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A REAL FIND.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-2021

Loved this book, with some insider knowledge this is as close to real police culture as it gets. Well drawn characters and great dialogue that is not overly complex, but is simply succinct, ugly, raw and real. Perhaps a small criticism it does become a little roller- coasterish when less is perhaps more. I particularly liked the innocuity of the prose. I am not a fan of authors who spend paragraphs describing the countryside or the curtains. The writing is tight and not needlessly superfluous. The narration is first class. .

Hard Going

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-2020

Not my favourite. Too much focus on Lovejoy in the first person and too little character development. A little too funny by half interlaced with a mocking haughtiness. Overall. I am a fan of the books , their premise , setting , ifestyle and rogues gallery, but this a little too tongue in cheek for me.

Not for me.

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-12-2020

Loved the first book but quickly bored with second. Never actually finished it, couldn't be bothered.

PERFECT

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-2020

As good as I remembered. Utterly enthralling and captivating. Leagues ahead of the competition. Story, plot, characterisation, narration.......bliss.

Couldn't get into it.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-12-2020

Good enough to finish...just. I have enjoyed the author's other books very much but struggled with this one? It is well-writen and in my genre, but lacked the story telling punch and page turning excitement of his earlier novels. A good idea to combine two genres but lacked the intensity and grit of a true story telling. Narrator fine.

Lovejoy is No. 1.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-2020

I'm an old tv series fan from way back and this audio was a delight. I love antiques anyway so I'm half sold to start. The history narration was splendid, lots of insider factoids and the voice performance itself superb. Sure , it does stretch credibility at times but that's entertainment. Absolutely committed to rest of the series. Bliss for me.

A dearly loved classic.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-2020

Beautifully written and beautifully narrated! The language and phrasing is arcane and filled with unfamiliar slang and meaning, but the narrator does such a great job, very little purport is lost.

a MUST buy.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-2020

Enjoyed Harffy's earlier series but it ran out of puff for me (sorry) and I returned book 6. I thoroughly enjoyed the series but like a lot of good things....a little formulaic and I tired of it. This new book and setting is fresh and new. A different tangent to most "warrior stuff" as its hero is a senior cit...but this doesn't detract one iota, it enhances the reality of life off the grid. The author is a painter of words, his description and clear love of the times is first rate. It felt as if I was there. His numerous historical asides, behaviours, beliefs and then legal systems is utterly absorbing. The forest lore and deep love Duncan has for his world is warm and uplifting. A joy to read/listen to and become involved. The narrator is sublime. Perfect, a great yet unintrusive story teller. Give me more. NOW! PLEASE!

Very listenable.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-2020

Firstly, the narrator is excellent! Being Australian I can't cop many American accents for being to twangy and drawling and find the same with most Australian narrators. I often will only buy bbc or public school broadcasters for their clarity, roundedness and non-invasive assault on my slightly deaf eardrums. That said the author excels at descriptive, hugely deadly combat scenarios and this is a large part of the book. Eventually this will get old but at book 2, there is still a long way to go. Character development is slow but fine by me and I like the fact that there is little of anyone's feminine side on display. A book for blokes blokes and the sheila's can have their rock crystals and astrology verve! A good read.

Buy This

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-11-2020

The narrator is superb, a really good world-voice actor. I often find American accents harsh and abrasive, not so Daniel Philpott. This is high-eplosive action drama that manages to hold your interest over the duration. I found it credible and highly listenable with a good development of characters whilst leaving the main protagonist shrouded in mystery and intrigue. Definitely ready for book 2.