A search for missing documents in an international mining company becomes a voyage into dangerous waters. A dead friend, a lost lover, and a clutch of mysteries from Jonathan Kellaway's youth in Cornwall and Italy in the late 1960s come back to haunt him when he is tasked with discovering why there is a gaping hole in his employer's records - and to tempt him with the hope that he may at last learn the truth about the tragedies of those years. It is a truth that has claimed several victims before. If he pursues it hard and long enough, he may only add himself to the list. But pursue it he will. Because the truth, he comes to realize, is the secret that has consumed his life. This time he will not stop until he has found it.
©2012 Robert and Vanda Goddard (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
This was a definite 5 stars.
How on earth anyone can make 'accounts and book keeping' a good subject for great fiction is a wonder. Goddard has really done it with Fault Line.
Philip Franks reads so well that the story courses along without distraction.
I really liked this book and the performance was first rate. I have read several other Goddard books and this one is one of my favorites now. The author used some of the same devices as in the others but added some. As in the others, there is a young man drawn into a mystery not of his choosing but compelled to discover the truth. In this book the young man is introduced at the twilight of his business career and the book immediately flashes back to the beginning. Goddard fans will find all the romantic tension and historical spice they have come to expect.
This was one of my favorites of Goddard. Every book he writes uses great narration, a big help. His books have that right combination of plot, complexity, character development and pace that I wish all of the books I listened to had. I am on my way to listening to every Goddard book available, this one only encouraging me along the way. A great use of a credit.
This would be one of the worst audible purchases for me. This book is supposed to be a mystery, but after the first part I completely lost interest in the story. I don't leave books unfinished - so dragged myself through to the end and found it disappointing. Don't get this if you are looking for edge-of-the-seat thriller or a gripping mystery.
Okay, there's nothing technically wrong with the author's writing style or story-telling ability, so, I'll give it that.
I just didn't enjoy this story. The main character seemed toadying and priggish. The values in the book didn't jibe with recent events like the economic meltdown and Occupy Wall Street. Getting to the top of a company by being in good with the boss just turned me off.
I also did not enjoy the dysfunctional family which is most of the story of the book. It's a 1% family with 99% dysfunctional behavior. I could not sympathize with them. I'm tired of reading, hearing, or seeing families who hate each other or who seem to have no social skills, especially rich ones, with all kinds of deviant, antisocial behaviors, or mental illness issues.
This story was too negative for me. I work as an elementary school teacher in an area that used to be middle class, but is now a devastated, low socio-ecomic area. Everyday, I deal with cruel poverty, broken homes, stressed out desperate families and all the consequences it brings on a community.
So, when I want to listen to something, I need an uplifting or thought provoking story, not the depraved antics of a dysfunctional, selfish, clueless rich family.
Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
I wouldn't call this book a mystery, but it is a fairly solid story. You wouldn't think that something about missing documents would be interesting, but the documents are only a tiny sliver of the story.
The characters are interesting, but the plot leaves something to be desired.
"A return to form"
I have listened to all of RG's books, and enjoyed them all though the quality of writing is variable. This one is much better written and more compelling than many of his more recent works. Still lacks some of the cliche-avoiding discipline of his very first books, but thoroughly enjoyable and well worth the download.
"Don't start listening to this!"
Unless you have the time to listen all the way through because once you start listening you will not want to stop. The story is brilliant crafted around the events of 1968, 1969, 1984 and 2010. To tell you more world risk reducing the great pleasure of 12 hours of listening. Best audio book of the year so far.
"At last a return to REAL form for Robert Goddard"
I have been reading (or listening) to Robert Goddard books for a very long time. In the early years he was magnificent - but in the last what 10 years he's been readable but not quite up to scratch. The last couple of books have certainly been on the up - and this audio book takes him back to right up where he should be. Excellent plot, well written - and exceptionally well read.
"Goddard at his best"
This is a lovely book, because as is the case for many of his works, it is the quality of Goddard's writing, his ability to build life stories, and his gift for creating engaging characters, rather than the plot, that captivates you in the end. In any case I would class his books as mysteries rather than thrillers. By the end of Fault Line you are only mildly intrigued by the final revelations, but you deeply care about the characters and what becomes of them. Wonderfully read by Philip Franks.
"Very predicatable but listenable."
To me there was no mystery about this book and it was obvious throughout.I found the main charachter to be extremely gullible with no real depth and I was frequently telling him 'come on open your eyes'. However, I still enjoyed listening, probably because of the narrator who has a lovely voice for story telling. If you are just looking to be told a story which involves no real thought, this is for you.
"A Thriller with style and panache."
When i first started listening to this book i was concerned it would plod and drag. How wrong was i , the characters are believable especially the ignorant Adam, fiver for the first person who punches him, and the underlying story of relationships and subtle manipulation is really gripping. In the end not all questions are answered directly and i suppose some might find the lack of definitive answers a bit hard to take. But i loved it and it provoked the thought " what did they all do next"
a captivating and entertaining book.
This book is excellent. The narrator is brilliant and the story keeps you enthralled from the beginning to the end.
Great for fans of crime
"Goddard not at his best"
I have read them all and possibly not narrated by Philip Franks
The Capri murder
Yes he was ok
The subject of the storyline was very unusual
Vivienne, mysterious and aloof
Not yet, but very easy to listen to and love the character voices.
Will be back for more Philip Franks
Credible characters and a brilliant reader still didn't quite convince me of this book was finished when it ended.
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