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The Yard Audiobook

The Yard

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Publisher's Summary

London, 1889. Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror is finally over, but a new one is just beginning…. In the late Victorian era, as many as 96 bodies a month are pulled from the Thames, the majority of them with their throats slit. The broken body of a Scotland Yard detective is found in a steamer trunk, his eyes and lips sewn shut. Inspector Walter Day's first assignment is to catch the killer.

©2012 Alex Grecian (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

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  • Emmajane
    Middleton, United Kingdom
    8/7/12
    Overall
    "Simply a good read."

    For a crime novel reader this is a good read, entertaining and not too far fetched portraying characters well and reflecting on medical conditions as a compassionate person would at the time. I was a little worried that it would dwell on Jack the Ripper and various theories about who he was but it doesn't. The book pitches it just right in the main only mentioning him where it relevant and reflecting on the mood of the general population of London following a time of Jack. So story line good, characters good and pace good too. It's all good really.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Wilko
    10/20/14
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    Performance
    Story
    "Loved, loved, loved this"
    What did you like most about The Yard?

    Great story, interesting historical detail, brilliantly interwoven multiple plots.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Yard?

    The discovery of the boy's body in the chimney - heartbreaking and horrific to think children were treated like this only a century ago.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Blackleg's flirtation with Hammersmith's gullible landlady


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A grisly post-Ripper thriller?


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next book by this author. Great narration too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marie
    Dublin, Ireland
    9/15/14
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    Performance
    Story
    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to The Yard the most enjoyable?

    The narration was fantastic. The writing was very good. The story was paced well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them really. Good characterisations within this period setting


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Saul’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but will listen again. He controls the story well. Does not vocally exaggerate his characters. Very easy to my ear.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Suspenseful period detective story at its best.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the fact that the story was not littered with useless observations. It remained factual and was wrapped up well. No loose ends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • liz
    4/11/14
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    Performance
    Story
    "Disney London"
    What would have made The Yard better?

    Knowledge of London, would have improved this book - or even some careful plotting.


    Has The Yard put you off other books in this genre?

    Will never bother with another book by this author.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I did not enjoy much of this, the plot was ragged and the constant Americanisms made some parts bizarre.


    What character would you cut from The Yard?

    Generally, the characters are one-dimensional, unrealistic and certainly not English.


    Any additional comments?

    A great disappointment, London as envisaged by Disney, with many odd phrases (all the working class said 'is all' regularly) and descriptions did not ring true. All tension came well signposted and was entirely inevitable. Why did the writer not stick to somewhere in the States? Thank goodness the reader was genuine, although I skipped a lot out of irritation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen W
    Hamburg
    3/31/14
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    "Excellent novel but no surprises"
    Would you listen to The Yard again? Why?

    I did enjoy the story immensely, it was not unnecessarily complicated as some authors like to only pull the various threads together at the very end of the book. Here one always knew what what one getting which was fine, however, some twist at the end of would have been appreciated.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Yard?

    The Narrator is brilliant, however, I can only find one other book for him...Give this man a job someone !!!


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Saul’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    See above....


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maggs
    Port Talbot
    8/28/16
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    "The Yard - so so boring"

    The Yard - so so boring
    On paper so to say this book should have all the ingredients of a great book, but sadly not
    Narrator didn't help he was so boring as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth Gamble
    4/25/15
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    "A good listen."

    A good light read, nothing to in depth. The story is good and entertaining, would appeal to Sherlock Holmes fans. The only criticism I would make is that some of the characters had very modern mind sets, but I suppose that can't be avoided as its a modern book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eve
    1/23/15
    Overall
    "Excellent"

    Really enjoyable, historical murder mystery.. Gripping to the end.
    Hope to hear more about the officers Day and Hammersmith soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    BILLINGSHURST, United Kingdom
    12/5/14
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    "A realistic and rivetting 'Ripper Street'!"
    If you could sum up The Yard in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, Gritty and real!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Neville because he remains human throughout - no superhero just an accidental hero with a big heart. Love the detail of his inability to keep himself well-presented!


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Saul – was your favourite?

    As above, but his female impressions worked well too!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The atmosphere of central London seeps into your soul like the Victorian fogs!


    Any additional comments?

    Incredibly well read! Really enhanced the audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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