Audiobook Review | “Bridge to Burn” (Book Seven: the Kay Hunter Detective series) by Rachel Amphlett, narrated by Alison Campbell

Posted Wednesday, 20 February, 2019 by jorielov , , , , 1 Comment

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Acquired Audiobook By: I started to listen to audiobooks in [2016] as a way to offset my readings of print books whilst noting there was a rumour about how audiobooks could help curb chronic migraines as you are switching up how your reading rather than allowing only one format to be your bookish choice. As I found colouring and knitting agreeable companions to listening to audiobooks, I have embarked on a new chapter of my reading life where I spend time outside of print editions of the stories I love reading and exchange them for audio versions. Through hosting for the Audiobookworm I’ve expanded my knowledge of authors who are producing audio versions of their stories whilst finding podcasters who are sharing their bookish lives through pods (ie. AudioShelf and Talking Audiobooks; see my sidebar). Meanwhile, I am also curating my own wanderings in audio via my local library who uses Overdrive for their digital audiobook catalogue whilst making purchase requests for audio CDs. It is a wonderful new journey and one I enjoy sharing – I am hoping to expand the percentage of how many audios I listen to per year starting in 2018.

Similar to the blog tour for the sixth novel of the #KayHunter series, the blog tour review copies are being provided directly by the author off-site from Audible. The key reason I decided to not accept the review copies from “Gone to Ground” and “Bridge to Burn” is because the new format is mostly directed for mobile listeners and I do not listen to audiobooks in that style of format. However, this time round as I switched my subscription from Audible to Scribd, I did not yet have the chance to purchase my copy of “Bridge to Burn” – which I shall be doing eventually as I want to have a full set of all the Kay Hunter installments – I was able to join this lovely blog tour because the audiobooks are readily available via Scribd! For which, I am especially grateful as I can continue to listen to one of my beloved and favourite Crime Drama series!

Thereby my copy of “Bridge to Burn” is self-provided through my subscription to Scribd rather than being provided with a complimentary copy of the story. Thereby, I am choosing to participate on the audiobook tour, sharing my ruminations with my readers for my own edification but also, as a continuation of a reader’s love for a dramatic crime serial. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

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What held me in the throes of “Gone to Ground” and why I was itching for the next novel:

Kay’s team has a few growing pains coming to it as with Kay’s recent promotion, the rest of the team remains a bit lopsided. Her first pick to gain a promotion soon after her was Barnes; unfortunately for Kay, Barnes was comfortable in the role he was already employed. She had to respect his choice even if it confused her why he wouldn’t want to rise in the ranks. Barnes was her right hand man on the team, a person she could trust without blinking and know he would have her back.

You can observe her own growth as a person finding traction in front of cameras whereas only a year prior being the lead spokesperson for the unit would have put her in a bit of a tailspin of anxiety. Now, she is shining as a voice for the police and hoped the words she spoke would encourage new leads to come forward after the report went out on the newscast. The case itself was perplexing – they had a clue towards what the crime involved but without ‘more evidence’ they could only speculate which was the one thing they didn’t want anyone to do. It would only lead to heartache for everyone involved.

I was definitely curious about how Larch decided to take early retirement and moved off into the Midlands as a result. This left an open space in the team and unit Kay was now overseeing alongside with the guidance of Sharpe. With Sharper in the overseeing role for the team, you start to see how the new dynamics are forming and keeping each of the team members a tightly knit team who know they can rely on each other. What was lovely though is how Kay is open to having her fellow detectives (including the junior ones) have equal respect in the bull room so to speak – to speak their theories and to explore (as a team) what they feel might be motive and opportunity. Even if they fall a bit short of a solid lead, it helps build their foundation as a team who everyone feels comfortable being an active part of growing into a well-oiled machine of efficiency.

At the morgue we get a keen insight into the gloom and the heart-wrenching cases the ME has to sort through when the caseload becomes unbearingly brutal with cases which are harder to reconcile than usual. I think any case that goes through the morgue which deals with children and youth, has to be the cases they struggle with the most to ‘let go’ once they’ve done all they can to determine the cause of death. Medical examiners don’t get a enough credit for how strong of mind and heart they have to be to constantly do their job and remain emotionally disconnected.

One of my favourite revelations was not even related to the case, it was about Adam’s inheritance, how horses played a keen role in his award and how the friendship he had with an older lady who wanted a guardian for her horses was the key to how Adam and Kay lived rather comfortably.

