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Five minutes into this book I was completely captivated. MacBride is a master storyteller, both as a writer and as a narrator. Imagine a dark, Scottish Carl Hiaasen read by Robin Williams with the characters brought to hilarious life in a variety of UK accents. Actually, don't bother imagining. Just get the audiobook....unless.
Unless you are put off by incessantly crude language. Unless it will drive you a little crazy when you can't understand some of what is being said because it is couched in dialects and idiom which is occasionally incomprehensible. Unless you find daunting the prospect of a lesbian detective inspector with a pregnant wife and the sensibilities of a longshoreman. Unless you are offended by laughter coupled with vivid evocations of the grotesque or tragic.
On the other hand, if you really love good writing, you might want to tuck your reservations away somewhere and listen in spite of them. I have seldom encountered such memorable characters or an author who could so consistently bring a moment or place brilliantly to life with a single telling and original image. Or one who could read so incredibly well.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
I love Stuart Macbride's books - gritty and funny with some fabulous characters. But what makes these audiobooks special is Macbride's narration - he's brilliant (and makes me laugh out loud whenever he does DI Steel's voice). A real pleasure to listen to - so much so that I buy the audio versions even though I already own the print edition. I wish he'd go back and record the earlier books done with other narrators!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
This was a fantastic listen and I found the characters funny and the story was addictive.
I would highly recommend this novel for anyone that enjoys a good listen.
I listened to it on holiday and it was the best way to pass a hot afternoon.One of the best
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Stuart McBride takes you along on a roller coaster ride of a police story. Like the previous books in this series, it is full of violence and stretched reality. However, the multiple plot lines keep the reader enthralled as Logan McCrae picks his way through, battling against the criminals and his superiors. The characters are highly entertaining, and Detective Inspector Steel is nearly worthy of a book of her own. The interplay between the characters is superb, full of threat, slightly sarcastic, and highly amusing. I'm a fan of the series, so I'm biased, but I would recommend this, and the previous books, to anyone who enjoys a really good, intelligent story.
Stuart McBride narrates the story, and he adds much to the story by giving each character an identity of their own. His narration shows that he is a natural story teller and his enthusiasm for his creations is displayed in the telling.
I have listened to this book whilst working out in the gym, and I became so lost in the story my workload has increased.
I look forward to the next book.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Another great listen by Stuart.
I wasn’t sure about the narration as it never seems to be a good sign when narrator s change through a series but I got use to him pretty fast on the first book he narrated.
The music at the start was a bit odd as I haven’t come across it before.
Over all a great listen and another great series I am more than happy to continue with.
I wasn't sure what narration from the author himself would be like but it was fantastic - animated, different accents, hilarious.
It gave an insight into how he thought his characters would really sound and behave!
Good storyline also. Thoroughly enjoyed this and have already bought the next (and last book) he both authored and narrated.