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The Calling

DC Goodhew, Book 3
Written by: Alison Bruce
Narrated by: Jonathan Broadbent
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Kaye Whiting went to buy a birthday present and didn't come back. She isn't dead, or physically injured. But she is alone and very, very scared. Fifty miles away in Cambridge town centre, a deeply disturbed young woman is standing by a payphone. She knows she often feels compelled to do harmful things and is driven by a desire to make a call.

DC Gary Goodhew is one of the detectives assigned to find Kaye, and when her body is discovered, the only clue to the potential murderer is a woman's voice on his answerphone saying, "Kaye isn't the first and won't be the last...."

Alison Bruce was born in Surrey, but moved to Cambridge in 1998. She has learnt about Cambridge and East Anglia from researching her two previous non-fiction books, Cambridgeshire Murders (Sutton Publishing) and The Billingtons, Death in the Family (also published by Sutton). She is married with two small children and enjoys horse riding and dancing, when not working on her new crime fiction series featuring DC Gary Goodhew.

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Critic Reviews

"A fast-paced gritty tale guaranteed to have you hooked from beginning to end." ( Cambridgeshire Pride)
"Meaty and deeply plotted." ( Morning Star)
"DC Gary Goodhew could just develop into a worthy successor to those venerable of the police procedural now drawing their pensions." ( Tribune)

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  • ACT1
  • 03-12-13

Probably no more

Ive stuck with this series because I enjoy books set in my home town but this will probably be my last. The gratuitous sex descriptions just dont cut it for me and there seems to be a sexual element running through all this series so far and if the next in the series is of similar ilk I just wont be bothered. Narration continues to irritate - there were a few attempts at character definition but not nearly enough in comparison with other narrators who can really lead you into a scene peopled with lots of individuals. Im sure he does his best but this young chap (I am assuming) just seems to be reading the book. At least there were no glaring mispronounciations of local place names this time which is a plus.

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  • Jocelyn
  • 16-01-13

The Calling - a complex well told story

If you could sum up The Calling in three words, what would they be?

Unique plot line, good characters, and engaging listen.

What did you like best about this story?

I could not guess who was the murderer in the first few pages. Characters have lives of their own and are well developed.

What does Jonathan Broadbent bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

John Broadbent sets a good pace. He brings the various characters to life and narrates their decline into death with a light touch.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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  • Tippgirl
  • 23-06-14

Deeply disappointed

This book seems to have received excellent reviews and as it appeared on audibles recommendations I thought I'd give it a try - I struggled to get to the end of the first part and I'm afraid I had to give up. The narration is uninteresting and I just wasn't gripped by the story-line, so I cannot pinpoint which of the two (if not both) was my reason for not finishing it. Hopefully it is just me, and if you choose to download this book you are not disappointed.

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  • R. J. Gladden
  • 22-03-14

Another gripping DC Goodhew book!

Another exciting story and one that keeps you on the edge of your seat right to the end. DC Goodhew is really getting his feet under the table and his intuition and intelligence is paying dividends. I listened to this book every spare minute I had and my husband started to tut about the amount of times I was sitting, standing or walking with headphones on. I'd like to say that normal service has been resumed but I've just downloaded the next book!

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  • mollyeyre
  • 20-05-14

Depressing start - but improves considerably

The first chapter or two had me thinking - Glory, how can there me so many miserable people .... but as soon as the 'backdrop' was done the story took off and it was really compelling, holding my interest and gaining my sympathy. definitely worth a listen, very good and true narration too ( except on one character who seemed to start with an Australian accent then became British sounding! Hey Ho that could have been my misunderstanding)
A worthy use of valuable credits

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-12-19

Not the best

Having now heard the first four books in the series, I still cannot see any reason to give these books more than a two star rating. My review of the first four books is the same.

Far too much detail, too many characters too soon, and too long before the main character makes an appearance to solve the crimes.

There is dialogue which cannot be easily attributed to a character due to the lack of signposting, and other passages which come across as convoluted.

Anything is possible in fiction, but there still has to be a believable element. A police force where the youngest detective is allowed to do what he pleases and has an unchecked, unhealthy, rivalry with a colleague, for me at least, is a step too far.

Book one, I thought I’d strayed into the romance section. Book three could have been from the adult section. As for book four, I could have wandered into the Twilight Zone.

Needless to say, I will not be completing the series, and I may have to be more careful about ordering books in a series.

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  • S. Murdoch
  • 17-12-19

cut above the rest

I listen to lots of police dramas and this is one of the best series.

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  • shawn
  • 27-11-19

Porn arrives in mainstream audioboooks :/

Firstly, book 1 and book 2 in this series were excellent with one or two easily skipped sex scenes in them. This particular volume goes into graphic sexual detail and often.

A massive disappointment as I tend to avoid sex books as a rule.

Unless you particularly are looking for audio porn, avoid.

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  • Scottish reviewer
  • 24-11-19

scary stuff

Listened to this book in a day. Really not one for the feinthearted! Nice to hear references to Cambridge and Suffolk and the dreadful A14!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-06-18

Dark and sometimes very uncomfortable

With vivid sex, abuse and death scenes this can be a very dark listen. But the story does have a compelling narrative for those willing to go the ride