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Rubbernecker

Written by: Belinda Bauer
Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Theakston's Crime Award 2014

The dead can't speak to us,” Professor Madoc had said. But that was a lie. Sometimes, only an outsider can get to the truth. Patrick had been on the outside all his life. Thoughtful, but different, infuriating even to his own mother, his life changes when he follows an obsession with death to study anatomy at university. When he uncovers a crime that everybody else was too close to see, he proves finally that he has been right all along: Nothing is exactly as it seems. And there have been many more lies closer to home....

©2013 Belinda Bauer (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • amanda
  • 02-09-18

Intriguing story and excellent narration

First Bauer book for me - the story was intriguing with different elements and angles / twists. Nothing too cerebral but fills a slot in my library for on the move listening. First class narration - well prepared around the characters with the performance bringing the characters through without over imposing the narration on the story. Definitely coming back for more.

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  • Wras
  • 13-04-18

Seeing things from a different angle


A good mystery story that has a new perspective, and a different main character that you are never too sure of his intentions.

An interesting plot, good characters, some dark humour and different settings that add to the story.

I am a little bit jaded murder mysteries, so that is the weak part for me, but if you read only a few books per year, this would be perfectly acceptable.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 20-07-14

Enjoyable

I enjoyed this story on the whole, with its main character being an Aspergers man, I felt that most of the time his reactions were as true to life as was probable, but I was a trifle dismayed to hear him being discussed as being 'disabled'. I liked Patrick and his odd ways, the way that he coped with college life was well told.
The mother was also a bit strange, but I suppose that was relevant to the story.
All in all I enjoyed this book and finished it in one day. Will look for more by this author.

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  • c
  • 14-06-14

Good but -Takes a While to Get Going.

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

Yes but with a warning that they'll need a strong stomach to withstand the detailed postmortem passages and there's lots of them! Belinda Bauer novels are, almost by definition, very rich in detailed characterisations and background information and that's what makes them stand out from the rest. In this novel all the action really takes place in the second half but some of it is pretty unexpected and worth waiting for.

Would you be willing to try another book from Belinda Bauer? Why or why not?

I've read a couple of her novels before and yes indeed she has her place on my list.

What about Andrew Wincott’s performance did you like?

Excellent narrator. Entirely competent and very, very engaging to listen to. I'll definitely keep an eye out for more done by him.

Was Rubbernecker worth the listening time?

Yes. It was definitely worth the stomach-churning moments in the 'lab' and the wait for the plot to unwind.

Any additional comments?

A novel with the usual Belinda Bauer seal of 'different from the rest'. This is no run-of-the-mill thriller and as you'll hear.....no run-of-the mill hero either!. This guy is SO refreshingly different and his directness will give you more than a few smiles. Great stuff because he can get away it too!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-11-19

Surprisingly enjoyable, very well read

I didn't think much of it to begin with but it expanded it a captivating story. Very nicely read, a range of different and suitable voices that captured the characters well. Top job!

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  • Mrs M
  • 10-10-19

Great story.

Loved this book. Really well told from different perspectives coming neatly together. There were twists that I wasn’t expecting and relationships that didn’t go where I thought they would. There was sadness and tragedy but also humour. It wasn’t twee or predictable. I am going to read more by this author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-09-19

brilliant book

loved it. was hooked right from the start. great read if you like crime and suspense

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  • Olivia Woodward
  • 26-08-19

Not sure on this one

Bought this after a TV recommendation but I have to say I didn't find it very grippy. I like a murder mystery but the end wasn't a surprise and too drawn out, I knew what was coming and wanted them to hurry up and get to it. Some of the descriptions were a bit crude or gruesome, making me literally wrinkle my nose and I'm quite tolerant.
It wasn't bad, I think it was pretty well written but it wasn't a must listen or amazing

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  • WILKINS GRACE
  • 14-12-18

Best crime novel I have ever read

I loved this novel. Its main character is fascinating and very different from the norm. I was reluctant to stop listening, so exciting was the storyline. The only downside for me was the narrator's weak Welsh accent. It would have been better to abandon it altogether than to struggle on with a parody of the accent. Nevertheless this is a really excellent audio book. The best ever.

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  • Debs
  • 03-11-18

Fabulous

Absolutely loved every minute of this book. Narration was brilliant and Patrick made me want to laugh and cry for him. I did quite a few involuntary LOL's and got a few odd looks as I walked my little dog and listened. So sad at times too. Some moments of 'Oh, yuk!' As well. Loved it all! :-)

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  • Maureen Jarvis
  • 08-03-19

No thanks

Overwritten, not convincing. I won’t be looking for more from this author unless there is a major change in her style.