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The Various Haunts of Men Audiobook

The Various Haunts of Men: Simon Serrailler 1

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A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquillity and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet cathedral town. Young policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case; she's new to the job, compassionate, inquisitive, dedicated, and needs to know, perhaps, too much. She and the enigmatic detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler have the task of unravelling the mystery behind this gruesome sequence of events. From the passages revealing the killer's mind to the final heart-stopping twist, The Various Haunts of Men is an astounding and masterly crime debut and is the first in what promises to be a magnificent series featuring Simon Serrailler.

©2004 Susan Hill; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Graeme from Preston
    7/8/15
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    "Crime with a little too much emotion"

    The plot is fairly standard but there is a lot of descriptions of the townsfolk and a weird love interest of the main police detective and her boss. There is also a supernatural element which proves true even though the logic of the rest of the story is precise. I will read more of Susan Hill as this was her first crime work,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Llanylady
    3/31/15
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    "Enjoyable"

    Reading the reviews before I bought, it seemed that a criticism was that the plot got lost in the story. I can see why some felt that, but my feeling was that the author was drawing the characters who were likely to feature in further books. I really enjoyed all of the book and will definitely read more from this author. Well written and well read. Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Howdenburn
    Uk
    3/10/15
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    "Enjoyable crime mystery"

    My first fiction audio book.
    Overall a very enjoyable book. Slightly confusing to start with but I was interested enough to continue. As the story progressed, the characters became clearer and were well observed. I like the topics involved and, without being too graphic, there was a decent amount of suspense and thrill.
    I specifically bought the first in a series so if I liked the characters I would have more to listen to. Will very likely carry on and buy the others.

    Meanwhile I thought the reader was exellent. Really added to the story, managing to convey convincing characters in a way that was both easy to listen to and clearly pronounced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/22/15
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    "Recommended reading/listening."

    Very sad, tense reading/listening. Will definitely purchase the other novels in the series. Loved the voice of the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • f j l n
    2/22/15
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    "Very good"

    Good story, well read, just downloading the next book in this series!
    Would definitely recommend listening to this book from audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne
    2/16/15
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    "A good listen but needed a better finale"

    Good characterisation and very well read.
    The ending was a bit lacklustre.
    I felt a bit shortchanged after listening for so many hours.
    Maybe I'm just too hooked on fairytale endings!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MISS
    OXFORD, United Kingdom
    12/31/14
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    "Surprising plot twist and pleasing narrator!"
    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised by this book, I've never heard of the author but it came up as a suggested listen on Audible and as there were so many already in the series I thought I'd give no.1 a go. It is nicely paced and the characters are developed swiftly with plenty of pleasing attributes so that you enjoy hearing about them as the story unravels. There are a couple of plot twists that I wasn't expecting which further added to my enjoyment of it all. I instantly bought book no.2 and having nearly got through all that I will be on to book 3 soon. I would thoroughly recommend this series (and this narrator, who has a pleasant voice and brings the book to life).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
    12/16/14
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    "Superbly Read!"
    Would you listen to The Various Haunts of Men again? Why?

    No, now I know the ending!


    If you’ve listened to books by Susan Hill before, how does this one compare?

    Well written and Susan Hill is a good story teller.


    What does Steven Pacey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His reading and giving a voice to each individual character is superb.


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

    A bit sad about the dog!


    Any additional comments?

    Susan Hill writes beautifully and the story flows. However, I like to have a plot where the detectives solve a crime by wit and cleverness, discovering hidden clues and making deductions (old fashioned stuff?) rather than a mere relaying of events. This tells a tale about a nasty criminal, what he did and why, and what happens to him, but there is no 'detecting' and no puzzle solving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss J. Gordon-Clark
    Ponteland, Northumberland
    12/9/14
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    "Heart in Mouth"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Various Haunts of Men to be better than the print version?

    At first it took me a while to get used to Steven Pacey's voice, but his characterisation is good. I tend to listen at my PC while working at home. I am not sure whether I could read the print version at night. Susan Hill's stories are strong stuff.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her characters are believable, which makes the stories all the more listenable. Sometimes I find it difficult to break away.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favourite?

    I like the main character's sister, although this has been formed by listening to other books in the series (I am just about to start book 4).


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

    I cannot say as it would be a "spoiler", but I am not ashamed I cried.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the themes of these books are quite black, the main characters are the redeeming features. Realistic, flawed but on the whole likeable. She writes with a real insight into the human psyche with all its dark places. All I can say, is these are really not for the faint-hearted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Little
    UK
    11/30/14
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    "Not your average detective novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Various Haunts of Men to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print edition so can't comment on whether audio is an improvement.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting characters, but in particular some very brave choices made by the author. No spoilers here though!


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    I always like his narration. Understated but good characterisation.


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

    I think you'd have to be fairly hardened not to be moved at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I went through this, followed by all the rest of the Serrailler books, in only a couple of weeks. I'm not quite sure what to do with myself now! But if you're looking for a new crime series to start on, I'd definitely recommend this. Well written, Susan Hill tends to leave a lot of scenes to the imagination which works very well. Narration is excellent, you can be confident of no jarring errors or grating accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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