• Aftermath

  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Ron Keith
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (291 ratings)

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By: Peter Robinson
Narrated by: Ron Keith
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Publisher's Summary

When Inspector Banks of Yorkshire investigates whether an abusive husband might be guilty of an unsolved string of murders, his suspicions are aroused by the details of the man's marriage. Is the suspect's wife a victim or could she be his accomplice? Popular with fans of P.D. James and Ruth Rendell, Edgar Award-winning author Peter Robinson has earned honors and critical praise for his Inspector Banks novels.
Follow Inspector Alan Banks as he investigates Yorkshire's toughest crimes.
©2001 Peter Robinson (P)2002 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"A proven master of the British police procedural, Robinson should find a large audience for this gripping, psychologically astute tale." (Publishers Weekly)
"This multilayered novel puts Banks firmly in the upper echelon of British mystery writers." (Library Journal)
"A devilishly good plotter...[Robinson's] characterizations are so subtle that even the psychological profiler is stumped." (New York Times Book Review)

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    4 out of 5 stars

In Defense of Ron Keith

After some previous comments regarding the narrative abilities of Ron Keith, I feel the need to stick up for the man a bit. It is true that his accent is pretty much a one noter, even Canadians and Americans sound like they're from Yorkshire. And most of his women, not all, tend to sound a little Pythonesque. I find that amusing more than annoying though. He does do justice to the story, he doesn't rush, he sounds as though he is really enjoying himself, I feel that the main characters gain personality through Mr. Keith. I have a distinct image and flavor now of Alan Banks and Annie Cabbot. So while he does not dramatize the reading, he lends it a lot of character. Aftermath is as good as any Peter Robinson book, if you like P.D. James and Elizabeth George, you will appreciate Peter Robinson.

11 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars

Boring story. Awful Narrator.

Probably no one could have brought this boring, repetitive and obvious story to life but the narrator here is the worst I?ve ever encountered in an audio book. The reader is so intent on affecting a broad Yorkshire accent that he pays no attention to character or content. All his women characters whine, all his male characters bark gruffly, all the time, no matter what they are saying. Avoid this one.

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  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars

Reader kept me from buying this book

I can listen to a wide variety of readers. But this reader put me off to the point where I refused to get this book by one of my favorite authors. It wasn't even the voices of the characters that I found so objectionable, but his normal reading voice that seemed to attempt to infuse every word with intrigue. Some listerners may like that, but I can't listen to those few readers who do this. It's like overacting, and ruins the story for me.

10 people found this helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Excellent Police Procedural

Peter Robinson gives us another entry in the series of police procedurals set in Yorkshire and featuring Inspector Banks. Fully realized characters, well-drawn setting. Plotting a little hokey near the end with some breathless action not in keeping with Robinson's normally highly realistic style. Doesn't ruin it; just a bit melodramatic for Robinson.
The reader is masterful: wide range of great voice characterizations; every phrase read for meaning.
Highly recommended, if not quite so good as Robinson's "In a Dry Season".

8 people found this helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Ruined by the narrator

Aftermath is a good book but the narration by Ron Keith spoiled it for me. Most of the time he sounded like he had a head cold and his accents were terrible. A big disappointment.

7 people found this helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Hit

This author is getting better and better. This story is a refreshing twist on the serial killer motif. There is a small stumble near the end of the book, but it is very slight and doesn't marr a great book.

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    2 out of 5 stars

Appalling narration

This is a perfect example of how a good book can be ruined by almost unbelievably awful narration.

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    3 out of 5 stars

awful reader and story padded out

Accents are dreadful, all the women sound like brain dead escapees from soaps; all the men trying to be too macho - and I am english!
The story is not complex and has too much irrelevant and boring detail. Take three hours out and change the reader and it would be a good listen. Shame as it's putting me off trying another of his books.

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Plot potholes ahead

First, well written, but for me, it dragged a bit in the character settings. Had I been reading this, I'd have skipped some of the irrelevant back-and-forth. Not every character needed this much back story. All that cozy mulling over goes badly with the grim crimes under consideration.

Second, one of the main plots is just annoying. I'm not giving anything away to note that a cop and her partner enter a basement to see a man with a machete lunge toward them with a dead girl tied to a bed. The man slices up and kills the partner and then comes after the female cop. She blocks his charge with her night stick and beats him about the head, twice after he's down. All that's a given and happens right away. What's explored is why she hit him once he was down. After he dies, she's charged with murder.

At one point, she says, "If I were in America, I'd get a medal." Maybe not a medal, but I can't imagine a cop in America being held responsible for heat of the moment actions under those circumstances. The guy had just killed her partner, there's a dead girl in the room and her own life is in danger.

Hours go by while this subject is debated before everyone agrees (except the cop) that she needs to go down. Give me a break, and I"m a liberal.

There are other plot inconsistencies, including the central premise, that tapes just happened to have been hidden a day before the police raid, a raid which the criminals could not have foreseen. Again, really?

Can't recommend.



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    4 out of 5 stars

Book 4; Reader 0

Title says it all. Reader should stick to Period Romances. This book is a whodoneit.

3 people found this helpful