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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Thirty-something hours of audiobook action. What's not to like? OK, there's a little bit of slowing down at one point in the first book, to get readers and listeners apprised of the facts they need to follow the action, but then it soon bursts back into life. I thought all four books were really good. I gained insights into life in a province I don't know that well but that I certainly do see a lot of in the media. Downright awful criminals. Here they get their come-uppance, at least to some extent. But what's especially good is the cultural value I gained from listening to these books. I learnt a lot about police work and camaraderie and also about violent crime. And human nature. Good plot, well written, well narrated.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ryder Quartet?
The devilish weapon right at the beginning - about thirty pages into book one - is a chilling moment. But then there are many more such moments. Like the attack on a family in book four. Maybe the best of all is the final c hapter of book four when Ryder goes on the attack.
Which character – as performed by Ian Patrick – was your favorite?
The two Afrikaans detectives Koekemoer and Dippenaar ("Koeks 'n Dipps") are a scream.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The attack on the dog at the end is really moving.
Any additional comments?
Good writing, good speaking, relevant and up-to-date drama. I liked it a helluva lot.
I couldn't believe how totally absorbed I was in this over the course of a week, listening every night. The fact that the murders, events, mayhem and corruption all take place within a mile or so from where I live made it especially fascinating. But it wasn't just that. The stories are all so well structured and the atmosphere was so well created that I thought I was back in the old days when my family sat with ears glued to something called "Squad Cars" on the radio in South Africa ("They prowl the empty streets at night..."). The characters are so entertaining. The villains are - well - villainous, and the detectives are just like people I know and knew in the old days. I loved these stories and they all make for an interesting complete cycle, even though they are separate stories. The narrator was dark and mysterious, which was well suited to the narrative.
If you could sum up The Ryder Quartet in three words, what would they be?
Believable action thriller
What did you like best about this story?
I’ve read a couple of the individual stories in this quartet, but it was very good to go through them all in sequence from the beginning, and hear the author read them himself. The accents are good and – although I would prefer to have had a man and a woman’s voice to share the different genders between them – it was altogether very satisfying. The way the hunt for the evil criminal unfolds is expertly handled. By the time the great climax comes in the final chapter of the final book, one is ready for some big-action martial arts. The author doesn’t disappoint. I found the writing very well laid out, beautifully plotted, with lots of warm and believable human characters throughout. Most enjoyable. Some great discussions about rugby, too. Very funny.
Have you listened to any of Ian Patrick’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Yes, one of the volumes, but this is the best.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Laughs and cries all the way
Any additional comments?
Brilliant. Highly recommended