Raven Black : Shetland Island

  • by Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by Gordon Griffin
  • Series: Shetland Island
  • 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Long a celebrated crime writer in Britain, Ann Cleeves' fame went international when she won the coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger for this amazing suspense novel, Raven Black. Like Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse or Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks, Cleeves' new detective, Inspector Jimmy Perez, is a very private and perceptive man whose bailiwick is a remote hamlet in the Shetland Islands. It is a cold January morning, and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But when detective Jimmy Perez and his colleagues from the mainland insist on opening out the investigation, a veil of suspicion and fear is thrown over the entire community. For the first time in years, Catherine's neighbors nervously lock their doors while a killer lives on in their midst.
Ann Cleeves is sure to dazzle US mystery listeners with this unforgettable series debut. This series is the basis for the hit BBC show Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall, which attracted over 12 million viewers in its first two nights on the air.

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Defective Production

Good story, excellent reader, problems with the audio, as has been noted by other reviewers. I'll probably just read this somewhere, and return this book, as it is much too disconcerting to hear "Chapter 29" in the middle of a description of our protagonist reeling from a punch in the face -- this defect is at 1:05 and I have already heard several of these recorded overlays, which are interfering with the actual story.

I even deleted this from my library and downloaded again, in case Audible had decided to fix the problem. But they haven't as of 2/23/15.
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- E.

A Cozy With Technical Trouble

I wanted to love this award winning thriller but to me it just had too many issues. Several other reviewers commented on production problems and I have to agree with them--it was pretty terrible. There seemed to be a secondary recording that did random parallel voice overs that made no sense at all--and spoke with the narration. It was disturbing and almost jarring. Even more than this the book is most definitely not a thriller but a cozy police procedural. In the end a very slow, plodding and careful story telling and delivery. Can't recommend.
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- sara

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-19-2014
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio