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Publisher's Summary

Yeah, yeah, the usual. A crime. A corpse. A killer. Heard it. Except this stiff happens to be a Ponsonby, scion of a venerable Edinburgh medical clan, and the manner of his death speaks of unspeakable things. Why is the body displayed like a slice of beef? How come his hands are digitally challenged? And if it's not the corpse, what is that awful smell? A post-Thatcherite nightmare of frightening plausibility, Quite Ugly One Morning is a wickedly entertaining and vivacious thriller, full of acerbic wit, cracking dialogue, and villains both reputed and shell-suited.
©1996 Christopher Brookmyre; (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks
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By Joanna on 01-12-13

Came for Tennant, stayed for the story...

Would you listen to Quite Ugly One Morning again? Why?

Certainly a story to listen to again, highly entertaining and even when you know whodunnit, these are characters well worth re-visiting.

What did you like best about this story?

All the characters in this story are interesting, even the bad guy, who you really can't wait to see get his comeuppance. The pacing of the story keeps you guessing, but gets you to the end at a gallop.

What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

The story is set in Scotland so obviously a Scottish narrator suits perfectly. David Tennant has an extremely expressive voice, keeping the dialogue entertaining and the narrative passages engaging. Plus, he has a dead sexy voice that's no hardship to listen to either!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to this in my car and on a number of occasions simply sat in the driveway before going inside because I wanted to hear "just a little bit more". Was tempted to take a road trip somewhere just so I could listen to it all at once!

Any additional comments?

A thoroughly enjoyable listen, recommended for anyone who likes a good crime drama with a healthy helping of humour!

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By Elisa on 03-13-12

Hilarious and entertaining

Where does Quite Ugly One Morning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The performance rates up there with the best. David Tennant is my number 1 narrator, and he does comedy so well. The story is the best light comedy I've listened to so far.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The female doctor. This relatively straight character has some fantastic dry wit.

Which character – as performed by David Tennant – was your favorite?

The little old lady. How he does female characters so well is beyond me.

Any additional comments?

I only bought this audiobook because David Tennant narrated it in his native Scottish accent. I was delighted with David's performance, but was really surprised at how funny this book was. Its not a genre I would normally go for, but it was really, really entertaining. I can thoroughly recommend it if you want a light, funny listen.

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By Allan on 08-14-06

Quite brilliant

The 'Only Fools & Horses' of detective fiction - with un-deleted expletives! A huge belly laugh from start to finish. I can't wait for the next instalment.

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By Anonymous User on 12-23-12

Brookmyre at his best

As much as a I don't usually go for the abridged version of a audiobook I was forced to in this case as the unabridged version has not yet been made.



A fantastic edit keeping all the satire, story and enjoyment of this story!

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By Simone on 07-03-17

Cracking Tale

Great story. Interrupted at irritating intervals by weird, seemingly pointless, musical interludes. Would have been far easier to listen to without them.

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