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Life is dangerous when you have everything to lose. Famous, beautiful, and talented, Heike Gunn has the world at her feet. Then, one day, she simply vanishes. Meanwhile journalist Jack Parlabane has lost everything: his career, his marriage, his self-respect. A call for help from an old friend offers a chance for redemption - but only if he can find out what happened to Heike. Pursued by those who would punish him for past crimes, Parlabane enters the secret-filled world of Heike's band, Savage Earth Heart, a group at the breaking point. Each of its members seems to be hiding something - not least its newest recruit, Monica Halcrow, whose alleged relationship with Heike has become a public obsession. Monica's own story, however, reveals a far darker truth. Fixated on Heike from day one, she has been engulfed by paranoia, jealousy, and fear as she discovers the hidden price of fame. From Berlin to Barcelona, from the streets of Milan to remote Scottish islands, Parlabane must dredge up old secrets to find Heike before it's too late.
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By Justin Hansen on 01-01-18
caricature accent makes almost unlistenable
Matthew Lloyd Davies (who isn't Scottish and who is otherwise good) insists on using a cartoonish over the top Scottish accent that is terrible. I'm American but have visited Scotland and listened to close to 50 Scottish audiobooks and this is atrocious. It's hard to listen to. I'm reminded of Groundskeeper Willie combined with every bad stereotype Aberdonian accent I've ever heard. This would make one of Ian Rankin's masterworks awful. This is my first exposure to Brookmyre and it's really hard to even judge the story since I hated the male performance so much. It is also distracting and odd to have a female read every other chapter, but I'm just so glad to get off the MLD voice I appreciate the change. I think she does a good job.
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