Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Bitter Fruits by Alice Clark-Pitt, read by Kristin Atherton, Rachel Bavidge, Stefan Booth, Roy McMillian and Tania Rodrigues.
The murder of a first-year student at Durham University shocks the city. But the very last thing anyone expects is an instant confession....
As Detective Inspector Erica Martin investigates Joyce College, a cradle for the country's future elite, she finds a close-knit community of secrets, jealousy and obsession.
The picture of the victim, Emily Brabents, that begins to emerge is that of a girl wanted by everyone, but not truly known by anyone.
Anyone, that is, except Daniel Shepherd. Her fellow student, ever-faithful friend and the only one who cares. The only one who would do anything for her....
©2015 Alice Clark-Platts (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited
Life's good when I am listening to a great book.
I debated about returning this book for a myriad of reasons but did slug my way through. Whew. The narration was just about the worst I have heard (and I've listened to over 500 audio books). Not only was it difficult to tell whose voice was narrating at any given time but voices were sometimes recorded over each other which was annoying and distracting. Also, the fluctuation in sound decibels was extreme; for example, I would need to turn the book way up only to have to turn it down again a few seconds later when the next narrator entered the scene. The story itself was confusing and only held me captive for about the last hour and a half when I finally got interested. The premise of the story sounded interesting; first year university students coping with cyber bullying and the pressures of finding a social circle, but the characters lacked depth and with the many voices narrating, this audiobook lacked credibility. Sorry to say, I disagree with the masses on this one. Perhaps this book would be better on the written page to free the reader from the frustration of the confusing voices and allowing a little more clarity in the story line. Yet, I don't recommend the book either way; it's poorly written overall.
i would try another but, this one i tried (with no exaggeration) at least 5 times to listen to this book. wasted my money on it. sadly
wasn't the narrator. i just couldn't get into the story. i gave it many chances to try over and over.
disappointed i wasted my money on this book. it wasn't (to me) as interesting as it sounded like it would be
"Our bloom is gone. We are the fruit thereof."
The story of young womans murder at Durham University, starts the uncovering of secrets and cruelties, youngsters indiscretions, abuses by the privileged.
The plot develops in two times with the arrival of Emily Brabents to university and the investigation of her murder by DI Erica Martin, who is also the best character in the story because she is interesting and well rounded, but the plot does not help her, it is too convoluted and disjointed, it wants to be too many things and comment on too many social ills to be focused enough on a satisfactory conclusion of the story.
There is a feminist message trying to arise out of the story, but it is lost with a character that was so confused fused sexualy and mentally that politics of any kind became a mute point, then you have the counselor of the university as the most negligent and dislikable person I could imagine, making the most bissar speaches about sexualiy based on her culture and personal biases, and is never really confronted by any one, or questioned properly for her negligence.
In the end a book with lots of potential gets lost in its own convoluted message instead of focusing more on what could have been and excellent procedural with Di Martin at the helm.
The readers ensemble was excellent and gave the characters more definition.
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