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A beautiful June day in the Yorkshire Dales, and a group of children are spending the last of their half-term freedom swimming in the river near Hindswell Woods. But the idyll is shattered by their discovery of a man's body, hanging from a tree. DI Annie Cabott soon discovers he is Mark Hardcastle, the well-liked and successful set designer for the Eastvale Theatre's current production of Othello. Everything points to suicide, and Annie is mystified. Why would such a man want to take his own life?

Then Annie's investigation leads to another shattering discovery, and DCI Alan Banks is called back from the idyllic weekend he had planned with his new girlfriend. Banks soon finds himself plunged into a shadow-world where nothing is what it seems, where secrets and deceit are the norm, and where murder is seen as the solution to a problem. The deeper he digs the more he discovers that the monster he has awakened will extend its deadly reach to his friends and family.

Nobody is safe.

©2008 Eastvale Enterprises Inc. (P)2010 ISIS Publishing Ltd

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  • janeleavey
  • 01-22-15

Unhappy listener

Awful reader, ruined story for me. The voice reading this story was expressionless and dull. Needs life and vigour to be more enjoyable

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Gertrude Perkins
  • 06-10-13

Agonisingly bad narrator

I've never reviewed anything in my life, but found listening to this narrative so torturous I felt I must save other people from it!
Really, really, really irritating. Long pauses, bad accents, inconsistent accents - just dreadful in every way I'm afraid!
It ruined the whole story for me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Louise
  • 01-22-15

Good story but awful narrator

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who doesn't care who's reading it.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Change the narrator. Sometimes I wonder if anyone listens to the books before they go out for people to listen.

How could the performance have been better?

Im repeating myself by saying it"s the narrator that spoilt it for me.

What character would you cut from All the Colours of Darkness?

None. The story was great.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-23-12

Good

As always with Peter Robinson, this is an enjoyable story, also like the reader. V.Good

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  • Mrs. D. I. Reynolds-hale
  • 10-21-12

Poor narrator

I usually listen to a sample of any book I buy but on this occasion I did not. A pity, because had I done so I would never have bought it. The narrator seemed unable to differentiate between one voice and another so one was left wondering who was who exactly. The book may well be worth more than one star but unfortunately I could not bring myself to finish it. With so many superb actors out there who could bring a telephone book to life had they a mind to, it seems a pity that this particular one was selected.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Neil C.
  • 05-12-17

A good plot no doubt, but only got as far as chapter 2

I have often enjoyed the TV versions of Banks, but the actual written word was destroyed, as far as I am concerned by the blasphemy used and the takinging of the Lord's name in vain. I will not be reading anything of Peter Robinsons again. I would really like my money back. Thoroughly disappointed.

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  • 02-12-17

spooks !

loved the story the ending was sudden thought it would go on longer but enjoyed the story .Narrator was not so go unfortunately I persisted because of good story and DCI Banks reputation butvwont listen to same narrator again

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  • SUSAN MACHIN
  • 11-26-16

Narration Awful

What did you like best about All the Colours of Darkness? What did you like least?

As usual great story the Narration really awful

Who was your favorite character and why?

Annie

What didn’t you like about Richard Burnip’s performance?

At times his tone is screeching

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Love Peter Robinson

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  • catherine greenwood
  • 07-07-16

enjoyed the book

yet another D.C.I. Banks thoroughly enjoyed it as usual. I'm alway sorry when I finish a book though.

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  • Agnes
  • 12-12-15

Unsatisfying

One good idea for plot- really interesting. But tedious characters to my mind and mundane writing. This is my first Peter Robinson. Maybe I'm missing something!

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  • Jeff White
  • 01-16-17

a chilling reminder of who's really in charge.

Bank's world is turned upside down in this mysterious, chilling and frustrating novel. if this is any indication of what it is really like with MI6 in England then good help us all. I'm looking forward to the next installment.