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.
Ordered the next book and cannot wait .
My only criticism is that I prefer an in abridged book to make the story longer .
A Great story. A Fantastic narration. It was Gripping, chilling and engrossing to the end. Fab!
"Decent crime book"
Decent crime book. Avoided some cliches and narrator great. Such a shame it is abridged...it detracts from the book. But would recommend.
"If only they took out the incidental music"
I would have given this 5 stars if it had been recorded without the annoying musical inserts. Good story, good performance. Well worth a listen.
"Good thriller - excellent narrator"
This is one of the shortest books I have listened to but it was nice getting a whole story in 2 afternoons. Extremely well narrated. A good police thriller. I look forward to reading/listening to more Tom Thorne books.
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