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Blue Lightning: A Thriller Audiobook

Blue Lightning: A Thriller

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Publisher's Summary

Inspector Jimmy Perez takes his fiance home to Fair Isle, the tiny island he comes from, to meet his parents. The island is a magnet for bird watchers, who congregate at the local inn and lighthouse. When a local married celebrity who had an eye for the lads is murdered, Perez discovers that the suspects are very close to him indeed.

©2010 Ann Cleeves (P)2010 Soundings

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    Amazon Customer 04-07-15 Member Since 2010

    parissa_nahani

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    "Totally unput-down-able! More please!"
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    I was first introduced to Anne Cleeves' Shetland series via the BBC's televised series, which I loved. The books are much much better and beautifully read by Gordon Griffin. The mystery remained whole until the last fifteen minutes and I would have never guessed the identity of the culprit. But added to the suspense, there is the unfolding of Jimmy Perez, the main detective's, new romance with Fran, as well as the wonderful sense of place and an introduction to the Shetland Island's customs. I thoroughly recommend this audiobook.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 11-26-15
    Linda 11-26-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Thanks to BBC and Public Television!"

    If my local public television station hadn't broadcast the Shetland mystery series produced by the BBC I might not have found this author.

    This is my fourth Ann Cleeves book. The books are long, but they've never seemed too long as I've listened to them. In fact, as soon as I'm done with a book, I immediately want to move on to the next one. I am trying to pace myself, so I don't run out of Ann Cleeves books to listen to!

    One thing that sets this series apart is Jimmy Perez. In him the author has created a complex and fascinating character. The other main "character" in this series is Shetland. There is a very strong sense of place in this series.

    Narrator Gordon Griffin is superb.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lyn 07-27-15
    Lyn 07-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Another gripping Shetland thriller"

    Great story! Ann Cleeves really keeps you guessing. I found the end shocking and difficult!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Santa Fe, NM, USA 10-01-15
    Joan Santa Fe, NM, USA 10-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Nice narrator --- but"

    He makes Jimmy sound too old. Otherwise he is great for women and older men

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Judy 08-04-15
    Judy 08-04-15
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    "emPHASis on wrong sylABle."
    Where does Blue Lightning: A Thriller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My opinion of the story is not unbiased, as I read these out of order, thus knew an important part of the story line in advance. Though I love Ann Cleeves books and Jimmy Perez mysteries.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gordon Griffin?

    Someone who pays attention to what they're reading, and doesn't. End the sentence. Before it's finished. And knows where to place the emphasis. And doesn't turn a declarative sentence into a question? With! Inappriate! Exclamations! interspersed arbitrarily. It's as if he was reading words completely out of context. I played the book at1.25 speed setting, and still there were long unnecessary pauses.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mer PATTERSON, CA, United States 03-16-16
    Mer PATTERSON, CA, United States 03-16-16
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    It feels like the author played a cheap trick at the end very end of the story. So disappointing.

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    Cathy J Hunter Broken Arrow OK 06-20-16
    Cathy J Hunter Broken Arrow OK 06-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "tedious"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A glut of characters with continual influx of backstories. Very hard to keep track of who's who, let alone who dun it. Couldn't finish it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ann Cleeves again?

    Her Vera series is very good


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Gordon Griffin?

    yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Chemel 06-21-15
    Lee Chemel 06-21-15 Member Since 2009
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    "If Ambien isn't working, listen to this book."

    Main character has nothing going for him -- neither intellect nor any kind of charisma. The story is shamefully mundane. The narrator reads so slowly that you forget what is being discussed. A soporific.

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful
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  • shirlzisme
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    "Really good"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I was hooked from the very beginning. I was so enthralled I could have been there in Shetland with them! It also helped that the narrator was good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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