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The Crossing Places Audiobook

The Crossing Places

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When she's not digging up bones or other ancient objects, Ruth Galloway lectures at the University of North Norfolk. She lives happily alone in a remote place called Saltmarsh overlooking the North Sea and, for company; she has her cats Flint and Sparky, and Radio 4. When a child's bones are found in the marshes near an ancient site that Ruth worked on ten years earlier, Ruth is asked to date them.

The bones turn out to be two thousand years old, and DCI Harry Nelson, who called on Ruth for help, is disappointed. He'd hoped they would be the bones of a child called Lucy who's been missing for ten years; he's been getting letters about her ever since. Then a second girl goes missing and Nelson receives more letters.

Soon it becomes clear that Ruth is in grave danger from a killer who knows that her expert knowledge is being used to help the police with their enquiries.

©2009 Elly Griffiths; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Sara 05-19-14
    Sara 05-19-14

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    "An atmospheric creepy mystery set in Saltmarsh"

    This engaging story is well written and totally captures the hauntingly lonely sea side life the main character has chosen for herself. She is a forensic archeologist working in the field, lecture hall and with the police as a solver of crime. Her work focuses on working out mysteries from the past and present. The story is heavy on nature, mythology, archeology and spookiness in general. I really enjoyed the narration and way the book unfolded. It held my interest-- as any good page turner should. As the first book in a series it bodes well for readers who enjoy crime stories with a dash of odd characters and brooding nature thrown in. But be aware--it is creepy!

    84 of 87 people found this review helpful
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    Gail N. 11-14-14
    Gail N. 11-14-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Entertaining but with some reservations"

    The book holds together pretty well and provides a few heart pounding moments. Suspects abound and the author keeps you somewhat guessing. But the heroine does whine a bit, especially about being fat. Some of the action seems very contrived and the hopeful ending is completely unbelievable. To be believable, the story should have taken place over a few months instead of over 10 years. The worst part is the narrator's attempt at a male Norwegian accent. Because of these problems, I hesitate to recommend the book.

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    Melinda FORT BRAGG, NC, United States 10-30-11
    Melinda FORT BRAGG, NC, United States 10-30-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved this book!"

    I've never been a fan of mysteries, but I loves the author's use of details to provide me with a great picture of the characters and places. LOVED IT. Am now reading the Janus Stone and enjoying it just as much.

    38 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Denny 05-07-12
    Diana Denny 05-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting Protagonist"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Crossing Places to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Narrator Jane McDowell was pitch perfect in capturing Ruth's voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Story a bit slow paced at first, but was an interesting view into the life of independent archaeology prof, Ruth Galloway. Is she contented or lonely? I still can't decide. Different worlds to explore here: archaeology and the desolate salt marshs Ruth calls home.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Challenor Australia 01-16-13
    Diane Challenor Australia 01-16-13

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    "Excellent mystery"

    I really enjoyed the plot and found the characters believable. The backdrop of the Norfolk salt marshes created a wonderful damp wind blown atmosphere and in my mind's eye I could see it's beauty and feel it. The narration by Jane McDowell was just right for me. An excellent mystery.

    29 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 09-21-12
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2012

    I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.

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    "A decent new series"

    The story was good, the narration fair, overall I enjoyed the listen.

    Not action packed or full of witty dialog, just a decent story line with relatable characters and good imagary.

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    tucsonanne Tucson, AZ United States 11-29-12
    tucsonanne Tucson, AZ United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Great story; flawed narration"

    This is the first time I have listened to this author and this reader. It was an engrossing story, a wonderful sense of place, and great characters. And with one exception, the narrator was as good as the story. That exception was the dreadful Scandinavian accent that was totally unnecessary for the character: the descriptions of him were more than sufficient for you to see him as the Viking hippy character he was. But even with that jarring note, I loved this book.

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    L. Roca 05-21-16
    L. Roca 05-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "When you need something light"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was OK - the mental equivalent of watching a sitcom. It was entertaining, but nothing special. I think most listeners will have "solved" the mystery well before the finale ending.


    Which character – as performed by Jane McDowell – was your favorite?

    The narrator was amazing. Wonderful performance by Jane McDowell. Her narration was the high point of the book for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the lead character annoying. Apparently she is 40 years old, has advanced degree(s) and the respect of her colleagues. But most of her internal monologue revolves around her "fat." Her thoughts read more like that of an insecure teenager, rather than an adult and accomplished woman. She weighs 175 and is taller than 5'6" (making her 15 to 25 pounds overweight). No matter how bad things are (or who dies) she can cheer herself up with the thought " I haven't eaten in 20 hours" and this cheers her up because she might be a little less fat. Really. Beyond stupid. It's a pathetic picture of womanhood IMHO. Most of the accomplished, educated women I know have a lot more interesting thoughts going on. She gets a happy ending because we find out in last sentences of the book that she now has a valid reason for being fat... ugh.

