Close to Home : DCI Banks Mysteries

  • by Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by Ron Keith
  • Series: DCI Banks Mysteries
  • 16 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Peter Robinson is the critically acclaimed New York Times, LA Times, and London Sunday Times best-selling author of the Inspector Alan Banks series, as well as a winner of the 2001 Anthony and 2001 Ellis Awards, and Le Grand Prix de Littirature Policiire. Close to Home traverses the difficult landscapes of a painful past, and an uncertain future for Inspector Banks. Two 15-year-old boys are lost, and the circumstances of their disappearances seem oddly parallel save one detail. The first boy disappeared and was presumed dead 35 years ago.

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What the Critics Say

"Suspenseful and engrossing." (Orlando Sentinel)
"This one is entertaining and sophisticated, crime writing of a high order." (Washington Post)
"Lots of suspense...richly complex...satisfying and subtle." (Publishers Weekly)

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Golden Age of Mystery

When people write about the "Golden Age of Mystery" they're always referring to the 1930's. Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and all that. Well, as much as I enjoy those classic mysteries, I say the Golden Age of Mystery is right now. If you don't agree, just check out this first rate contemporary suspenser from Peter Robinson.
The audio version adds immeasurably to the experience. Reader Ron Keith brings the characters to life with a wide range of English accents that I, as a Midwesterner, couldn't have begun to conjure up. (No, not even with close study of Masterpiece Theater.)
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- Kev

spoiled by narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would only recommend it in written form. The narrator totally distracted from the story.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

He made Banks sound (to quote my Yorkshire Dad) A pompous pratt. Stilted nasal narration, and no resemblence to either a Yorkshire or southern dialect. The narration waa so annoying that it spolied the whole book.


Any additional comments?

I note the same narrator has been used in another couple of Peter Robinson's books. I shall buy them to read as I cannot listen to this narrator "murder" another good book.

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- Kathleen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-17-2004
  • Publisher: Recorded Books