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"Beautifully constructed...a lively and surprising addition to the genre." (Times Literary Supplement)
Well narrated apart from the occasional lapse from Geordie but it was easy to get into this book and become lost in the plot and the characters. I was quite sad when it came to an end.
I loved Anne Dover's reading of this novel. She gave such life and understanding to the Vera Stanhope character that I felt it was Vera herself telling the story.
Vera Stanhope was someone who I felt I would like to sit down and have a cup of tea with but I also knew that she would be holding something back as we talked. She was intriguing to get to know as the novel went on.
I would have liked to listen to it all in one sitting but I didn't have that much time so I listened to it for several days in a row. I looked forward to hearing more of the story every day that I could listen to it.
I am looking forward to hearing more of the Vera Stanhope series. I found out that these stories are a TV series in Britain. Unfortunately they are not available on Netflix or PBS.
A gripping who-dunnit. Nicely woven, rich characters, plenty of suspects, atmospheric. Narrated very well indeed. Don't start it if you have another task you need to concentrate on!
"WANTED TO PLAN A ROAD TRIP AFTER THE FIRST CHAPTER"
Getting to know the main characters such as Vera, Joe, Holly etc. and their lives and the impact this has on their jobs and vice versa
The description of the relationship and tenderness the killer had with the victims which was eerie and compelling.
No, although she made Vera come to life and moved seamlessly from one character to another and would be drawn to her as a reader. Since listened to another reader performing Vera and just didn't have the same impact.
Yes - wanted to plan a road trip.
Great detective and great writing.
"So pleased I chose this one. Vera is Terrific!"
Wonderful characterisation throughout this novel. This is especially true of the main character, Inspector Vera Stanhope. I have absolutely no doubts that all readers/listeners will find themselves so intrigued by her and the unusual and very clever depiction of this gloriously ordinary yet brilliant woman.
Excellent thriller and so well written it is guaranteed to draw you in and keep you wanting more!
Totally fabulous narrator in Anne Dover as well. Pity she doesn't narrate ALL of these books. Don't let the doubly obvious play on names here put you off. You'll miss a really great book if you do.
Oh without doubt my favourite is Vera! I think that Ann Cleaves is a first-class author who has created so many great and believable characters here and that's what makes this audio book stand out from the pack. Just a feast of a listen!
I loved the interviewing of suspects by Voracious Vera. Tactically SO clever and what a breath of fresh air she is. Again thanks for some wonderful narration to Ann Dover who made Vera come alive for me.
Not really a book for laughs or tears....just totally enjoyable and addictive.
Thanks to Anna of Aberdeen whose review made me choose this book- otherwise without her review (the only one available at the time) I might not have taken the chance. So I have also taken the time out to recommend this. Give this super little thriller a try and I'm certain you won't regret it.
"Could be good."
I had real problems listening to this book. I am unsure if it was my fault or not. I did not hear one complete chapter and it jumped from one chapter to another many chapters further on.
I love this series and will try to re load and listen again. What I did hear was ok but I did prefer my previous listen with the reader Charlie.
I enjoyed this, not my usual genre but fancied a change and I will certainly try more. The main character, Vera, is fab so may well have a look at others in this series!
The narrator is good, especially compared to many others I have experienced in my journey through audible however I felt the need, for the first time, to notch the speed up to 1.25 as her style is quite slow. On 1.25 though it was great.
I thought the ending was fine, not sure why some others felt disappointed. I am also glad for the scooby doo style explanation of why that person and the story behind this, as when I thought it had finished I was a little lost and thought I'd have to backtrack to see what id missed - but it was all finished quite tidily for me.
In summary, not overwhelming but a decent story with a well rounded (no pun intended!) main character in Vera.
"Good Story and well performed"
First book by Ann Cleeves that I have l read/ listened to. Good story and well performed, will buy more like this one.
Love this series. Wish there were more. Well narrated and great storyline .
More please audible. Not all are available.
brilliant kept me wanting to listening for hours . listening to all the VEra stories cant get enough.
"Beautifully read, a gripping story"
I have read other Vera Stanhope novels as paperbacks. This was the first audio book I heard in the series. It is so well read by Ann Dover that my mental images of Vera remained intact and were enhanced. Ms Dover reads carefully, without intruding on the story. She gives a slight tone to the different voices, but not too much. She's a good reader - more please!
The story itself is quite involved. I found I needed to listen properly, because there are quite a few characters to remember. But it all is very interesting and plausible. The locations around Newcastle are well described and accurate. Recommended.
The killer - a bizarre ending.
I was really disappointed with the ending of this book - very poor frankly.
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