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Children of the Revolution: A DCI Banks mystery | [Peter Robinson]

Children of the Revolution: A DCI Banks mystery

A disgraced college lecturer is found murdered with £5,000 in his pocket on a disused railway line near his home. Since being dismissed from his job for sexual misconduct four years previously, he has been living a poverty-stricken and hermit-like existence in this isolated spot. The suspects range from several individuals at the college where he used to teach to a woman who knew the victim back in the early '70s at Essex University, then a hotbed of political activism.
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Publisher's Summary

A disgraced college lecturer is found murdered with £5,000 in his pocket on a disused railway line near his home. Since being dismissed from his job for sexual misconduct four years previously, he has been living a poverty-stricken and hermit-like existence in this isolated spot.

The suspects range from several individuals at the college where he used to teach to a woman who knew the victim back in the early '70s at Essex University, then a hotbed of political activism. When Banks receives a warning to step away from the case, he realises there is much more to the mystery than meets the eye - for there are plenty more skeletons to come out of the closet….

The 21st novel in number one best-selling author Peter Robinson's critically acclaimed DCI Banks series.

©2013 Peter Robinson (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton

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  • Saffy
    UK
    8/30/13
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    "Disappointing"

    This started off pretty well and I was relieved as I have not listened to an Inspector Banks novel since the appalling 'Bad Boy'. I was pleased to hear the return of Banks and his team, and the plot - the murder of a college lecturer- sounded promising. Although, as with all Robinson's work, the quality of the writing is good, the narration is fairly monotonous and the plot moves far too slowly. As I wasn't gripped by it this became a very disjointed, confused listen. I really wanted to enjoy the work of one of my once favourite crime writers but unfortunately this does not live up to expectations or the pre 'Bad Boy' Robinson novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • D Hollingum
    Northampton UK
    8/14/14
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    "Excruciating experience"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who was learning English as a foreign language and needed to hear a lot of repetition in order to grasp the basic story. Also, being a non-native speaker, they might not mind the inadequacies of the narrator.


    What will your next listen be?

    Nothing by Peter Robinson, and practically anything that isn't read by Simon Slater.


    What didn’t you like about Simon Slater’s performance?

    His inability to make any of the dialogue (and there's loads of it) sound as though it might have been spoken by a believable character. Any figures of authority were made to sound cuttingly supercilious, and he often had to give up on an accent half way through a conversation.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None that I noticed, I tried hard to listen to the bitter end, but decided to get a life instead and abandoned it 2 hours and 47 minutes before the blessed relief of being able to consign it to a well-deserved oblivion.


    Any additional comments?

    Haven't I said enough? This was a real disappointment, as it seemed okay for about the first chapter. Shall definitely avoid anything I might buy on spec mainly because it has had glowing reviews, in future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gill in Gloucs
    UK
    7/18/14
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    "A slow burner but gets you in the end!"
    Any additional comments?

    I found that there was an unusually slow start to this book - to me it seemed to take some time getting off the ground. However, it was worth persevering as the plot eventually drew me in and made me want to get to the end.

    Each of Robinson's books adds a little more dimension to the character of Banks and I like the way he manages to weave in compassion for victim - and sometimes 'villain' - in his narrative.

    I'm less keen on the narrator as I find his style a little flat an lugubrious, with some frankly off inflections that I'd have thought would be better edited out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph
    Rochdale, UK
    4/15/14
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    "Another disappointment from Mr Robinson"

    After his last DCI Banks book, which I found so boring that I did not finish it, I was hoping for something better but alas it was not to be. I ploughed through to the end but I did not enjoy the book.

    Perhaps he has run out of plots for Eastvale but after "Bad Boy" and "Friend of the Devil" I had hoped for much better.

    It may be time for a rest for DCI Banks until the creative juices begin again and more books like "Before the Poison" (excellent read) could be produced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Bensheim, Germany
    11/16/13
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    "Robinson is a genius"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, great crime writer giving you hints but keeping suspense until the end


    What other book might you compare Children of the Revolution to, and why?

    JK Rowling's new novel


    What about Simon Slater’s performance did you like?

    very good


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, gripping


    Any additional comments?

    Peter Robinson is totally underestimated, great writer

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly
    London, United Kingdom
    10/14/13
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    "Quite good but not brilliant"

    Fairly good listen but dragged in places and was a little dull. Okay for a long car journey but once was enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PPod
    PENRYN, United Kingdom
    10/11/13
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    "Disappointed"

    I have read and enjoyed all of Peter Robinson's Banks stories - but this one was not one of the best. It was complicated and I ended up skipping to the end. I will try the new one when published but hope its better and more like some of the older books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Avril
    Cinderford, United Kingdom
    10/4/13
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    "A disappointment"
    Would you try another book written by Peter Robinson or narrated by Simon Slater?

    I enjoyed Simon Slater's reading, but was unsatisifed by the plot line and conclusion. Peter Robinson's writing has been so much better. I won't give up on him though.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Peter Robinson? Why or why not?

    Yes I am, I have enjoyed all his books apart from this one


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Probably not, I much prefer to read or to listen


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • normally a fan
    London, UK
    9/18/13
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    "Ho hum"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Far less padding.


    What could Peter Robinson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More action less fluff


    What didn’t you like about Simon Slater’s performance?

    Too prosaic.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Children of the Revolution?

    All the scenes which held up the action.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first Peter Ropbinson book I've read and the last. Perhaps people keen on whole lists of rock stars might have been interested but I wasn';t. The crime was boring, the murdered man was uninteresting and the premise was - what's the opposite of page turning? Sorry not for me though I ordered this on the strength of the lyrical reviews.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bibliophile
    Cumbria
    9/12/13
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    "Think I slept through this time"

    I think I listened to Radio three through the 1980s so miss most of the musical references that are such a part of this book - even more than in the other DI Banks books.
    Pity as I am sure there is a lot of relevance to them.
    Good series, well read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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