Hide and Seek : Inspector Rebus

  • by Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by Bill Paterson, Ian Rankin
  • Series: Inspector Rebus
  • 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

FEATURING AN EXCLUSIVE INTRODUCTION READ BY IAN RANKIN. The 2nd Inspector Rebus novel from 'arguably Scotland's finest living writer' (The Times) A junkie lies dead in an Edinburgh squat, spreadeagled, cross-like on the floor, between two burned-down candles, a five-pointed star daubed on the wall above. Just another dead addict - until John Rebus begins to chip away at the indifference, treachery, deceit and sleaze that lurks behind the facade of the Edinburgh familiar to tourists. Only Rebus seems to care about a death which looks more like a murder every day, about a seductive danger he can almost taste, appealing to the darkest corners of his mind.

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skip the unabridged

If this is a good novel, the abrgdgement spoils it. I suspect the best part of the tale was in the details - otherwise it's bit of a tired plot.

I wanted to start at the beginning of the Rebus novels to get a better handle on the character, but from Rankin's spoken preface, I'd say this novel would not have helped, even if it were unabridged. The unabridged first in the series, Knots and Crosses, was a good listen, however, with superior narration.
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- connie "Narrative makes the world go round."

Loved book, love the author. HATE abridged books

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I hate abridged books because I want to choose for myself whether or not to skip certain parts of a book. Many times I make a choice to skip places in books, but I want that choice to be mine. It angers me to have someone else make the editing decisions as to what parts are essential to the story and which are not. Since I was unable to find a non-abridged audio version anywhere...at any price, I actually got the print book to see what I missed. When I read the print version, it was apparent that the cuts were mostly to the male/female relationship interplay scenes. Given the choice, I would have chosen to hear those and skip some of the violence, but those who feel differently should be able to do their own editing too. Abridging also insults the author, and Ian Rankin is much to good an author to have that done to him.


Who was your favorite character and why?

John Rebus is smart, funny, imperfect, and very real. I'd invite him to share my dinner table anytime.


What about Bill Paterson and Ian Rankin ’s performance did you like?

The accents, the slang, and the banter between characters. That's why I bought and listened to the audio version despite my aversion to abridged books.


Could you see Hide and Seek being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I don't care. I don't like movies especially movies based on books. It's just another example of someone else editing for me. I like audio-books better. I like to imagine my own characters.


Any additional comments?

Please...... offer non-abridged versions along with abridged versions of Audible books. Very frustrating.

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- Jina H-F "Love Historical fiction, 1750 -1950, stories from cold/temperate climates, stories from the British Isles, & physical disability fiction."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-02-2009
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited