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bit of a let down really

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

Reviewed: 07-04-2020

I so enjoyed the first two books in this series and eagerly awaited this third story. Sadly, the first three quarters of the book did not live up to my expectations, it never seemed to get going, no momentum, there seemed nothing to catch my interest. Cormac has got boring and a little predictable I'm afraid.
However!
Towards the end a little of the McTiernan magic returned!
Then of course, the story ended leaving me with a feeling of being short changed
Aoife does her usual wonderful job of narrating

good value for money

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

Reviewed: 07-04-2020

I wasn't too sure about spending money on books about the ubiquitous run down, substance abusing, beset by demons type of detective but I couldn't resist the bargain. Turns out these three books are all a pretty interesting listen and exceeded my expectations.
The detective is a far more interesting character than I thought he would be, he gets the job done.
Some good descriptive writing which, of course, always helps set the scenes in your head
Unfortunately the narrator, despite being a good story teller, didn't seem to quite fit the part somehow

Not really a thriller, disappointed.

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

Reviewed: 13-03-2020

Disappointing, mainly I suppose because I was expecting a darned good crime thriller, instead I got a semi literary semi crime story which was not very captivating at all. I should have returned this book but kept listening in the hope of discovering some enjoyment.
However, the narrator did a top job

Would have been better without the thesaurus

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

Reviewed: 20-11-2019

Interesting enough, but I would rather have learned more about the life Sandra led rather than her cleaning methods. For the most part I couldn't get past how annoying I found the writing, to me it seemed the author took a perfectly good word, looked it up on her thesaurus and replaced it with something she deemed to be more impressive.
Still, she had her work cut out for her when trying to piece together all the missing details, the parts that Sandra forgot, so good on her for that. Maybe it is the stitching together of all these forgotten times that cause the story to lack flow and continuity, and, for me, it seemed the author did not know when to finish, the ending did drone on a bit.
Narrator did a good job though

another good story

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

Reviewed: 05-10-2019

I listened to this right after listening to book one and found it just as enjoyable. Probably more so really because I got to know more of the ongoing characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the story which does take a couple of really unexpected turns to add to the intrigue.
The violence could be a little "bloody" for some but it certainly doesn't drive the story
Another excellent narration from David Monteith.
Looking forward to book 3

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 05-10-2019

Always good to discover a new detective series, this is a series that looks like it will have everything, interesting murder storyline, a little peek at the detectives complex family life and some wonderful characters. Oh! and the setting is quite compelling too.
Excellent narration too, David Monteith managed to convey the various regional Scottish accents yet still make them understandable to us none Scots.

Hope the next book is as good!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-2019

Wonderful introduction to Tom Reynolds and his interesting team of cops. I was soon hooked in to the story and the wonderfully described characters. I think the story line could be a little confronting for some, but Jo Spain deals with some distressing social history with sensitivity.
All in all a great listen, enhanced by the narration of the talented Aoife McMahon

dull story, good narrator but poor sound quality

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

Reviewed: 05-10-2019

Being a long time fan of the DCI Banks series I had pre ordered this audiobook and greatly looked forward to the day it was released. Unfortunately it did not live up to my expectations. There was an ongoing story regarding a character from previous books, and, to be honest, I found this aspect quite boring. The main story was as described in the blurb, again I didn't find this terribly interesting.
It makes me sad that a series I had followed and enjoyed for so long should come to this.

The two stars for performance does not apply to the narrator who does an excellent job but to the poor quality of the recording. It lacked clarity and breath sounds are evident which is very distracting

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thrilled to find a great series

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

Reviewed: 05-10-2019

Another compelling story from Dervla, I'm so happy to have found a fictional detective worthy of following. This story is a real whodunnit, full of intrigue and a few unexpected happenings There is no cliched, formulaic writing here, just darned good story telling enhanced by the narration of the wonderful Aoife

lived up to my expectations

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

Reviewed: 24-08-2019

although this is the second book of the Alexandra Cupidi series, for me it began with that hauntingly beautiful book "The Birdwatcher" which really sets the scene for the reader.
I highly recommend these books to anyone who appreciates both beautiful writing and a darned good tale