflection in the tone for every single sentence. The book is great, but this narrator really let the story down. I won't listen to another book narrated by him.
"Good book, undermined by the reader"
The plot was excellent but sadly the narrator gave the female characters irritating voices which got in the way of the story and made me cross.
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