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The Chemistry of Death

Dr David Hunter, Book 1
Narrated by: Greg Wise
Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
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When the bizarrely mutilated and long-dead body of a young woman is found in a ditch in Manham, an isolated and insular village in the Norfolk marshlands, it isn't just the fact that she had been a friend that disturbs Dr. David Hunter. He was once a high-profile forensic anthropologist and all too familiar with the different faces of death, until a devastating personal tragedy made him turn his back on his former life and career.

Now hidden away as a country doctor, Hunter's past is a secret he hopes will remain buried. So when he's asked by the police to use his arcane skills to help track down the killer, he's reluctant to become involved, knowing this will only stir up the painful memories he's been trying so hard to forget.

Then another young woman disappears, and Manham is plunged into a fog of fear and paranoia that threatens to tear it apart. And no one seems exempt from suspicion as the twisted killings continue. And as the once peaceful community is riven by fear and mistrust, David Hunter realises it will take all his knowledge and expertise if the killer is to be stopped. But not even he is prepared for the terrible cost that will exact, or the awful price that failure threatens to bring.

©2006 Simon Beckett (P)2006 Random House Audiobooks

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Rushed

It's a strongly abridged version and the story feels very rushed this way. Read the full book some years back, and must say beckett is an awesome writer. Performance was okay, if a little flat.

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  • Ligs
  • 02-07-12

A passable listen

I was not carried away with this book, and felt that it was not very well narrated unfortunately, a little wooden. For me the whole story line was a tad improbable, you might say that about lots of books, but I guess the whole point of fiction is that you can 'suspend your disbelief' and believe what you are reading, at the time you are reading/listening to it. I found this very difficult to do with this particular book.

Having said that I will listen to the next one in the series to see if it is the narrator or author..as the scientific points are interesting.

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  • Shelley
  • 10-17-15

Better second time around.

I am rereading the David Hunter series - and this is a good start, well read and fast moving - but it is the abridged version. Looking forward to Written in Bone next.

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  • Street
  • 07-31-19

A good listen - but not his best

Having listened to two of the latter books in the series I decided to buy the rest and begin the series in the right order.
Unfortunately I didn't notice that this is an abridged version and so loses the gradual build up of a plot I enjoyed in the previous listens. Because of the truncation the outcome becomes fairly predictable early on but still offers a couple of twists along the way. All told still a reasonable listen although I have to say that Greg Wise is at times somewhat wooden and monotone in his performance. If this was the first by this author that I had listened to it probably would have been the last and I would have missed two quite excellent sequels I enjoyed immensely.

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  • T Baghwallah
  • 09-10-08

A great disappoinitment

What can I say? Beautifully written, an excellent narrator, well paced etc. But sadly, this is the most obvious whodunit in history. I worked it out in about 17 minutes....

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