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The Judas Pair

Lovejoy, Book 1
Written by: Jonathan Gash
Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Every antique dealer is a bit of a detective, following clues to find the trophies that pay the rent, but when Lovejoy takes on the job of tracking down a pair of duelling pistols so rare that he's not even sure actually exist, he needs all the instincts of a detective to pick his way through an unsolved crime.

Along the way, he becomes convinced that the weapons do exist but that they have fallen into the hands of a vile murderer. Locating the ancient weapons seems like the least of his problems when Lovejoy then finds himself fighting for his life in a duel to the death!

©2013 Jonathan Gash (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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  • MumsieWumsie
  • 12-02-14

Not Ian McShane

I have read several Lovejoy books in the dim and distant past, and have all the DVDs of the TV series as well.
I had forgotten just how different the TV version was from the book. Lovejoy is not a loveable rogue in the books so if you're expecting him to be like Ian McShane then you're in for a disappointment. The books are far darker, indeed right at the beginning of this one we have Lovejoy hitting a woman to shut her up, so do listen to the sample to see if the books appeal.
Once I'd got used to the change of style again, (especially the 'voices') I enjoyed listening to it, but if you like a cheeky chappie, then this might not be for you.

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  • Ben
  • 07-07-14

Brilliant character, almost brilliant narration

Would you consider the audio edition of The Judas Pair to be better than the print version?

Books like this one, with a larger-than-life central character, really benefit from the treatment of a good narrator. You just don't get as much from the page.

What other book might you compare The Judas Pair to, and why?

The Lovejoy series can't exactly be compared to anything else, they have such a distinct identity and style.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The ending, though a little tricksy on the first listen as it all happens quickly, is wonderfully set up and a great resolution to the book.

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

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Any additional comments?

At first, I was disappointed. Michael Fenton Stevens does a good job but for me Christopher Kay is the absolute perfect narrator and I'll probably return to the older versions of the audiobooks as Kay's voice and delivery is unmatchable.
That said, Fenton Stevens won me over and also has his own appealing take on this brilliant character.

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  • Devon67
  • 20-03-19

Loved it

It was interesting to listen to this book after watching the old TV series recently. It's well written and researched with interesting details about antique guns and his personal philosophy on women. Lovejoy is a man with a passion for antiques and women although you wouldn't want to be with him as he might give you a back-hander and leave you with a trip to the doctors. This book has stood the test of time, it's an enjoyable 20th century antique.

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  • M R
  • 09-07-15

Great storytelling

The love joy books always were a favourite so now enjoying listening to them in a whole new dimension
The reader captures the essence of lovejoy and brings the books to life so the stories are fresh and irresistible.
I will enjoy working my way through the stories again

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-11-19

A good story to listen too.

An enjoyable story well narrated of nefarious dealings in the antique world. But if you are expecting the lovable rogue of the TV series forget it. Having said that I still recommend it.

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  • Geordie Mark
  • 19-07-18

Antiques and Murder

Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. The narration is excellent. I was dubious at first because it's not Ian McShane, but I needn't have worried, Michael Fenton Stevens is superb.
This is a much darker Lovejoy than the lovable rogue on TV but I quite liked that.
The author Jonathan Gash has found a way to talk about antiques that doesnt bore the pants off you.
The story is well written and well paced.

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  • MR A RAW
  • 15-06-18

Not Ian McShane

Forget the TV series and enjoy this book for what it is, a great read.