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Luther Audiobook

Luther: The Calling

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Publisher's Summary

A brilliant standalone crime novel and prequel to the acclaimed BBC series by the show’s creator and sole writer....

Meet Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. He’s a murder detective with an extraordinary case clearance rate. He’s obsessive, instinctive, and intense. Nobody who ever stood at his side has a bad word to say about him. And yet there are rumors that Luther is bad - not corrupt, not on the take, but tormented. He seethes with a hidden fury that at times he can barely control. Sometimes it sends him to the brink of madness, making him do things he shouldn’t - things well beyond the limits of the law.

Edgar Award-winning writer Neil Cross has created one of the most compelling characters in modern crime fiction - a man who may be a force for good, or hell-bent on self-destruction. For fans of the award-winning series starring Emmy-nominee Idris Elba, and for all lovers of crime fiction, Luther is hailed by The Guardian as “Britain’s own Stephen King.”

©2011 Neil Cross (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

“Luther is to crime fiction what his historical counterpart was to religion.…Gripping, taut fiction by a new master in the genre” (Guillermo del Toro)

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    Cynthia Fulbright sherman,tx 12-04-12
    Cynthia Fulbright sherman,tx 12-04-12 Member Since 2011

    grecen

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    "Good Book if you like the series"
    If you could sum up Luther in three words, what would they be?

    dark, intense, riveting


    What did you like best about this story?

    the story is good, gritty, and makes you know about the character Luther before the television series started.


    Any additional comments?

    This will be a hard book to listen to if you are squeamish, but it is a good book. It is graphic in the description of the criminal activity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 06-27-15
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 06-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "This is essential if you liked the British TV show"

    This is essential if you liked the British TV show with Idris Elba. The book is a prequel, and it’s no slight cash-in for fans but a real, substantial crime novel that could stand on its own. But like the show, it’s can be creepy, gruesome and doesn’t shy from sexual fetishes. Often crossing ethical lines and ignoring his wife, John Luther investigates the case of a couple that’s butchered and an 8 1/2-month-old baby is cut from the woman’s stomach. Bechdel test: I don’t think it passed. Grade: A-

    The narrator is excellent and does a strong Elba impersonation.

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    Donna 09-12-16
    Donna 09-12-16
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    "Audible needs to add more"

    I like the book version better than the video that is currently running on PBS in the US. The story line is solid, character development is uneven and fussy, the mystery kept me listening to the end.

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    Sandra 02-21-16
    Sandra 02-21-16 Member Since 2016

    Blind listener reading everything, especially sf&f & mystery/thrillers, restricted to audio so picky where credits are spent #BooksRule

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    "Now That's Dark and Creepy"

    A very good read, and leads into the TV series quite seamlessly... This isn't a book for anyone w/ delicacy of thought or sensibility... It's quite dark and gruesome and at times uncomfortably real and deviant... WARNING!!! If you cannot handle any sort of animal abuse in your fiction run, don't walk away from this one... The descriptions of such are exceedingly discomfitting... The violence overall, while not gratuitous, certainly gives a large dose of ajita... It has excellent and at times an intense pace, great characters, and a nicely overlapping set of story arcs... The main mystery is nicely constructed and satisfactorily concluded... I thought the narration was adequate if unexceptional... Would have been a. Much better read w/ better production, but still worth it...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yolande Sterling 01-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Riveting book!"

    This book was hands down my favorite of 2015! The story just grabbed me with the right amount of intrigue and suspense in addition to the questionable actions by the hero.
    The reader was also perfect giving each character a unique voice - loved that!
    My only gripe is that I wish that a couple of the story lines were wrapped up a bit more. But maybe those will be addressed in subsequent books (?).
    All in all - 5/5 stars from me!

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    R. Zimmerman 06-27-15
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    "Creepy McCreeperson"

    I loved watching the series Luther, except for the episode with the man who licks his victims. Too creepy. This audio book goes too far in that direction for my taste.

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    Steven 04-29-14
    Steven 04-29-14
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    "Great listen"
    Where does Luther rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great listen. Possibly only average but then I listen to many many audios. It was well worth the credit I used to obtain it.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Certainly not in the middle of the seat.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Luther came across his suspect face to face


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His female partner made a big impact on the story line.


    Any additional comments?

    I would suggest this audio to others. It is worth the listen. Entertaining and keeps you guessing where Luther might end up

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    ton london england 08-01-13
    ton london england 08-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "not for late night or public transport"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Luther to be better than the print version?

    not sure


    What did you like best about this story?

    it give a back story to how he became the man he is


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes but it should have been idriss elba doing it:)


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

    some of the stuff is really gruesome, really the tv show has some scary stuff, this book is way way way more gruesome, hearing the narrator narrate how the villian butchers his victems is not a calming read, every hit from the disabilitating hit to the knee, the hits to the face, the well you get the gist of it

    don't read this in public transport people will see you flinch and if you read at night, well sleep might not come easy


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    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 04-04-13
    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2016

    74 y o avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books

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    "A bit too British for my taste"

    Reading is, first and foremost, a matter of taste. IMHO this one's a bit too British for mine. I love a good police procedural but I guess local (US based) cases appeal to me more, and getting through the heavy British accent of the narrator (appropriate as it might be) was too much for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara Philadelphia, PA, United States 02-11-13
    Tamara Philadelphia, PA, United States 02-11-13
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    "Amazingly dark and rich"
    What did you love best about Luther?

    I am a fan of the show and it provided even more insight into the main character


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details. It describes each of the crimes and victims vividly.


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