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"London Calling" has attracted more than its share of negative Audible reviews, as opposed to positive Amazon reviews, or even reviews in newspapers, such as a strongly favorable one in the Washington Post. Usually when this happens, it's because a poor narrator ruined a good story, but the narrator here is wonderful.
Yes, it's violent, but far less so than more police thrillers, where the victims are nearly always women who are prey to terrible men. Here, the "victims" deserve some kind of punishment, exposure for their deeds at the least.
I didn't find this story offensive. By my lights, it's very well written, with a great central character and a fast-moving plot. I enjoyed it thoroughly and look forward to other titles in the series.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
This audiobook was very dark and the violence graphic - not my cup of tea and not easily skimmed over as each victims murder was treated to a gratuitous blow by blow description. The storyline hops between time periods as the author attempts to put flesh on his character, thus creating a detective who is unappealing and in need to a good shake. I was left with a storyline I had no desire to see resolved and a main character I had no interest in.
Would you ever listen to anything by James Craig again?
What didn’t you like about Joe Jameson’s performance?
The narration was unimaginative and at times, stilted. I found it an uncomfortable listen from the first.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
London Calling is definitely NOT your run of the mill crime novel, Inspector Carlyle is a plodder, a square peg in a round hole, he's not very nice, complacent and impotent to the powers that be who surround him.
I found his inner monologues and observations wry, crude, witty, strangely insightful and honest, also very cynical. This point of view was refreshing and the rude tongue in cheek dark humour had me chuckling.
It does meander and jumps between every mundane thought he thinks to titbits of of London historical facts that entertained.
The politics and very real social hard truths are inescapable and strips bare the nastier side and selfishness of human nature, it kind of left me rather depressed, but still morbidly fascinated as sadly even though amplified in the novel is sad but true.
Some might be uncomfortable with our murderers point of view as they are graphic and I could not help but grimace and twinge in sympathy.
What was new for me is that I could empathise with the murderer I wanted the protagonists all to suffer, just maybe not in the way the murderer wanted.
I'm in two minds about this début that even though I found the subject matter distasteful it will stay with me for a long time,..
8 of 8 people found this review helpful