When teenager Jennifer Maidment’s murdered and mutilated body is discovered, it is clear that there is a dangerous psychopath on the loose. But it’s not long before Tony and DCI Carol Jordan realise it’s just the start of a brutal campaign. Their chameleon-like killer is chatting with them online, pretending to share their interests – and then luring them to their deaths. But just when Tony should be at the heart of the hunt, he’s pushed to the margins and replaced by a dangerously inexperienced profiler.
Struggling with the ghosts of his own past and desperate for distraction, Tony battles to find the answers in his most nerve-shattering investigation yet.
©2009 Val McDermid (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd
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"Appalling narrator ruins book"
The reader of this audiobook is just dreadful. He has a very irritation intonation and rhythm of reading. He reads as if telling a story to a bunch of (slightly stupid) preschoolers and he lacks acting ability - for example, he reads the character of a father whose child has just been murdered as a Cheerful Charlie. I also don't think his eyes track far enough ahead because he keeps getting suprised by the way sentences end. I'm persisting because I like Val Mc Dermid, but I think it was a waste of a credit. I won't buy again without listening to the sample.
I have to reiterate comments already made regarding the narration of this book; it's just awful and I couldn't get passed it to finish the book.
"Worst narration I've heard since I got an iPod"
I'm about 20 minutes into the book and don't know if I can finish it, instead of listening to the story all I can think about is how wrong and annoying the narration is.
It's like a "Fast Show" sketch on audio books.
Sorry for the low rating V McD, it's not for your writing.
"Good story narrated 'Playschool' style"
Very good story, very good characters. The infantile narration style was annoying and got in the way enough to effect the story.
The narrator of this audiobook is probably the worst I have listened to and I have listened to a lot. He has a very irritation intonation and rhythm of reading. He reads as if telling a story to a bunch of (slightly stupid) preschoolers and he lacks acting ability - for example, he reads the character of a father whose child has just been murdered as a Cheerful Charlie. He sounds like he is taking the micky like a comedian and he keeps getting suprised by the way sentences end. I'm persisting because I like Val Mc Dermid and it is the next book in the series that I am listening to, but I think it was a waste of a credit. I won't buy again without listening to the sample.
"Typical McDermid but did not enjoy"
I felt that the story line was workable but felt that towards the middle and the end the story was rushed..hated the narrator his voice grated on me. Really got the impression that this was a 'written' for tv book rather than the reader...it all seemed a bit predictable.
Who doesn't love Tony and Carol when they are on form? I am a big Val McDermid fan and especially enjoy Tony and Carol books so it is no surprise that I found this book so enjoyable! It was fast paced and kept me engaged throughout. The narration was suitable for this book and didn't distract from the story. Highly recommend this to any Tony and Carol fans as well as those new to Val McDermid books. You won't be disappointed.
"Good story: shame about the narration"
The Hill- Jordan series is not an easy listen. However, the violent and often sexual crimes are the devices through which we get to know what are proving to be very interesting central characters and the relationships between them.
By the time the listener gets to Fever in the Bone they have made quite a significant investment in those characters and is looking forward with some pleasure to the next chapter in their development.
It is therefore extremely disappointing to hear their voices so poorly reproduced.
In this audiobook, most of the characters are rendered in a faux scouse accent that leaves Carol in particular sounding whiny and petulant and makes all but two of the other characters difficult to distinguish. The narrator's pitch grates on the ear with an inconsistency that is reminiscent of a peripubescent boy whose breaking voice cannot quite decide where it belongs. Between dialogue, the narration lacks timing and any atmosphere; with a sing song quality that is at times has more reminiscent of a 1980s recitation of the football pools than the backdrop of a thriller.
Whilst I can understand corners being cut in the production of a first or unproven novelist, this mannered and amateur presentation is just not good enough for the work of a writer as well established as Ms McDermid, or for characters as well crafted as Jordan, Hill and their team.
Andrew Wincott is an established character actor with a very well regarded body of work to his credit, so I can only assume that the problem lies with the direction or some other production decision.
The best narration in this series so far has been performed by Shaun Dooley (Beneath the Bleeding). Down to earth, concise, no frills and with a range of characterisations that was confident and clear; giving distinct qualities to the different characters and allowing their personalities to emerge and ring true to what, to my ear, the author intended.
He or someone like him should be contracted to complete the series in the way that Andrew Sachs has so brilliantly performed the Donna Leon novels.
"Fever of the bone"
Not written a review before but really enjoyed this one and felt I had to comment. This is my second val mcdermid audiobook and having followed the tv series with robson green I was hesitant in purchasing it but I am really glad I did. I found the characters complex and believable and the story was rivetting, I could not stop listening! I will definitely be on the lookout for more. I found the narrator easy and interesting to listen to.
"GRIPPING AND GOOD"
Slightly weak in bits, but a good fast-paced and well read story.
It kept me gripped throughout.
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