• The Fine Art of Invisible Detection

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Naoko Mori
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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Tokyo, Japan

Umiko Wada has had enough excitement in life. With an overbearing mother and her husband recently murdered, she just wants to keep her head down. As a secretary to a private detective, her life is pleasantly filled with coffee runs and paperwork.

That is, until her boss takes on a new case. A case that is surrounded by shadows. A case that means Wada will have to leave Tokyo and travel to London.

London, England

Nick Miller never knew his father and was always told he wasn't missing much. But when an old friend of his late mother says there are things that Nick needs to know about his parents, he can't ignore it.

When a chance encounter brings Wada and Nick together, they couldn't know the series of violent events set off by their investigations. And when they discover Nick's father might have been the only witness to a dark secret forever buried, they realise there are some powerful people who will do whatever it takes to keep it that way.... 

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Compelling Plot, Exceptional Narrator

Every aspect of The Fine Art of Invisible Detection was well done. Robert Godard’s protagonist is drawn with an unerring eye for the details that will both tie the reader to her and render her a fully dimensional human being. The side characters are sketched in exactly as much as necessary and the antagonist is enough. The plot engine drives relentlessly and I listened far too late into the night as a result. The real standout, however, is the extraordinary work of the narrator, Naoko Mori. I can not imagine anyone else filling out the presence of this book more adroitly. I’m hoping Goddard’s This is the Night They Come for You will be available soon.

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I thought it was a good story. The narrator was excellent.
The plot is a bit unnecessarily complex.

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Probably Better Read

The story seemed promising, but the narration was so incredibly slow I found myself zoning out. Kindle has the average reading time listed at around 8 hours, yet this audiobook clocks in at just under 12 hours, if that helps indicate just how slowly the narrator reads. I think this would be a better read than a listen.

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  • Jane
  • 04-04-21

Enjoyable

I have read many of Robert Goddard’s books and this one was as enjoyable as most but did not have all the twists that several others had. However, I still enjoyed reading it and found the main characters likeable, which many books do not have.

The narrator was generally fine, although I do find that in more recently recorded books some of the gaps between phrases are occasionally too long or emphasis in the wrong place. It’s nitpicking and didn’t happen often but slightly irritating.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-18-21

enjoyed

enjoyed this a great deal.I really dont understand the comments about the narration , i couldnt fault it, i feel the roboticness( thats not a word i know) was only noticable when then main Charatcter spoke and that was because she had a Japaneese accent , as its about her it was just right.listen and enjoy

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  • Mrs. P.
  • 05-23-21

Shame about the narrator.

Great, compelling storyline, but spoilt bu the narrator. Whilst I guess the reasons for choosing her ( great Japanese pronunciation and inflection!) it's not so good in the English. However, if you can rise above it and endure that annoyance, a v enjoyable listen! :)

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  • Michael Collett
  • 03-28-21

Great story terrible narration

I wasn’t convinced it was a human voice narrating it seemed computer generated and it really grated. If I didn’t love Robert Goddard books so much I wouldn’t have got passed the first Chapter

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  • Philip Eddington
  • 07-19-21

A great little story

This is a story and the characters seem to come alive to me during the narrative.

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  • Shelagh
  • 07-10-21

An interesting twist on a thriller

I like the narrator‘s voice very much. I liked the narrator, I felt her unhurried voice match the pace of the book.

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  • Jdnewey
  • 04-16-21

Excellent and one of his best.

Goddard on top form with very appealing Japanese detective. Can't wait for sequel that is set up.

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  • A Good Book
  • 03-25-21

Robotic Narration

Iritating narration, sounded robotic. Hard to be objective about the book as the narration did not encourage engagement. Maybe its me, perhaps audio books are not for me.

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  • Lizzie J
  • 08-27-21

Excellent

Robert Goddard has yet again written a thrilling, intelligent, and nail biting book. I really enjoyed it. Living in Cornwall, I could picture Porthtowan beach in the final showdown. But with a twist in the tale afterwards. Are there going to be more? I truly hope so. Perhaps a trilogy, as he wrote with the Ways of the World Series? Thank you Robert for your creative mind.

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  • John Hinckley
  • 07-13-21

Captivating

Well written, great story, very well read and extremely enjoyable. Hopefully there’s more to come.

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  • Sophie Masson
  • 09-12-21

Fabulous story, beautifully narrated

A Robert Goddard book never disappoints, and this one is certainly no exception. It is the first of his titles that I have listened to rather than read, and the experience was just as immersive and gripping. The story is fabulous, with lots of twists and turns, the settings--Japan, Iceland, England--are vividly evoked and the dual points of view of main characters Nick Miller and Umiko Wada are perfectly delineated and absolutely believeable. The narration is excellent, beautifully-pitched and richly conveying atmosphere, character and action in a way that never flags. Highly recommended.

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  • Brian
  • 08-05-21

Another great mystery from a master ...

I have listened to every Goddard. This is his latest and I am amazed at some people's reviews.

Well, I thought it was great, a typical English mystery but with a Japanese female hero.
What's there not to like? Terrific well crafted mystery.
Goddard is a master of the mystery of the past unraveling and intersecting similar to Halan Coben's books.
If you haven't read Goddard try Painting the Darkness, Beyond Recall or Past Caring for starters.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 03-20-21

Very disappointing

I’ve loved all Robert Goddard books and this one is really average. I know I should have hung in there but I just couldn’t. Others might find it a good listen. Well so be it.

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