We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
Cold Granite Audiobook

Cold Granite: Logan McRae, Book 1

Regular Price:$15.11
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

People who bought this also bought...

Publisher's Summary

It's DS Logan McRae's first day back on the job after a year off on the sick, and it couldn't get much worse. Four-year-old David Reid's body is discovered in a ditch - strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. There's a killer stalking the Granite City and the local media are baying for blood. If that wasn't enough, Logan also has to contend with a new boss, DI Insch, who doesn't suffer fools gladly and thinks everyone's a fool, and his own ex-girlfriend, the beautiful but chilly Isobel MacAlister, who also happens to be the chief pathologist. The only good news is WPC "Ball Breaker" Watson, Logan's new guardian angel.

The dead are piling up in the morgue almost as fast as the snow on the streets, and Logan knows time is running out. More children are going missing. More are going to die. If Logan isn't careful, he's going to end up joining them.

Set in Aberdeen, where the rainy season lasts all year, criminal gangs vie for supremacy on the streets, and the oil industry brings an influx of wealth and vice, this is a gritty, powerful debut thriller by a writer with a wonderfully observant eye and a characteristically Scottish sense of gallows humour.

©2005 Stuart MacBride; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (8 )
5 star
 (5)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.3 (7 )
5 star
 (4)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.3 (7 )
5 star
 (4)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    carol 28/11/2016
    carol 28/11/2016 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Dark but brilliant"

    The story was gripping - the characters well crafted and the the whole brilliantly narrated. Thoroughly recommend Stuart MacBride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lee 20/06/2016
    Lee 20/06/2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    "Volume adjustment"

    Unfortunately the sound of the voices was up and down, disappointed with the volume adjustment

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • A. J. McConachie
    So.Calif.
    12/02/07
    Overall
    "Excellent! Stuart MacBride! Fantastic"

    Grisly gruesome ghastly kidnappings & murders in The Granite City, of Aberdeen Scotland. Lots of twist and turns. The Narration is superb! You won’t put this one down until the spine tingling end!
    More! More! More!
    UNABRIDGED PLEASE.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • John
    NJ, United States
    29/07/10
    Overall
    "gritty, human, great fun"

    The characters are real people, who make mistakes, but keep trying. And the best part is, they are genuinely funny along the way. This is the first book i've listened to by this author, and have to say i thoroughly enjoyed it. The story is quite good, but it's really the odd cast of characters and their dialog that seemed so refreshing and interesting to me. The narration was excellent as well. Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • S. Harvey
    Hungry Bay, Paget Bermuda
    8/11/07
    Overall
    "Outstanding"

    Great book and marvelous narration. The plot is intricate and satisfying. The characters are credible and gritty. I was delighted to come across a new author, or new to me, whose writing has an authentic British flavour and whose characters seem to live on the page.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • jeanne
    WASHINGTON, DC, United States
    13/06/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Abridged so who knows?"

    Huge holes in this, plus you can't really enter into the story since so much is missing. Deeply disappointing! I love Stuart macbride so I'm sure the book is excellent. Just avoid this crap version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Martha
    5/12/11
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Abridgment Doesn't Make A Difference"

    I love, love, love Stuart MacBride. This book is the first in the Logan MacRae series and, since I found it, I am now hooked! MacBride is a terrifically entertaining author; one of the best I have read. Until I found him, Nelson Demille was my favorite author in this genre. It's nice to have found another great one!
    John Sessions performs this rather than just reading it. You can tell that he is a very good actor and really puts a lot of effort into his portrayals of the characters.
    If you like detective fiction, with some dark humor thrown in, you will enjoy this book and the whole Logan MacRae series. And if you are not familiar with British slang you may want to brush up before reading this author.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    United States
    13/11/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Smash hit!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Without doubt! Another great book from Stuart Macbride!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the real life humor that Stuart interjects into the lives of the characters, which was masterfully narrated by John Sessions. The turns of phrases are just hilarious at times, even though the story involves grizzly murders.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were too many favorite scenes to pick just one, but I enjoyed the briefings with DCI Inch.


    Any additional comments?

    John Sessions performed the characters in the book so well. What a treat when books are cast so perfectly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    11/06/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Compelling action. Wonderfully written."

    My wife and I couldn't stop listening until story was done. Excellent writing and loved the performance. We are hooked and will be downloading the whole series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linda Reid
    27/01/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent detective novel"

    This was a compelling, fast moving story. As a native Aberdonian, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I particularly enjoyed the fact that it was set in areas I was familiar with in Aberdeen. I would have given the narrator a full 5 stars, had he not pronounced rowies and Marischal Steet wrongly. Otherwise everything was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Martin
    Horsham, West Sussex, United Kingdom
    3/07/07
    Overall
    "Not For The Aberdeen Tourist Authority"

    Fantastic listen, the narration is excellent, the tale forces you to think but the humour breaks up what could be a very dark and disturbing story. Highly recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • BlueQuill
    Scotland
    29/09/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great story, poor performance"
    What did you like most about Cold Granite?

    It was a great story, gritty, touching, down and dirty, dealing with real issues without sugar coating them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Always Logan McRae. He's a hard done by cop with a heart of gold who has a lot to put up with without it driving him crazy.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Sessions’s performances?

    No. He was rubbish. Very stilted in his narration and he got his pronunciations wrong.


    Any additional comments?

    Abridging a book is never a good idea. There is so much of the story missing and having read the paperback I know what those parts are and they were crucial to the story. If a narrator is being paid by the hour to read a story cutting the story to meet a budget makes for a shoddy job. If cost is an issue at the expense of the story, get a less well known name to do the reading and keep the whole book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    23/06/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Listen"

    Great story and well narrated.
    Shorter than normal crime books and couldn't wait top download the next book in the series

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Sheerness, Kent, United Kingdom
    1/02/10
    Overall
    "Sessions session"

    Just a quick note to say that I think John Sessions was masterful in his reading, pronunciation and acting and made this book, that I have already read in paperback, even more accessible and enjoyable. It's just a shame that it was an abridged version.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Montrose, Angus, United Kingdom
    16/11/07
    Overall
    "Excellent story."

    If you don`t mind grapic descriptions of situations and objects then this is a must for you. Having lived and worked in and around Aberdeen for many years, I found the accuracy of this tale spot on. On occasion the language is, to say the least, a bit strong, but reflects the working class dialect accurately. Please can someone tell John Sessions, good as he is, that Marischal Street and Portlethen are not pronounced as he says them, but he does get the dialect and other pronounciation as close to the real thing as possible. Full of great characters from the word go, this volume is a must for any serious crime thriller reader. Very highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara
    HOGNASTON, United Kingdom
    8/06/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Gripping"

    At the stat I thought it would be too gruesome for me as child or animal cruelty is a subject I avoid. But Stuart Mac Brides tale expertly narrated but the smooth voice of John Sessions gently took the listener from one vile, wicked find and quickly showed us where there was a crack in the plot where DC Logan could find hope and move the story forward.
    I am looking forward to listening to his other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    26/05/16
    Overall
    "brilliant"

    Great story,characters are brilliant and wonderfully read by John Sessions. Will definitely listen read more. Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julie from Romford Essex
    12/05/16
    Overall
    "gripping could stop"

    Well narrated the storyline got you hooked right to the end. Excellent thrilling great read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkangel
    20/03/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "the first logan macrae story"

    why oh why are the first few books abridged? and good though John sessions is the author has him beat just listen to the later books. this is the genisis of the macrae world and we are given glimpses of the treasure to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eileen
    17/03/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good but quite gritty"

    Very good story bit graphic in some details, but likeable police characters and very well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.