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The Long Call

Written by: Ann Cleeves
Narrated by: Ben Aldridge
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Sunday Times best-selling author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope series, Ann Cleeves returns with the first in a brand-new series set in North Devon and featuring Detective Matthew Venn. In this rural idyll, where two rivers meet, crime is always there waiting to rise from the water. 

In North Devon, where the rivers Taw and Torridge converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father's funeral takes place. The day Matthew turned his back on the strict evangelical community in which he grew up, he lost his family, too.

Now he's back, not just to mourn his father at a distance but to take charge of his first major case in the Two Rivers region, a complex place not quite as idyllic as tourists suppose.

A body has been found on the beach near to Matthew's new home: a man with the tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.

Finding the killer is Venn’s only focus, and his team’s investigation will take him straight back into the community he left behind, and the deadly secrets that lurk there.

©2019 Ann Cleeves (P)2019 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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  • JVL
  • 2019-09-16

Maybe a good story but the narrator is horrible

I have really enjoyed every Ann Cleeves book I have read and was looking forward to her newest. I apologize to anyone I may offend by saying this but I could not stand Ben Aldridge's narration. His voice is monotone, it drones on so much that it is very hard to pay attention to the words. Then when he attempts to become another character he whines. I tried three times to get into the story yet each time I just couldn't stand listening to his voice any longer. I realize that these are UK characters which calls for UK accents but I had a hard time understanding some of his words. This was a waste of a good credit.

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  • Deb
  • 2019-09-08

Ann Cleeves is once again fantastic.

The narration was fabulous bringing to life a great storyline. With enough twists and turns to keep you interested and descriptions of North Devon that brought the place to life as an important character.

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A page turner but is it believable?

Overall I enjoyed The Long Call. The police characters Jen and Ross were well developed and interesting but I wish Matthew was a bit less bland. I became engrossed in the story but he plot, as revealed at the end, seemed to me to be far fetched and was disappointing. I nearly returned the book when first listening because the narration sounded so garbled to me, but I slowed the speed and that made the words audible-but in a bit of a monotone. The narration was well done terms of the voicing of the different characters. I would recommend this book to others but don’t think it is quite as good as Ann Cleeve’s other series. It’ a good start though for what I hope will be a Matthew Venn series.

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Gently forceful mystery into morality and remorse

Very well presented. It lives throughout. Reminds one of Shetland and her writing style of the inner tensions brought forward in the characters as the story plays out. You can almost see the settings and smell the sea and marsh.

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Interesting

I liked the relationship of Matthew and Jonathan. The story kept me wondering which is important in a mystery. I found the narrator’s voice to clipped and precise.

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Great narrator and good story

Ben Aldridge does a great job, skilled with accents. Good characters and story. I hope there’s a second one.

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too baf

am a big fan of Cleeves, but I would suggest you pick a narrator with a more neutral accent. I listen to a lot of British TV but I honestly could not follow the plot. sounds like a good story, do will purchase the book, but cannot finish listening.

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The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

Another great story from Anne Cleeves she never dissapoints. each story unique and keeps your attention all the way. you keep thinking Ah that's who did it however away she goes giving you even more to work out. read by Ben Aldridge who did a fine job. Whats next I wonfer from this wonderful writer can't wait for the next story...

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couldn't finish this novel because the reader was so monotone that i found myself losing fòcus.

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  • Donna
  • 2020-01-18

Story ok but narration rushed and uneven

The narration was so rushed at the beginning I thought I had it on double time. I got used to it, as the story was interesting but it was difficult to get to know the characters. I liked the new detective, but it appears it was a one off.

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