The Dark Winter

  • by David Mark
  • Narrated by John Curless
  • 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What Ian Rankin is to Edinburgh David Mark is to the seaport of Hull in Northern England. This is the beginning of a dynamic, thrilling series featuring detective Sgt. Aector McAvoy, a psychologically-probing investigator who finds patterns and motives in seemingly unrelated deaths in his hardscrabble town.


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Wish I'd Saved The Credit

I was looking forward to the beginning of a new series with a great new character to follow This ain't it. The main character, DS McAvoy, is nothing but a politically correct wuss who is supposedly crazy in love with his wife, but lusts after his female boss. Huh??? I've never read a book who's main character has less personality than McAvoy. And as a previous reviewer commented, the story could indeed do with a bit less domestic bliss. It added little to the plot and made me question just how much McAvoy loves his wife if he's conflicted about wether or not to kiss his overtly sexual boss.

I did a quick google search and found that the population of Scotland is over 5 1/4 million people. That said, could they not have found a narrator who can convincingly voice a Scottish character? Why do audiobook publisher's not check first to see if the chosen narrator can actually deliver a convincing accent? Why is it so hard to find narrators who can "speak Scots"? I've lost count of the times I have been disappointed in a narrator because of this. It really ruins the listening experience. Mr. Curless may be quite good at various English dialects, but he is AWFUL with the Scots accent. It was so bad that I couldn't wait for this book to end. This, coupled with the fact that his voice is SO gravelly, grated on my nerves so badly that I ended up listening on 3X speed just to get this book finished.

My advice is to save your credit. I won't be listening to anything else by this author or narrator.
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- Martha

Great new entry into British mysteries

I love mysteries, especially those set in the British Isles. This book is a bit slow in parts (I didn't care for all of the scenes of domestic bliss) and I would I have like the minor characters to be more fleshed out. However, the story is gripping (once you make it past the introductory chapters.) I will definitely "read" the other entries in this series.

John Curless gives a great performance, making the characters distinct and voicing the women as well as the men.
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- Tracey "I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-25-2012
  • Publisher: Recorded Books