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Hard Girls Audio Download – Unabridged

3.7 out of 5 stars 282 customer reviews

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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 12 hours and 40 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Headline Digital
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 9 Mar. 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IV70Y8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank:

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Format: Paperback
What a poor and disappointing read!
Having read a few of Martina's earlier ones - and found them quite realistic and gritty, this was a real load of rubbish by comparison.
The dialogue was awful- I even attempted saying some of it out loud, to see if it sounded better - NO !The the story line was slow, repetitive and to be honest fairly unbelievable.
I had spotted the twist by a third of the way through the book.
Shake yourself up Martina - this is very poor indeed!
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Format: Paperback
I have read all her books and the earlier books were great. But her latest books this one are terrbile. What's wrong with Martina Cole? Doesn't she care anymore about her readers because going by this book she not only not cares about her loyal fans but is sticking up 2 fingers at us.
Hard Girls was the worst read of the lot. It was just so repetative. If I had sent this book in for appraisal it would of been thrown back at me and rightly so.
In case you haven't read this book it goes along these lines. 'The room was dark. Perhaps this is because it was night time that is was so dark. The room was even darker with no moonlight. There was no moonlight and because of this it was very dark. Inside the room was even darker though...' And so on... Total rubbish and am pleased I didn't waste my money on buying this book. It was a present, and perhaps the worst present I have ever had.

Just in case you were wondering, no, I didn't like this book at all...lol.
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Format: Hardcover
I have just finished reading this book and was really keen to see if Martina had recaptured some of her old magic sadly lost in The Take, the abismal Faces and The Business, which I didn't even read the reviews were so bad.
Unfortunately either Martina doesn't pay any attention to the opinions of her loyal fans of she has just become complacent and believes she can sell us any old rubbish.
The plot was very weak with a very obvious "twist" at the end that any idiot could see coming from page one. There was no pace and very little depth of character. Like other readers I was disappointed that the language had been cleaned up - Martina even felt the need to explain a lot of her underworld terminology which was very frustrating as anyone who reads a Martina Cole novel doesn't need it explaining and it really slowed the already very minimal action down. Like Faces and The Take, Hard Girls was very repetitive, with sentences being repeated only with a few words presumably "thesaurus"-ed and changed around. The worst thing for me though apart from the weak storyline, unsympathetic characters and lack of real grittiness was the unbelievable dialogue. It didn't sound like the kind of language you would expect between east end gangsters and prostitutes, especially not when you compare it to her earlier books and lacked any real punch. I couldn't believe in what the characters were saying and therefore I couldn't really believe in them and I wasn't actually that bothered what happened to them. Not one of them was particularly likeable and she seemed to change major aspects of a characters personality whenever it suited her.
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Format: Hardcover
Well you could very easily tear out 80% of the pages of this book and it wouldnt make any difference to the story, there were pages and pages of rambling which had no real bearing to the story. It was glaringly obvious from very early on who the killer was. Ive always read any book that Martina Cole has written for the pace and descriptive writing that she is known for but in this case it was missing.
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Format: Paperback
Quite simply, this is the worst book I have ever read, and I read a book a week and have done so for 40 years. This book is made up of short chapters comprising simple sentences with simple words of one or two syllables, like a Janet and John book with gratuitous swearing, but surprisingly not a lot of graphic violence or descriptive sex as one might expect, possibly due to the twee nature of the intended readers. The plot was vacuous, simple and thin, the structure was lacking in substance and the characters intertwining relationships defied belief. It will do Headline's reputation no good at all, but I suppose short-term profits satisfy the shareholders greed. For all aspiring authors I offer the following advice: if this merde can get published, then so can you!
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Format: Paperback
what a complete load of rubbish. I really don't know how Martina Cole has the nerve to sell such tosh, she has gone from being one of the very best to quite possibly the worst author I've read.

The plot is weak, repetative rambling about nothing. Her previous few books have fared no better. Don't waste your money on this tosh. I will never buy her books again.

ruby
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Format: Hardcover
Like a fool, I purchased this book despite thinking Martina Cole had been lacking her usual style in her last 2 novels, but as a fan of her earlier books, I succumbed to the glossy hardback and bought it. What dross! I had guessed the "surprise" killer very early on (mostly due to HUGE clues), I lost track of the amount of times Patrick "thought about Kate's age and lack of looks" (it doesn't make for an attractive character). Kate herself seemed to have undergone a total personality transfer and had become a deeply unpleasant person and most certainly the last person you'd wish to know, let alone work or live with. Her attitude to her lodger was appalling. Martina also seems to lack imagination with her character names, just how many more "Danny Boy's" can she squeeze in?

A slight change of style for Martina, but sadly no improvement. It would appear that she can keep churning novels out relentlessly, as her name now seems to sell, as opposed to any talent. A great shame. She used to be fantastic.
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