• The Blackhouse

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 11-01-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • 4.3 (132 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A brutal killing takes place on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland: a land of harsh beauty and inhabitants of deep-rooted faith. Detective Inspector Fin Macleod is sent from Edinburgh to investigate. For Lewis-born Macleod, the case represents a journey both home and into his past.
Something lurks within the close-knit island community.
Something sinister.
As Fin investigates, old skeletons begin to surface and soon, he, the hunter, becomes the hunted.
©2011 Quercus Publishing PLC (P)2011 Quercus Editions Ltd
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By dumbclub on 01-31-12


I actually came across the word "unputdownable" while searching my thesaurus for a word to describe this audiobook. Peter May has created a believable cast of characters to take us through a bleak but memorable landscape that is plagued with the baggage of fractured relationships of every kind. Peter Forbes beautiful scottish gives the story authenticity and credibility as he reads it with a confidence that made me think he could have lived it.

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By Janice on 04-15-12

You can feel the wind and the sea

Have you listened to any of Peter Forbes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


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I am giving 4 stars instead of 5 only because this was an abridged version, which I never would slelect if the unabridged was available. I wanted to start with the first book of this series so I got what I could. But this was a very compelling story in which the murder to be solved took back seat to the human drama played out through the main characters. Moving easily from present to past and back again to reveal the complex relationships of 3 childhood friends and a cast of supporting players, I was fully invested in the outcome, which was somewhat unexpected but completely believable. The narration added to the sense of authenticity, with the scottish brogue adding to the atmosphere heavy with rain, fog and memories. Fin Macleod is a protagonist whose past has been tragic, yet you can still sense life and optimism in him. I am moving immediately to the next in the series, The Lewis Man. It is unabridged, so I expect even better story and character development from that one.

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By Nils on 05-07-13

So much more than just a crime story

The Blackhouse is my third book by Peter May, although chronologically I should probably have started with this one.

There are so many more layers to this book than just solving a crime - it goes deep into childhood infatuations, hidden secrets and forgotten/repressed memories of a young mind, of the thin varnish of respectability, of barely recognized motives, of revenge, and adds the harsh nature of the isles as a fitting backdrop.

Although I read the trilogy out of order, I was surprised and fully satisfied with the dramatic ending. Yes, I did shed tears at appropriate intervals.

The language never gets in the way (as it does happen in other books), and once again Peter Forbes' narration is impeccable.

I will most definitely look forward to any upcoming titles by Peter May. This one is a production I will happily return to.

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By Odilon on 04-13-13

An excellent read, excellent narration

Although a short book, this book is the perfect introduction to the three Lewis books written by Peter May. The narration is first class throughout the series and in this book the characters are nicely put into place, as well as having some glimpses into life as it was in the Outer Hebridees and as it is today.

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