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Publisher's Summary

From the creator of the award-winning ITV series Prime Suspect, starring Helen Mirren, comes the fascinating back story of the iconic DCI Jane Tennison.

In 1973 Jane Tennison, aged 22, leaves the Metropolitan Police Training Academy to be placed on probationary exercise in Hackney, where criminality thrives. We witness her struggle to cope in a male-dominated, chauvinistic environment, learning fast to deal with shocking situations with no help or sympathy from her superiors. Then comes her involvement in her first murder case. No one witnessed the savage beating of a tragic young girl who, the postmortem reveals, was pregnant when she died. The murder enquiry is soon running cold....

©2015 Lynda La Plante (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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Another Disappointment from Lynda LaPlante

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

The story is set in the early 1970's but is it a romance, mystery a pastiche? The crime is a rehash that has been written so many times and much better than this effort. It certainly is a page turner you want to get to the end quickly and wonder why you wasted your time listening to this.The writing is sloppy, and uninspired. It appears that the hidden intention is another television series introducing us to the young, naïve Jane Tennison. It's a leap to believe that she turns into the gutsy fortyish DCI Tennison.

Has Tennison turned you off from other books in this genre?

I enjoy reading/listening to novels about young women detectives such as Helen Grace and Maeve Kerrigan and would love to know more about their early lives. But Tennison turned me off of Tennison and Lynda LaPlante.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator didn't have much to work with and her narration is flat.

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

I would not have asked the author to rewrite most of the book.

Any additional comments?

Save your credits or cash and read one of the newer writers!

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Only Lynda La Plante book I have been not liked

What disappointed you about Tennison?

It was boring not the usual fast pace of La Plante's other novels, Jane was not believable especially if you are a fan of prime suspect.

What could Lynda La Plante have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

go back to her former style

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

no

What character would you cut from Tennison?

The characters were all weak and Jane was the most annoying, yes this is where she starts her career but she had no spark, drop Jane and focus on the plot

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-12-16

Before Prime Suspect

I really enjoyed listening to the story of Jane Tennison's life as a young WPC. The story had lots of strands with some twists and turns. There were times I found the style of writing a bit 'naive', though. I mostly enjoyed listening to the narrator, though her Jamaican, Scottish and Greek accents were shockingly poor and made me cringe.

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  • gloria
  • 06-26-16

Great book

I love Lynda La Plante books and this is a great one but not to keen on the person reading it .To many accents that sounded strange and a bit odd

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • elizsheba
  • 10-04-15

Good book

I enjoyed it very much. I like la Plante books a lot, but this one is something special. Because it s not only about investigation, mystery, police etc, but also about chauvinism, bullying , learning on mistakes, getting your power.
And that makes the book more than just a mystery crime story.

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  • Yasir
  • 11-01-15

Simply Amazing

I can honestly say this is one of the best new crime fiction audiobooks of recent months.

Aside from some minor issues surrounding accents it was well narrated.

I've never watched Prime Suspect but intend to do so now I've been introduced to Jane Tennison.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Louise
  • 11-13-15

Loved this - it just worked.

Could see Helen Mirren playing Jane Tennison as a young copper. A very clever book bringing her early days alive.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Diana Judd
  • 10-22-15

Good detective story

An enjoyable detective story which kept an element of intrigue of the various characters. Very well read with good character accents.

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  • Kirstine
  • 01-20-17

Initially off-putting but became utterly compellin

I’ve listened to or read several of the books involving the later career of detective Jane Tennyson. So was interested in this recent addition to the series about her early time as a trainee WPC. I was tempted to give up early on as I found the descriptions of the crude behaviour and excessive misogyny of her male colleagues so obnoxious as to be unbelievable. But on reflection realised that maybe that is what women in some male-dominated jobs had to put up with in the 1960s. I'm glad I persevered for, although the gibes persist, Jane’s indomitable spirit and obvious abilities eventually win praise and acceptance. Moreover her early life in the force is woven into two compelling crime stories full of all the triumphs and setbacks of detective work, the twists and turns of which kept me glued to the recording.

The narrator is excellent with a wide range of accents and voices that really dramatize the book.

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  • Jo Ridley
  • 09-28-16

Very enjoyable

Never dissapointed with this great author! loved the surprise twist at the end. would recommend

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  • Fiona
  • 02-04-16

Glad to see Tennison back

I bought this to listen to on my recent driving trip to Wales with my husband

The story was great and I loved the characters.

When we got home the story had not finished and my husband said - "you need to tell me how it ends" - he does not listen or read books (other than WW1 books) but this story gripped him so much he wanted to know the ending.

I love Lynda la Plante books and this one is no exception.

Get this you will not be disappointed.

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  • wixey
  • 10-08-15

Tennison Returns

I was sceptical when buyong this... How wrong can you be? It filled in all the gaps where Jane is concerned.. Good naration but could have been better with a male narrator as well ....

6 of 7 people found this review helpful