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Head in the Sand Audiobook

Head in the Sand

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Publisher's Summary

The discovery of a severed head in a golf course bunker triggers a frantic race to find a serial killer that brings the town of Burnham-on-Sea to a standstill.

A connection is made with a series of unsolved murders harking back to the 1970s, and Detective Inspector Nick Dixon finds himself caught in a race against time that takes him the length and breadth of the country.

The brutal killing of an elderly man raises the stakes and, as he closes in, Dixon begins to question whether he is chasing one serial killer or two.

Head in the Sand is the second novel in the highly acclaimed DI Nick Dixon Crime Series.

©2015 Damien Boyd (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Chyril Sparks Blacksburg, Virginia 08-30-15
    Chyril Sparks Blacksburg, Virginia 08-30-15
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    "Another great listen "

    Another great listen and good book by Damien Boyd. He keeps series light but intriguing and had enough twists to keep you from solving it too quickly. Looking forward to next book in series.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    MobileMinx Kent, WA, United States 04-22-15
    MobileMinx Kent, WA, United States 04-22-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Sometimes the Past Catches Up!"

    DI Dickson is at it again!

    Following the trail of four beheadings, he steadfastly inspects the clues, asserts his authority and solves the question of who and why. Accompanied by a squad of helpers, the investigation is fast and thorough-bringing a misguided killer to justice. The human detritus of a single mistake has shock wave impact on the lives of those involved over three decades.

    Listen as DI Dickson and his co-worker lover constable Jane, put the pieces together while exposing the shambles of a torn apart life.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-09-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-09-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent crime story"

    Head in the Sand is Book 2 in the 5 novel Detective Inspector Nick Dixon series. The story is an interesting one of multiple decapitated heads of people found in golf course sand traps with the bodies found elsewhere. The problem is finding a linkage among the victims beyond that all worked in the medical field.

    Napoleon Ryan's narration takes some time to become accustomed to. It's not because he is British (I've lived in the UK and am very accustomed to the various British accents). Ryan does different voices well, but he does tend to over perform a bit.

    I look forward to listening to the final three books in this series.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 08-13-16
    Marie 08-13-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Over the top, bad narration."

    I am returning this book. The narrator is bad. The main character (Dixon) talks in a bedroom voice so low it is sometimes hard to hear. The women characters are all breathy, like Marilyn Monroe. The other males are over the top caricatures.

    The bad narration makes a slow, story even worse. I don't care to listen to see what happens.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 05-19-16
    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 05-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A really good police prodedural"

    Set in England this novel has all the elements of a ripping (!) good tale. It's not difficult to get around the British-isms and the narrator is first rate.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    mee 10-15-16
    mee 10-15-16
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    "Bland and arrogant"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you enjoy man-splaining, and female cops asking "what now" through the book as if they don't have any knowledge. Zero humor nor charm.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator was breath-y, think Christian Bale's Batman or David Caruso's CSI Miami, in all of the MCs dialogue. Many inappropriate awkard dramatic pauses, cue Caruso's dramatic putting on dark sunglasses or Capt Kirk


    Any additional comments?

    I do not recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 09-18-16
    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 09-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book and awesome narration.."

    So, title: Head in the Sand. In actuality it’s not just the title there really is a-head-in-the-sand, on the 12th hole of the golf course. Ewww. Nice way to start a story. If that doesn’t catch your attention nothing will. Then there was another headless body found and the hunt was really on. And the way they went through list after list until they narrowed things down and made the arrest, only to find out the guy was innocent. Then having to start over again.

    I love Dixon and his crew, and I really like the relationship he has with Jane. There’s nothing romantic about it but you can still feel the closeness they share. No sex! Not even a simple kiss. Bummer.

    I liked this book much better than the first one. But the first one was all about rock-climbing and I didn’t understand half of what was said about that.

    There was swearing in this and the F-bomb was used 30 times.

    As to the Narrator: Napoleon Ryan is just fantastic. His men sound so different and the women sound so gentle and sweet, and like a woman! One reviewer said this, “You would swear multiple people were reading,” and I couldn’t agree more. His many voices are just amazing.

