Not Dead Yet : Roy Grace

  • by Peter James
  • Narrated by William Gaminara
  • Series: Roy Grace
  • 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For LA producer Larry Brooker, this is the movie that could bring the fortune that has so long eluded him....
For rock superstar, Gaia, desperate to be taken seriously as an actor, this is the role that could get her an Oscar nomination....
For the City of Brighton and Hove, the publicity value of a major Hollywood movie being filmed on location, about the city's greatest love story - between King George IV and Maria Fitzherbert - is incalculable.
For Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of Sussex CID, it is a nightmare unfolding in front of his eyes. An obsessed stalker is after Gaia. One attempt on her life is made days before she leaves her Bel Air home to fly to Brighton. Now, he has been warned, the stalker may be at large in his city, waiting, watching, planning.
Not Dead Yet is the eighth novel featuring detective Roy Grace, from the number one best-selling author Peter James.

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What the Critics Say

“Peter James is on a roll with his Roy Grace novels. To date they have sold more than 11million copies and been translated into 34 languages. Not Dead Yet is the eighth…an authentic, well-researched and compelling read.” (Daily Express)

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Grace Under Pressure

Not dead yet indeed but this series is most certainly not in as rude health as it has been previously. Not Dead Yet just doesn't reach the heights that the better books in this series have managed to scale. There are a number of reasons for this. The story lacks a villain you can really get your teeth into and the process of translating Hollywood onto the South Coast of England doesn't work too well.

On top of that there is the narration. I don't think this series has really found the perfect narrator and I have often found myself wondering just how much more successful it might have been with someone like Steven Pacey at the microphone. It hasn't done too badly as it is of course but I think that it would have been absolutely sensational if that had been nailed from the start.

I really don't think William Gaminara is the worst narrator in the world. The problem is really that he is at his flattest when he renders Grace, Branson and Potting who should be huge characters but are made to sound near anonymous.

Where both story and narrator do both score more highly is in the last couple of hours. The climactic scene of the main storyline I really enjoyed and it gives us some great Roy Grace action. In addition not long after that there is a massive twist that certainly caused me to do a double take that's for sure.

We also get a little bit more of the Sandy storyline but only a little bit. The character back stories do seem fairly glacial in pace but I think that's because the overall series has actually covered a relatively small amount of storyline time for the number of books.

I think this one is worth reading for fans of the series, particularly for a little mystery surrounding the delightful Norman Potting but it certainly won't be near most people's top five Roy Grace novels.
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- Simon

New narrator doesn't help the book

It's good to have Roy Grace back even tho' the book does lack some of the excitement of previous tales. But for me the biggest disappointment is the narration. It's as though Glen Branson is a different character and the mispronunciation of local places is unforgivable! I will look closely to see who is narrating the next instalment and may have to do back to reading the book instead.
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- Domino

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-06-2012
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio