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Publisher's Summary

Rock climbers can't afford to make careless mistakes. But Detective Inspector Nick Dixon's former climbing partner, Jake Fayter, died doing just that. Or so it seems. Dixon suspects foul play, but his only leads are unreliable accounts of something odd happening in Cheddar Gorge seconds before Jake fell.

The more Dixon learns about Jake's life, the more he realises that Jake hadn't been quite the man he remembered…and a lot of people could have wanted him dead. Once Dixon gets too close to the truth, those people will emerge from the shadows and kill to protect their secrets.

As the body count rises, Dixon bends the rules to breaking point to lure out a killer and unravel a conspiracy of silence that will rock the sleepy town of Burnham-on-Sea to its core.

As the Crow Flies is the electrifying first novel in the DI Nick Dixon Crime Series.

©2015 Damien Boyd (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Good read

Writing has the right amount of twists, turns. Character is believable, took me a bit to get the rock climbing as know nothing about it. I do now, and it was conveyed well. Narration was well done. Will be interesting to see what is next for this series.

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  • C SIMONSEN
  • Wellington, NI New Zealand
  • 21-09-2017

good story great performance

Great English crime story. had some very technical climbing bits. enjoyable story. very good performance with what could be different actors

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  • mwk
  • 08-07-2016

What maybe would be a good story is ruined by tedious narration

I suggest read the book at your own pace rather than listen to this very slow story and boring audible

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Good for climbers

I'm an avid climber so this book was of keen interest. Lots of descriptions of actual climbs, technical climbing details and places I've actually climbed. The story was decent. Kept me entertained for the duration but I wouldn't say I was particularly blown away by the plot. Narrator skilled but he had an annoying habit of weird word stresses, eg Head Torch not headtorch. But still an easy entertaining listen and I'd recommend.

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  • David I. Williams
  • 03-06-2015

Wonderful New Detective Series

Jake Fayter falls to his death during a routine rock climbing accident. At least that is what the report reads. His parents disagree. So they turn to their son’s old friend, Detective Inspector Nick Dixon. Dixon was once Fayter’s climbing partner and has a hard time believing the report. He knows that there is no way that Jake made the mistake necessary to cause his death. So he begins to investigate. As he digs into his friend’s death he soon realizes that he is not going to like what he discovers.

As The Crow Flies is the first book featuring DI Nick Dixon. He is a quiet man who requested a transfer back to his home area instead of staying in London and working his way up the administrative ladder. Now he has a small place that needs furniture, a dog, and the peace and quiet of the countryside. Of course he also is on the trail of a team of burglars who keep breaking into the houses of the recently deceased. Now he has what appears to him to be the suspicious death of an old friend. Before it is over he will find himself dealing with a smuggling operation, drug dealers, and a killer who won’t go down easy. Boyd’s is an excellent stylist. He brings his characters to life and allows them to develop as the story goes on. The book is full of great characters who you feel you want to know better.

As I read this book I couldn’t help but think that this story and these characters are perfect for a BBC mystery series. This is the kind of detective drama that so many of us have come to know and love over the years. I read a lot of books. Usually over 150 per year. Some of the books are old friends, most are new. The majority of books that I have read I doubt that I will ever read again. Damian Boyd’s DI Nick Dixon novels fall into that rare category of books that I will definitely read and enjoy again and again over the years. I look forward to more in this series. I suggest that you order this book right now. It is the perfect book to take with you on summer holiday. It is also the perfect book to curl up with in your favorite reading chair. In other words, it is just a great book.

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  • MobileMinx
  • 15-04-2015

As the Crow Flies, So Does the World Turn

DI Dickson is a transplanted city detective who heads for the country looking for a change of pace. What should bring a slower, more manageable work load proves anything but. Accompanied by a competent team still trying to decipher this mysterious colleague, and an affable pet named Monty, DI Dickson solves what I hope will be the first two of many cases. Sober, cerebral procedural that plays at just the right speed.

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  • Christina
  • 22-08-2015

Not bad

What did you love best about As the Crow Flies?

I enjoyed the story but the narrator was difficult to listen to. Napolean Ryan has a lovely deep masculine voice. That's the good news. However, when he has to do a woman's voice it is inevitably very short and breathy, as in a love scene. But this is how he reads the women's lines throughout the whole book! I laughed out loud at first and then it was ,WTF? Get some coaching on female voice and you could be fine. Aren't there editors for audio books? Who lets that kind of huge flaw pass????

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  • bracken
  • 21-08-2015

Short but

great detective story. The narration was great as well. The author certainly knows about climbing.

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  • Trish R.
  • 17-09-2016

Good read and great narration..

There were a few reviewers who complained about this book being too much about rock climbing and I can certainly agree to that. During the prologue I was totally lost. So, unless you’re into rock climbing I’d skip this one. However, I will move on to the next. I liked Dixon and his team so I’ll see what the next book is about.

Overall, it was a nice story, surprised about Jake and really surprised at who the killer was.

There wasn’t anything romantic going on, unless you call Dixon asking Jane out romantic. There was swearing and the F-bomb was used 30 times.

