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As a massive fan of hard copy Inspector Banks series and as a massive fan of audio books, I thought I would combine the two and give the audio version a go. Listened to the sample and didn't think Simon Slater too bad (but who on earth thought to cast Stephen Tomkinson as DCI Banks on TV should be shot - is it me or is the character we all know and love anything like Stephen Tomkinson plays him???? Hrrumph...) Anyway I digress. Simon Slater as Banks was ok, I got used to it, but why on earth did he have to do a very bad Jamacian accent for Winsome????? Yes we know she's black, but this is very poor stereotyping on whoever suggested her character should be portrayed like that, unless I've missed something in previous books, and if so I apologise. The Estonian accents also get a bit wearing more like a bad transylvanian vampire low on blood. Exceptions apart it is a good listen, not my favourite of the series, but good all the same and would recommend it for any fan. I really wish the end had been a bit more fanciful though just for a feel good aspect once in a while. Never mind.
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I have read listened to all of Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks novels and would rate this one among the best. It is plot-driven without too much of the author's weakness for filling the pages with stuff about music, drinking and smoking, though there's a bit too much of the last for my tastes. The story takes Banks to Estonia and involves the topical issue of people-trafficking and Eastern European organized crime into which is woven the story of a Yorkshire girl who went missing when on a hen-night in Estonia. I thought that the narrator added greatly to my enjoyment of the book as he is able to switch his voice among many different accents, ages and between sexes.
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