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The Mermaids Singing Audiobook
The Mermaids Singing
Written by: 
Val McDermid
Narrated by: 
Graham Roberts
The Mermaids Singing Audiobook

The Mermaids Singing

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Publisher's Summary

The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield. Enlisted to investigate is criminal psychologist Tony Hill. Even for a seasoned professional, the series of mutilation sex murders is unlike anything he's encountered before. But profiling the psychopath is not beyond him. Hill's own past has made him the perfect man to comprehend the killer's motives. It's also made him the perfect victim. A game has begun for the hunter and the hunted. But as Hill confronts his own hidden demons, he must also come face-to-face with an evil so profound he may not have the courage - or the power - to stop it....

©1995 Val McDermid (P)1996 ISIS Publishing Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"Complex...powerful...psychologically terrifying...impossible to put down." (Publishers Weekly)

"Exciting, rapid-fire...a satisfying descent into the territory of a twisted mind." (Booklist )

"Compelling and shocking…." (Minette Walters)

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    Marj Centreville, NS, Canada 04-19-15
    Marj Centreville, NS, Canada 04-19-15 Member Since 2006
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    "mind games"

    An excellent look at the minds of the characters and that knowledge (not a gun) is the key to the mystery's solution, but I'll have to listen, again since I missed how/where the title came from.
    Hearing Roberts read gives McDermid's characters more form in my imagination.
    Thanks

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    Amazon Customer Anchorage, AK, United States 03-16-15
    Amazon Customer Anchorage, AK, United States 03-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "mermaids screaming?"
    Where does The Mermaids Singing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love mysteries and this one was outstanding. A great beginning to the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series to which I am looking forward to reading more of the books.


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

    The plot wasn't a complete surprise to me because I had watched the television series based on these books, Wire in the Blood starring Robson Greene. I purchased the book based on fond memories of the quality of the TV series. I only wish that I had read the book first.


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

    No. Excellent narration. His use of regional accents is a nice touch.


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

    Yes... and I did complete it in one very long day!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Korie K 02-23-15
    Korie K 02-23-15

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    "Not bad for the first of the series"
    Any additional comments?

    Tony Hill is introduced in this book and then several others follow. I didn't know this at the time. I might read more later of this series but I wasn't blown away enough to crave the next installment.

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    lorin 02-13-15
    lorin 02-13-15 Member Since 2011

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    "What a twist!"

    Great book and narration could not stop listening. Can't wait to listen to his second book in the Carol Jordan & Tony Hill series!

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    Amazon Customer Birmingham, AL, United States 01-24-15
    Amazon Customer Birmingham, AL, United States 01-24-15 Member Since 2012

    Love all mysteries!

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    "not my cup of tea"

    did not enjoy at all. story,plot,reader, hard to follow details. I am disappointed in this book.

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    Lynn Dayton, Oh, United States 12-06-14
    Lynn Dayton, Oh, United States 12-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Animal Torture in this Book"
    Would you try another book from Val McDermid and/or Graham Roberts?

    I will not read anything by Val McDermid


    What could Val McDermid have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not have tortured the dog. Yes, i know this is a serial killer book, and I didn't even listen to all of it. It went too far with the dog torture - and I didn't even listen to that. It started, I returned the book..


    What didn’t you like about Graham Roberts’s performance?

    Reading a book with animal torture - there should be limits even for a buck.


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

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't read it. Don't buy it. Don't support this author. The animal torture could have been alluded to - bad but this.... No. Don't support him.

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    Jacqueline Jones 11-20-14
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    "The mermaid singing."
    Would you listen to The Mermaids Singing again? Why?

    This was such a freaky sick book for people who have a sick sense of what good horror writing is.the main character enjoys describing in detail each and every homosexual killing.I read this book in two days that's how much I enjoyed this book


    What other book might you compare The Mermaids Singing to and why?

    This book stands alone for me . I will definitely read ms Val again .I must confess I missed the reason for the title can anyone explain?


    Which character – as performed by Graham Roberts – was your favorite?

    I believe that Graham Roberts did an excellent job with the different dialects I was originally from the south of England and I did not perfect a ear for the northern lilts.Now I live in the USA so it all sounds a very strong accent.I believe he did the killers voice the best.


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

    It made me feel sick at some of the extreme torture especially to the police officer.i just saw the series on Tv and it did not have the same impact as the book on tape.


    Any additional comments?

    firstlty I think Ms McDermids writing is so different to the other writers she has so much imagination and her use of the English language is unique and totally her own.She is able to describe a death scene and you feel you are part of the team able to give the next answer to the Inspectors questions.Can you tell I like this author?

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    AtaraMac CENTRALIA, WA, United States 08-21-14
    AtaraMac CENTRALIA, WA, United States 08-21-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Too violent."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Listening to this makes me wonder about McDermid. This is the most graphic sexual violence I've ever heard and I couldn't finish the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disgust.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 08-20-14
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 08-20-14 Member Since 2013

    LauralOlivia

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    "Not my cup of tea"
    What disappointed you about The Mermaids Singing?

    The subject matter. I must not have been paying attention to the snippet or premise. Very graphic sadism has no interest to me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Val McDermid again?

    I doubt it.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    He did the voices well and was convincingly creepy.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Mermaids Singing?

    Too many.


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    Jordan Long Beach, CA, United States 06-23-14
    Jordan Long Beach, CA, United States 06-23-14
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    "Much better than what I was expecting"

    I'd watched the series based on McDermid's work, and thought that a reading of it would also be interesting; I was right. There's so much more to Hill and Jordan than is shown in the series, Dr. Hill's relationship with woman on the telephone for one, and Jordan's complex internal romantic sense conflicts with her desire to be a good copper for another.
    One thing that I'm sure was an accident, was the performance. Very occasionally, I'd hear the rustle of pages behind Roberts' voice; I'm not sure about other narrators, but I felt as though this sound, domestic and ordinary, complimented the experience. I'd never considered when listening to audiobooks that I was being read to by another person, but that little sound somehow immediately connected me more to story. I considered, for the first, that the reader was reading and thinking about the story just as I was. More a shared experience than a lone one.
    I know that's rather off-topic, but it really separated this book from all the others I'd listened to on the site.
    Overall great read, the insights into every character were stunning and vividly real as though you were meeting these people yourself.
    Would recommend.

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