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Beautifully Written But.....

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

Reviewed: 21-01-2020

Really beautifully written and narrated but what a collection of absolutely horrible people. Is everyone in this village damaged or just unpleasant? I found the story very disjointed with a rapid explanation in the epilogue from yet another nasty unbalanced person to wrap things up. It felt as if there were many half told stories within this audiobook. Nothing seemed to tie together very well. I will definitely buy the next Ian Skewis offering however because the way he writes is so enjoyable. Hoping the characters in the next one will be more engaging

Early Peter May A Winner

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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: 20-01-2019

I was a bit worried that this early book wouldn’t be as good as more recent work but decided to trust May’s own judgement. I wasn’t disappointed. That evocative style of writing was evident as always. A central character who is flawed and not easy to like but whose tale still draws you in and keeps you enthralled to the end. Thoroughly enjoyable

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Brilliant author & best narrator

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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: 07-07-2018

Stuart MacBride is so entertaining. You actually know his characters so well. They absolutely come to life especially with Steve Worsley narrating. My life grinds to a stand still with every new MacBride book. I just have to stop and listen. It’s impossible not to become engrossed. Always a treat. Bring on the next one

Very Unexpected

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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: 24-06-2018

Excellent story, lots of unexpected turns. Characters who you could really engage with. Brilliant rendition by Richard Armitage. Can’t wait to listen to the next in the series

Good Disturbing Listen

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

Reviewed: 05-05-2018

Not sure about this. I was riveted but more because most of the characters were not really likeable. They were disturbing. Well written as always by Peter James but very unsettling. The decent people seemed to make a rapid exit and I was left with a feeling of hopelessness. Keen to hear others thoughts

Peter May at his Best

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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: 07-02-2018

If you loved the Lewis Trilogy this beautiful story will not disappoint. It is difficult to describe the beauty of May’s writing. His words are so evocative that you can almost taste and smell the islands, and you can certainly feel the grief that Niamh is experiencing and the descriptions of the landscape, weather, characters, buildings - everything is just faultless. Flashbacks to the characters as they grew up gave a perfect background to the story and their stories were so warmly told that you almost felt you had grown up with them. Perhaps I am biased but I do think Peter May is a master of his craft and ‘I’ll Keep You Safe’ for me is definitely on par with The Lewis Trilogy. An absolute treat to hear, the narrators are brilliant. I just got lost in it.

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Enjoyable Listen Brilliant Narrator

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

Reviewed: 26-01-2018

Whilst I enjoyed this listen it certainly wasn’t riveting. You know very early on what the ‘twist’ is going to be even though you don’t have the finer details. The ending felt very rushed as if the writer had had enough and just wanted to wrap it all up in an Agatha Christie type final explanation. Enjoyable for a lazy Sunday but not the psychologicsl thriller it had promised to be.

Another Winner

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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: 06-11-2017

Good story, plenty of humour and all delivered perfectly by Steve Worsley who manages to bring every character to life. I attracted a few strange looks from passing motorists because I was alone in my car laughing until I cried at some of the dialogue. Cannot wait for the next MacBride offering.

Enjoyable Audiobook Don't Like this Reader

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

Reviewed: 13-10-2017

Enjoyable audiobook. Plenty of interesting characters but I personally can't get engrossed due to the reader's style. I find it monotonous and robotic. Her insistence on pronouncing 'a' as in 'a cat' as 'ay' makes the conversations very stiff and more like a lecturer trying to emphasize points. Eg read the following aloud 'if we had ay car we could get ay map and go to ay park for ay picnic'. It just doesn't sound natural. For me it ruins the story because it annoys me as I find it very noticeable and it detracts from the content

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Good Audiobook Awful Narrator

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-09-2017

Good story but difficult to enjoy the reading. The narrator has an atrocious robotic style lacking expression. I won't buy the next in the series if it is read by the same person. It made it hard going

4 people found this helpful