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  • The 22nd DCI Banks Mystery
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (475 ratings)

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Abattoir Blues

By: Peter Robinson
Narrated by: Simon Slater
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Summary

The 22nd novel in number-one best-selling author Peter Robinson's critically acclaimed DCI Banks series. When two boys vanish under mysterious circumstances, the local community is filled with unease. And when a caravan belonging to one of the youths is burned to the ground, and a bloodstain is discovered in a disused World War Two hangar nearby, things quickly become much more sinister.

Assigned to the case, DCI Banks and his team are baffled by the mystery laid out before them. But when a motor accident throws up a gruesome discovery, the investigation spins into a higher gear - and in another direction. As Banks and his team struggle desperately to find the missing boy who holds the key to the puzzle, they find themselves in a race against time where it's their turn to become the prey.

©2014 Eastvale Enterprises, Inc c/o David Grossman Literary Agency Ltd (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton

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Back to top form for Inspector Banks

Listening to this was a delight, great characterisation and plotting, humorous and intelligent writing. Peter Robinson goes back to basics in this book, using the interplay of the Dales landscape and plot to great effect. The story begins with a fairly innocuous rural crime but builds steadily into an utterly gripping thriller.
The usual suspects all return to form in this novel, Banks, Annie, Dirty Dick and my favourite Winsome. I thought the last couple of outings for Bank were a bit tired but this one restored my faith.
The narrator was also very good, delivering a range of different voices with great skill.

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Good story very poor narration

Would you try another book written by Peter Robinson or narrated by Simon Slater?

Yes but not simon slater as narrator

Who was your favorite character and why?

Annie down to earth

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Slater?

Neil Pearson

Did Abattoir Blues inspire you to do anything?

Yes write this review

Any additional comments?

Peter Robinson always very good but not simon slater as narrator made it sound dull

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Great narration

Inspector Banks back to his best. Narration by Simon Slater is excellent he switches from character to character with such ease and uses his skill with accents to the full

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Banks is back!

After the last couple of DCI Banks stories I was prepared to give up on Mr Robinson but this book gets us back to an interesting story with some excitement and with the characters he has developed over quite a few years. A good read.

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Not for me found it very boring

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No I would not, very ordinary and run of the mill. Have read much better detective books than this.

Would you recommend Abattoir Blues to your friends? Why or why not?

This is the first I have read of Peter Robinson`s books don`t think I will be reading anymore.

What does Simon Slater bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Nothing really

Could you see Abattoir Blues being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

Very disappointed.

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Abattoir Blues

Excellently narrated, great story. Another top Alan Banks book. After 20+ books, the Alan Bank novels are still as brilliant as ever

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Cracking good Read/Listen!!!

Would you listen to Abattoir Blues again? Why?

Yes! A good story, and based in an area near to my home, so many of the areas were familiar.

What does Simon Slater bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Characterisation and a sense of the dramatic

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Back to the Dales

I love all the novels with Inspector Banks. I felt this was particularly good as it started off with not too much going on and built to a really good story with suspense and intrigue. It is set on the dales and cave trekking (if thats the right word)! I really enjoyed the characters and was interested in all of them. The narrative was not good and I would recommend Peter Robinson considers another narrator for the next one. I would highly recommend this book.

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disappointing narration

story was as good as others by this author. I felt the narrator let it down. He has very clear, precise diction but, for me, read mechanically without any feeling or passion

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Good story but not for vegetarians

If you could sum up Abattoir Blues in three words, what would they be?

Banks needs Annie!

What other book might you compare Abattoir Blues to, and why?

All the other banks books....

Did Simon Slater do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Hmmm, good question - Joanna McDonald had a scots accent in the book where she goes to Tallin with Banks - seems to have lost it with her married name? I guess he does need to make Winsome sound "black" but it always sounds a little bit OTT. Being picky I know - overall I do like the way he reads these books - I like them and I expect to hear Simon Slater

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

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Any additional comments?

The bits where information is given to characters over the phone are difficult to hear properly when in the car - I listen to my books when driving 50m home from work so this is a bit annoying - not much you can do about it, just thought I would say

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