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December 7, 2012 / Leslie

Review – Audiobook: The Yard by Alex Grecian

The Yard by Alex GrecianThe Yard
by Alex Grecian
Narrated by Toby Leonard Moore

Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Publish Date: May 29, 2012
Format: Audio, 14 hours | 42 minutes
Audio Listening Level: Intermediate
Rating: 3 of 5

Publisher’s synopsis:

Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only twelve detectives, known as “The Murder Squad”, to investigate thousands of murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own . . . one of the twelve. When Walter Day, the squad’s newest hire, is assigned the case of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in the Yard’s first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley. Together they track the killer, who clearly is not finished with The Murder Squad . . . but why?

Quick Review:

I liked the storyline and the Victorian setting shortly after the Ripper murders, the use of a ‘why’ rather than a ‘who done it’ mystery element and a coroner that used advanced (for the Victorian era) forensics, as if he were part of the team on an episode of CSI.

I got a good feel for London and the Victorian era, and the audio production was nicely performed with a variety of voices and accents. As much as I liked the story and all its elements, I wasn’t thrilled with the execution. I’m not sure if it was the way the book was constructed or the dialog itself, but at times I’d drift away, or lose focus on which character was speaking, which rarely happens to me in audiobooks.

This is the first book in a new series about Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad. These were likeable, well-drawn characters that deserve a second look in the next book.

Source: Review copy.
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  1. Elizabeth / Dec 7 2012 12:16 pm

    Nice review…thanks.

    I love books about Scotland Yard and the Victorian era in London. Have you read Charles Todd’s books? He has a character named: Ian Rutledge. You may like his books. Similar topics as this book.

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    • Leslie / Dec 7 2012 12:23 pm

      I haven’t tried anything by Charles Todd, thanks for recommendation. I liked the story in The Yard but had a little trouble staying focused with the audio. For the next book I think I’ll try print.


  2. Mary / Dec 7 2012 12:55 pm

    I’m not sure what it is but I’ve also found that some books lend themselves more to audio than others. I’ve even gotten hold of a print book when I found the audio, though good, leaves me wishing to see the text. That happened a couple of times in the past year!


  3. I had a similar response with a book that’s compared to this one quite a bit – The Gods of Gotham. Great story, but poorly executed. I’ve had my finger on the trigger to download this one, but now I think I’ll pick up the print version.


  4. BermudaOnion / Dec 7 2012 4:42 pm

    Yeah, when you lose focus on an audio, you know something’s not quite right. Too bad.


  5. Suko / Dec 7 2012 6:20 pm

    Thanks for your honest review of this audiobook, Leslie.


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