Outside of focusing on Kay and Adam at home and out about in their community, there were loads of cheeky humour sequences and workplace camaraderie which I love so much in this series! It helps re-affirm who these people are and how they interact with each other. When you listening to different installments of the series and a bit of time goes by – seeing how they react to each other is another way of re-aligning you right back into the dialogue from whence you had left off in the last installment.

Seeing Kay develop her confidence in her new position is a joy – each day she’s on the job, the more she becomes a confident leader. The irony of course, their current case involves team building exercises where their potential victim was spending time – the random joy for Kay is finding that her unit works well without the benefit of an official ‘time away’ from the office to come together as a united front.

When it is known what the title refers to ‘gone to ground’ – everything seemed to make better sense about the structure of this particular case. The key focus on the team and how they interact with each other has become the new standard of the series – as originally, when the series first began we would shift between the detectives and the one(s) they were pursuing – giving us a dual perspective from two different sides of every investigation.

In this particular instance – it proves how frustrating detectives become when they don’t have enough to guide them forward. I was hoping this particular case might have a decidedly brilliant wench in the wheel of the investigation and I must admit, Amphlett definitely gave us one!! It has to do with who you think is the person of interest and who the truer culprit turnt out to be – the curious bit here is how Amphlett constantly brings the sociological side of sleuthing into her stories. She focuses on the psychological and the sociological – of easing you through the hardest bits by re-focusing on the reasons ‘why’ certain behaviours are being explored and why some characters have more guilt within them than others. Sometimes your not even sure where a confession is going to lead you or if the confession your hearing is the right one for the case at hand.

I must admit, the crime(s) involved in this installment are really difficult to get through – although, I do credit Ms Amphlett for not making it worse than it was – she definitely pulls back when I have witnessed other authors who don’t have as much self-control as she does. This is a credit to her for giving us a chillingly suspenseful read but without ensuring we’ll have nightmares afterwards! You want to feel the suspense – similar to watching your favourite Hitchcock film but without feeling as if you can’t properly recover afterwards! Hitchcock and Amphlett both found the sweet spot in Suspense where they can give you chills but allow you the grace to know you can handle where the stories will lead.

-quoted from my review of Gone to Ground

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I can’t believe I’ve been outside this world since last [September]!

After finishing Gone to Ground, I was truly thankful there was a bit of a ‘gap’ between books six and seven as I felt I needed to put some distance between myself and Kay Hunter. This is a series I truly felt captivated to listen to throughout [2018] however, it is a very emotionally jarring series – you don’t realise how attached your going to become to the series until your in the throes of it and by then, your heart is gone. You are so intricately immersed inside this authentically writ world by Ms Amphlett and the heart-pulsing high octane paced narration styling of Ms Campbell – you simply can’t disconnect your ears from listening to the series once you’ve become smitten with the world, the characters and journey Kay Hunter is taking both personally and professionally.

This is why I was thankful the blog tour was in early [2019] as it gave me the distance and the breathier I need from the last installment before I entered the seventh story. I knew a few stories back this series was making a twist of a turn for being a bit more hard-boiled than most Thrillers and Suspense novels I’m reading but at the heart of the series is Kay, her team and the life she shares with Adam. I wrestled with feeling if I could continue to listen to the series and go forward with her on this journey or if I might one day need to back-out as the growing series was expounding on the grim sides of her job whilst it was also tucking us closer into her private world.

There are so many lovely layers of this series, in the end, I opted to ‘stay invested’ in the series and I credit that first and foremost to the author Ms Amphlett for how dedicated she is not to :push: the line too far afield to where I can’t get through the novels and to Ms Campbell for her passionate portrayal of Kay and how she intuitively hugs us back inside Kay’s world. The two of them together is why this increasingly dramatic crime series is dearly beloved by me – it might be on the upper tier of what I can consider reading and/or listening too – but I love the continuity, the layered insight into the life of these characters and the fact that I can trust the author for giving me an edgy read without making me feel as if I couldn’t survive it afterwards.

This is why I was wicked excited about finding the latest audiobook via Scribd as it was coordinated in such a way (ie. released to subscribers) to where I could join the blog tour – continue sharing my ruminations alongside my fellow enthused audiobook readers in the book blogosphere and tuck closer to Kay to see where we are on her personal journey whilst finding myself enchanted once more by Ms Campbell’s approach at giving me a new visitation with the whole cast of characters within the Kay Hunter series! This is definitely one that grabs you rather immediately and before you realise you’ve become addicted to hearing the stories, your already progressing through your seventh volume!

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Audiobook Review | “Bridge to Burn” (Book Seven: the Kay Hunter Detective series) by Rachel Amphlett, narrated by Alison CampbellBridge to Burn
Subtitle: A Detective Kay Hunter novel
by Rachel Amphlett
Source: Scribd | Subscription
Narrator: Alison Campbell

When a mummified body is found in a renovated building, the gruesome discovery leads Detective Kay Hunter and her team into a complex murder investigation.

The subsequent police inquiry exposes corruption, lies and organised crime within the tight-knit community – and Kay’s determination to seek justice for the young murder victim could ruin the reputations of men who will do anything to protect their business interests.

But as Kay closes in on the killer, tragedy strikes closer to home in an event that will send a shockwave through her personal life and make her question everything she values.

Can Kay keep her private and professional life under control while she tries to unravel one of the strangest murder cases of her career?

Genres: Crime Fiction, Hard-Boiled Mystery, Police Procedural, Thriller

Places to find the book:

Borrow from a Public Library

Add to LibraryThing

ISBN: 978-1-9993683-3-3

Also by this author: Scared to Death, Will to Live, One to Watch, Hell to Pay, Call to Arms, Author Inteview: Rachel Amphlett (Gone to Ground), Gone to Ground, Cradle to Grave, Turn To Dust

Also in this series: Scared to Death, Will to Live, One to Watch, Hell to Pay, Call to Arms, Gone to Ground, Cradle to Grave, Turn To Dust

Published by Saxon Publishing

on 13th January, 2019

Format: Audiobook | Digital

Length: 6 hours, 39 minutes (unabridged)

Published by: Saxon Publishing

Audiobooks by: Audiobook Factory (@audiofactoryuk)

Order of the Kay Hunter Detective series:
Scared to Death | Book One (see also Review)
Will to Live | Book Two (see also Review)
One to Watch | Book Three (see also Review)
Hell to Pay | Book Four (see also Review)
Call to Arms | Book Five (see also Review)
Gone to Ground | Book Six (see also Review)
Bridge to Burn | Book Seven

About Rachel Amphlett

Rachel Amphlettt

Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Robert Crais, Stuart MacBride, and many more.

She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore's TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.

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my review of bridge to burn:

Whenever your in a more humid and hot climate there is a strong chance of death due to the higher increases in temperature patterns and the loss of either air conditioning or climate control. Thereby as I was listening to the first chapter of Bridge to Burn my imagination knitted out the reveal before it was actually right in front of me! I just had a feeling about the way in which the story was being writ that my previous knowledge of what happens during hot weather could be inclusive of what might be coming at the end of the scene! I will say though, despite having jumped the rail what I loved most is how Alison Campbell articulated what was happening in that scene as the ways in which it was portrayed and developed – there is this intensive build-up to where your not privy to the full scene itself, only the bloke with the toolbox’s perspective – giving you a limited vision field. Due to this perspective it enhances how the first chapter is paced and why for those who might not be as clued in about death in hotter climes, might be in for a rather shocked revelation. Not that I’m implying climate played a part in the crime but rather, climate played a part in the discovery.

As soon as Kay walked onto the crime scene, I felt like it was old home week again – being treated to seeing another view of her life and to catch-up with the friends I’ve found along the way of peering into her world. In classic Kay Hunter fashion, she quite assessed what was happening with the investigation – whilst her team was close at hand, doing their bit and at the ready to give her the details of what they’d come to understand in the initial analysis of the scene. There were a few changes in their designations – as Kay herself was recently promoted but it was the announcement that Barnes had followed her suit of promoting himself which was quite the lovely news. I still remember how anguished he was over making that choice and why he was hesitating to do it. Seems like between then and now, he’s resolved that this would not only be a good choice for himself but it would allow the close cohesiveness of the team to remain intact. On that level, I was relieved as sometimes if you upset the apple cart, you simply can’t re-establish what you’ve lost.

