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  • Child's Play

  • Dalziel and Pascoe Series, Book 9
  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Colin Buchanan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Andy Dalziel was preoccupied with the illegal book that one of his Sergeants was running on who was to be appointed as the new Chief Constable...and how to make sure his own bet paid off. But when a battered Ford Escort containing one very dead Italian turned up in the police car park, Peter Pascoe and his bloated superior were plunged into an investigation that made internal police politics look like child's play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By Geoff on 02-08-06

Child’s play by Reginald Hill

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-18

Excellent as always.
Colin Buchanan is the perfect narrater. He keeps an even pace avoiding hystrionics. Easy listening . Allows the story primacy. He does the characters and accents without melodrama
Reginald Hill is full of interesting asides and little narratives that conjure up the natives, the countryside and echo common human experience.
He has a delightful wit and a high standard of humour and choice of reference.
Violence is never gratuitously overdone.
Some thrillers leave a bad taste in the mouth as though the reader has partaken vicariously in the depravity and cruelty
Hill’ characters are believable. The reader can empathize with them.
Without too much of a stretch he could rate as a Thomas Hardy of crime fiction
His storytelling ability and plots are engaging
and hold the attention from start to finish

  • Lost Dog

  • A Gideon and Sirius Novel, Book 3
  • By: Alan Russell
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

Detective Michael Gideon is used to being handed L.A.'s oddest cases, but his newest one assigned itself. When Gideon's K-9 partner, Sirius, rescues a lost dog from a pack of coyotes, the duo tries to return her home - only to discover her owner is missing. Heather Moreland has clearly disappeared under suspicious circumstances, and the more Gideon digs into her past, the more he's convinced of her abduction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Man/Dog suspence series

  • By shelley on 06-24-16

Lost dog

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-16

Great idea spoiled by cringe/poor attempt at humour in narrative.
No sense of pace or creating suspence

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 61 Hours

  • Jack Reacher 14
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

Winter in South Dakota. Blowing snow, icy roads, a tired driver. A bus skids and crashes and is stranded in a gathering storm. There's a small town twenty miles away, where a vulnerable witness is guarded around the clock. There's a strange stone building five miles further on, all alone on the prairie. There's a ruthless man who controls everything from the warmth of Mexico....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anothre great Reacher book

  • By Lia on 08-22-11

Entertaining guff

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-12

Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Jeff Harding?

I am told that Lee Childs other books are much better - will give them a shot.

What could Lee Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This story is implausible on so many levels that suspension of disbelief is more effort than it is worth. It started off well enough, but the identity of the bent cop was painfully obvious from the start and none of the characters were meaningfully developed.

Which character – as performed by Jeff Harding – was your favorite?

The book is very well read and the narrator did not