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Ruth Galloway receives a phone call that bears shocking news. A friend of hers from college, Dan Golding, has been killed in a fire at his Lancashire home. Her shock turns to alarm when she gets a letter from Dan. He has made a discovery that will change archaeology forever but he needs Ruth's advice. Even more alarming, he sounds vulnerable and frightened. DCI Harry Nelson is also rediscovering his past. Up north for a holiday, he meets his former colleague Sandy MacLeod, now at Blackpool CID. Sandy tells him there are strange circumstances surrounding Dan Golding's death. Many of those who worked with Dan seem to be afraid.

Many have secrets to hide. Ruth is drawn deep into the mystery, and where she goes, so does her toddler daughter, Kate. This time, it's not just Ruth's life at risk.

©2013 Elly Griffiths (P)2013 Quercus Publishing Plc

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Switch in narrator was tough

I wish they hadn't switched narrators; it really made the first few chapters hard for me. But this narrator is amazing as well and I got used to her. Another great Ruth Galloway novel.

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Great story bad narration of male voices

I really enjoyed the story but the narration of male voices was not good. Sorry to be so harsh but Cathbad sounded like perhaps Puss 'n Boots or the Cheshire Cat. I really think I could have done a better job with the male voices. Please bring back Jane McDowell!!!

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PLEASE stop volume for children at startling level

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The different character's voices are annoying and the loud volume used for the children's voices are horrible and unsettling. Shouting is not what I want when I am listening to a book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The different character's voices are annoying and the loud volume used for the children's voices are horrible and unsettling. Shouting is not what I want when I am listening to a book.

Was Dying Fall worth the listening time?

Yes except for the loudness of the children's voices

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wonderful character development

it's so good to kearn more about these characters. the motivation for the murders is timely, if a bit strained. interesting story, lots of good history and archaeology.

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getting better with every book in the series

hated narrator liked first one better, didn't know the killer till the end
which is not unusual

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Another great book by Elly Griffiths

I have so enjoyed the Ruth Galloway books! Such a great story line with wonderful character development and always a surprise..

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  • Seattle
  • 08-22-16

I prefer Clare Corbett

I am working through this series back to front. Normally, I would never do such a thing, but the series came to my attention with book 8 and since there were a number of complaints in the comments stating that book 8 wasn't as good as previous books, I thought I'd start there and if it caught my attention I'd work backward and the books should theoretically get better. I've actually enjoyed that approach, in part because while the reader of the first few books takes over again for book 8, the books in the middle of the series are read by a different reader, Clare Corbett. I admit that she does not do a good job with Nelson's actual voice, however I think her voices for the other male characters are fine, and I deeply prefer her voicing of both Cathbad and Kate in particular, who are two of my favorite characters. Also, though the voicing of Nelson is poor, his accent is much better than that provided by Jane McDowell (the reader of the first four books, as well as book 8). In fact all the accents are much better as voiced by Corbet. Additionally, her voice is much more pleasant to listen to to me, as she doesn't have a tendency to become shrill when indicating high emotion. So, overall, I felt that someone should write a defense of Corbet as a reader for this series, since there is a lot of complaining about her in the review here.
Other people have written good reviews of the story, so I'll just stop with my defense of Corbet.

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Another great Ruth Galloway adventure by Elly!

I just love reading (or listening) to these adventures! Ruth seems like an old friend, pulling me into her investigations.

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Overall pretty good

On the whole, I enjoyed this but not as much as the earlier books in the series. Make voices were pretty awful, especially Nelson and Sandy, and that was a big negative. Also, the solution to the mystery seemed contrived and didn't hang together that well. The reader did well with female voices and general narrative tough and I enjoy the characters. May have to read the next book, as not sure I can listen to the same narrator again.

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Disappointing 4th book

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would edit out about 50% of Ruth's infernal, internal discussions. They are endless and silly for a woman who is supposed to be intelligent and sure of herself, and successful in her chosen field. These internal dialogues no longer make sense to me on an emotional level, or on an intellectual level, either. I want her to get over herself and get on with it. I would be less harsh if I hadn't liked her so much in the first book or two.

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

I think this is the worst of the lot. I really liked number 1, enjoyed number 2, yawned through three and could barely finish number 4. Success isn't always a great thing for an author, I have decided. At least for that author's 'work'.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I really don't like this narrator. The only voice I liked was Ruth's. I hated (!) Harry's voice...in fact all the men were badly served, I think.

Could you see Dying Fall being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It would be a great TV series and it almost feels that is what Elly Griffiths is fishing around for. I wouldn't watch it, but it would probably be popular enough. It would have to be British actors and they are all so wonderful that I would thinking finding the right people would be fairly easy.

Any additional comments?

I was just disappointed. Now I don't know if I want to listen to any more of these. I'm taking a break for now.

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  • KAREN
  • 04-03-17

Hooked on this series!

What made the experience of listening to Dying Fall the most enjoyable?

As in all her books I have read thus far, the author brings alive the interesting and eccentric personalities.

What other book might you compare Dying Fall to, and why?

I don't think I would compare it to another book.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I have found extremely annoying that the narrator changes in book 5 and many of the characters have completely different accents!

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

It made me laugh and cry - all the books in this series have. Can really relate and empathise with Ruth Galloway.

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  • Lindsey
  • 02-26-17

Shame about the men's voices

Good story, good narrator apart from the males voices which were awful, however stuck with it as she was on whole good and I liked the child's voice, she sounded as if she has inhaled helium beforehand.n

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-22-17

Dying fall

Yet another great read by Elle Griff this. I am looking forward to my next book by her

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  • Eileen Brown
  • 02-05-17

Gripping stuff

Plenty of twists and turns with an archaeological theme together with developing relationships between recurring characters.

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  • Frances
  • 11-19-16

Not the best in this series

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I have liked the previous books in this series , but I found this one a bit timid and slow. <br/>But I did like the change in narrator, personly I found her a huge improvment .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-16

Better and better!

Well written story with a quiet humour. Life and death holds in ones hands. Good!

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  • Jacqueline
  • 03-19-16

Getting better

I have enjoyed the Ruth Galloway series so far but this feels like Griffiths has found her feet with the writing and story telling. Ruth comes across as less annoying and with the insertion of new characters, the book has a fresh and enjoyable feel. Looking forward to the next instalment.

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  • Rachel
  • 02-17-16

Change of accent

One of the main characters has been changed from an Irish accent to posh English and it really bothered me.

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  • Cathryn B.
  • 02-11-16

Has the narrator ever been to north?

I have listened to the Ruth Galloway books in order and thoroughly enjoyed them until I heard the narration on this one.
Has this narrator every been been to the north west.? I can assure her that the men in these parts don't sound anything like that and what has happened to Nelson? his voice is terrible. I only persivered with this book because of the good story line and I want to know what happens between Ruth and Harry, because of this I will listen to the next book and try to ignore the terrible male voices.

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  • Jonathan
  • 11-22-15

Not as good as previous stories

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This story missed some of the benefits of the earlier novels, in that the Norfolk setting has a character and atmosphere of it's own. The action here is transferred to Blackpool, and the fact that a number of recurring characters manage to be there is a little contrived. In addition, while it is a cliche that having listened to 4 audiobooks with one narrator any listener is going to be a little disappointed with a new performance, I do actually think that Jane McDowell's performance was better, particularly with the male characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful