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Just One Evil Act Audiobook

Just One Evil Act: A Lynley Novel, Book 18

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Publisher's Summary

#1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George offers the latest in her Inspector Lynley series: a gripping child-in-danger story featuring fan favorite Barbara Havers.

Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold.

Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace. The Italian police are investigating, and the Yard won't get involved, until Barbara takes matters into her own hands. As she attempts to navigate the complicated waters of doing anything for the case against her superior's orders, her partner, Inspector Thomas Lynley, is dispatched to Italy as the liaison between the Italian police and Hadiyyah's distraught parents.

In time, both Barbara and Lynley discover that the case is far more complex than just a kidnapping, revealing secrets about Angelina; her new lover, Lorenzo; and even Azhar - secrets Barbara may not be willing to accept. With both her job and the life of a little girl on the line, Barbara must decide what matters most and how far she's willing to go to protect it.

©2013 Elizabeth George (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    "Almost Put Off By Criticism...Glad I Ignored It"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes...the story has excellent details and a variety of characters, all contributing to a satisfying audiobook.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm a George fan and so glad to be hearing more of Lynley and Havers.


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Davina is very competent with different voices...particularly men versus women.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't understand all the criticism about the Italian with which the novel is peppered, purportedly "without translation". However, there is contextual translation of every Italian comment/dialogue, and I enjoyed the additional challenge to my attention while listening. Davina Porter did it beautifully, at least to my uneducated ear.

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    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 08-11-14
    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 08-11-14 Member Since 2008

    A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air

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    "Great read for Inspector Lynley Fans"

    Elizabeth George has done it again. She's written another multi-layered and engaging Inspector Lynley novel that explores Barbara Havers' relationship with Taymullah Azhar through the kidnapping of his daughter Hadiyyah. While this crime is solved about midway through the book, George is just getting started. This is one of the best Lynley books, and I can't help but suspect it might be due to her new editor. While long, (it weighs in at more than 700 pages) it's more tightly written than some of her recent books. A great read for ths series' readers (and they must be read in order!)

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    Roslyn Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada 06-05-14
    Roslyn Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada 06-05-14 Member Since 2016

    I absolutely love audiobooks. There is simply nothing like having someone read you an engrossing story; not to mention you can get things done while you listen. I always have one on the go.

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    Any additional comments?

    If you like this series you will like this book. Just good characters developing as characters do with a familiar plot. Sometimes familiarity is just what you are looking for...in that mood this is the book for you.

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    Sandra Calgary 05-11-14
    Sandra Calgary 05-11-14 Listener Since 2009
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    "Disappointed with details, loose ends"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Too many or too few details. Thought I'd missed a chapter at times.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't make Havers appear to be so lovelorn and losing perspective.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Davina is always good. She spoke the Italian slowly; otherwise, would've been really lost.


    Do you think Just One Evil Act needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely, we need to know what happened to whom. Some characters must be gone for good.


    Any additional comments?

    This is only Elizabeth George book I've been disappointed with.

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    SueAnne Indianapolis, IN, United States 04-05-14
    SueAnne Indianapolis, IN, United States 04-05-14 Member Since 2009
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    If you could sum up Just One Evil Act in three words, what would they be?

    Engagingly complicated story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Just One Evil Act?

    Havers viewing the videotape


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Best I can do is the horridly overused word "Awesome".


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Based on other reviews, I almost passed this one by. Then I saw Ms. George on a show about authors & books (Well Read) and changed my mind. So glad I did. I'm just hoping that the author will soon address the underlying mystery involving the death of Inspector Lynley's wife.

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    Joanne TUCSON, AZ, United States 03-30-14
    Joanne TUCSON, AZ, United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Davina Porter RUINED this book for me"
    What made the experience of listening to Just One Evil Act the most enjoyable?

    I love Italy and Lucca. Expected to love this book...


    How could the performance have been better?

    Davina Porter DESTROYED the Italian language with one mispronunciation after another. What was she thinking ? To even accept this assignment?!!! And is there no such thing as an "editor" in audible books?!! Shame on Audible and shame on her.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Major reaction was exasperation with the mangled Italian... I was also frustrated with the series of idiotic decisions and acts made by Barbara Havers - and that she got away with them. I truly thought that George was preparing to rid the series of Barbara by having her fired. It is incomprehensible that her bizarre behavior would be tolerated.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm pretty sure that Elizabeth George had nothing to do with writing this book... Come to think of it, maybe the last three books ...

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    Victoria Austin, TX, United States 03-14-14
    Victoria Austin, TX, United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2010

    I am a high school math teacher interested in almost everything except for Jell-O. If not for Audible, I could never read anything!

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    "Barbara Being Barbara"
    If you could sum up Just One Evil Act in three words, what would they be?

    Story Character Development


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Just One Evil Act?

    Lynley shows up unexpectedly at Barbara's home.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    I was drawn to the Italian detective, much to my surprise.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Elizabeth George goes international.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought long and hard before choosing this book because of the reviewers who characterized Barbara as not acting like Barbara. Having finished the book (and I confess that I turned it off only to sleep - sigh!), I wonder whether we read the same novel. Barbara acted exactly like Barbara would in a cruelly intense situation. If a character behaved in a way that was not true to his nature, it was Barbara's neighbor, the professor. I loved this book because of the twists and turns, Isabel's curious choices at the end of the novel, and because I see that there are new paths available to Ms. George as she creates the next novel.

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    Frances Eagle, CO, United States 03-13-14
    Frances Eagle, CO, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Just One Act Too Long"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book is way too long. Events seem to crawl through time.


    If you’ve listened to books by Elizabeth George before, how does this one compare?

    I love Elizabeth George, but this is not the book to start with in enjoying her works. I have heard about Barbara's messy life and red trainers too many times now, and her self destruct mechanisms crowned in the end by success is old news.


    What aspect of Davina Porter’s performance would you have changed?

    This book is not an easy one to perform. There are a host of different characters and accents. Porter did a credible job. I think my ear just got tired.


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    Jette Ishoj, Denmark 03-09-14
    Jette Ishoj, Denmark 03-09-14
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    "A great read"
    What did you love best about Just One Evil Act?

    An Inspector Lynley novel is always outstanding, and this one was one exception. My favorite character Havers is deeper in trouble than before, and that's no picnic


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    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 02-05-14
    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2005

    I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.

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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was a little frustrating due to the fact that the book was too long and not as well plotted as those in the past.


    If you’ve listened to books by Elizabeth George before, how does this one compare?

    This is not my favorite. I think the book is too long and the main characters other than Lynley are not very sympathetic.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She is the consumate artist. I have enjoyed everything she has read in great part due to her skill as a reader.


    Did Just One Evil Act inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to consider re-reading the older books to try to recapture the magic in those.


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