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The Sleeping and the Dead

Written by: Ann Cleeves
Narrated by: John Telfer
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins

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Detective Peter Porteous is called to Cranwell Lake, where the body of a teenager has been discovered. After trawling through the missing persons files, he deduces that the corpse is Michael Grey, an enigmatic and secretive young man who was reported missing by his foster parents in 1972. For country prison officer Hannah Morton, it is the shock of her life. Michael had been her boyfriend, and she had been with him the night he disappeared. 

The news report that a body has been found brings back dreaded and long-buried memories from her past.... 

©2001 Ann Cleeves (P)2018 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Galadriel
  • 03-02-19

Not her best....

If you love the Shetland series, be warned - this is nothing like them. To each their own but I found the characters in this tedious tale completely one-dimensional and not one of this sorry crew made me want to either know them more or like them. Each of them, to me, was like a cardboard cut out - almost interchangeable. I don't blame the narrator - he did as well as could be expected with this long-winded (or so it seemed) boring tale and flat caricatures. As winding as the plot was, I still guessed the end long before it came. I'm usually sorry to come to the end of a good book but I was quite relieved when this one gave its last groan......

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  • 31-12-18

Great storytelling

I loved this book. the reader is wonderful. it made you feel you were there.

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  • karen gibbons
  • 22-12-18

Excellent listen

Really enjoyed this and didn't see the ending coming! Was sad when it was finished

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  • barbara
  • 02-03-19

As you’d expect ...

Good twists & turns .. likeable believable characters . John Telfer is a consummate narrator , in the Stephen Pacey grade in my book ..

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  • MET
  • 27-01-19

Too many characters

Well written as all Cleeves work but too many character to truly keep track of what’s happening. I didn’t enjoy this as much as her other work. Narration great.

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  • Linda
  • 11-01-19

Good new lead character

I hope this may be the beginning of another enjoyable series from Ann Cleeves starring Peter Porteous. Interesting plot with a twist at the end I'd not spotted (which is unusual). I am not handing out my 5 star awards as often these days to better distinguish for myself as well as others between a good listen and something outstanding. This deserves its 4 star and is recommended to those who like a good who dun it.

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  • MC
  • 15-06-19

complicated but worth it.

Anne Cleeves' characters are believable and enhance the very clever plot she has invented. Porteus may become a new Vera.

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  • sandra streeting
  • 21-06-19

Well worth a read

Great storyline and the characters are ok but would like to meet them in a sequel to see them developed further.

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  • pennyforthem
  • 07-02-19

Nearly very good but ultimately disappointing.

This has the makings of a very good story, it has some excellent ideas, but it never quite takes off. Nor does it hang together satisfactorily. Some of the characters are extremely tedious and the motives for various behaviours contrived and unrealistic. It is plot rather than character driven and suffers as a result. The plot itself is over complicated and rather shaky in places. I looked forward at each stage to finding out what would happen only to rapidly lose concentration and fall asleep. None of it easily make sense and trying to follow what’s going on becomes too much like hard work. The ending is extremely rushed and I’m not sure we ever find out who murdered Carl. Maybe if I can summon the will I’ll go back and listen again to see if I missed it.

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  • Mrs Violet L Tosh
  • 23-08-20

Great story

Ann Cleeves at her best . Keeps you guessing to the end . John Telfer is an excellent narrator.

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  • Joan Adlmayer
  • 31-12-18

Another late night

As usual I could not put this book down wonderful characters great plot and as usually read to perfdction

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  • soo jay
  • 11-10-19

Oh dear.

I love Ann Cleeve's books! But, oh dear, what happened with this one? Crowded with characters, none of whom are particularly memorable. I honestly could not follow the story as I had to keep trying to remember who was who. The narration was just so-so and did nothing to improve this rather boring tale. I kept falling asleep.