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Where does The Chessmen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Would you recommend The Chessmen to your friends? Why or why not?
yes - but only after reading the first two - the endfing needs to be told
Which scene was your favorite?
none in particular
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
no - not as much as the first two
Any additional comments?
I felt slightly disappointed - it was a good enough ending but ,,, something didn't gel as much as tghe first two for me
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This is the third of the Lewis trilogy by Peter May. I read the first two but, after starting a job which involved a long drive, decided to listen to this one. This was very much the right choice.
The story is wonderful, dark and brooding, realistic about life and love and evoking the bleak environment of the islands. It’s tension never lets up and it’s very difficult to stop listening.
For me, however, this story was improved a hundredfold by Peter Forbes’s excellent narration. His accents are superb, his delivery is pitch perfect, adding a real dynamism to the tale. He is at no point over dramatic, which I find a lot on Audible, but managed to convey real emotion without sounding hammy.
Five stars aren’t quite enough for such excellent story telling.
28 of 32 people found this review helpful
Whilst you could undoubtedly enjoy each part of this trilogy as a stand alone story - listen in the correct order and you will gradually absorb the complete tapestry of Fin's life as well as pick up sub-plots, stories and clues that weave their way throughout the 3 books. Rarely have I come across a trilogy that has been so cleverly constructed. Well written and well read The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man and now The Chessmen are thoroughly absorbing and I would have thought enjoyable for men and women alike.
29 of 34 people found this review helpful
I didn't find this as spell binding as some of his other books. I found my mind kept wandering and I could come back to the story and I hadn't missed anything.
This has a wonderful story told in a lovely and moving way about people you can believe in.