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I volunteered to listen to the audio version of this book, expecting a thriller, but not expecting the level of violence that it contains. In fairness to the author, the violence was up-front and in-your-face right from the beginning and under all normal circumstances I would have closed the book there and then. However, I tend to complete audiobooks more often than the written word, so I persevered.
An unfortunate teenage boy from a peaceful, if poor family, becomes embroiled in a gang situation where life is cheap and revenge is all. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time and mouthed off a bit too much. As a result, he and his family become targets of a ruthless mob and find themselves fleeing for their lives.
My friends read 'body-count' books and we joke about the number of bodies eliminated by the author during the course of the book - well, I have to say I lost count with Brick, there certainly weren't many left to bring to justice by the end.
If you're looking for dark and brooding with an ominous presence, then this may be for you; if it's a frantic page-turner you're after, then, no, I didn't find that with this book, it didn't grab me and I'm sorry to say, even the ending was a bit flat.
Notable comment for the narrator, Diana Croft, who nailed the Northern accents.
Any additional comments?
This is a hard hitting, dark, violent story that is definitely not for the faint hearted. Beautifully written, you are carried into the disturbing underworld of the criminal classes. Bryn and his family are the only bright stars in a black night and I was genuinely frightened for them. The tale twists and turns like a fast running river, eventually gushing out into the sea and freedom. A remarkable story from Conrad Jones, ably narrated by Diana Croft
If you could sum up Brick in three words, what would they be?
Unlucky teenage boy.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Bryn was my favourite character, we spent a fair amount of time with him early in the book and really got a feel for a decent but imperfect teenage boy who loves his family and his dog.
What about Diana Croft’s performance did you like?
Her ability to flip between accents is remarkable - her Russian accent in particular was brilliant.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It was little too long to listen to in one go, but I did finish it in 3 large blocks because I couldn't bring myself to turn it off. I willingly did laundry for 2 hours so I could keep listening to it, that should put it into perspective.
Any additional comments?
This book is fantastic in its own right but the audio edition elevated it to something even better. Can't recommend it highly enough.
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This is a good audiobook which I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. One of those where you can easily lose a couple of hours by becoming so drawn into the story that you don’t really notice what’s going on around you. Narration is very good as well