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The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Hangman's Song, the third in the phenomenally successful Inspector McLean series by James Oswald. Read by the actor Ian Hanmore.
The body of a man is found hanging in an empty house. To the Edinburgh police force this appears to be a simple suicide case. Days later another body is found. The body is hanging from an identical rope and the noose has been tied using the same knot. Then a third body is found. As Inspector McLean digs deeper he descends into a world where the lines of reality are blurred and where the most irrational answers become the only explanations.
©2014 James Oswald (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited
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By Animal lover on 03-05-14

A MUST AUDIO BOOK

What did you like most about The Hangman's Song?

James Oswald is a very clever writer, leading you through his stories with a natural apptitude for crime solving, some of which are horrendous so be prepared. I would advise that you listen to "Natural Causes" and "The Book of Souls" before you hear this, although it can be a stand alone audiobook. I guarrantee you will like all of them.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hangman's Song?

This is difficult to answer without giving the story away, just trust me enough to know there are plenty of memorable moments.

Have you listened to any of Ian Hanmore’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, he is a brilliant narrator. The voices he produces for each character are mind blowing with the ease he slips in and out of them. I hope that Mr Oswald or would that be Penguin manage to procure him for subsequent novels.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Although DI McLean does have a sense of humour, his job is not really conducive to make you laugh, although there are incidents that made me smile.Crying on the other hand depends on the readers sensitivity, I cried in places others may not.

Any additional comments?

I put these books on audio as I wasn't getting anything done. Unfortunately it is impossible to do anything that needs your brains attention. If you get distracted you will miss important additions to the story line!

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By Simon on 10-05-15

Getting better with each book

Another excellent story about DI McLean. This book while probably okay as a stand-alone novel is definitely one you will get the most out of if you have read the previous two books. While the mystery presented does stand by itself the ongoing narrative of McLean's life also holds much interest.

Another detective story with more than a hint of the supernatural superbly narrated by Ian Hanmore who is the perfect partner for Oswald's creations.

Very highly recommended.

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By manfred cimmino on 02-26-15

Gripping book.

I enjoyed the book very much but was surprised the next book was not audible.

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By Roy Jenner on 06-14-17

Great narration.

Would you listen to The Hangman's Song again? Why?

No. I have no desire to read, or become involved with the occult.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hangman's Song?

The realisation that the main character could have been in line for a billion pound inheritance had he compared DNAs.

Have you listened to any of Ian Hanmore’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes - as good as always.

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

Could have easily.

Any additional comments?

Great story line brings Scotland's great city alive.

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