Harriet never fails to make me smile – then again, I have a soft spot for Medical Examiners and Crime Scene Investigators as that is what originally drew me into NCIS (x3) outside of the fact I simply find Mark Harmon charmingly engaging! She has such a keen sense of self about her and she knows how to keep the scene at hand serious but with a calming bit of levity as well – something I love to see as their lives are stressful enough without having to find some way of alleviating the difficult things they’re having to witness.

Amphlett never fails to knit her continuity tightly anchoured to the previous installments – it is one of the wicked best reasons why I love listening to to this series, as she honestly never lets you forget the moments in her characters’ lives which are intimately important to remember. Herein, when she was having Kay reminisce about her miscarriage you felt immediately drawn back to the installments which discussed this and how it was such an upheaval for Kay and Adam. Of how they drew closer together, how they tried not to let their family try their patience and how putting the pieces together to move forward was one small step at a time. Still, like any tragic loss – her grief lingers, even years on as there are small reminders everywhere about how others can enjoy the blessings of motherhood whilst she cannot. It was a simple inclusion right in the midst of the workday but it was important because it owned the truth of who Kay Hunter is and of how intricately connected this series becomes to her sense of self, her psychological state of mind and how she emotionally processes her job.

It wasn’t until lateron when Adam was brought into scene where we pulled back the layers of Kay’s healing and recovery (as it wasn’t simply a miscarriage which affected her heart, soul and mind) – where we peer into how hard it has been for her to continue to transition beyond what afflicted their lives. They were both emotionally distraught not just to the loss of a child but due to everything during that period of time which not only frayed their nerves but nearly overtook their ability to survive. Adam and Kay have a very strong marriage but even a strong marriage can have a breaking point – Amphlett has never shied away from honing in on the honesty of their marriage and for showing the realistic ways in which a couple comes back from the loss of their child.

I almost giggled out loud – when I realised we were reflecting on Sid’s visitation with the Hunter household – Sid being a snake, one of Adam’s overnight guests and the least popular visitors in Kay’s opinion! Laughs with mirth. I was quite proud of myself for remembering his name even before it was spoken aloud as there has been such a lovely motley crew of animals on rotation through their home it is a wonder I can keep any of them straight by species, much less by name!  I was rather chuffed I could remember Sid but then, Sid does lend quite the impression!!

These are the moments I love most – where Kay and Adam are seen being a couple, unwinding after hard days on their respective jobs and finding ways to lift each others’ spirits. They have a knowing familiarity about how each of them have different needs at different times; where an encouraging hug and a comforting meal is just what is needed in the moment to cast-off darker thoughts and memories which won’t shift. Theirs is a relationship based on mutual respect, love, trust and a companionable walk through grief.

If this is the first installment someone wanted to listen to they would be dearly impressed because it held within it a recapture of all the key moments and timeline of the series thus far along. They would find out within one installment why I’ve become so dearly attached to this cast and the drama behind their lives inasmuch as how much they support one another like all families do who work together. I am fond of the ‘family’ knitted together like this – where its a found family story and it speaks to why all the crime dramas I watch on television are of the same kinship of closeness.

The only thing I can critique about this installment in a negative way is that there was a bit of a pacing issue for me in regards to the actual crime and the investigation of it. There were periods of the story that just dragged a bit for me – where we weren’t really learning anything and despite the fact I love seeing the inner workings of the team and how they investigate their cases, this one felt a bit droll in places due to how the pacing slowed down quite a bit. When there were new breaks in the case, the pacing resumed at its regularly steady beat and gave me a jolt of joy. I’m unsure what caused the decline in the pacing – except to say, of all the crimes Amphlett has explored, I must admit this was my least favourite because to be honest it felt too one dimensional and didn’t have her usual flair for the grit and dramatic. It really was quite depressing all the way round and in effect was harder to listen too.

Despite saying this what I loved about this installment were the interactions between Kay, Barnes, Sharpe, Gaven and the rest of the team – they keep drawing closer together, re-forming the bonds they share as a ‘found family’ and prove that despite the high risks associated with their job, they truly care about one another. There are lovely details towards exploring this bond they have – such as the pizza party, the breakfast food runs and the ways in which they look out for Kay, understanding her emotional traumas and how as a family unit they never leave anyone behind.

