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Publisher's Summary

The death of Sylvia Kaye figured dramatically in Thursday afternoon's edition of the Oxford Mail.

By Friday evening, Inspector Morse had informed the nation that the police were looking for a dangerous man facing charges of wilful murder, sexual assault, and rape.

But as the obvious leads fade into twilight and darkness, Morse becomes more and more convinced that passion holds the key.

© Colin Dexter; (P) Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Critic Reviews

"[Morse is] the most prickly, conceited, and genuinely brilliant detective since Hercule Poirot." (The New York Times Book Review)
"[Dexter] is a magician with character, story construction, and the English language....Colin Dexter and Morse are treasures of the genre." (Mystery News)
"It is a delight to watch this brilliant, quirky man deduce." (Minneapolis Star & Tribune)

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  • Catherine
  • NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States
  • 05-07-12

Why was it abridged?

What would have made Last Bus to Woodstock better?

Let the wonderful Kevin Whatley read the unabridged book! I was so excited to see that he was narrating the books on which the tv series he was such a great part of was based, but so much of the book was left out,t hat I couldn't finish it.

Has Last Bus to Woodstock turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes, if they are abridged

Which character – as performed by Kevin Whately – was your favorite?

Morse

What character would you cut from Last Bus to Woodstock?

none

Any additional comments?

Try again - don't abridge

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Abridged version

Enjoy Whately, but I wish it was unabridged.
These are great characters, especially Morse, so more would be better.

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A semi-great start

Many of the best mystery writers take a while to hit their stride. As book 1, the main (unique) characters are introduced. But the plot become too complicated. I could predict the killer - too obvious.

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  • DL
  • Wisconsin
  • 12-25-17

Don't waste your time

Very poorly written with minimal character development. Was free but total waste of time. would not recommend .

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Thank you

I enjoyed the look at an other country 's police procedure , in a different time and custom. The fact of Morse letting us see his own human side was touching. But, of course, our hard boiled detective did all of his work being true to the procedure. At the end he goes home by himself... Tired, but true to his office.

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Last Bus to Woodstock

A mystery reader's delight. Crusty Inspector Morse bluffs and blusters his way through clues and byways to discover whodunnit in this case that turns his sensitivities topsy turvy. The presentation is greatly enriched by Kevin Whitely's narration.

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  • Kristoffer Lowrie
  • 07-16-15

Terrible editing

Excellent story. Performance also fantastic. But editing is atrocious. The work is abridged, and sometimes it cuts out in full flow and begins a new scene.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs Trellis
  • 03-29-17

Just don't!

This is useless. The chapters cut out midway through sentences so I've no idea how much of the book I even heard! Couldn't give a star rating to the story because I couldn't follow it either thanks to Mr Whateley's woefully flat and hurried reading style.
I returned this one!

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  • Deanna Gray
  • 02-23-16

Translates better on screen

Performance acted very well by Kevin Whately

Translates better to TV though as extra characters a bit confusing.