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"A twisty thriller, full of action and plot surprises." (Publishers Weekly)
I review books and audiobooks, mostly mystery, police procedurals, That's about it!
These two most unusual detectives of Scotland Yards Peculiar Crimes unit pulled through yet again!
The plot is peculiar and unusual, of course, but reliably interesting. I liked too, the two little side stories ( I'm neither a reviewer nor critic, this is how I think of the stories within the main story) .
I can't say I find these books riveting and exciting, but enjoyable they most certainly are, and I always learn a little more of Londons' history.
Another reason to listen is the narration of Tim Goodman, my benchmark for excellence in narration is Aimee Bruneau, she, of course, is 100%. Tim Goodman is 98%.
"always a pleasure."
Wonderful reader, and Bryant & May are always a pleasure - and never disappoint. I love their quirks and how Fowler knows not to make them too predictable, and the stories hold together so well. What a treat, always.
"a grand read"
Well, I'm in the midst of this one & really loving it. It's quite witty & I find the mystery compelling. The characters are engaging & the reader does an excellent job of shifitng his accent and intonation for each one. One of my favorite books from audible so far.
The frame for this novel is a current day Bryant telling the story of a famous case from the team's past. It fits oddly in the continuing Bryant & May narrative but is a wonderful story.
All the titles I purchase from Audible are meant for listening while commuting to work morning and evening. Thus, I recently purchased the title “77 Clocks” even though it was unrated, because the publisher’s blurb caught my interest and I decided to order it anyway. However, I must say I was quite disappointed, and had to force myself to continue listening, as I had no other titles available at that time. While some of the characters descriptions were ok, the supposed reasons for the happenings in the book were not very credible from my point of view. Perhaps this title should be placed under Sci Fi & Fantasy rather than Mystery and Thriller!
I'd never read anything by this author before - but I will now. The plot was wonderfully weird and extremely well put together. I was still guessing with an hour to go. The reader really brought the different characters to life, consistently and enjoyable. I'd recommend this book and wish that the others in the series would be available on audible.
"I am loving this book"
I have never read anything by this author but I am totaly gripped by this book. I am just about finished the first part and am looking forward to more.
I will be sad when it comes to the conclusion.
Enjoyable and quirky, with a plot to match. This is not gripping police-procedural stuff, but more tongue-in-cheek light hearted entertainment with a central puzzle which is reminiscent of Jules Verne style sci-fi. Well narrated, though I did find some of the characterisations jarring at times.
"Love them/hate them"
You are going to fall in one category or the other, so don't say I didn't warn you. Personally I think the Bryant and May series is inspired. Christopher Fowler writes novels and short story collections which defy categorisation, but tend toward dark satire in the guise if horror and fantasy. His Bryant and May books probably will appeal to a wider audience, being "crime" (Bryant and May do appear in other books, notably Darkest Day, now out of print, of which Seventy-Seven Clocks is a superior re-write...in my opinion).
These books are eccentric, seemingly quite bonkers, but actually beautifully written. They are both exciting and funny, and brilliantly structured. I fear they stand up to detailed scrutiny and will, no doubt, one day become the focus of a PhD. Probably the most important "character" is London, and the books of full of fascinating insights under the skin of the city and its history. This particular book also has a neat historical/political stance being set under Edward Heath's government in the days running up to the Three Day Week.
I was hooked when I read the first book in the series, Full Dark House, which oddly isn't on audible. I then read The Water Room, but as I had already read Darkest Day I thought I'd give Seventy-Seven Clocks a listen. I'm reluctant to start listening to books that I have already read, as I have the voices are in my head, but for me Tim Goodman is a perfect reader, catching the narration and characters so well. I am now going to switch and listen to the rest of the series (but buy the books as well because I love them and the covers are beautiful).
Whatever you think of these books, there really isn't anything quite like them.
"Bryant and May do it again!"
Audible at its finest.... AGAIN! Chris Fowler spins another wonderfully absorbing if somewhat unlikely yarn interlaced with laugh out loud humour, main characters who work at the CPU but feel like your personal friends and all interwoven with historical facts about London whilst a weaving a delicious layer of mystery and intrigue as the plot unfolds. Now add to the mix the talented, fluent, beautifully crafted and totally awesome narration of Tim Goodman whose range of 'voices' is equal to an entire theatre company and whose pace and delivery of plot and conversation makes the whole 'audible experience' totally perfect! But don't just take my word for it ..... find out for yourself as the plot unfolds and you are entered into the totally absorbing world of Bryant and May.
"Unbelievable but enjoyable"
This book is in the spirit of Conon Doyle's most convoluted and unbelievable stories. Though set in the 1970s against the back-drop of strikes and power-cuts, the style is far removed from realistic crime detection novels. It's a complicated story with all sorts of threads and clues: Gilbert and Sullivan's operas and the Savoy Theatre; the Goldsmiths' Guild and Indian trade are all woven together in the lives of a wealthy family who are being killed off in bizarre ways and chosen for death by a mysterious system, the preposterous methodology of which is only revealed near the end of the book. Suffice to say the title gives you a clue.
If you enjoy Conon Doyle or Agatha Christie's style of murder mystery I think you'll like this book.
"Not the usual standard"
I love Bryant and May, I have listened to nearly all of them. This is the first that didn't delight me. The story line is mangled and disconnected, not convincing at all, Bryant and May are far less present, overtaken by a sort of "Famour Five" amateur detective who is thoroughly childish, and even the reading didn't come up to the standard of later books. Disappointed.
Buy, listen and repeat as required. A pleasure. A wonderful, inventive, clever story. Thank you.
"Bryant and May on the trail of a family secret"
I like the characters of Bryant and May and the amazingly detailed descroptions of London, but this is not my favourite story as it became a bit repetitive
I like the early parts about the Whitstable family but after the first 4 deaths it got a bit repetitive.
When Bryant made the family tree from plates
No, it's too dependant on description.
A good addition to the series but not my favourite
Bryant and May, as good as ever. The mystery is a good one, even if it's one of the more barmy. It's why we love the series right?
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