Bright Shiny Things : Hakim and Arnold

  • by Barbara Nadel
  • Narrated by Charles Armstrong
  • Series: Hakim and Arnold
  • 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Out of the blue, private investigator and ex-soldier Lee Arnold receives a visit from an old army mate, Abbas al'Barri. Now living in Ilford with his family, Abbas is convinced that he's had a message from his estranged son, Fayyaad, who was radicalised and was last thought to be fighting for ISIL in Iraq.
Does Fayyaad's message indicate a change of heart? Abbas is desperate for Lee's help in establishing some contact with him.


What the Critics Say

Praise for the Hakim and Arnold Mystery series:
"A new and original pair of has the ring of truth." (The Independent)
"Bleak, brutal and timely." (Financial Times)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Long awaited - book 6 please

What made the experience of listening to Bright Shiny Things the most enjoyable?

like the characters and finally some movement on the relationship between the central two characters

Who was your favorite character and why?

the two leads are well drawn balanced and sympathetic

What about Charles Armstrong’s performance did you like?

it was fine but had enjoyed Paul Thornley reading to date

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- Simon1971

Great story, poor narrator

I found the narration of this book very disappointing. The narrator appears not to have done his homework in listening to the previous books and was inconsistent with his pronunciation of Bangladeshi names, varying at random (it seemed) between "Hook" and "Huk" for Mumtaz's family. He also seemed to confuse "he" and "she" a lot. Paul Thornley did a great job with books 1-4 so perhaps Charles Armstrong suffered in the comparison. However, I'll avoid his narrations in the future.
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- Alex

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2017
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks