Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £16.99

Buy Now for £16.99

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

Broadland is the first in a chilling series of serial killer books which will rapidly convert followers of Faith Martin, Joy Ellis and Damien Boyd into David Blake devotees. 

When a girl’s body is found strangled, raped, and horrifically mutilated by a boat’s propeller, deep in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, newly arrived Detective Inspector John Tanner is asked to assist with the investigation.  

At first, all the evidence points to a man who had a multi-million-pound reason to kill her. But when an alibi is produced from an unexpected source, and another body appears at the base of a slipway, Tanner finds himself turning to local girl Detective Constable Jenny Evans for help.  

As a more romantic relationship develops between them, they find themselves facing a race against time to identify a lethal adversary, one with a lust for blood and a mind set on revenge.

©2019 David Blake (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

What listeners say about Broadland

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    975
  • 4 Stars
    372
  • 3 Stars
    130
  • 2 Stars
    35
  • 1 Stars
    22
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,071
  • 4 Stars
    242
  • 3 Stars
    68
  • 2 Stars
    16
  • 1 Stars
    6
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    841
  • 4 Stars
    353
  • 3 Stars
    147
  • 2 Stars
    36
  • 1 Stars
    21

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Broadland

Great story thoughaly enjoyable.Brought to life by the inimitable voice of the one and only audio reader Johnathan Keeble

33 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Not for me.

This probably has plenty of appeal for many but I found it cloying, like a creative writing course attempt that intends to tick boxes for fronted adverbials and noun phrases (of which there are too many).

The dialogue is cringeworthy, particularly the vapid, innuendo-filled quips of the dim and ghastly female lead.

Some of the sentences don’t make sense because they are clumsily constructed.

The characters are more like caricatures, making this like an audio pantomime, especially the homosexual and the working class.

A horrible book to listen to. I was on the murderer’s side. I was hoping they would do away with Tanner.

58 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

from the reviews I expected more

From the many 5 star reviews I expected more.

The story is reasonable, similar to many crime / police but set in the Broads.
The main characters are fairly predictable set within a quite inept team. Some of the young constables flirtation comments are strangely out of place and almost cringe worthy. The DCI .... less said the better.

Having said that, I will get the next book to see if the series develops.

Jonathan Keeble's excellent narration is why I have given this book 3 stars.

18 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Cringeworthy

Old fashioned and out of touch. At times I was laughing out loud at this book and not for the right reasons. It seems like it was written in the 1960s by a very elderly author and he simply tried to bring it up to date by the occasional mention of Instagram or face book. The characters were stereotypical policemen. The women were completely pathetic and did not behave at all as young women would nowadays. Tanner’s interest in the young policewoman and her returned interest in him made me cringe. The constant referral and detail to the make and model of various different cars, even those just parked in car parks was hilarious. In addition as the narrator made all the PCs but one (the stupid one!) extremely middle class sounding this added to the sense of the story being dated. I just don’t think any of the characters would either behave or sound like that in 2020. Cannot understand the good reviews. I’m new to audible and it has made me question if I can really trust reviews again.

15 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

enjoyable new detective

loved it funny in places bit scary in others. some dialogue little bit strange in places.

11 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Di tanner

I really enjoyed this story already ordered the next one. Narration was perfect as it all ways is with Mr keeble excellent.

10 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant.

More of these two please. Could be a great series. Keep em coming. I'll be keeping my eyes open for the next one. Love Jonathan's voice, perfect

10 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

good thriller

Good story which held my interest. Jonathan Keeble was fantastic as usual - great voice

9 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant listen

This is a new author for me and was hooked very quickly, love Jonathan Keeble's naration

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent

Great read enough blood and gore for any serial killer lover with likeable characters too

8 people found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Trish R.
  • Trish R.
  • 26-03-20

Excellent..

A very good murder mystery about 2 women were who murdered and mutilated and Tanner and Jenny, his love interest, that had to solve it, along with the help of Burgess. I figured out who was doing it but it was fun to watch the others figure it out.

There was no sex, and very little romance and the F-bomb was used 2 times.

As to the narration: I really only bought this book because I love the narrator, Jonathan Keeble. He’s such a perfect narrator.

15 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Denise Dunham
  • Denise Dunham
  • 17-06-20

As male authors age they become so pridictable..

If you enjoy no clues for the reader as to the perpetrator and obvious clues glaringly missed by the protagonists? This may be the book for you..Do you enjoy aging author wistfully romanticizing old men and young girl in his story?....its for you. Yuck.. not for me.

12 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Ted
  • Ted
  • 27-07-20

Wonderfully Twisty

Now I crave another David Blake thriller. Best review possible... the next is downloading. Can anyone write a better endorsement?

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Rachel
  • Rachel
  • 02-07-20

Unsurprising

Great narration. No surprises in the plot, with clues obvious to the reader but not to the detectives. Really tired of the beautiful, young female subordinate becoming romantically involved with her much older boss at work. Ick.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Raymond
  • Raymond
  • 13-04-20

I loved this book and the performance

I like this quite a lot, look for forward to reading the next installment. Interesting characters, and an interesting place. Jonathan Keeble did his usual magnificent job

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Maine Knitter
  • Maine Knitter
  • 14-10-19

Better than expected

I didn’t know quite what to expect from this new-to-me author. I was more than pleasantly surprised.

Tanner is an interesting character, having moved to the north from the Met in London. He had a tragedy in his past and the change of venue was probably necessary for him. But, of course, he’s looked at as the outsider and immediately forms a rivalry with one of his peers. They are forced to work together, sort of.

Now, I did not like the sexual attraction than developed practically at once between Tanner and his Detective Constable. She’s a bit forward (a bit??) and it seems a bit creepy. And, it really shouldn’t be happening in the work environment.

Other than that, the story was decent and I didn’t figure out the final resolution. The narration of the audiobook was very well done.

11 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-04-20

Engrossing mystery with an excellent narrator

I really enjoyed the story and am looking forward to reading more of the series.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for MC
  • MC
  • 13-03-20

Great Series

Entertaining new series, British police procedural. Highly recommend. Looking forward to future books. Have read three to date.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for John
  • John
  • 14-02-20

Great New Police Procedural Series

It was a great start to a new series , and the narrator was filled with tremendous enthusiasm for his part.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Matthew H.
  • Matthew H.
  • 18-03-22

Do not waste time, credits, nor money.

Absolutely horrible story, sad character development, and just bad narration.
And I truly tried giving it a chance..what a waste of time and irritation at the the whole sad mess.