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The Hunting Party

Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (197 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Everyone's invited.

Everyone's a suspect.

Bristling with tension, bitter rivalries, and toxic friendships, get ready for the most hotly anticipated thriller of the year.

In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather for New Year.

The beautiful one.
The golden couple.
The volatile one.
The new parents.
The quiet one.
The city boy.
The outsider.

The victim.

Not an accident - a murder among friends.

©2018 Lucy Foley (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"A ripping, riveting murder mystery." (A. J. Finn)

"Very gripping." (Sophie Hannah)

"Full of surprises." (Simon Kernick)

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Enjoyable easy listen

I listened to this on my runs. Easy to listen to, narration was pretty good. Ending was slightly predictable.

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  • KK
  • 29-03-2020

Well read murder mystery

I love a murder mystery and Lucy Foley has written a great modern take on a traditional murder mystery. There are lot of similarities to an Agatha Christie novel - wealthy beautiful people, secluded location, old secrets, over the top motives, a very definite list of suspects. I rather liked that the author didn’t even reveal who had been murdered until late in the piece, so not only were you guessing who the murderer was, you were guessing who had been murdered. The narrators were all great too. All in all, a very solid, enjoyable murder mystery. I’m looking forward to reading more by Lucy Foley.

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Maybe next time

Finding it a real struggle to get into this one. Putting it aside for now.
The narration makes it difficult to 'pick up where you left off'. Maybe my life is too busy to enjoy it at the moment. Keeping it in my library, but definitely need a little more down time to have another crack at it.

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great

loved this audiobook. great narration and intriguing storyline, it was hard to turn it off

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We all wear masks....

Totally loved the twists, turns & drama that The Hunting Party had to offer.

The desolation setting, with the murder & not knowing which guest it was that was murdered & by whom was brilliant - the voice actors for this Audio were also a great way to emerge the listener into the “gang” & see how each person related & the connections that bound the different levels of friendship...

The masks that each wore to carry the persona of happy, successful lives, not the struggles & turmoils that each character really was dealing with made the story more relatable.

Throughly enjoyed this book ❤️

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Twists and great characters.

Guessed some of the plot 3/4 way through, but kept me engaged till the end.

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Fun but let down by a few issues

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This is a great contemporary version of a classic “whodunnit” where a limited number of people are trapped together in a remote location and the reader is gradually led towards finding out who the murderer and the victim are. Told from multiple POV, the story is more psychological thriller than Poirot but there’s definitely something a little nostalgic about it.

Overall the writing is good and the narrating characters were well drawn. However, one couple felt almost entirely superfluous, and the Icelandic backpackers’ subplot didn’t feel as fully realised as it could have. Doug the taciturn gamekeeper with a Past felt a bit cliche at times.

The multiple narrators did a fabulous job for the audiobook.

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*mind blown explosion noise*

Wow! This book is just amazing. I was like on the edges of whatever my butt was on at the moment of listening to it! You will love this piece. Lucy Foley... mah gawd woman u is a genius!

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Who is being hunted?

A perfect distraction from the surreal world we are living in right now. Being snowed in at a Scottish Hunting Lodge seems pretty good to me after a week spent getting students and staff ready for online learning. I figured out the mystery fairly early on but there were many twists and semi surprises along the way.

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who needs enemies when you have friends like these

storyline: You don’t need enemies when you have friends like these. The story was simple, but weaved masterfully from the start. I liked the back and forth in time narration. I did find it frustrating that we didn’t get any clues until the very end. I guess we would have guessed who done it early on. Each and every one of the character hated each other, these people are not friends, how very sad lives they all had. No self worth, seeking gratification from how other people treat you. I hope that not all people are like this considering that the characters are taken from real life??

audio book narration: very good, enjoyed all the different narrators, which helped built the different characters for who they were.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-01-2019

Great performances, but story was a let down

The plot was very generic. Poor girl envies rich popular girl. Shallow characters. Great performances made it listenable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-03-2020

Predictable all round

Murder Mystery that isn’t that mysterious. Overall story and outcome too predictable for my liking. Holding off on the revealing of the victims name for a while didn’t exactly make it more of a thrilling listen. Characters are flat and too cliché, as is the entire story. Not sure if I am mad about the voices and the Scottish accent either. As a whole entire story and especially the ending leaves me feeling a little empty and flat.

