The police aren't making much progress in their hunt for the killer until he appears to make a mistake: Alison Willetts is found alive and D.I. Tom Thorne believes this error will enable them to track him down. But it was the others who were his mistakes: he doesn't want to take life, he just wants to put people into a state where they cannot move, cannot talk, cannot do anything but think.
When Thorne, helped by the neurologist looking after Alison, starts to realise what he is up against he knows the case is not going to be solved by normal methods; before he can find out who did it he has to understand why he's doing it.
©2001 Mark Billingham; (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks
"A disturbing and thrilling medical procedural with memorable characters and bundles of atmosphere." (Guardian)
Now here is a book to get your teeth into. Sleepy Head is the first book by this author and a fantastic start was made. The plot is cunning, twisting, methodical and curiously engrossing. I found myself listening at every opportunity I could manage. The characters are lifelike and believable which traits that play into the plot well.
The book was read superbly and the narrators voice fitted the story well. The pace was excellent and the quality crisp and clear, with no changes in tone etc.
I really enjoyed this book, it was a pleasure to hear and I have already set my next listens to pick up the remaining books by this author. I can see me having to bump up my subscription.
"Kept me awake!"
Having been a recent convert to crime fiction through the Harry Bosch series it was interesting to listen to a title that was set where I live in London (no glorious sunsets over the LA landscape for Detective Thorne). It was shaky start but I ended up gripped at this hard-worn, world weary detective who is driven (sorry for the cliche) but flawed (and another). At the end of this story I went straight out and got the second book 'Scaredy Cat'.
"Mark Billingham's 'Thorne'"
My first 'Inspector Thorne' book and was not disappointed.
I bought this Audibook for iPod to take on holiday for poolside 'reading' but ended up listening before!
But not to worry I have book 2- if I can keep away from the play button!!
"Not Your Average Crime Novel"
Yes I would. It's not the run of the mill crime book.
The leading character Tom Thorne.
The narration by Robert Glenister was OUTSTANDING. I am the sort of person whose enjoyment of a story can be ruined by bad narration. But this reader has a beautiful voice, minimal accent, and he really dramatized the story. Superb. Will definitely be listening to more of his narration.
This was a very different book to what I would usually chose, and I found it very compelling listening. Excellent narrative and excellent writing. Fabulous.
Good narrator but Paul Thornley is better.
Great story - love the depth of character created by Mark Billingham.
Read this out of sequence so can see how Billingham has improved as an author over time.
This is the first Mark Billingham novel I've tried. I can't believe I didn't listen/read before. I really enjoyed it.
I wouldn't really liken it to any other book in particular but I guess, if I was pushed, I'd say it's an English Rebus type novel.
I rate Robert Glenister as one of the best performers on Audible. Excellent pace and characterisation.
Yes, I nearly did.
Overall, great story. Loved the main character and I've already purchased the second book!
Robert Glenister did an excellent job - as he always does.
Took a wee bit to get into this story, but enjoyed it once I did. It takes a bit of concentration because of the jumps between the story action, and the thoughts in Tom's head, but it is an interesting way to get an insight into the character. Shame about the 'musical interludes (faintly reminiscent of the Father Ted theme tune unfortunately) - they made the book seem corny.
"Suspense & different!"
It was unusual and kept me guessing!
Robert is consistently excellent!
A really good listen. I hadn't realised it was abridged though. I would have liked to listen to the unabridged version.
"Took a little while but then hooked"
I love Robert Glenister's voice and in fact I chose this book because he narrated rather than because of the author and I was not disappointed.
The sequences where Alison speaks were very moving and really added to the book - I wasn't sure at first but on reflection this was really clever and I loved it.
This took a good 15 minutes for me to be sure I was going to like it - I found the music segments a bit offputting - but that's personal preference. Once I was in, I was hooked and have gone on to order the next books. I loved it
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