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Publisher's Summary

When a young girl is abducted, fear and suspicion haunts the streets of Harrowfield. D.I. Jack Dylan 's worst fears are confirmed when the body of Daisy Hind is found on a bleak windswept moor. As the murder investigation swings into action, another child is abducted and suddenly Dylan has to confront the possibility of a serial killer preying on children and solve the case before a third child is snatched. Dark and sinister, Deadly Focus is a gripping crime novel set in a close-knit Yorkshire community where secrets, suspicion, and menace lie at its heart.

©2011 Caffeine Nights Publishing (P)2012 Caffeine Nights Publishing

Critic Reviews

"A Cracking Story." (Natasha Harding, The Sun)

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lose the special sound effects, please

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Only with a warning that the special sound effects detract from the story and the reader's performance which, without the noise in the background, was very good.

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

It remains to be seen. I'm not sure I will finish listening to this book because of the special sound effects.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was dandy. It was whomever was inserting the sound effects who needs to be gone.

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

no

Any additional comments?

I hope Audible will strongly discourage books to be read or performed with anything but the reader/performer's voice,

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Insane use of sound effects

I don't normally write reviews but I think other buyers should be warned about the production of the book. I don't even know whether the story was good or not because I was so distracted and annoyed by the sound effects: dog barking, footsteps, background chatter, voice distortion to signify talking on the phone, phones ringing, etc ad nauseum. I hope the producer gets enough bad feedback so that I never run into this phenomenon again.

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narration was awful

I could not finish do tothe narration. Too distracting. The sound effects were ridiculous, either you narrate unabridged or produce an abridged performance.

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  • Babz
  • 05-06-15

Brill, can't wait for the second

On to the next love it, gripping and heart wrenching

Definitely getting the next one

Narrator did ok

Good work

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  • Katrina
  • 11-30-14

Brilliant read

What did you like most about Deadly Focus?

I like this book. The narrator is really good and I think the book is a bit different to other detective stories in that you get the procedural side of the police work as well as the crime side. I use the audio app whilst walking and found that I was taking detours to make the journey longer so that I could listen some more, there are twists and turns in the plot which keeps you interested right to the end.

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

I liked all the books equally.

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

laughed and cried at different stages.

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  • 09-26-14

Up to you really - a good story RUINED

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

Get rid of the intrusive distracting background NOISE

Would you recommend Deadly Focus to your friends? Why or why not?

NO leave alone

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Deadly Focus?

CUT the Editor !!! and sack the production team.

Any additional comments?

Well - this might be a good story - and to be honest what I've heard of it the narration is acceptable too. BUT BUT BUT.......<br/><br/>Some IDIOT, and I am sorry but no other word is really useful enough here, has completely ruined this story by adding loud and very intrusive sound effects. So if you want to know what a stirring of a teacup sounds like roll up roll up.<br/><br/>At time it is almost farcically funny - indeed it sounded like some sort game when someone says "he walked to his office" and somebody else has to do clip clop sound effects or "his phone rang.." and, yes you guessed it, a second later there is a beep beep sound. <br/><br/>Sadly the fun bit wears off fast and it becomes so irritating it distracts from the plot and it distracts from the solemnity of parts of the story. This is very very different from dramatization where several voices my play over background sounds because this is one narrator and some idiot adding pointless noises over his shoulder - it is that amateurish. <br/><br/>After a time you go mad waiting to pick up the next one - wondering if the "she threw up into the toilet bowl..." will be accompanied by appropriate retching sounds - sadly it wasn't because by then it summed up my appreciation of this production. <br/><br/>Anyway as far as I could tell the story is acceptable but I didn't get very far. <br/><br/>The author may have been pleased to sell the audio production rights but he should buy them back quickly and release a version not made by children having a laugh.

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  • Ellie S
  • 06-22-16

Wow!

Thoroughly enjoyed and can't wait to read the remaining books in the series. Excellent story.