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The Calling of the Grave | [Simon Beckett]

The Calling of the Grave

‘At first glance it could have been anything – a stone, a knotted root – until you looked more closely. Thrusting out of the wet earth, its bones visible through rags of flesh, was a decomposing hand…’It was eight years ago that they found the body buried on the moor. They were certain that this was one of psychotic rapist and multiple murderer Jerome Monk’s teenage victims. Which left just two more bodies to find.
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‘At first glance it could have been anything – a stone, a knotted root – until you looked more closely. Thrusting out of the wet earth, its bones visible through rags of flesh, was a decomposing hand…’It was eight years ago that they found the body buried on the moor. They were certain that this was one of psychotic rapist and multiple murderer Jerome Monk’s teenage victims. Which left just two more bodies to find? But the ill-conceived search ended badly. And with Monk safely behind bars, the momentum faltered. For forensics expert David Hunter, and those others who were part of the recovery team, life moved on. And the dead were left undisturbed.

Now, though, a nightmare scenario unfurls. Monk has escaped and seems to be targeting anyone involved in that original ill-fated operation. Lured back to the moors by a desperate call for help, Hunter begins to realise that neither the events unfolding now – nor those of eight years ago – are quite what they seem. And as the maniac’s violent trail edges ever closer, the past is suddenly anything but dead and buried…

©2011 Simon Beckett (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

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    Cheryl Waters 07-14-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A Course in Forensics"

    This is not Simon Beckett's first novel centered around forensic anthropology, but it is the first available on Audible. The plot--the search for a corpse believed to be a victim of an imprisoned serial killer--keeps twisting as little can be taken for the truth.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda NAILLATFrance 11-30-13
    Wanda NAILLATFrance 11-30-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Thoroughly gripping"

    Despite its gruesome subject, I enjoyed the book.

    It had enough twists and turns to keep me wanting to listen right up to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 05-20-12
    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 05-20-12 Member Since 2004

    I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.

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    "Fourth in the Dr. David Hunter Series"

    Jerome Monk has escaped from confinement. He is a convicted serial rapist and murderer. Eight years before Dr. David Hunter, a medical doctor and forensic anthropologist, had been part of a effort to discover the bodies of some of Monk's victims. It had not turned out well.

    Now that Monk has escaped it appears that he is targeting everyone who was involved with the earlier search. As a result Dr. Hunter is now pulled back into the case.

    It seems from the other reviews that there is either too much forensic information or not enough. In fact, there is isn't as much in-depth forensic information, but the suspense and action are well done.

    Shorter than his prior novels, this one clocks in unabridged at about 10 hours. It's read by Jonathan Keeble. I haven't encountered Mr. Keeble before but he does a good job as the voice of the book. No annoying mannerisms.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maura New Haven, CT, United States 12-15-11
    Maura New Haven, CT, United States 12-15-11 Member Since 2008
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    "adequate, unlikely I'll get another Beckett"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There was very little character development causing ambivalence toward the main characters.I did like Monk probably due to his detailed description, even though the character was relatively uninventive for a serial killer, hulking, abnormally strong, and seemingly stupid. The lack of interesting characters slowed the plot.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Simon Beckett again?

    It is unlikely that I would listen to another Beckett. While not bad, it was unsatisfying.


    What three words best describe Jonathan Keeble’s performance?

    Jonathan Keeble was animated in the read. Hindered though, because I didn't much like the writing or the story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    While I didn't like the book, I did listen to the end and I wanted to find out what happened. Bit tedious and hollow of an ending though, because I found the twist relatively obvious and I didn't care about the main character.


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  • Aileen
    Stockton on Tees, United Kingdom
    7/1/11
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    "Absolutely Brilliant Book"

    Really enjoyed listening to this book. The amount of research Simon Beckett must of done for this book is tremendous, as well as his attention to detail. His main character David Hunter is a thoroughly nice man that you just warm to immediately. The storyline is gripping just when you think you know who the killer is everything turns upside down. Brilliantly written and thoroughly enjoyable.
    The narrator, too is excellent and I cant praise this audio book highly enough.

