It's the week before Christmas when a lone robber bursts into a busy Glasgow post office carrying an AK-47. An elderly man suddenly hands his young grandson to a stranger and wordlessly helps the gunman fill bags with cash, then carries them to the door. He opens the door and bows his head; the robber fires off the AK-47, tearing the grandfather in two.
DS Alex Morrow arrives on the scene and finds that the alarm system had been disabled before the robbery. Yet upon investigation, none of the employees can be linked to the gunman. And the grandfather-a life-long campaigner for social justice-is above reproach. As Morrow searches for the killer, she discovers a hidden, sinister political network. Soon it is chillingly clear: no corner of the city is safe, and her involvement will go deeper than she could ever have imagined.
©2013 Denise Mina (P)2013 Hachette Audio
Why, oh why, oh why didn't they have the wonderful Jane McFarlane perform this one? The writing is typical smart, lucid Mina -- the performance is distractingly mediocre. Not sure I'm going to finish listening -- and I've never done that before. Pity.
This was an interesting continuation of the Alex Morrow series. The book itself was good, with the intricate plots I expect from Denise Mina. The performance, however, was barely average. I had enjoyed the performance of the first two books in the series, and wasn't concerned about the poor reviews of Moira Quirk's performance. After listening to at least 100 audiobooks, I can only think of two that I did not finish because of the performance. Well, this one was almost the third. For the next book they need to go back to the narrator from the first two books.
The only other comment was that I did not like the ending - or rather I did not like that the book seemed to end without resolving a number of the plot lines. The ending made it obvious that there will be a fourth book. It just seemed to end at an incomplete point.
blue collar intellectual
Mina's Alex Morrow series is one of the best available in the mystery genre. Gods and Beasts may not rank as high as the two earlier entries in the series but it's still a great listen.
Quirk is not as good as previous narrators, but for me she did not detract from my enjoyment of the novel.
Urban public librarian. Audiobook lover!
I listened to the first two is this series in about three days and bought this one without listening to a sample or paying attention to the narrator. Huge mistake. Can't stand the nasally voice and the accent isn't Scottish. Going to have to read it. So sad.
Addicted to Audible
If you have enjoyed the first two books in the Alex Morrow police detective series do not hesitate to listen to "Gods and Beasts" just because of the change in narrator. The story is to good to be missed.
Moira Quirk does a very creditable job of reading this book, it will not take long to for you to accept her as the voice of Alex Morrow. She also does the variety of new characters introduced very well.
As the this series continues with "The Red Road" due to be published in early 2014, I will be a happy listener with either Jane Macfarlane or Moira Quirk
I recommend the story. Denise Mina's writing is strong and this is no exception - the story moves well, the characters are clear and strong, the storyline is well-written and a good read.
She didn't hit the range and depth of the characters. She made some of them sound whiny and I didn't feel the same connection to the story and characters that I did with the earlier narrator - who I felt was a great match for Mina's writing. This narrator didn't seem to be able to get into the world of the writing and it created a disconnect with it at times as I listened. Some of the characterizations were way off base and at times I felt like I was listening to an elementary school teacher in a room with young children - it just did not fit the story and characters.
The writing is solid. Solid enough that I can listen through the narrator's lack of "getting" a good handle on it. I'd say it's still worth a listen - or at least buy the book and read it. The story is good.
I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.
I've quite enjoyed all three of the Alex Morrow books. Well-written, believable with good characters. I was concerned when I read one review that trashed the reader, someone different than the wonderful lady who voiced the first two books, but after listening for just a short while I thought she did just as good a job as her predecessor. Will certainly read more of this author's work,
Denise Mina's narrative voice is so genuine. There's nothing like it. She has been my favorite author for years.
The conversations between Rosie and Martin were captured with such nuance I felt as if they could be real people.
Her use of accents seems right-on.
Though not Denise Mina's best work, perhaps, I loved soaking up every minute of the story.
This is the third book in a cop series in which the same detective, Alex Morrow , and some of the same supporting cast reappear and evolve. This is not for those who crave action, suspense, a lot of violence and sex--which I also like if well written.
Awash in judiciously selected minutiae , and more than adequqte plot lines, each book reveals a little more about the recurring characters, without rehashing the last book --which is great for listeners like me who read them chronologically and closely together.
I happened upon Mina by accident, wasn't sure after the first one but by the second book was lhooked. Alex Morrow et al havgrown on me, but what I really have been enjoying is Mina's knack for richly nuanced exchanges between characters. Set in nicely detailed backdrops Mina creates a sense of intimacy unusual in your average cop series,
So far the narrators have been pitch perfect for Mina's style. Hope that continues; I'd like to read the rest of the series,
Overall I thought this was a good book, but the ending was confusing. I don't think that catching the criminal was really the primary point of this book. I just found it confusing as there are a lot of characters with several different plots.
Moira Quirk did a fantastic job.
I do like the character Alex Marrow, but I'd prefer that the book be more focused on her and her team and not so many extra characters.
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