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I usually like Ian Rankin very much, he is on of my 5 preferred authors. Yet I could not get to the end this time.
I do not want anyone to think this is a critic of the book, not at all.
But I am from Denmark, so English is a second language to me. This gave me a lot of problems because of this audiobooks narration. It is, from my point of view read in heavily dialected English, and that broke my back.
I think this book should be narrated by another, someone with a more neutral English.
Having read all the rebus books I thought I'd try them on audible,boy I'm glad I have.This is my third one and the best revisit so far.James MacPherson is just perfect as a narrator. This is one of the earlier rebus novels and what stands out on audible is how much dry humour their is in the book that I don't recall when reading it,I don't know if this is just down to the narration but it came as a pleasant surprise. It just goes to show how good an author Rankin is and what a brilliant creation rebus is
It is always interesting to experience " earlier works" from a writer whom you have come to appreciate.
There is no doubt that the plots were always interesting ( for this genre) but Mr R, thankfully, looked to improving the pace and urgency in his style.
How much less violent these early novels were and how less broken as a human being Rebus was. Life, even in the context of a novel series, becomes / became more brutal and gritty for many.