    26 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    1/9/12
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    "A riveting story"

    Having read and enjoyed The Chemistry of Death I was confident that this would be a good book and it is. I was gripped from the start and enjoyed the scientific detail that adds credibility to the narrative. The story never flags and is full of exciting scenes and surprises. Not least the ending which I didn't see coming.
    The reader does a splendid job of giving characters different voices and enhancing the listening experience.
    Recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • R
    Exmouth, United Kingdom
    8/2/11
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    "brilliant"

    absolutely loved it
    this author was new to me and i read it based on the previous review. i have not
    been disapointed and spent all night listening to it. i had promised myself that i should go to sleep but couldnt help myself listen to more.
    it is brilliantly narrated. probably the best narator i have come across so far and am certainly going to listen to more titles by simon beckett

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Witney, United Kingdom
    10/4/11
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    "Enjoyable but a little predictable"

    I bought this on the basis that I'd enjoyed the narrator so much when listening to the Woodcutter, and again he was excellent in this, really bringing the book alive. It's a decent listen and the story is well told and engaging. The storyline didn't exactly grip me though and the who done it wasn't particularly a surprise, it was just a why and how to keep you engaged. It's a decent listen but it's not going to get me raving about it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    Eltham, United Kingdom
    8/25/11
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    "Disappointing"

    Having read the reviews by other members I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately every listen just left me wanting more depth and thrills. Very very predictable and I found rather frustrating. Give me Val Mcdermid or Patricia Cornwell any day!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
    Peterborough, United Kingdom
    8/16/11
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    "Superb read"

    Normally I buy a book per month to 'read' while travelling back and forth to work. Anything of 9 hours and above is enough for this, until I started this book. I have, in effect, 'read' it in two days. The old saying, cannot put a good book down' applies so much to this one.

    The narrator, Jonathan Keeble, is just superb, enacting faultlessly all the different voices and mannerisms of the characters really helping to bring them to life. A really enjoyable, well written and well narrated audio-book with a good storyline, fitting ending and well thought out plot.

    Trouble is, I need to get another to last the rest of the month, I doubt it will do though if I get another by Simon Beckett. I hope the author and narrator get together for another book soon.

    Highly recomended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Naomi
    leixlip, Ireland
    8/10/11
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    "Worth a listen!"

    I really enjoyed this book, a little predictable in the end. The narrator Jonathan Keeble was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jan1t
    Warwickshire, United Kingdom
    8/8/11
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    "A really good listen"

    I really enjoyed this audio book. Simon Brett's story was beautifully read, full of interest, suspense and very believable characters. The ending was particularly satisfactory.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Danielle
    Antwerp, Belgium
    6/23/13
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    "Nerve racking read"

    Eight years ago Dr. Hunter was part of a forensic team in Dartmoor tasked with finding the remains of two teenage girls, victims of murderer and rapist Jerome Monk. When Jerome Monk escapes from prison and appears to be targeting everyone who was part of the forensic team, David is forced to go back to Dartmoor. Back in Dartmoor he is immediately drawn into a chain of nerve-racking events.

    I found it a nerve-racking read and Jonathan Keeble’s perfect narration dragged me immediately into the story from the very beginning till the very end. The plot was intriguing and it was only -almost at the end of the book- that I became aware of the truth, despite the fact that I was aware it could not just be coincidence. Just like David I could not put my finger on it; I seemed to miss something despite getting all the details. But nothing stays hidden forever; somehow the truth always seems to emerge.

    Apart from the case there is also another reason why David isn’t particular happy to face the past again, as this series is not only about David’s work as a forensic anthropologist but his life as well. ‘Calling the grave’ is actually Simon Beckett’s fourth book in the series featuring Dr. David Hunter. I was unaware of this but the audio book marked the beginning of me reading all the books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laurence
    PORTSMOUTH, United Kingdom
    1/29/12
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    "The thrills of Forensic Anthropology"

    This is the story of a forensic anthropologist which is a change from the alcoholic/divorced/depressed detective that seems to fascinate crime writers today. Our hero is a widower and does have an opportunity to find a new beloved when they both are engaged in searching for graves on Dartmoor. They are thrown together in a very physical way on the brink of discovering the truth and escaping with their lives.
    As usual well read but does not make up for these rather cardboard characters that I, for one, would not have been sad had they perished. No sequel please.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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