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Taken for Dead Audiobook

Taken for Dead

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Publisher's Summary

The severed head of Micky Crounan, local baker, is grinning gruesomely up from the bottom tier of his own cake. Katie Maguire of the Irish Garda is baffled--until another local businessman goes missing in horrific circumstances. Soon Katie is on the trail of a debt-collecting gang calling themselves the Kings of Erin. But these are very dangerous men. And they will stop at nothing to throw Katie off the trail....

©2015 Graham Masterton (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"One of the most original and frightening storytellers of our time." (Peter James)

"A natural storyteller with a unique gift for turning the mundane into the terrifyingly real." (New York Journal of Books)

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    Karen Harding 11/01/2017
    Karen Harding 11/01/2017
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    "Another cracking Katie Maguire story! @"

    The narration was terrible, sounded like she was in high school English class. Story good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miss Kelly A Dalling 26/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "New narrated not great"
    What did you like best about Taken for Dead? What did you like least?

    I have read all of the Kate Maguire books (listened to) but unfortunately while they've always been a pretty entertaining listen, the new narrator really lets this one down. Very amateurish which takes heavily away from the book. Very much preferred Caroline Lennon's narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Taken for Dead?

    Story was building to a bit of a predictable crescendo over the past few books so happy that storyline is over to be honest.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Sounded like mum reading a bed time story rather than a professional narrator. Didn't feel like she was telling a story so much as just reading words.


    Was Taken for Dead worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Please go back to previous narrator or this will be the last for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanette NORMAN 29/12/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Most interesting"

    Found the story initially difficult to get into, once I did I was hooked. Also loved that the reader simply read the story. This allowed my own imagination to develop the "voices" for myself. Do read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • markc
    23/08/16
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    "The other novels are better"

    I just found this to far fetched and found myself shouting at the story, saying no that wouldn't happen. Hopefully the next one will be better

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • James
    United Kingdom
    21/07/16
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    "More of the same"

    Cork must rate as the most dangerous city in Ireland! Lots of characteristic gore and action in this one. Katie's life continues to get more complicated personally and professionally.

    Good performance again. Worth a listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elisabeth
    20/05/16
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    "Horrible narration"
    Would you try another book written by Graham Masterton or narrated by Louise Fitzpatrick?

    NO NO NO NO, not by Louise Fitzpatrick. I have been looking forward to listen to Kate Maguire solving yet another crime, and listen to the wonderful narrating of Caroline Lennon. I love listening to the irish accent and how well she seperates the different characters by the use of her voice. To my surprise (didn't notice it when I bought the book via Audible), there is a new narrator, Louise Fitzpatrick, and she absolutely ruin the listening experience for me. I've been listening to the first six chapters and can hardly stay with the story because of the monotonus, bland and bored reading. There is also something about where she puts the pressure and pause in the scentences that makes it sound like she is reading off a shoppinglist, in a faiedl american accent. I really hope I can get used to the voice, but I seriously doubt it. Since I listen to the books when running etc. I can 't just go out and buy the book. I'm good, but I can't run and read at the same time.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A new narrator


    How could the performance have been better?

    To read with a a whole lot more enthusiasm for starters.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Martyn
    LINCOLN, United Kingdom
    26/03/15
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    "A country with' troubles'"
    If you could sum up Taken for Dead in three words, what would they be?

    This is a story that is really frightening at times but feels as if it is happening now.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Taken for Dead?

    The burning on the beach


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I can only describe her reading as appalling . She had no idea of creating the voices of the different characters and thus one wonders at times who is speaking. Please bring back the previous Narrator for the next book please


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The 'Troubles' are back


    Any additional comments?

    I do hope the series continues with a return of the previous Narrator

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • iris
    Paris, France
    6/03/15
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    "Exhilerating Read"

    This is the fourth Katy McGuire story I have read and although Caroline Lennon is not the narrator of this one her replacement does an excellent job which is good news as I hesitated about buying when I saw there had been a change of narrator.

    The action takes place in Cork where a mysterious gang calling themselves the Kings of Ireland are perpetrating kidnappings and despite all the efforts of the Police to head them off, it becomes apparent that someone in the Gardai is passing on information. Katy feels persecuted by her boss and if this is not bad enough a new neighbour - a veterinary surgeon - pours oil on the water too.

    The plot is intricate and is full of twists and turns to keep your interest at a peak. There is only one rather explicit sex scene that reads more like an autopsy than an erotic moment but this author does not do sex scenes very well in my opinion. Apart from that quibble I found the book to be very well written in the crime genre.

    A high point for me was that the story is peppered with anecdotes concerning the real kings of Ireland and quite frankly they were not always very princely in their behaviour!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nathalie
    2/04/15
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    "How to turn a great book into a lousy audiobook..."

    I was so looking forward to the new Katie Maguire novel, as I have thoroughly enjoyed the first three books in the series (all on Audible), but it has turned out to be such a disappointment. Not by any means because of the story! I am 17 chapters in, and the story so far is intrigueing and I really want to know more. I simply cannot bear to listen any more to this new narrator - she is reading the book as if she is standing up in class in primary school. Very monotonous, hardly any emotions, and even a redfaced, clearly angry Brian Molloy sounds like a schoolgirl. Even the woman finding her husbands teeth in a jug on her doorstep sounds like it is an everyday occurrence like picking up her milk, when clearly - listening to the actual words used - she should sound very upset. No work has been done at all to differentiate in voices of characters, no use of silence for suspense, one sentence rattled off after another.

    I really have to stop listening because the story gets spoiled for me, and I will buy the actual book instead and wait to finish it in the holiday when I have time for a real book. If this woman is contracted for the next Katie Maguire book, please have her retrained - she doesn't have to do it exactly like Caroline Lennon of course, but have her listen to other great readers at least.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Nuneaton uk
    9/03/15
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    "monotone narration"
    How could the performance have been better?

    better narrator, it was if a child was standing up in class and reading. Monotone and boring, Im afraid I couldnt listen to the full book


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tizzy
    28/02/15
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    "Emotionless narration"
    What did you like best about Taken for Dead? What did you like least?

    Unfortunately, I could only bare to listen to this narrator for two hours and had to give up in frustration.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Graham Masterton? Why or why not?

    Yes and I am sorry, but only with another narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Emotionless and flat with no identifiable characters. This sounded like someone reading at a school lesson.


    Do you think Taken for Dead needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Sadly, I dont know. Having listened to the previous books read by Caroline Lennon I was really looking forward to this follow up but had to give up in frustration at this new narrator.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • D SWABY
    UK
    29/10/16
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    "Bring back ms Lennon"

    too many mistakes by the storyteller
    monotonous tone, no characterisation
    should have listened to what other reviewers have said

    I will be getting my credit back

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wras
    Kildonan
    30/04/16
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    "It is easier to forgive an enemy"

    than to forgive a friend.”
    ― William Blake

    The Irish Garda and Katie Maguire are finding it very hard to work together, the more she uncovers the harder it gets to do her work and her personal life is even more complicated than before.

    This is Katie Maguire confronted with the past and the uncertainties of the future ,a lot of interesting doors are opened and the plot thickens in a very good ways, the violence again is too over the top taking some of the realism away from the story, I have no moral problem with the depiction of a crime but when it is just not well thought out I feel it takes away from the rest of a book that should have been much better without it.

    A good book with the DS at her best and worst, she can create more problems for herself than twenty criminals


    The change of the reader was notable at first, but she got better and made the story shine by the end.




    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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