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Mermaids Singing Audiobook

Mermaids Singing

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Publisher's Summary

Up until now the only serial killers Tony Hill had encountered were safely behind bars. This one's different - this one's on the loose. Four men have been found mutilated and tortured. As fear grips the city, the police turn to clinical psychologist Tony Hill for a profile of the killer. But soon Tony becomes the unsuspecting target in a battle of wits and wills, where he has to use every ounce of his professional nerve to survive.

©1995 Val McDermid (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Terrifying but stylish and compassionate! Truly, horribly good." (Mail on Sunday)

"Gripping, intelligent stuff." (The Times)

What Members Say

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    kevinplee@hotmail.com Nottingham, England 16/09/2016
    kevinplee@hotmail.com Nottingham, England 16/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    I love the TV Series "Wire In The Blood" starring Robson Green based on Val's books in this series. Neither versions disappoint ...far from it but this book is a masterpiece read brilliantly by a great narrator. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Syd 21/02/2016
    Jane Syd 21/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "All the ingredients for a great crime thriller!"

    I really enjoyed this book having read (listened) many many crime thrillers before not expecting anything extraordinary. I was pleasantly surprised - the story hooked me right from the start, the characters were well developed and the "who's done it" was complemented with a great explanation why. I will definitely download more books in these series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • yew
    11/05/16
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    "Terrible narration"

    This cracking story was completely ruined by the narrator. His reading of narrative is wooden, his accents are completely unconvincing, and his reading of dialogue us absolutely terrible - particularly female characters. I have hundreds of audiobooks and this is the only one I have abandoned due to the narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • V. Thomson
    Brighton
    6/10/15
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    "Fab story ruined by narrator."
    What did you like most about Mermaids Singing?

    Love this author and indeed the whole Tony Hill series. It's such a shame that this is ruined by the narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Wrong narrator, not a lot of feeling in his voice or range come to that. Ruined it for me I'm afraid.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Don
    Curtin, Australia
    12/11/15
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    "Almost Great..."
    Would you listen to Mermaids Singing again? Why?

    This is the first in a major series so no need to go back just yet. Maybe in a few years.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mermaids Singing?

    The evolving relationship of the main characters and the senior police issues were handled quite well.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The main characters in this book are in the 20-50 age range yet everyone sounded like they were in their 70's. I found it hard to picture the characters as I should as the voices did not portray this very well the differentiation was minimal at times.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is a bit too long for that but the last few hours did fly by.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good story with good characters, I wasn't a huge fan of the ending though.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Gill Melling
    Lancs, UK
    18/05/16
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    "good story"

    I enjoyed the story very much but found some of the narrator's accents a bit odd!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    loserville
    31/10/16
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    "Awful, awful narration..."

    I really tried with this but the narration was so bad it was almost insulting. He manages to make all the characters sound like simpletons and the breathy, childlike characterisation of the lead female character (a police detective) is beyond dreadful. I perservered as long as possible to overcome the narration but less than half way through I had to admit defeat...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S. Christie
    UK
    9/08/16
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    "Good ( if a little too gory) book but terrible narration"

    Enjoyed this book, although I found the explicit sex scenes and graphic descriptions of torture a bit distasteful. The plot is good and the tension built dramatically , and pleasingly, throughout the book. The thing that spoiled this book for me, however, was the narrator. He didn't seem to have a grip of any regional accent, his Geordie accent sounded Welsh, and his Scottish accent was frankly appalling! His awful attempts ruined the story for me, and I found listening quite painful at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea Turner
    31/07/16
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    "Story ok, pity about the narrator."

    The story was quite good if somewhat dated and very un PC.
    The narrator was terrible. The baddy should be a young man yet sounds about 70. The breathy voice he used for the female lead was just awful to the point of annoying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Linda K
    5/06/16
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    "Great story"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book but found the narrator's accents a little irritating. However, this didn't spoil it for me. Val McDermid is such a great writer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. S. E. Binns
    Yorkshire UK
    24/04/16
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    "+AWFUL NARRATION"
    What did you like best about Mermaids Singing? What did you like least?

    Have read this excellent book. Audible version poor and only listened to beginning


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story as read


    Any additional comments?

    Narration too slow and pedantic. Terrible - spoils it - returning

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Judith
    Dursley, United Kingdom
    1/10/15
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    "Gory but good"

    I have read this series in an odd order so thought I should read the first book in the series! I enjoyed it as it sets out how they all came to work together. I usually enjoy Saul Reichlin's narration but his Gordie accent in this one is shocking!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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