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The Skeleton Road Audiobook

The Skeleton Road

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Publisher's Summary

When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a gothic Victorian building in Edinburgh, which is scheduled for renovation, Cold Case Squad detective Karen Pirie is given the task of identifying the decades-old bones. Her investigation leads her back to past conflicts, false identities and buried secrets...

©2014 Val McDermid (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"McDermid remains unrivalled… Brilliant" (Observer on Cross and Burn)

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    Margaret Australia 22/03/2016
    Margaret Australia 22/03/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Skeleton road"

    Really really dull. Starts well sounds promising but is boring, poor story, dull. Not to the usual standard of VM

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve 25/07/2015
    Steve 25/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "my first auto book ever,"

    hi I'd like to say I loved that the reader was Scottish..it added a realistic feel to it, even though it was hard to understand in spots but I got the book because of this & was pleased with the out come, thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Bronwyn
    Bloubergstrand, South Africa
    19/03/15
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    "I started thinking with a Scottish accent"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I love Val McDermid's books and have been a fan for a long time. This did not feel like her other books, it seemed to take a very different direction. I would recommend it to people but would manage their expectations that it is not typical of her other work.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I loved it. I admit I was hoping for a happier ending but the story didn't build to an "and they lived happily ever after" scenario. That said, it didn't have a sad ending - it ended the best way it could.


    What three words best describe Cathleen McCarron’s performance?

    Amazing at accents


    Was The Skeleton Road worth the listening time?

    Yes it was. It was depressing at times and I felt so much compassion for the protagonist, I kept hoping things would look up for her. The story was very intriguing and had some interesting surprises along the way.


    Any additional comments?

    Val is a master at her art. I did find Cathleen's Scottish accent quite heavy and not always easy to follow. After a few hours, I started thinking with a Scottish accent. :-) I almost fell over when she read dialogue of American, European or English characters because her accent changed dramatically. She is very good at that. She gave an excellent performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • pam
    11/12/14
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    "disappointed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I love Val McDermid's books but, although intelligently written, I found it a boring story with too many surplus to requirements characters

    Half way through, I was longing for it to end. I failed to find a character I could like and follow with interest.


    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • iris
    Paris, France
    1/03/15
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    "Disappointing as a crime thriller but interesting"

    The discovery of a skeleton on the roof top of a high building in Edinburgh leads to an investigation which soon takes us back to the Balkans War of the nineties. This was the most interesting part of the book as a retrospective of the War and the crimes committed during that period inevitably lead the reader to question how and why such atrocities occur and no doubt will occur until the end of time. On the one hand we are faced with that part of human nature which we think civilisation can shield us from. The institution of Justice is perhaps the highest human achievement to counter balance our more savage instincts. The story argues against taking the law into one's own hands no matter how badly a criminal has behaved. The plot is weak as a thriller and quite frankly it was easy to guess the connections between the protagonists very early on unlike other works by Val McDermid. I would recommend this book if you are interested in the Balkans and want to understand more about the complications of the different cultural problems of the region.
    The narrator is excellent apart from a very weak characterisation of a Welshman whose accent was very strange to my ears.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • sally
    southend on sea, United Kingdom
    6/03/15
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    "Asking for a refund"
    What did you like best about The Skeleton Road? What did you like least?

    Listened to the first 90mins and could take no more


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Nothing


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Cathleen McCarron?

    Doubt it


    Was The Skeleton Road worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry for being so negative but his book was really not for me

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Angela
    london, United Kingdom
    25/01/15
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    "terrible, gave it two hours and then returned it"

    I found this boring. It started promisingly with the discovery of the body and some pleasant character details. However, it rapidly transformed into an unconvincing international conspiracy with plenty of details about office life and unremarkable or unbelievable characters. Not for me.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Gerard
    Scotland
    2/12/14
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    "Not at all memorable"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No.


    Would you recommend The Skeleton Road to your friends? Why or why not?

    I find that less than a week after listening to this story I have no recollection what ever of the story, the characters or the resolution. This can't a good sign I think, for me or for the quality of the story telling.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Cathleen McCarron?

    Perhaps. Not a stand out performance.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No. I don't think there is any danger of this happening anytime soon.


    Any additional comments?

    I wonder why it was called the Skeleton Road? I must have missed that.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    Enniscorthy, Ireland
    2/01/15
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    "Excellent thriller"

    Enjoyed this audiobook, somewhat different than the usual. Great performance by the narrator, very informative on the Balkans. recommend it.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Frances Green
    17/09/15
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    "Storyline"

    Good story although very long winded. Didn't like the jumping about in the story. However, I will try another!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen Croan
    Glasgow
    31/07/15
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    "Good"

    But definitely not one of this author's best. I felt the book couldn't decide what it was; murder detective story or war account and then it ended up satisfying neither. The ending was also unnecessarily unhappy for no real plot purpose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn T.
    4/06/15
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    "A good drama"

    Not my normal choice but it was on a daily deal. Enjoyed the story and how it all came together

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Lightbody
    scotland
    22/05/15
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    "Great"

    Disappointed with ending but a good read anyway read it in one sitting recommend this if your female

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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