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Summary

Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley are back in the next Lynley novel from Sunday Times best-selling author Elizabeth George.

A Nigerian-born detective sergeant working for the Metropolitan Police is found unconscious in her own flat and ends up in hospital, where she dies of her injury. The post-mortem reveals that the subdural hematoma is the result of a blow to her head. DI Thomas Lynley, DS Barbara Havers and DS Winston Nkata are called in to investigate a case that touches upon not only the work and the life of the murdered detective but also upon a controversial cultural tradition that damages and often destroys the future of everyone it involves.

©2022 Susan Elizabeth George (P)2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Such a shame about the narration

Alas, I can't even get past the first chapter. I'm incredibly disappointed - since discovering this amazing series more than 20 years ago, I've eagerly started each new book with excited anticipation. But the poor narration forced me to return the title.
It's like your mum has decided to do a bad job of reading a book to you. The misplacement of emphasis of about every fifth word is so distracting as to render the listening experience impossible for me. I'm so sad, I was so looking forward to it. But I struggle to see how this has passed any quality control. Make sure you have a good listen to the sample beforehand to see if you can stand it before purchase. A huge shame :(

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Not up to scratch

The subject matter tackled in this book is incredibly important but this 'Lynley' is certainly not one of Elizabeth George's greatest. There were too many side pieces that were completely inconsequential to the main FGM storyline together with too many irrelevant bits of description. The narrator had her work cut out with all the varying voices and accents that were required, quite a few of which did not come off or were rather stereo-typical - the Italian as an example. With regard to characterisation, poor Barbara is now sounding like a foul-mouthed food stuffing monster! And if I were Lynley, I'd dump the awful "DE-DRA" without delay. The reader put in quite a lot of strange pauses and emphasis throughout her reading which stilted the flow. Finally to Audible, have another look at your master mix of the recording. Chapter 23 - all the telephone conversation pieces were missing from my download. So, not the greatest Lynley book. I have always enjoyed them, but this one goes to the bottom of the pile.

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Enjoyable with slight reservations

As usual the plot was very well thought out . However I do find the Tommy / Deidre relationship extremely tedious. For me Havers is always the star of the show and Tommy a bit of a bore.
The narrator needs to brush up her pronunciation of certain words as well.

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  • 14-01-22

Very poor narration

This is a great book with a story that needs telling but the narrator has no idea how to tell it or how it should flow.
By constantly putting emphasis, pauses and stops in the wrong place the whole thing becomes an irritating mess.
The narrator was obviously chosen because of her ability with African and West Indian accents but the rest just goes to pot.
A great shame and I hope a better narrator can be found.
I have over 600 books in my library and have never before been so disappointed as to give a negative review

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Missing audio…very disappointing

A good story but really frustrating production. There was missing audio, particularly importantly towards the end where crucial parts of the narrative just aren’t there. The reader’s emphasis often makes it difficult to understand the text or distinguish between characters.

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Spoilt by the narrator

After waiting ages for the latest Inspector Linley novelI was very disappointed with the narrator. It spoilt an otherwise great book

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  • 28-01-22

THE AUDIO IS A DISASTER

Avoid the Audible version at all cost. The book is fantastic, but the reader, who is very good for the Nigerian voices, is a complete disaster for all the other voices. Lynley with a Nigerian accent is simply ridiculous. And to cap it all, some of the audio is missing, including the crucial phone call at the end, so that I don't even know what happened to the little girl and her mother!! This is a complete disaster. I'm astounded that Audible could endorse such a badly done job for such a great author. This was a very bad surprise.

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  • 08-03-22

missing conversations

A good book but the narration was full of mispronunciations and false stresses. also phone conversations had the dialogue missing for the person on the the other end of the phone. this was particularly bad in the last 30 minutes. I still enjoyed it but found parts irritating to listen to. not up to your usual standard.

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Fantastic narrator

I noticed criticism of this narrator which is, in my opinion, totally unjustified. There is the occasional unique pronunciation (eg drawer not pronounced as “draw”) but the pace and overall performance is excellent. The story is gripping, the book is almost unputdownable, although the subject is very disturbing, so the odd break is needed (by me, anyway).

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What a pity

A very long build up, with numerous characters, to set the scene before Lynley, Havers and Nkarta appear. The three working together are successful in the end, as always, but their characters are wooden this time. A sensitive subject explored in an interesting manner. Elizabeth George has been out of touch with modern Britain for too long. “Digs”, “clobber”, “debarking from a tube” are weird. Children do not “play Lego”. A good English editor would know it’s not “Trooping of the Colour” pity about these simple errors which spoilt the flow of the rather long book.
The narration is appalling. Perhaps the Nigerian and West Indian accents ring true, but the constant mispronunciation of English words and incorrect emphasis spoil this audible recording . The eight year old sounds barely 4, and Tani’s accent varies from chapter to chapter.
Such a pity for this long awaited audio book which also had some strange pauses throughout. I do hope the next Inspector Lynley novel is better.

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  • 06-02-22

Frustrating lapses in audio track.

Excellent book & performance overall. Really frustrated in that secondary voices were all inaudible or dropped altogether, eg in phone conversations. It’s like there was meant to be another track layer which hadn’t been edited in. This was especially annoying near the end, when significant explanation of the resolution for one family was completely lost as it was on the other end of a “phone conversation”.