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The Ghost Riders of Ordebec Audiobook

The Ghost Riders of Ordebec: A Commissaire Adamsberg Novel, Book 7

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"People will die," says the panic-stricken woman outside police headquarters. She has been standing in blazing sunshine for more than an hour, and refuses to speak to anyone besides Commissaire Adamsberg. Her daughter has seen a vision: ghostly horsemen who target the most nefarious characters in Normandy. Since the middle ages there have been stories of murderers, rapists, those with serious crimes on their conscience, meeting a grizzly end following a visitation by the riders.

Soon after the young woman’s vision a notoriously cruel man disappears, and the local police dismiss the matter as superstition. Although the case is far outside his jurisdiction, Adamsberg agrees to investigate the strange happenings in a village terrorised by wild rumours and ancient feuds.

©2013 Viviane Hamy (P)2013 Random House AudioGo

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  • A
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    26/06/13
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    "Love the well-written weirdness of Vargas"
    If you could sum up The Ghost Riders of Ordebec in three words, what would they be?

    Odd, engaging and imaginative.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Vargas always gets me in the end. Although I'm rather astute at guessing who did it, I never quite get it right with Vargas--there's always a twist that catches me unawares. I can't recommend her books highly enough.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Margaret
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    30/07/13
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    "A delight to read"

    This is the second Fred Vargas I've read and I hope the other Commissaire Adamsberg books are put on audio soon. David Rintoul is a great narrator.The characters are interesting and engaging. It's different and quirky so I struggle to compare this author with anyone else. The plot was intriguing, two main story lines both of which were interesting. No loose ends on completion of the book. A delightful book which I can recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rogayah
    Reading, United Kingdom
    8/06/16
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    "Ghostly doings"

    Adamsburg and his team look into the ghost story of a small Normandy village with its small community and secrets. An interesting tale with a slightly claustrophobic atmosphere of families whose secrets and feuds stretch back generations.

    Excellent narrator and despite the slightly incomprehensible and eccentric Adamsburg it is a well-told credible story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cxissy
    uk
    20/07/15
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    "entertaining"
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    brilliant entertaining read with lots of circumlocutionary thoughts and talks which was a joy !the French do it differently. (fred vargas is a French author ) . enjoyable story and memorable characters

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Al
    Guernsey
    6/02/15
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    "Very, very odd"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who enjoy bizarre, ambling scripts with characters you can't empathise with


    What was most disappointing about Fred Vargas’s story?

    The characters were very wooden and the plot was pretty thin on the ground


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of David Rintoul?

    you could have cast Bob Cat Goldthwaite and it wouldn't have made it any more or less interesting


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Narcolepsy


    Any additional comments?

    This is the only audiobook I have ever failed to finish. I persevered for 2 thirds of it and just couldn't take any more. It really felt like it had been translated from French to English and no concession had been made to the idiosyncrasies of the two languages.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • william
    1/05/14
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    "What a load of drivel"
    What disappointed you about The Ghost Riders of Ordebec?

    Do not buy this audiobook. I've no idea how it shared the Crime Writers Association foreign novel award. The story is the most misconstrued rubbish, the translation was terrible and the delivery totally flat.


    What was most disappointing about Fred Vargas’s story?

    I understand you can't just have a detective story - without the lead detective having some peculiar trait. They're either a bobby with a hobby or they're either alcoholics or widowers after a dreadful crime or gamblers or failed cooks but in this story all of his bloody crew had some terrible trait that the author insists on expanding on at length, whether they were trivia geniuses, bulimia sufferers, experts on fish. Fish, FFS!!! Do me a favour!


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of David Rintoul?

    There is no saving this book.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Maybe, but I couldn't finish it. Honestly, I've always been able to finish a book until now, even if I'd lost interest in the story or characters or author. But this was too bad.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MURIEL
    5/12/16
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    "what to say?"

    could not finish. poor performance. can't follow the story with the accent of the narrator. boring .it is meant to be a thriller not a BBC radio show.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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