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Dead Simple

Roy Grace, Book 1
Narrated by: Tim Bruce
Series: Roy Grace, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
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Publisher's Summary

It was meant to be a harmless stag-night prank. A few hours later Michael Harrison has disappeared, and his friends are dead.

With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace - a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife - is contacted by Michael's beautiful, distraught fiancée, Ashley Harper.

Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison's whereabouts is saying nothing. But then he has a lot more to gain than anyone realizes, for one man's disaster is another man's fortune....

Dead Simple is the stunning first novel in the number-one best-selling Roy Grace series from award-winning author Peter James.

©2016 Peter James (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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Excellent !

Couldn't stop listening ... narrativor was great, storyline was intriguing with interesting turn of events.

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enjoyable

another enjoyable book by this author. narration also good. lighthearted in parts. good storyline. always enjoy this. author

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Accent

loved the story and the premise
but narration was appalling
if these people do this as their job why do they not study an accent before using it. That was the very worst Australian açcent I've ever heard so bloody insulting.

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Good book but......

....Tim Bruce as a narrator is too annoying to listen to. He performs using the Brian Blessed School of Over-acting - but certainly not in a good or entertaining way.
I can’t listen to any more. I will read the book, although i’m sure i’ll fall into hearing Mr Bruce’s voice in my head in the same way you will be hearing The Bird Dance now that i’ve suggested it.

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The twists keep you guessing as they're not as obvious as they seem at first.

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Full of suspense

Nail biting and had my heart racing. Didn't want to stop listening. Very unexpected story. Only tiny part I didn't like was the narrator voicing as a female. Great listen!!!

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  • Lia
  • 19-05-2019

Claustrophobic's Watch Out

What starts out as a revenge prank suddenly turns into a thriller. That is the basis of Peter James’ first book in the series of Roy Grace, Dead Simple.
Roy Grace is the detective who has to find Michael but what he doesn’t know is that the prank has led to more questions from Michael’s friends, leaving the listener to wonder if any of Michael’s friends are trustworthy. All this seems to make it even harder for Grace to figure out what happened to Michael.
There are several things that make this book even more dynamic. Peter James writes from different points of view in the book, that being the criminals, the victim, and the police. By doing this, James fills the book with even more suspense since the characters drive the story, making me wonder what was going to happen next.
Another great point of creating multiple points of view made the characters even more memorable because the characters
are more developed. People might argue that the point of view switches too much but in this book, it’s still easy to follow since Dead Simple is more of a thriller than along with being a mystery. I have read books in multiple viewpoints. Some were done well. Others weren’t. In Dead Simple, it was a great part of the story.
I have to say that this was one of the best books I have listened to this year based on the unique type of plot and the multiple viewpoints, which in this case gave the story a tremendous amount of suspense. I wish I can give this book more than five stars.

Tim Bruce was excellent with the delivery of the story

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  • Simon
  • 31-07-2018

First of series is a classic

I listened to this after listening to most of the series but this is definitely one of the best. Loved it

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  • Yvonne
  • 14-07-2018

Very good book

What a good book! I loved listening to this book and I could not put it down. Really enjoyed it!!!

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  • Keetz
  • 31-03-2016

LOVED it!

Having just finished the Frieda Klein stories by Nicci French, I was looking for a worthy replacement... Scared that I couldn't find one, I bought this. WOW! Fantastic, I enjoyed it thoroughly (couldn't stop listening to it!) and am thrilled that this is a long, long series of books! I'm going to start the second in the series straight away. If in doubt, BUY IT!

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  • avidreader
  • 13-04-2016

first time audiobook - success

narrated really well. my first audio book and thought it might be a bit slow but stuck with it. as the story progressed, it became better and better. will be listening to more Peter James and more Tim Bruce. i also managed a pile of ironing painlessly as well as listening and relaxing, too. much less restrictive than reading myself . it won't replace reading completely but will be a great way of covering more novels.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-03-2016

Brilliant

I have read before but wanted to listen/read again this time in order. The plot is fantastic and I really enjoy the way it uses real locations - and often real people. Highly recommended.

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  • Hackney Girl
  • 14-06-2016

Fast paced roller coaster.

Fast paced roller coaster. The ending was not enough of a surprise for me to give it 5 stars, but I am going to get some more of his books now I've finished this one.

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  • Mrs W P Smith
  • 20-04-2016

Great story as always by Peter James

it was brilliant. now for book number two in the Roy Grace series. Finished this book very quickly it was so exciting

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  • Ann una Purcell
  • 28-04-2017

Gripping

At first I was a bit put off by the subject matter always hated the thought of the victims plight which I will not reveal here but I must say this is so well written and narrated I was hooked from pretty much the first few mins of listening I now have all the series in my wish list . And Roy Grace is my new favorite copper

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  • C. Harrison
  • 02-03-2017

Accidental Partridge

Roy Grace is a really unpleasant character. Every woman he meets is judged on her looks and he is perpetually aggravated by minutiae. He'd be the worst colleague in the world but I think he's meant to be the hero. Here's a typical description of one of his co-workers: 'Either she has rocks in her bra or seriously large breasts'. The word 'horny' crops up more than once which is frankly unforgivable. I could hear Alan Partridge all the way through. The author seems to be trying to up his word count by describing every single thing that happens. The scene where Grace is in a pub and it describes every single detail of the drinks is excruciating. The narrator was a little over enthusiastic and sounded like an outraged Daily Mail reader in parts. I stuck it out until the end to find out what happened to the missing guy - the plot wasn't terrible. Using a medium to solve bits of the case is a lazy device though and led me feeling like I'd wasted a lot of time for nothing.

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  • Sasso
  • 07-08-2016

Narrator acts like he's reading to a 3 year old!

Thought the story was quite intriguing and exciting. Couldn't get past chapter 6 though as the narrator acted like he was reading to a three-year-old child. At one point he was so high pitched it nearly deafened me through my earphones. Shame because I think the story was quite good, I'll just never know the ending now.

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  • Frances Linforth
  • 28-09-2016

My first audible book

A super story with many unexpected twists and turns.
I would highly recommend this book

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  • Richard Rayner
  • 20-09-2016

Calm down, dear!

What disappointed you about Dead Simple?

The narrator, for me, completely wrecks the book. The emphasis is all wrong. When characters are sad, desperate, pensive, thoughtful, tense or just mildly irritated, the narrator sends them into a kind of deranged fury that is simply inappropriate. He makes the characters seem unhinged and neurotic throughout. He overacts in the most extraordinary manner. It's bizarre and completely unlistenable. As for the accents... let's not even go there. Sorry...

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Simple?

Not really an applicable question.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

See above... I am baffled that plenty of reviewers seem to have enjoyed the narration. Wierd.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yeah, the book's fine - it's the peculiar and over-excited narration.

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