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Kate Brannigan: Clean Break (BBC Radio Crimes) Audio CD – Audiobook, 5 May 2011


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (5 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408468468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408468463
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 1 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 May 2011
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This is a review for the BBC Radio Crimes CD of Clean Break.
What a really present surprise to discover this excellent performance. If like me you listen to CD Books in the car this is a good way to spend an hour.
Val McDermid has done an excellent job to adapt her story and I for one will look out for more.
The CD doesn't waste a minute and the story cracks along like a horse race at a 2nd class Race Course. I say 2nd Class because this CD will not win any awards for being the best it is an adequate play dramatised by the BBC and that is a good recommendation in itself.
Kate Branigan the heroine is well portrayed by Charlotte Colman and the cast ably support her.
It was good to hear a crime series based in the North and the action moves from Manchester all across England via the Ferry at Hull. (On a lighter note the Ferry from Hull has been mentioned before in the excellent Beiderbeck affair by Alan Plater and in Only fools and horses {to Hull and Back} a really nice touch as to how the stolen goods are easily transported out of the UK to their international buyers.
As always I will not reveal the plot but everything fits into place and it is quite believable.
Not as 'gritty' as you would expect for a Northern Based Crime and there is nothing to make your maiden aunt blush, no gratuitous sex nor violence.
Kate is believable as is the support team she has. Make no mistake it is Kate that takes all the action and the play is written from her point of view. Which is refreshing compared to the older male hero roles only of earlier years.
I think Kate's Boyfriend Richard suffered a little in the adaptation you'd expect him to be a little more Gung Ho and Macho but this is Kate Branigan's story and told from her point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ghostgrey51 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 May 2011
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I've never read Val McDermid's books (I'm hopeless with Crime & Mystery novels, always skipping to the end before I'm half-way through to find out what happened), but this was a very enjoyable BBC Radio 4 play. Agreed, the story line is not portrayed as the most taxing of plots, no truly on the edge of your seat challenges nor did I feel the main characters were ever in danger. Maybe some of the readers of the novel will say it suffered from being condensed into a 1 hour play, although I personally liked the pace the narration was set at and the peppering of the action with wry asides. I found the characters rounded and Kate Brannigan a likeable sort; sharp, witty, alert and tough with a set of slightly elastic ethics. The ups and downs of the relationship with her boyfriend fitted in quite neatly.
Maybe not the high point of the BBC drama department, but entertaining, and well worth repeat listening because it was a pleasing piece of a production. I'm glad I have this and I might even try out of the books (without skipping to the end).
Especially recommended if like me you like light and swift listening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Seren Ade HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 July 2011
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I ordered this upon seeing that the late Charlotte Coleman (whose work I used to really enjoy) had played the lead role of Manchester-based detective Kate Brannigan. I found myself slightly disappointed. As others have said, the story is lightweight and underdeveloped, and the adaptation is very short indeed - making this far from the best value for money amongst BBC radio plays. It's OK, and I was happy enough with Coleman's performance, but the whole thing is slightly underwhelming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JK TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 May 2011
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I just can't find anything wonderful, exciting or thrilling to say about Clean Break, sorry, it's so bland that I've had to listen again to remind myself what it was about. There are positives but they're based purely on the production and strength of the cast, both of which are excellent and what you'd expect from the BBC, but that's it. The plot of Clean Break features a robbery which is a bit silly and dialogue that's neither original nor believable, though it's beautifully read and acted by the cast. Maybe it's my fault but when I see Val McDermid's name attached to crime stories I automatically think of the wonderful "Wire in the Blood" and I expect taut, surreal crime popluated by serious villains and this doesn't deliver on any of those levels. It's an OK thing, you could listen without worry with your elderly relatives on a lazy Sunday afternoon but I think that's Clean Break's only selling point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pepper #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Jun. 2011
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This is a one hour, BBC Radio 4 production, Audio CD story based around non nonsense, Manchester based, Oxford brought up, 5' 3", private eye Kate Brannigan. She ends up investigating and then chasing up after an art theft - with `sort of' boyfriend Richard while still thinking about someone else. Brannigan is a realistic character, easy to relate to; although the story might be a little far fetched - you can somehow imagine Brannigan actually doing the things she does. A fun, light story, easy to listen to, and read very well by the cast. I was a bit disappointed that there was only one story/one CD in this set - I hope the price reflects this, as others in this BBC Radio 4 series have had two CDs lasting 1½ hours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 26 May 2011
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This a moderately interesting private eye drama, well produced and acted, and from the pen of a master of the genre. At the risk of an appaling pun, the crime is solved by the old dictum of 'follow the monet' - in this case, in an extended and entertaining car chase across Europe into the heartland of the mafia by Kate and her worthless stoner of a boyfriend.

However, its running time (55 minutes) doesn't give time to draw out the complexities of the story, leading to a few unsatisfying lurches in the plot and a completely implausible set of twists at the end. Would have been much better as a 90-minute drama, allowing the book to be developed properly.
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