Bridge to Burn also focused more intuitively on Kay’s Mum, Dad and sister – there was a family emergency which took Adam and Kay outside their routines over a weekend to where they had to travel over six hours to reach the family. During this sequence, Amphlett re-highlights the strain Kay has with her mother, the closeness she shares with her sister and how her father gives her unconditional support. A lot of what was fracturing the relationship with Kay and her mother are explored more in-depth as well – a lot of which surprised me, as I never thought Kay’s Mum would be open to meditation but you find out why she came to that new stage of reconciliation as something pushed her towards that goal with Kay. They’re not entirely on solid footing – as they have a chasm as wide as the Grand Canyon between them but ooh! You don’t want to miss their exchanges of dialogue — listening to how Ms Campbell approached their scenes nearly makes you want to reach for the tissues!

The last half hour makes amends for the slowness of the earlier chapters; Amphlett brings an emotionally convicting conclusion to Bridge to Burn which will leave you pausing to contemplate the whole story all over again. It isn’t a traditional crime nor is it an ending that is easy to swallow – you can see why Kay had trouble with how it all turnt out even if it was out of her hands to influence anything past the point of solving the case.

By far this is one of my favourite endings of the series – it brings us back to centre – to Kay and Adam and the realistic ways our lives are interlinked through love and how love is the best healer all of us can choose to accept. It is emotionally gripping but it is honestly real which is why you simply want to reach out and give Kay and Adam a big hug; hoping in some small way you can let them know you support them.

Note on Content: Strong language & Certain Visuals

Previously I have written notes about the language content and the particular visuals associated with this series – however, to be frank, in this installment I’d consider this “Kay Hunter Lite” – meaning, the language isn’t really that inclusive and the visuals; considering I grew up in an industry adjacent to the morgue this time round I actually solved the condition of the ‘body’ to be found before it was even revealled so to be honest – the visuals didn’t bother me because I already knew what to expect, if that makes sense?

Plus, I am a huge fan of NCIS – they did an episode about a body found in similar place in one of their episodes which is also why the ‘shock’ value for me was not really here this time round. In many ways, that freed me to simply tuck closer to Kay, Adam, Barnes, Sharpe, Harriet, Gaven and the rest of the team because I didn’t have to worry about flinching or being worried about how far the visuals might take my imagination!! Talk about an unexpected blessing!

on the thrilling style of ms amphlett:

With all my health afflictions during [2018] – as it was a steady 10 months of grief and woe; not to mention the higher frequency of migraines, I honestly wasn’t sure how much of the finer points of the series I would remember as I hugged myself so dearly close to this series each time a blog tour was announced, I couldn’t be certain what I’d recollect directly about the series a full year later. I was happily surprised to find that I remember far more than I thought – as I have wonderful memories of listening to this series, whilst colouring whilst playing solitaire and how I travelled a bit and listened to this at different libraries. Including the rather infamous experience of where I was a muddling mess of tears and choking emotions – looking up to finding myself in a crowded room full of library patrons who thankfully were unobservant to my reaction!

What aided my memory prompts for key moments of reference within the series is how Amphlett started to recollect them for us! Even before she mentioned certain important references, I was already jumping ahead of her – flashing back to those scenes and those revelations almost as if I had lived through them yesterday. This not only made me happy as a reader but it gave me a bit of hope that I am not losing as much short-term or long-term memories due to my migraines gaining a bit of speed on their frequencies. I do struggle with short-term recovery after a migraine but perhaps, in the long-term sense, I am gaining back more than I am losing temporarily and that is good news for me.

It never amazes me how she has a sharp eye and a dear knack for continuity – I’ll always remember that most about this series, how you can move from the very first installment to the current release and never feel you’ve been in wont of anything that was missed, overlooked or not explained. The smallest details can mean something in this series and at other times, those details could become red herrings; she uses those rather sophistically and I adore her for it!

I seriously can’t wait for the eighth novel – as the more I learn about these characters, the more I want to continue to rally behind them and see what comes next in their lives.

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specifically in regards to the audiobook:

As I am relatively new to reviewing audiobooks and listening to them with a greater frequency than of the past, I am appreciative of Ms Jess providing a cursory outline of how best to articulate my listening hours on behalf of this audiobook and the others I shall be blogging about or reviewing in future. I’ve modified the suggestions to what I felt were pertinent to respond too on my own behalf as well as keeping to the questions I felt were relevant to share.

Number of Times I’ve heard the Narrator(s):

This is my seventh listening of an Alison Campbell audiobook – as the first one was for ‘Scared to Death’ followed by the next stories in sequence of order for the Kay Hunter series.

Regards to the Narrator’s Individual Character performances:

Kay Hunter: Despite everything weighing on her heart personally; especially in regards to the loss of her child, her relationship with her mother and the emergency involving her father; Kay was strong, focused and able to lead her team with a renewed sense of confidence. You could really see how well she is starting to shine as she found a new purpose in her new role on the team.

Sharpe: Sharpe is the encourager of the team, rallying their spirits when they feel like they’ve hit a brick wall or haven’t found a break in the case they were hoping to find. He has a bit of fun with the team in this installment; as he enjoyed the pizza party.

Barnes: You really can start to see the vulnerability of Barnes in this installment – how his new role and promotion is taking him out of his comfort zone. Barnes understands Kay in a way all working partners do – they have each others’ back and they provide the comic relief needed for each other in high risk jobs. You see a different side to Barnes here, where he needs to lean on Kay rather than Kay needing to lean Barnes; proving how strong their friendship truly is and why it works as well as it does.

Adam: Ever the caregiver and the support system for Kay, Adam was the champion she needed to feel grounded, secure and safe. Adam had to shoulder a lot from her mother and it is reflective in how strained he is around her; as only the father believes in him and Kay. Adam is also career focused but he puts Kay first and you can tell he would do anything for her if he could.

Supporting Cast:

Harriet: I never fail to smile whenever Harriet arrives on scene – she is one of my favourite members of the supporting cast; alongside the rest of the team Kay delegates under her own supervision. It has a lot to do with how Campbell narrates her voice as much as how she makes her presence known as soon as she comes on scene; a credit to Amphlett for the material and how Harriet’s role in the series is pivotal to the team.

Kay’s Mum, sister and Dad: I really loved getting the chance to be reunited with Kay’s family; her mother was voiced so convincingly well I nearly forgot it was Alison Campbell in the role! She really dug deep and drew out Kay’s Mum in such a way that I was cringing for Kay just to be in scenes with her myself! Her sister needed supportive encouragement in this portion of their lives and Kay’s Dad continues to win me over for his unconditional love of Kay and Adam.

The Forensic Accountant: Love, love LOVED how she was personified by Campbell! Her accent was wicked brilliant and her methods of influencing the case forward was really innovative, inspiring and curiously compelling! I wished she had had more scenes with the team and hope she might make a return revisit.

How the Novel sounded to me as it was being Read: (theatrical or narrative)

I oft-times consider this a theatrical narrative – where you have so many lovely accents and different voices moving in and out of the scenes that you truly believe your listening to a full cast recording! This is a the beauty of how Alison Campbell narrates – in this installment, she was giving me so many different accents all at once I was truly impressed how she could shift back and forth between them whilst still maintaining the ‘narrative’ voice of the series on top of the expanding cast of characters. She moves in and out of the roles provided with such ease, confidence and comfort – you can know she loves narrating Kay Hunter!

I couldn’t ever consider another ‘voice’ for this series and hope Ms Campbell can be the voice of the series until Ms Amphlett chooses to end our journey with Kay Hunter.

Preference after listening to re-Listen or pick up the book in Print?

Definitely will keep listening to the audiobooks – though one day, I suspect I shall gather the books if only to admire them on my shelf and remember the memories of listening to Ms Campbell bring these to life! Then, after a respectable distance, I’ll read them whilst listening to the audiobooks — a treat I feel is as sinfully delish as the best chocolate desert or cocktail to accompany it.

In closing, would I seek out another Alison Campbell audiobook?

If the past recollections of the six previous novels were not a formidable clue  – I am a huge fan  of Ms Campbell’s narration styling – which means at some point in the future, I shall be branching out and seeking out stories she’s narrated ‘outside’ of the #KayHunter series. Til then, she truly embodies Kay Hunter in such an intrinsically familiar way to make me feel like I’ve ‘come home’ each time I put on my headphones and hear her voicing Kay!

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One response to “Audiobook Review | “Bridge to Burn” (Book Seven: the Kay Hunter Detective series) by Rachel Amphlett, narrated by Alison Campbell

  1. Amphlett does a great job handling Kay’s personal tragedy, the miscarriage. I’ve never felt the drive to have kids & have never miscarried, and while I can understand the sadness on the surface, it’s always been a struggle for me to understand why there’s such a long lasting sense of sadness in most cases. Amphlett does a great job of demonstrating how a miscarriage affects people and why the emotional effects are long lasting.

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