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I debated about returning this book for a myriad of reasons but did slug my way through. Whew. The narration was just about the worst I have heard (and I've listened to over 500 audio books). Not only was it difficult to tell whose voice was narrating at any given time but voices were sometimes recorded over each other which was annoying and distracting. Also, the fluctuation in sound decibels was extreme; for example, I would need to turn the book way up only to have to turn it down again a few seconds later when the next narrator entered the scene. The story itself was confusing and only held me captive for about the last hour and a half when I finally got interested. The premise of the story sounded interesting; first year university students coping with cyber bullying and the pressures of finding a social circle, but the characters lacked depth and with the many voices narrating, this audiobook lacked credibility. Sorry to say, I disagree with the masses on this one. Perhaps this book would be better on the written page to free the reader from the frustration of the confusing voices and allowing a little more clarity in the story line. Yet, I don't recommend the book either way; it's poorly written overall.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
great mystery. incorporates all the elements of a superb psychological thriller with the intrigue of a whodunit.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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This is an interesting story, and as such it kept me engaged. The characters were reasonably well drawn. It was however, spoiled a little by the author seemingly trying too hard. It was mostly written in the straightforward fashion of modern crime fiction, but every now and again it launched away into flowery language which was quite incongruous. Perhaps this was in attempt to do some kind if justice to the literary tradition of the highly respected university City in which it is set. I formed the impression that this author is not yet confidentially established in her style. Susan Hill does 'high brow flowery' very well. This author, not so much. Her straightforward style was good and, in my opinion, she should decide which direction she wants to go in and work on that. Regarding narration, some narrators were very good, some made errors 'he instead of she', that sort of thing. The accents voiced for Jones and Martin were the same, yet Martin was said to be from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, having only recently moved to Durham for a new post. Her's should have been a Geordie accent, but it really wasn't. I guess many listeners won't find this an issue, but for those aware that people from the North East of England do not all have one generic accent, it is distracting.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
The story of young womans murder at Durham University, starts the uncovering of secrets and cruelties, youngsters indiscretions, abuses by the privileged.
The plot develops in two times with the arrival of Emily Brabents to university and the investigation of her murder by DI Erica Martin, who is also the best character in the story because she is interesting and well rounded, but the plot does not help her, it is too convoluted and disjointed, it wants to be too many things and comment on too many social ills to be focused enough on a satisfactory conclusion of the story.
There is a feminist message trying to arise out of the story, but it is lost with a character that was so confused fused sexualy and mentally that politics of any kind became a mute point, then you have the counselor of the university as the most negligent and dislikable person I could imagine, making the most bissar speaches about sexualiy based on her culture and personal biases, and is never really confronted by any one, or questioned properly for her negligence.
In the end a book with lots of potential gets lost in its own convoluted message instead of focusing more on what could have been and excellent procedural with Di Martin at the helm.
The readers ensemble was excellent and gave the characters more definition.
7 of 10 people found this review helpful
What to say - so refreshing to have a "who done it" read so well.
The main characters continued to emerge without the anxt that has become the new flavour of crime stories, blood and gusts not evident, it was in the minds of those involved that engaged me.
I am no fan of many readers, it is like trying to listen to Patterson but in this intance it worked in that I was so intent in listening to the story that my usual irritation did not get the upper hand and I return the audio in frustration.
Looking forward to next book in the series by Clark-Platts.