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  • The Couple at the Table

  • The impossible to solve murder myster
  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars (194 ratings)

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The Couple at the Table

By: Sophie Hannah
Narrated by: Julie Maisey
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Summary

Simon Waterhouse and Charlie Zailer are back in best-selling author Sophie Hannah's twisty new psych suspense.

Six couples. One luxury resort. And the perfect murder....

You're on your honeymoon at an exclusive couples-only resort. 

You receive a note warning you to 'beware of the couple at the table nearest to yours'. At dinner that night, five other couples are present and none of their tables is any nearer or further away than any of the others. It's as if someone has set the scene in order to make the warning note meaningless - but why would anyone do that?

You have no idea. 

You also don't know that you're about to be murdered, or that once you're dead, all the evidence will suggest that no one there that night could possibly have committed the crime.

So who might be trying to warn you? And who might be about to commit the perfect impossible murder?

©2022 Sophie Hannah (P)2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Poor Structure and Story

Very disappointing story and really wish I had not purchased it. The beginning is a mess and it does not get any better. The narrator was good and will look out for more titles with her.

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Boring!…. Awful!!… Unbelievable…!!! …..Avoid!!!!!

I keep forgetting how awful Sophie Hannah’s novels are. But this is a real stinker. It’s laboured, repetitive and crushingly boring. Oddly enough characters within the plot repeatedly point out how dull, unlikely and unprofitable the story is. Listening is exactly like falling into the hands of an obsessive bore. There are hours and hours left …. I don’t think I can bear it.

Without giving away anything …. the resolution is utter drivel, makes the plots of Scooby Doo seem like Zola.

Avoid at all cost!!!

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Unable to complete

So disappointed at this as it has so much potential. The writing style was poor, characters were annoying, to say the least. I’m mad that I wasted a credit on this as I couldn’t make it beyond the first few chapters. Don’t waste your money or time! Would not recommend

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Great premise, fiendish plotting plus good finish.

I have mixed views of Sophie Hannah's mysteries.
I loved the Poirots she writes, based on the three I have read, despite having been very sceptical that I could enjoy one not written by Agatha Christie.
I was so disappointed by "The Understudy" I returned it and was infuriated I even bothered to finish "Pictures or It Didn't Happen" as it just really went nowhere for me.
So I was intrigued by the premise of this book but not overly optimistic.
I was not overly impressed by the narration, yes there were a lot of characters with various accents so not an easy job, but I found myself really disliking most of them especially the Scouse and US ones which grated rather.
Despite myself I found myself getting more and more involved and mystified by the story and once I had a hold of all the characters I was hooked.
I did not realise this was a part of the Culver Valley series which I have not read but did see the TV series adaption of a couple of them.
However despite having the same couple featuring in them, this did not spoil my enjoyment as it worked as a standalone.
It parts it was an homage to Christie and I really enjoyed that element and though I was dreading being let down by an insubstantial ending after all the suspense and seemingly impossible crime, it all came together well.
Yes a little suspension of disbelief required but overall I found it satisfactory.
I am at a time where I am short of one of my favourite authors' murder mystery thrillers and hoping Ruth Ware or Anthony Horrowitz will soon have a new offering out, but in the meantime this really filled the gap for me.
I am tempted to try some of the Culver Valley Series or another Poirot in the meantime as Sophie Hannah does have very well crafted and thought out mysteries.
Solid 4 stars and would have been edging towards 5 with a more inspired narration ... and with some more likable, less drab characters and a more exotic location it would have been 5 star all the way for me.

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Utterly dismal overly-written tripe

I have NEVER listened to a book that just rambled on and on and on... WHY no one told this author to EDIT some of her work is beyond me. It is like everything she thought and felt was all written down and I had to endure listening to it for a painfully long time. I even tried to skip to the end but then I thought I was TRULY wasting a credit so stuck with it but my goodness.... what utter nonsense. The ending DIDN'T justify the wait. It was a pathetic ending to a poor book

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Brilliant book

This is a brilliant story, and I had to listen in one sitting. The culprit was pretty predictable, but the reasons behind it were not. The only very small problem I had was that it finished very abruptly, and I wasn't ready for it. Brilliantly narrated

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Just doesn't hold together in any shape or form

The plot is not only far too messy and complicated but sadly totally unbelievable. I understand that people listen to or read this style of novel for entertainment and escapism but there needs to be something there to either anchor the plot to a realistic situation or at least make the characters relatable, this work lacks both aspects entirely. The plot is ridiculous and a group of strangers would simply not behave in the way the 'big reveal' suggests. All of them are as shallow and unpleasant as each other. It's a shame really, I have in the past enjoyed this author's writing and she must have spent many hours trying to make this hang together but like a badly knitted jumper it never will. What's happened to editing???

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awful

not enjoyable at any point. grim characters and grim story. not read her books before.....and in no hurry to read another!!!

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Really enjoyed it!

Thought this was great! Really enjoyed the narration, it was witty & funny in places, couldn’t see where it was going at all, thoroughly enjoyed it!

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Modern day Classic.

Have already been a fan of S. Hannah's, Poirot Stories. So looked forward to this and was not disappointed. Nice classic whodunit, in modern dressing. Well performed, with nice array of intriguing characters. With only a few technical flaws. But good gripping read which had me hooked from the first paragraph.

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Cool mystery if you liked Simon and Charlie

Ok, the beginning drags a bit and the end is moderately satisfactory, but all in all it is a very enjoyable mystery with some good twists and plausible enough, too.