As to the narration: Napoleon Ryan did a great job. The women sounded like women, and the men all sounded fantastic, and the emotions he read with were great too. I would definitely listen to him again.


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  • Wayne
  • 09-05-2016

Better than I expected

The Detective Inspector Nick Dixon series, this is Book 1, is 5 novels. The first novel is not rated highly, but each novel has higher ratings than the previous one. As the Crow Flies is really a good British detective story that I suspect is down rated because listeners are not accustomed to Napoleon Ryan's narration style. Ryan is certainly not a great narrator, but he is quite good especially with voices.

The novel is thoroughly English set in England with an English author and an English narrator. The story is about an experienced rock/cliff climber who falls to his death when his rope is apparently untied. Is it an accident or murder? An accident seems very unlikely. Nick Dixon solves the case.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 12-12-2017

Poor narration

A short police procedural set in coastal England. I've read better and definitely listened to better narration.

The story itself was not bad. A rock climber falls to his death. Was it an accident or murder? While investigating this, DI Nick Dixon - a former climbing partner of the deceased - discovers another side to his old friend. This first book in the series, I assume, is setting up the characters for subsequent books. There may even be an office romance. (Which actually set off alarm bells in these days of sexual harassment.)

The ending was unexpected. I have downloaded the next audiobook in this series. The narrator ruined the story for me and I wish I had read it rather than listen. He sounded like he was reading a text book and I won't even go into how horrible his women's voices were. We'll see what happens with Book 2.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Marsha L. Woerner
  • 26-06-2016

I loved the ending twist

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It was a classical mystery, but I really liked the way characters were treated and the twists in the story. The ending was a total surprise, but it made a lot of sense given the makeups of the characters throughout. It was surprising and a little bit brave of the author, but it really was right on! Kudos to Damien Boyd!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • D. Rao
  • 28-08-2015

Good detective story

I enjoyed the book. Light reading with little twists. Overall good book. Good information about rock climbing.

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  • Dj Marshall
  • 21-08-2015

Nice Twist

Very enjoyable reading. Clever plot. Some decisions we make are long-term because once it's done, that's it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • MRS FFION M WORTHINGTON
  • 17-11-2017

Average story, dreadful narration

Almost gave up on this book several times but persevered; wish I hadn't bothered. The narrator is VERY bad.

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  • Tom Southern
  • 14-09-2015

This Crow Flies Pretty Well

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would. It's a good read, entertaining and pulls you in.

What other book might you compare As the Crow Flies to, and why?

There isn't one. Yet.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Napoleon Ryan?

If I bought the book.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Can't think of one.

Any additional comments?

Other reviewers mention the female voice sounding odd or breathy. To me this voice sounds audibly created and then added in at the appropriate places. If it is the male narrator's voice re-engineered to sound female, it would've sounded better if a female narrator was used to voice the parts. But that would probably have made the book more expensive.

Also, the male narrator's voice did sound a bit re-engineered too at times.

Otherwise, the story made the narration worth putting up with.

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  • Kathy
  • 11-10-2017

Good story but narration of women’s voices ......

The story is good and I am going to finish it.
The women’s voices are just dire. Not sure how they managed to put this out, it’s worse than Danny la Rue.

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  • Renka
  • 04-09-2017

Spoiled by awful narration

What did you like best about As the Crow Flies? What did you like least?

I don't know whether or not it's a good story. I couldn't put up with the dreadful narration and didn't listen past chapter one.

Has As the Crow Flies put you off other books in this genre?

They would be better read than listened to.

What didn’t you like about Napoleon Ryan’s performance?

Dreadful, overly and unneccesarily breathy and dramatic. No-one talks the way he made the characters do in this story.

Any additional comments?

I had hoped this might be an interesting series but will only find out if I read the book. Wherever they got this narrator from - please send him back.

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  • TAG
  • 03-03-2017

Awful narration

I quite liked the story and setting but i won't be ordering anymore in this series as the narration is awful. All of the characterisations are unnatural - no one speaks like this especially the women. The female police officer is ridiculous - in fact all the women are. I can't listen to this.

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  • S. Rifflart
  • 15-11-2016

Napoleon Ryan spoilt it for me

Story was reasonable but the narrator with the unusual name of Napoleon just grated on my nerves. Whilst his different voices for make characters were just bearable when he put on high silly voices for the women characters it just sounded awful and made the women sound like dumb blonds
Sorry but I'm glad it was only 4 hours long I could not have stood it much longer

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-02-2016

Couldn't listen to this for long

Narration unfortunately grated on me after just a few minutes, and found it impossible to continue .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • boslon
  • 02-05-2018

Very unpleasant narration

After listening to a few chapters, I decided to stick with the Kindle version of this book . Probably the worst Audible narration I've encountered in my more than 7 years of membership.

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  • MoBotRio
  • 21-02-2018

Author new to me but top storyline

So the narrator isn't perfect, but it didn't distract from the enjoyment for me. Look forward to the rest of the series from this writer

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-02-2018

OK story......

The story was OK but I think I was put off by the narration. Sorry.