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    hfrances California usa 09-06-13
    hfrances California usa 09-06-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Creepy pagan goings-on on the Norfolk mud flats"
    If you could sum up The Crossing Places in three words, what would they be?

    Creepy. Suspenseful. Atmospheric.


    What other book might you compare The Crossing Places to and why?

    It reminded me a little of the Donna Leon series. Inspector Harry Nelson reminded me of Leon's Brunetti - both a little out of shape, gruff, brusque but deep thinkers. This novel had the same strong sense of place - not Venice obviously, but it makes you feel as though you really know the area of the east coast of England where the story is set.


    Have you listened to any of Jane McDowell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    Yes I did - I gasped out loud at the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderfully creepy and mysterious. I listened to most of this book hiking or driving in bright California sunshine. I still felt as though I was stumbling about on a mud flat in the dark as the unseen riptide roared close by.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 05-24-12
    Elizabeth 05-24-12 Member Since 2012

    Hi, I am a voracious reader with a wide range of tastes.

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    "First Time and Hooked"
    What made the experience of listening to The Crossing Places the most enjoyable?

    The excellent writing and character development. Ruth the main character, she is a strong women and yet flawed, as all people are, making her very realistic.


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

    Well I did guess who the bad guy was half way through, but was kept enthralled by the plot all the same.


    Any additional comments?

    I am going to buy the second book now.

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    "Story good ....."

    The story was good but I found the narrative very flat and slow. On numerous occasions I had to jump back a good 15 minutes or more because my mind had drifted off and I'd realised the story was at a part that i had no recollection of the the journey getting there. You know when you drive to a place so often that once you're there you think....wow I just don't recall any of that journey! Well that's what happened on many an occasion to me during this book. I really don't think it's the authors fault though.

    I shall give the author another go though but with a different narrator. The narrator does have a nice voice but just not for story telling.

    I did persevere to the end but it was a hard slog and I couldn't wait for it to finish.


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  • Simon
    Woking, United Kingdom
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    "Interesting story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to a friend, because it's a refreshing change from your standard 'detective inspector' or 'PI' angle.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Crossing Places?

    I don't do spoilers...silly question!


    What about Jane McDowell’s performance did you like?

    She's not top league, but is a good steady female reader, without any annoying flaws or impediments. She's even a dab hand at dry wit!


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

    Actually, there were some emotional moments...but, again, no spoilers!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Audible would dispense with this silly question and answers process for writing reviews. Make it an option, so that if we want to write freely, we can.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rosemary
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "Excellent Story !"
    Where does The Crossing Places rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's well up towards the top and far superior to Patricia Cornwell.I was born,as were all of my forbears,in Norfolk,and I still live here.Some of our coast is like this,but a lot is far more pleasurable to visit.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoyed all of it very much.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know why other reviewers say she had a baby ! That does'nt happen in this book !!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • VLF
    Kent
    4/28/15
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    "Good story, narrator not great"

    Woeful accents started to grate on my nerves but I enjoyed the story and when speaking as "Ruth" the accent wasn't an issue.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Casey Jones
    6/27/17
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    "One of my favourite fictional characters"

    I've read and loved all the Ruth Galloway books and thought it would be interesting to hear them as an audio book. On the whole I liked the narrator's voice. It's a shame that the usual 'mummerset' accent was used for the locals, but alas very few actors seem able to get a handle on a Norfolk accent. A great story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/14/17
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    "Reader excellent"

    A good story/ predictable but well written and the reader makes it a very good listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon
    Scotland
    5/22/17
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    "Good mystery with an archeology flavour"

    A nice female protagonist and a cast of interesting characters. Even though I knew whodunnit very early on, all the same, I thoroughly enjoyed this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Learning is fun!
    Dorset, England
    4/11/17
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    "Unusual and gripping"

    At first I didn't like the story being in the first person and I would still prefer that it wasn't, it just makes it more difficult to listen to but it does sort of work; especially when Ruth is in danger and trying to find a way out. I'll give the next instalment a go I think ....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/22/17
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    "excellent story"

    made you feel as though you were on the salt marsh and the conclusion to all the character s made a proper ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • carol
    3/6/17
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    "So engrossing!!"

    This is the first time,that I have listened to one of Ellie Griffiths stories, it kept me on the edge till the very end. So many twists and turns throughout, I was annoyed with myself for guessing correctly who was the perpetrator earlier on in the story, and this kind of spoiled the ending for me, but it is a worthwhile story to listen too. I look forward to listening to another story by Ellie . The narrator was very good, and I forgot that the voices of the characters was made by one person , that is a great benchmark for me!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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