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    SCar 05-31-16
    SCar 05-31-16
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    "And the murderer is..."

    I really liked the narrator. Good plot! It kept me guessing for most of the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 04-23-16
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    "Head in the Sand"

    I love the progressive character development from story to story. They are enjoyable vignettes in Nick's life.

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    HaloLove 10-18-15
    HaloLove 10-18-15 Member Since 2017
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    Any additional comments?

    This story was incredibly heartbreaking to me as a mom. And I had the hardest time feeling bad for the victims in this.

    A very well written story, with an intriguing mystery, and a heart wrenching plot.
    Xxx

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  • Andromeda's Twin
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    4/19/15
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    "Nick Dixon has HIS head in the sand"

    The story is so-so, engaging in some ways but oh so irritating in others, D.I. Nick Dixon is a diabetic, who, it seems, is so forgetful that he has 'diabetic episodes' whilst behind the wheel of his land rover and thinks nothing of hitting parked cars and driving off without reporting it (because he'd lose his job if it were discovered). He also seems to be very lucky in that his boss does not mind him carrying on an affair with a colleague which is not particularly realistic in the British Police Force.

    Nick Dixon also appears to be somewhat of a genius in the detecting game, whilst all of his colleagues, his girlfriend included, appear to be simpletons. Jane, his D.C. girlfriend, comes across as rather dense as every time Nick raises a point she either repeats it or asks, what is that, what does that mean or, how did you think of that, often doing both.

    The narration is an interesting mix of soothing voice, mispronunciation and female characters that all sound like the same simpering idiot. I have a real problem with this one, Mr Ryan has a good range of male voices, he is pleasant to listen to but his female voices all sound the sound.


    In summation, I shall not be bothering with books 3 and 4, I have already read book 1 on my kindle and enjoyed it reasonably well but I'd hesitate to recommend this book, it does have an interesting story line but fails somewhat in the overall presentation and ends rather abruptly leaving you wondering if you've missed something.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
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    "Dull"

    This book has the potential to be a page turner (figure of speech) but it's just dull.
    There are a whole world of unnecessary details ... Explaining how you sign in to a home and that you wrote you registration really doesn't move the plot along.
    And the performer/reader has a fairly flat voice - it feels like he's trying to make it sexy and husky but really it seems to lack emotion and again is just dull.
    I wouldn't recommend any of this authors books!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elaine
    3/31/16
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    "Story enjoyable but narration a bit wooden"

    Enjoyed this relatively quick "listen". Story was good and kept attention but did struggle with the narration, which was quite wooden.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sonar
    10/14/17
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    "Fantastic book"

    Brilliantly read. Fantastic novel. Cant wait to hear or read the next book in the series. The characters in the book come to life when read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/1/17
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    "not sure"

    Reasonable story but the narration was dire - especially the rdiculous breathy females. I'm not sure I even like the DI Daley character. I kept asking myself if a policeman would really do and say the things Damian Boyd has this guy doing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/7/17
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    "Head in the Sand"

    Found the narration of this book so boring and monotonous I could not get beyond chapter three

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • annie bugiel
    7/15/17
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    "Reader Napoleon Ryan"
    What didn’t you like about Napoleon Ryan’s performance?

    Haven't read the print version but much enjoyed Damien Boyd's narrative, but found the reader (Napoleon Ryan) very difficult to listen to, particularly the female characters who all sounded like simpering Regency females.
    Will nonetheless buy the next two books!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Louise Bush
    6/26/17
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    "OK"

    The story is ok, I suppose, but the narration is dreadful, especially of the female rôles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/7/17
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    "very easy listening"

    story will not blow you away but kills a few hours, this the second in the series but not sure i will listen to the third.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Rifflart
    Hampshire
    2/17/17
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    "Fair who dunnit"

    This is the second I have listened to
    In future I'll read the books instead as I find the Narrator awful to listen to
    He has a voice suited to horror and ghost stories not modern day crime and his females sound dreadful. Like a lot of bimbos. Yuk! Never again will I listen to a book narrated by Napoleon!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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