A brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community in 1869 leads to the arrest of 17-year-old Roderick Macrae. There is no question that Macrae committed this terrible act. What would lead such a shy and intelligent boy down this bloody path?
Presented as a collection of documents, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers, which offer conflicting impressions, throwing Macrae's motive and his sanity into question.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.
©2015 Graeme Macrae Burnet (P)2016 Saraband Books, Audio produced by RNIB Talking Books Service, Glasgow
"A truly ingenious thriller as confusingly multi-layered as an Escher staircase." (Daily Express)
"The Man Booker judges got it right: this really is one of the most convincing and engrossing novels of the year." (The Scotsman)
"A story without purpose..."
The story is just an account of events 150 years ago in the scottish highlands.
If the history of Scotland is of interest to you then you might enjoy the book. The book is well written and the narration is fine.
"Loved this book, well read don't be put off by the first reader you hear, I nearly was"
Enjoyed this book, I would describe it as a slow burner, that when the core deed is done, it seemed to thump me in the chest! Bam....so well written to make me feel like that.
Dont be put off by the author reading the preface, (very staccato) the core book is well read by Crawford John and Cameron Mowat. I was totally gripped. Loved and hated the ending! Loved the discussion of pros and cons, hated the continuing story in the court room, felt the book ended at the original outcome.
Loved the setting, the history, loved the situation
Would recommend. Loved it.
"Much, Much Better than the Sample Suggests"
The different styles of prose. The novel comprises witness statements, two memoirs, a trial transcript and more - each flawlessly executed.
The main protagonist is Roddy - a triple murderer. While it may be hard to take his side, he is nevertheless a sensitive and sympathetic character.
DO NOT BE PUT OFF BY THE SAMPLE! This is merely the author's prologue. He is great at writing, but narration, not so much. The two narrators perfectly capture the tone of their respective parts and were a pleasure to listen to.
Pass. This reads more like a documentary than a feature film - and is all the more compelling for it.
I wish Audible would feature the narration of all readers in a multi-reader production. Otherwise the sample can be very misleading.
hard to stop listening. I didn't want it to finish. I loved every word and I now really want to visit the area. the story was brought to life wonderfully.
Well written and masterfully narrated. A tragic story which provided an insight into highland life in the late nineteenth century.
"Best performance I've listened to"
The book itself I thoroughly enjoyed but having listened to a number of audio books I felt I should comment on the narrating which I thought was excellent and added another dimension to the story, such that even when I could pick up a hard copy of the book ( I usually go between the two) I chose instead to continue listening to the audio file instead. I would throughly recommend this book, but especially to the audio version of it.
Faultlessly plotted and utterly convincing. Like Sholokhov in Quiet flows the Don , Macrae Burnet addresses issues of landownership and associated injustices ,with the lightest of touch and leaves the reader to draw their own conclusions.
Archibald Ross. Adds a breezy charm.
Excellent, although Mowat stumbles over the pronunciation of Aeneas.
Brilliantly written and narrated. I was totally absorbed into the lives it describes. I have read the book and found it's audible equivalent superb. My maternal grandmother came from a crofting community which she remembered as harsh but community spirited in a way our urban world has largely lost. I will read and listen to this novel many times I am sure.
"Fiction or non-fiction - I would say the latter"
Interesting novel which appears to be historically sound and geographically accurate. Author gives an excellent account of life, surroundings and moral values of the time.
Great narration - do not be out off by the author's monotone narration in the introduction (and Audible sample) it is only for a few minutes and the narration of the book by Crawford Logan and Cameron Mowat is excellent. Each to their own strength - the author should stick to his writing talents and leave narrating to those who can verbally express themselves.
I would recommend this Audible book.
"Original and Intriguing"
There are some books which lend themselves better to the audio format and this is undoubtedly one of them.
A great story enhanced by brilliant narration
"One of the best books I've read"
one of the best books I've read, up there with the book thief, my favourite ever book. This book is real life, tragedy and empathy. I feel it should have won the Booker prize, and yes I have read the sell out.
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