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📙 Gods and Beasts: A Novel by Denise Mina, narrator Moira Quirk


It's the week before Christmas when a lone robber bursts into a busy Glasgow post office carrying an AK-47. An elderly man suddenly hands his young grandson to a stranger and wordlessly helps the gunman fill bags with cash, then carries them to the door. He opens the door and bows his head; the robber fires off the AK-47, tearing the grandfather in two. DS Alex Morrow arrives on the scene and finds that the alarm system had been disabled before the robbery. Yet upon investigation, none of the employees can be linked to the gunman. And the grandfather-a life-long campaigner for social justice-is above reproach. As Morrow searches for the killer, she discovers a hidden, sinister political network. Soon it is chillingly clear: no corner of the city is safe, and her involvement will go deeper than she could ever have imagined. ©2013 Denise Mina (P)2013 Hachette Audio

About book:



"Wonderful writing, not-so-wonderful performance"

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

"It's all about the dialog"

This is the third book in a cop series in which the same detective, Alex Morrow , and some of the same supporting cast reappear and evolve. This is not for those who crave action, suspense, a lot of violence and sex--which I also like if well written.Awash in judiciously selected minutiae , and more than adequqte plot lines, each book reveals a little more about the recurring characters, without rehashing the last book --which is great for listeners like me who read them chronologically and closely together. I happened upon Mina by accident, wasn't sure after the first one but by the second book was lhooked. Alex Morrow et al havgrown on me, but what I really have been enjoying is Mina's knack for richly nuanced exchanges between characters. Set in nicely detailed backdrops Mina creates a sense of intimacy unusual in your average cop series, So far the narrators have been pitch perfect for Mina's style. Hope that continues; I'd like to read the rest of the series,

"Disappointing Performance of a Decent Book"

This was an interesting continuation of the Alex Morrow series. The book itself was good, with the intricate plots I expect from Denise Mina. The performance, however, was barely average. I had enjoyed the performance of the first two books in the series, and wasn't concerned about the poor reviews of Moira Quirk's performance. After listening to at least 100 audiobooks, I can only think of two that I did not finish because of the performance. Well, this one was almost the third. For the next book they need to go back to the narrator from the first two books. The only other comment was that I did not like the ending - or rather I did not like that the book seemed to end without resolving a number of the plot lines. The ending made it obvious that there will be a fourth book. It just seemed to end at an incomplete point.

"MIna writes another brilliant crime novel"

Where does Gods and Beasts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

"This series gets better and better"

If you have enjoyed the first two books in the Alex Morrow police detective series do not hesitate to listen to "Gods and Beasts" just because of the change in narrator. The story is to good to be missed. Moira Quirk does a very creditable job of reading this book, it will not take long to for you to accept her as the voice of Alex Morrow. She also does the variety of new characters introduced very well.As the this series continues with "The Red Road" due to be published in early 2014, I will be a happy listener with either Jane Macfarlane or Moira Quirk

"Strong writing & story; narrator not up to task"

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

"Great storytelling"

Any additional comments?

"Can't get enough of Denise Mina"

What did you love best about Gods and Beasts?

"Lose ends..."

Bit slow to start and weave together and then had to replay the last few chapters to see if I missed the big ending - don't think I did - it just ends and will have to read the next one to see what happens next.

"The narration :("

I listened to the first two is this series in about three days and bought this one without listening to a sample or paying attention to the narrator. Huge mistake. Can't stand the nasally voice and the accent isn't Scottish. Going to have to read it. So sad.

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