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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
SPOILER ALERT: This is the second Roy Grace (Peter James) book I got, just because of Weyman's superb narration. Listening to him is such a pleasure that I managed to avoid thinking about the logical flaws in the first one (Book 11 in the series.) And BTW, "Roy", the next time you decide to track a serial killer into a tunnel, you might avoid being blasted by a shotgun, if you were armed yourself! Unfortunately, this book ( Book 12) is so absurd, that even Daniel Weyman can't make up the deficits. Among the dozens of irritating things that made me sigh, roll my eyes, or utter unladylike language to myself, are these: So Roy is an astute detective, famed for his methodical approach...and he didn't notice his previous wife was a drug abusing adulterer who couldn't stand being married to him? And instead of getting a divorce, she decided it would be easier to "disappear", go live in Germany, have Roy's child that he didn't know about, etc. Then... in spite of being so sickeningly "sensitive" to his current wife (the annoying, controlling, needy Cleo) that he worries incessantly about changing their baby's nappies and not waking Cleo when he gets out of bed to go to work, so she can rest from taking care of an infant who sleeps 18 hours per day... he displays no interest in finding out whether he, in fact, has another son in Germany, who is essentially an orphan, with no family or money to keep him going. And that's just the stuff that has nothing to do with the ridiculous aspects of the criminal investigation, such as the miraculous conversion of his sidekick from near soccer-lout status to undercover operative, as a suave, billionaire with an American accent.The time spent on this book was almost "worth it" in the sense that it kept my extremely active, identifying the gross flaws in every 10 minutes of this book's plot and characters. But, not enough to endure the blood pressure problems associated with having to endure the accompanying agony.
Would you ever listen to anything by Peter James again?
What about Daniel Weyman’s performance did you like?
Did Love You Dead inspire you to do anything?
Yes, avoid any more books by this writer.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
My first book by this author, I enjoyed the many intertwined subplots as much as the main storyline. The narrator had to enunciate many different accents, which he managed very well. I could not put the book down after the mid-way point. I expect that I will be buying a few more by this author.
Loved this! The story is, as always, beautifully told, with the different strands being interwoven skilfully. I was hooked from the word go and wonder where Peter James will take his hero next after the events in Grace's personal life take such an interesting turn.
Daniel Weyman's narration is first class. His ability to voice different characters so cleverly, and his mastery of so many different accents, was superb and very much enhanced my enjoyment of the tale. Highly recommended.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
I’ve read/listened to Peter James’ entire series featuring detective Roy Grace and am amazed how the author keeps coming up new scenarios. The present book has one of the most imaginatively plotted: involving snakes, spiders and scorpions that will give some listeners nightmares. A rapacious young widow preys on elderly, rich men and who, once hooked, she murders in outlandish ways. One has to suspend belief that the men would be so gullible, the murders so elaborately contrived, and the coincidences as far-fetched, but this is fiction and it certainly kept me listening eager to find out what she got up to next.
Two criminals on the run from previous novels re-appear and tracking them down is woven into the main story. Those who have followed the series will also know that there is a back-story of Grace’s first wife, Sandy, who disappeared over 10 years earlier. She reappeared in the previous novel and there is a certain resolution in this book, but there will obviously be further ramifications revealed in future novels.
The narrator is excellent and a fine mimic of different accents, ages and genders to bring to life the larger than life characters inhabiting the story.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
First time I've read/listened to a Peter James book. I'll certainly be reading/listening to more.
The reading was done very well.
The story line was good with all seemingly disconnect events happening, but all drawing together throughout the book
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Peter James had done it again. this time focusing not so much on Roy Grace but more on the criminal aspect. Well written and extremely well read and presented. A must for the fans of this series.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful