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A Banquet of Consequences

A Lynley Novel
Lu par : John Lee
Série : Inspector Lynley [unabridged], Volume 19
Durée : 21 h et 34 min

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The number-one New York Times best-selling author's award-winning series returns with another stunning crime drama featuring Scotland Yard members Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers.

The unspoken secrets and buried lies of one family rise to the surface in Elizabeth George's novel of crime, passion, and tragic history. As Inspector Thomas Lynley investigates the London angle of an ever more darkly disturbing case, his partner, Barbara Havers, is looking behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire, deceit, and murder.

The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind. But what was the cause of his tragedy, and how far might the consequences reach? Is there a link between the young man's leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge?

After various career-threatening issues with her department, Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself. So when a past encounter with a best-selling feminist writer and her pushy personal assistant gives her a connection to the Cambridge murder, Barbara begs Thomas Lynley to let her pursue the crime.

Full of shocks, intensity, and suspense from beginning to end, A Banquet of Consequences reveals both Lynley and Havers under mounting pressure to solve one of the most complex cases they have ever encountered.

©2015 Elizabeth George (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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"Definitely a literary force to be reckoned with." ( Suspense magazine)
"It's tough to resist George's storytelling, once hooked." ( USA Today)

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  • Nancy
  • 14/11/2015

Front part actually boring

If book had been two thirds shorter I might have enjoyed it more. So many characters populate a branching narrative that I lost interest half way through. Love the ongoing characters but the plot only turns to them at the end. Murder side of the plot itself was no worth the wait.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 27/03/2016

Elizabeth George never disappoints

Would you listen to A Banquet of Consequences again? Why?

I would definitely listen to this book again, as I would any of George's books. Such a great series!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I thought I was sure who "did it," but George took the plot on a detour that had me doubting my assumptions, and then she took it back in yet another direction again. Great plot twists!

Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't think I've listened to John Lee before. I thought he did well, but I found his dramatic pausing on some of the main characters a little off-putting. He did very well with the women!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me want more!

Any additional comments?

A great book, and very good performance by John Lee. I definitely recommend this audio book!

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  • 'houla
  • 11/11/2015

Great Addition to the Series

This installment has fewer ambiguous characters and more humor than many of her books. Lynley grows past some of his aristocratic assumptions, as does his girlfriend. The villainy is spread over several people, and those story lines are compelling. I really like the interaction of recurring characters, including some that were barely mentioned in previous novels.
The best part is Elizabeth George's writing style. She respects the reader with detailed descriptions and a decent vocabulary. I pick up some of the accent and patterns of my audiobooks. I like the way I think when Elizabeth is my influence. Of course, I go straight to southern redneck when listening to Diana Rowland's White Trash series.
Some reviews criticize John Lee, but I think he's great. Davina Porter also narrates some of the series, and she's also outstanding. While listening I thought how wonderful it is that two narrators can do justice to these books.
My hope is that Audible will bring more unabridged books to their inventory. Many of George's books aren't available in their entirety. Who knows the author's talent based on a pared-down version? Maybe some of the readers auditioning for Audible will make unabridged books their project.

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  • Augusta
  • 05/11/2015

A Terrible Letdown

I have enjoyed this series and was looking forward to seeing how Lynley, Havers and Nkata were doing. Instead, I slogged through a l-o-n-g uninteresting story where they were merely bit players with no real growth or change. Nkata especially - who would be a fascinating character to get to know more of merely stated a few facts here and there. And the actual mystery - I hated it. The characters were annoying, immature, indecent and repetitive. A real disappointment.

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  • Julia
  • 09/03/2016

For those who dislike John Lee...

... simply set the speed to 1.25 or 1.5. I admit that listening to him at normal speed made me me sleepy, however once sped up a bit I found him perfectly charming. As far as the book itself is concerned, Elizabeth George has long established herself as a crime writer who takes her time to unfold the story, so if you like your crime fast-paced and snappy, I'll say go look somewhere else. Personally, I like to dig deep, as it were, and found the characters in this Lynley installment particularly riveting (nice after the last book, where I couldn't have cared less about half of the people involved). I *must* add, however, that she just cannot seem to reign in her desire to pair Lynley off with women who are, let's face it, so bland and annoying with their "oh yes, oh no, oh I don't know"s that it makes my stomach turn.

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  • Becky Bianco
  • 04/02/2016

John Lee makes this one work

Would you try another book from Elizabeth George and/or John Lee?

The only reason I kept going on this one is because of John Lee. He gave Caroline Goldacre a voice -- whiny, insolent, insistent, arrogant, self-absorbed -- that made me want to join the long line of people who wanted her out of their lives. His reading is outstanding. Just incredible in the nuances of voice and story-telling.I have long enjoyed EG detective stories but this one is sub-par. She takes at least 1/3 of the book just setting up the characters, introducing so many I'm not sure who I am supposed to 'remember.'

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

He demonstrates a very nuanced understanding of each character and the story. Marvelous

Did A Banquet of Consequences inspire you to do anything?

Probably promised myself I've had enough of Lynley and Havers, thanks to EG.

Any additional comments?

Listen to this one because of John Lee, and for no other reason.

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  • Brooke
  • 03/11/2015

Struggled, skipped chapters, etc

What disappointed you about A Banquet of Consequences?

Plot was dull. Narrative was over-written / often contrived. "Motive" for the murder was awful. Characters were two dimensional.

Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth George again?

Not sure, but if John Lee narrates - NO! His reading style is stilted and halting, and there is a sense that he has no sense of the characters or of what he is reading. He creates NO atmosphere. It's quite off-putting. I kept wondering if it would have been better to listen to this book with a different narrator. John Lee is a narrator who I avoid - yet authors often select him. When I see he is narrating a book, I skip it.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

I would have selected Sean Barrett, Steven Crossley, Simon Vance, Alex Jennings and others of that level.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. Annoyance. Impatience.

Any additional comments?

Not sure if there is more E. George can wring out of these characters...

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  • Karen Weaver
  • 15/11/2015

Horrible performance

I am sorry to say that I found the speakers performance so annoying I could not even listen to this book. I will never ever buy another book with this narrator. What a shame

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  • Glenn
  • 01/12/2015

Another huge let down

I am so sorry to say that I was enormously put off by the story. I wasn't exactly expecting a great tale, a great come back to the quality of the series since its last catastrophic installment but still, I was somehow hoping I would be able to enjoy it a bit.
Alas, A Banquet of Consequence is one, mediocre and two, way too long. I didn't even recognize Linley since Miss George has transformed him into a rather sad and irrelevant character. Barbara has lost all appeal (I used to love her) to become quite the cruel bitch and her vulgarity is now down right unpleasant.
As for the family at the center of this sorry tale, they go from the miserable to the unsavory and quickly to the repugnant. I began soon enough to push the forward button every time Carolyn and/or Charlie were present. In the end, no one was even remotely reedemable. I couldn't feel a hint of empathy for any of them. They all deserved what they got.
Still, I am sorry because I was a huge fan of the Lynley series. It's like losing a beautiful friend. It's like the beautiful friend has turned old, repetitive and bitter.
Perhaps Miss George should consider ending the series and begin a new one?

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  • J.I.
  • 07/12/2015

Horrible narration

I am a big fan of Elizabeth George and therefor wanted to listen to this book, although I had seen the reviews telling that the narration was bad. It is not the best book by Elizabeth George, but a good story, a bit slow sometimes. But the narration...HORRIBLE. It made listening a struggle. I will never again purchase a book narrated by John Lee again.

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  • Eva Pantel
  • 01/01/2016

Das schlechteste ihrer Bücher

Was braucht dieses Hörbuch, um für Sie zu einem 4- oder 5-Sterne Hörerlebnis zu werden?

Nichts gegen das Hörbuch, aber das Buch ist echt eine Zumutung- schrecklich langatmig, gar nicht spannend, Charaktere, von denen man sich im echten Leben gelangweilt abwenden würde. Wo sind die frühen psychologisch interessanten Geschichten der George, die ich mal verschlungen habe? Definitiv das letzte George-Buch, das ich je in die Hand nehmen bzw an meine Ohren lassen werde.

Würden Sie es noch mal mit einem anderen Hörbuch mit John Lee versuchen?

Nein, mir gefällt die gekünstelte, übertrieben betonende Aussprache und Interpretation überhaupt nicht.

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