©2004 Lynda La Plante; (P)2006 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.
"[A] gripping thriller....With crime lab authenticity, a sympathetic heroine, and an affecting undercurrent of May-December romance...this spellbinder spirals down to an edge-of-the-seat denouement." (Publishers Weekly)
After three years with Audible this is by far the best book yet. Lynda La Plante weaves a totally believable story. After watching Prime Suspect a few years ago with Helen Mirren I thought this would be a good 'read' but I wasn't expecting anything this good. As if the novel wasn't great enough Kim Hicks, the narrator, simply portrays everything in 3D it's like listening to a play with a whole cast of actors. A real page turner but at the same time you don't want it to end. I only wish there were more books available by the same author and reader.
“I love all genres of books, however when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Lynda La Plante weaves a totally believable story. I thought this would be a good listen but I wasn't expecting anything this good. Kim Hicks is a great narrator and makes the story very real.
Worth the money.I really like the lead charactor and the plot is excellent. I am very fussy and this series is good.
I'm a big fan of Lynda La Plante's television work so I was curious about her novels. I have now read three books in this series and have loved them all. Great stories and a fantastic narrator. So far, The Red Dahlia , Above Suspicion and The Silent Scream are the only BBC-produced audio versions of the Anna Travis series. I can hardly wait until the rest are made available on Audible. Highly recommended.
A totally enjoyable police drama by an author who is excellent at her craft. Lynda La plant made all her characters and the English Murder squad's team and procedures totally believable for me. Although the murderer's identity seems obvious quite early in the book the trouble the squad has to gather sufficient evidence for a conviction makes for a very intriguing and absorbing read which is further enhanced by Kim Hicks excellent narration.
A 'ripping yarn' well told by narrator. Money well spent if you don't want an academically challenging listen, just a good, fast-moving story with characters just fleshed enough to be believable. Set in totally British surroundings, values and policing methods. I thoroughly enjoyed it as 'distraction' reading.
This is an enjoyable read, no more - the story takes somewhat long in the telling, the ending is too predicatable too soon, the protaganist is naive and somewhat simplistic. The primary difficulty lies with the fact that there is only one suspect from start to finish, and the entire book then focusses on the police getting sufficient evidence to arrest this suspect. The book lacks suspense. The enthusiastic narration makes up for some of these shortcomings.
I enjoyed the book but was irritated by Anna Travis more than in other books with her character in. Really, she is meant to be a fairly experienced officer by now not some emotional, naive, love sick teenager.
While the story line was predictable I did enjoy listening and will listen to more in the series.
Am now 80 and been avid reader since childhood. Have 3 children, 7 grandchildren. Narrated Talking Books for Vision Australia 35 yrs.
As a firm devotee of La Plante's thrillers this one again scores highly. Her knowledge of police procedure and keeping her listeners/readers totally involved until the last page is outstanding. Of course the narrator assists in the enjoyment.
Hopefully an aberration - La Plante is usually gritty, but the woman in this story is unbearably needy
Hopefully DS Travis will not return, or might grow up a little next time around
Reader does well - manages male voices, and has a range of accents
"Best listen for 18 months"
I really enjoyed this book. I love crime fiction and have listened to Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Patricia Cornwell and others since joining audible and this was by far the best. I was a little apprehensive regarding the narration given other reviews but I didn't find that it distracted me too much. Great storyline, gripping build up and right depth of character detail. Nice and long for my long journeys to and from work!
"Great book, but...."
This was a great story. Really gripping and kept you wanting more all the time. I never wanted it to end!
For me the only downside was the narration. I found the voice of the narrator to be gratingly harsh, but worst of all were her attempts at male accents. They were really awful, especially the so called 'cockney' effort, which was the worst I'd ever heard.
Such a shame because, apart from that, it's a fantastic book which I would strongly recommend.
"Love this Mystery!"
My first book in this series - loved it. Very suspenseful, didn't want to put it down near the end. I think the narrator did an excellent job considering the amount of different accents in play. Can't wait to read the next Anna Travis book!
"Could not turn it off."
Excellent fiction some of the police factual detail a little poorly researched but as a piece of fiction it was first class. Very strong storyline and although the outcome was a little predictable La Plante managed to always keep you gripped and wanting more. Unlike some of the previous reviewers I did not find the narrator's voice a problem. Highly recommended.
"A gripping story"
This is an excellent story which grips the attention and holds it well throughout even though some of the twists and turns are fairly obvious.
The only downside is the slightly 'naff' accents adopted by the reader - but these are not bad enough to distract the listener.
this is an excellent book, thrilling storyline and excellent characters.
"Great Story - Great Quality"
Lynda La Plante's well constructed mystery (similar to the Prime Suspect books but with a much younger and less assured lead female character) is well told. The reader is sympathetic to the story and the quality of the recording is excellent.
A gripping story. The narrator was faultless and captured the character of Anna Travis perfectly. Would recommend to everyone.
Great read and fabulous narrator. Totally on the edge of my train seat for most of the book with suspense or excitement. Highly recommended.
"A let down"
A rather empty long winded story. Would not be out of place on Womens hour. Very dissapointing, failed to finish it, it was so predicatble it became tedious going.
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