©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.
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
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.
"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.
As always, Peter James delivers really good stories and this one is no exception. Have read every one of his books, although I do think his other books have the edge on the Roy Grace series, only by a small margin though.Really enjoyed this and would highly recommend.
"PSP Dead Tomorrow"
Very topical subject matter and all the threads expertly woven keeping you engaged right to the end. The characters were spot on and the dialogue was well matched to each character. The reader also managed a subtle change of accent for each character that brought it to life. Although you had an inkling of where it was going, it remained interesting to follow and see how it was solved. Each character was well 'drawn' and it was easy to relate to them.
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