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Where was MI5 ?

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-07-2020

I cannot even pretend to be knowledgeable about the British Security Services and protocol but I would have thought that a major incident, such as that which the story centres around would have resulted in a more higher level response from the government. Of course that wouldn't haves served the storyline for our favourite characters but it did have me scratching my head on several different occasions! Saved by the talented Jonathan Keeble's narration.

Never let the facts about a location or a decent accent get in the way of an ‘OK’ story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-04-2020

[spoiler alert for those that have not read the book summary!]

I confess I am Australian and have spent a lot of my life in at least one of the places featured in this Milton episode.

Perhaps it is because I am so familiar with the location that a number of factual errors did immediate ‘leap out’. I understand the concept of ‘artistic licence’, but when actual places, locations, street names etc are used, one would perhaps expect them to be accurately described. (But who knows - this may have occurred in the earlier books, but I was none the wiser!).

With the availability of so much information on the internet which could be used for research purposes it seems strange that such bungles were made. One particular clanger was a reference to a $2 note - these were phased out in 1988, some 25 years before this story was set!

And speaking of clangers David Thorpe is one of the main reasons I have persevered with this series so far, but his Australian accents unfortunately leave a lot to be desired.

I will continue my journey with Milton, but so far most of the books only rate a 3/5, whereas I can highly recommend both the Beatrix and Isabelle Rose series.

Not what I was expecting after reading Isabella and Beatrix first

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-2020

Rather disappointed with this book.

I started with the Isabella Rose series and have just finished the Beatrix Rose prequel Hong Kong Stories series, Tempest and Phoenix all of which were un-put-downable and all 5 star.

This was boring, had gaping plot holes and generally totally forgettable.

I think this is the first of Mark Dawson's books - Hoping the future Milton books live up to the hype given there are so many of them.

Will be returning The Cleaner as no interest in ever reading it again

couldn't get into this instalment at all

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-2019

struggled to embrace this 'couple' and the opening storyline ,appearing to not go anywhere, unlike the first two books, and gave up shortly thereafter.
don't know if I will bother with book 4 or not...

Why after 8 books in do they change the narrator ?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-2019

Beyond the Point is Book 9 in the DI Nick Dixon series and begins with the same investigation as Book 8 ends. Books 1 - 8 had the same narrator, and whilst I must say that it did take a bit of getting used to the original narrator's timbre and style in Book 1, once I accepted and got used to it I have since sought out more narrations from Napoleon Ryan which I have, along with the DI Nick Dixon series, thoroughly enjoyed to date.

So I can't understand why after 8 Books, Brilliance Audio decide to change the narrator, especially when Napoleon Ryan appears to still be recording other new audio books.

Don't get me wrong, Simon Mattacks does a great job, and the story is as brilliant as ever, however, it would have been better if, after the previous investment in 8 Books, they had continued with Napoleon Ryan as narrator, and no I am not the president of his fan club :-) !!



Not the same Lucy Resnick

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-2019

Why do they change narrator part way thru a book series?

Its just not the same - and not as enjoyable as the previous two.