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  • Witch Hunt

  • Jack Harvey, Book 1
  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: Nicola Walker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Witch Hunt

By: Ian Rankin
Narrated by: Nicola Walker
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Interpol have tried and failed to find her. Now the combined forces of Scotland Yard and MI5 must try the impossible to prevent a major international incident.

For Dominic Elder, Witch is his passion, his obsession. And being retired is no bar to his willingness to restart the hunt. MI5 know that the man who wrote the Witch file is the key to catching their quarry. But the truth isn't easy to spot. And it is only when an MI5 novice and his French counterpart piece together the smallest of clues, that Witch suddenly looks vulnerable.

©1993 Ian Rankin (P)2001 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

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Different from the usual Rankin

I found the plot interesting but the detective characters not as engaging as Rankin’s Rebus novels. – and there are so many hunting Witch that it dilutes the impact. Perhaps a team of detectives in pursuit is closer to reality but I most enjoy following one key protagonist. In this case it might have been Dominic Elder, but not quite …

So it is Witch who takes the spotlight. We are as interested in finding out what makes a young woman such a calculated, cruel, and deadly killer as we are in who she intends to assassinate, and whether Elder and the team can prevent it. Rankin expertly peels off the layers of her character to reveal what lays beneath making the ending both satisfying and poignant.

Nicola Walker is excellent as the reader in the Audible version.

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Fantastic

What a marvellous narrator Nicola Walker is beautiful voice and read so clearly.
A good story too although I got a bit confused with the different names. Perhaps my brain is going. Anyway hope Nicola Walker narrates more.

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Absolutely brilliant!!

I was hooked from start to finish! Great story and superb narration from the always superb Nicola Walker (my fave British actress)🙌

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  • Frances G
  • 31-03-2008

Bewitching !

I have listened to Nicola Walker's versatile voice again and again. This book is not to be deleted after you have just heard it the once. You can enjoy it time and time again. Rankin's style of writing keeps you begging for more and more. But I really need to know what was rustling in the conference room! Talent abounds in this must-listen thriller, enjoy, enjoy! You can listen to the whole thing as you drive from Cork to Cavan!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-05-2008

Witch Hunt

Ian Rankin has the skill to maintain our understanding of developments as he moves the plot along. Once started the reader/listener does not want to put this addictive book/recording down. Throughly recommended.

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  • Justin Coyne
  • 17-06-2009

Good Story

Enjoyable book with some good characters, and a good plot. It doesn't try to drag out the story either. It isn't as good as Blood Hunt (another Ian Rankin novel), but if you liked that book you'll like this one too.

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  • John L.
  • 31-08-2017

Not sure where Jack Harvey fits in!

Kept expecting a character called Jack Harvey to appear - he never did.
Apart from that the overall story was good and well worth listening to.

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  • Anthony Szymanski
  • 31-08-2021

Great story, great narrator!

To date, I have only read Rebus novels by Ian Rankin. This story of secret service agents tracking down an almost shapeshifting assassin is intriguing stuff. Made even more intriguing by the superb narration of the inimitable Nicola Walker, who seems to effortlessly meander from one accent to another with consummate ease.

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  • Pepe Low
  • 04-07-2020

Enjoyed this tremendously

Well written and plotted, equally brilliantly narrated by the ever wonderful Nicola Walker. She's my all time favorite actress.

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  • Janette Laney
  • 03-08-2023

Good story

The story was good and the narration by Nicola Walker was excellent. The accents were impressive - a truly talented actress

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  • K. Terrell
  • 25-05-2023

Great book

Read all the Rebus books, great to find another wonderful Ian Rankin book, Nicola Walker narration is excellent

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  • Mr. R. A. Forrest
  • 08-01-2023

Nicola Walker is awesome

This is an enjoyable story of a troubled assassin and some interesting characters I would like to know more about. But, the star of the show is the reader, Nicola Walker. Her unhurried delivery builds tension so effectively, and her ability to convey sensitivity is moving.
Rankin is one of my all time favorite authors, but have only read Rebus novels up to now. This offering doesn't disappoint. Only complaint is would have liked it to have been longer.

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  • KP56
  • 04-11-2022

Great story, brilliantly told

Good plot, lots of depth of character, plenty of twists and turns, just as you might expect from an author of Ian Rankin’s calibre and experience. What lifts this into the higher league however is Nicola Walker’s brilliant narration. Her effortless, seamless switch from character to character, from Irish to French to anything required, makes the whole thing so much more enjoyable. I confess to being a huge fan of her Annika Stranded radio series, so knew more or less what to expect, but true to form, be it in front of the camera or behind the microphone, Ms Walker never disappoints. A credit well spent!

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