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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
  • 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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    Performance
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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
  • Mrs
    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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    Performance
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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
  • Christopher
    Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
    9/6/13
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    "Disappointing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I was very disappointed with this book, I have all the Alan Banks books so far, so was really looking forward to this one. . I found the narrator very bland & boring, so much so that he nearly sent me to sleep! The Jamacian accent put on for Winsom was so ridiculous that I was almost waiting for a Bob Marley song to break out!
    I thought the storyline was quite weak & nowhere near as good as previous books..Maybe a different narrator could have bought this to life better. . . .


    What was most disappointing about Peter Robinson’s story?

    Just not as good as some of the other DCI Banks books....


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

    Bland, boring...didnt exactly bring the book to life...


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

    Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    Neil Pearson would have been excellent reading this or James Langton . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    9/2/13
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    "Long and boring"

    I bought this book as a recommendation from Audible and wish I hadn't bothered. The book is long - it seemed never ending with its political background and musical references from the past.
    I generally like the tv series and the character DCI Banks but this was hard going and I persevered to the end but it was a relief to get it over with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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