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  • Natallie
  • 02-01-2019

Good but not great

Although the location and setting of this story sounded really interesting I was let down overall. I did finish the book but it was more curiosity to get it over with that a real desire to know who did it and how the story ended.I didnt feel any suspense and the strange drug dealer part just felt thrown into it and unbelieveable. None of the characters were likable...in fact quite the opposite. If I had attended this party I would have happily killed all of them.

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  • Kirstine
  • 15-12-2019

Takes nearly the whole book for anything to happen

Not at all what I was expecting. Hours of descriptions of relationships among a group of privileged 30-somethings from London. Most are friends from university who meet up annually to have a hedonistic few days over-indulgiing in expensive food and drink and playing silly pranks. This get-together is in a remote hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands that ends with them being cut-off by bad weather: shades of Agatha Christie. Full of stereotypical characters none of whom are likeable. The staff comprise a dour gamekeeper and a female manager both full of pain from their pasts, plus a handyman who figures little for most of the story. Someone gets murdered but the narrative meanders among the relationships going back and forth in time and told from the perspective of the various characters. It's not until the last half hour of so of the recording that anything much happens when the murderer is revealed at breakneck speed. There's little build-up to the denouement. The murder is really just a side issue in a chick-lit type of novel.
The narrators are good.

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  • mr g c tidbury
  • 27-11-2019

The Hunting party

I've listened to over 90 books over the last year so am some what of a heavyweight when it comes to audio.
I didn't like this book when I started it but slowly got into although it never really gripped me.. The characters in the group are horrible and part of me was hoping they would all be butchered and served as a main course.
It was an easy listen and was also narrated nicely.

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  • Mr Chops
  • 03-03-2019

A bit wet

Oxford students who can’t light a fire, Macho outdoorsy man. Bitchy women. Some fairly thin, tired caricatures here.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-03-2019

Utter rubbish

This book was a complete mess full of cliches and bad writing - every character had "secrets" which were so transparent and could be seen from a mile. It didnt make sense at all why the others will hang out with the main character who was terrible to everyone but "really beautiful". At some point they play truth or dare and one of the characters chooses dare because she could not tell the truth, even though she has been lying about things for years - completely ridiculous. I would not waste my time or my money on this.

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  • Holly Martin
  • 16-01-2019

Superb

Fantastic multi cast narration, tense murder mystery with characters you’ll love to hate. A clever plot and gorgeous location setting. Booking tickets to the highlands now!

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  • Zed Bay
  • 02-06-2019

Very clever plot means you keep listening

The characters in this story were not wildly interesting to me but the plotting was brilliant & there were also a few moments when the writer showed great insight. Some of the voices are annoying, the endless eating of smoked salmon & drinking of champagne plus references to make up & clothes is mildly tedious but it is worth persisting & overall an enjoyable distraction on a long drive or while doing a dull but mindless task

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  • Podenco Fan
  • 22-12-2018

Unusual Exceptional Thriller with Great Narration

Loved this thriller set in an exclusive luxury Scottish Highland hunting lodge and it felt like I too had been invited for a mysterious mini-break with an eclectic mix of old college friends. Loved the narration which really brought the story and characters to life. Having such a big cast really added an extra dimension to the performance and although I did not actually like any of the characters per se, they were all very engaging, and intriguing.
So many plots, subplots, twists, turns and interesting character dynamics and backstories that blended together with the superb narration into a really absorbing and immersive listen - a big screen blockbuster among audio books.
I am really looking forward to the next Lucy Foley book as this really was a great treat which I devoured with gusto and head and shoulders above most of the thrillers out there, plus what an exceptional performance - 6 STAR WINNER !!!

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  • claire
  • 03-10-2019

Terribly predictable.

The initial premise promised so much bit you pretty much predict the whole story after the first few chapters. I kept listening as some of the character development seemed promising but alas, they all turn out to be the predictable steriotypical characters they first appear to be.

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  • edd
  • 23-12-2018

Highly recommended... a brilliant book

This is a SUPERB modern take on a murder who done it. A thrilling page turning read brought to life through superb characterisation and brilliant twists and turns in the plot. I couldn’t finish it quick enough.

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