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Heartwrenching!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-2019

I've read this series for so long that the characters feel real and I guess that's the sign of a great writer. I'm not sure if it was the authors intention but I constantly seem to be angry at the Carol Jordan character. Love it and looking forward to the next one. would hate this series to end.

Not so good.

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-08-2019

I think this series has run its race and unfortunately this book was simplistic and the characters lacked depth.

Superb!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-2019

I am always in awe of the insightful and accurate way that the author describes me emotions of the characters. They are so real I'm sure we all feel we know them personally. Sean Barret's narration adds the icing on top. What a great duo. Thanks for hours of pleasure again.

Unfairly short.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-03-2018

Any additional comments?

I do like the writing by LJ Ross and the great group of characters that inhabit her stories. My only complaint is that the recordings aren't long enough. For the same price I can listen to 11-15 hours worth of amazing high quality stories by, for example, Stuart McBride or Peter May which are obviously much better value for money. I feel Cragside and Dark Skies should have been one book and like others, I too feel somewhat cheated that the "Jen Lucas" situation has obviously been dragged out to fill goodness knows how many more books. It also seems like we have an almost identical second "Hacker" in the making. Thought that horse had already bolted !! Success it seems spawns a bit of arrogance and disregard for the reading ( or listening ) public who pays the bills. Jonathan Keeble does an amazing job but I had a bit of trouble a few times discerning between Phillips and Hunter then again between Ryan and Armstrong. Love the accent he gives McKenzie.

Great Story - Terrible Narrator !

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-06-2016

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes the narrator.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Unfortunately no-one really stood out as likeable as yet. Given its the first in a series so maybe the characters need time to develop.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of James Macpherson?

Having previously listen to one of Ian Rankin's Fox novel narrated by Peter Forbes, James McPhersons narration lacks depth and subtlety. His intonations are extremely off putting and I don't know if I'll be able to get past them to enjoy another of Ian Rankin's excellent stories on Audible. McPherson tries to make his voice the star instead of Ian's characters.

Was Knots and Crosses worth the listening time?

Yes, because its an excellent story and series in the making.

Any additional comments?

I think I'll be reading the rest of the series instead of listening, all due to the narration.

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Hopefully the start of a New Series !

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-06-2016

What made the experience of listening to The Impossible Dead the most enjoyable?

It was nice to see policing from the perspective of "The Complaints" team.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Impossible Dead?

I really enjoyed the scene in the cottage at the connection there seemed to be between Fox and the older Carter.

What does Peter Forbes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrator, Peter Forbes is just fabulous. Brings a professionalism to the narration not enjoyed in the Rebus series. Subtle and "real" expression in his voice.

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

Yes, time permitting I would have done just that.

Any additional comments?

Lets hope this is a new teaming between Rankin and Forbes.

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Another Beauty !

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-2016

If you could sum up Entry Island in three words, what would they be?

History, Mystery, Depth.

What other book might you compare Entry Island to, and why?

At times the ancient Sime made me think of Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series with the first person narrative providing a rich background of Highland life, the clearances, and the journey to a new land as an immigrant. Just brilliant.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

My favourite scenes were those depicted in the diary; life as a tenant under the laird, the hunting of the stag, the journey in steerage, and especially the allocating of lands by lot. Such a wealth of interesting history enmeshed in a beautiful story. My uncle Bob, a Mackenzie, hailed from Lewis and its wonderful to hear stories of his part of Scotland.

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

Oh yes. I listened to it in the car, in bed and every spare moment I could find.

Any additional comments?

A warm thanks once again to both Peter May and Peter Forbes for a brilliant partnership of writing and delivery. Would love to hear more of Sime McKenzie.

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Touched my Soul !

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-2016

Would you consider the audio edition of The Lewis Man to be better than the print version?

Yes. The audio version allows the listener to become completely immersed in the story without the distraction of the physical presence of a book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lewis Man?

Without giving too much away, the long awaited reunion at the end.

What does Peter Forbes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Peter Forbes narration adds such depth to the characters and brings them alive much more so than the written word, but that doesn't in any way take away from Peter Mays poignant writing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole story moved me greatly, firstly because it compared closely with my own grandfathers history, born in 1899 and being placed, illegitimate and unwanted into the poorhouse on the Isle of Mull and then raised in a blackhouse with a farmers family in the small settlement of Suidhe, the ruins of which still stand today near Bunessan, Mull. Secondly, my own Mum, aged 89 is deteriorating with dementia and, like Tormid, becoming confused and losing her sense of self. Peters words demonstrated so clearly what Mum must be going through.

Any additional comments?

I will listen to this story time and time again, and never tire of it. Saying a simple thank you to the author and narrator seems such an inadequate form of gratitude for such a wonderful gift.

Evil to the Max !

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-2016

Any additional comments?

The ultimate evil manifests itself in the form of the character Mrs Saifre in this novel. In the real world much evil is perpetrated under the guise of ritual and ceremony but is really just sick fantasies being satisfied, nearly always by rich and powerful people, with much effort being made to cover it up. This is essentially the basis for this story which is very good but could have wrapped up a bit better in the end. Perhaps the door has been left open deliberately for the return of Evil. As always Ian Hanmore makes the characters. I just love the work of this hard to beat duo. Hats off to James Oswald and team for staying with this excellent narrator. Very disappointing when listening to a series and the narrator is changed. Ruins it completely!

Fabulous Second Book with a Supernatural Element !

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-2016

Any additional comments?

I just love James Oswald's writing style and the rich and realistic characters he's created. Ian Hanmore's narration is simply superb. His ability to change his voice to suit each character is amazing which makes the enjoyment of the story so much greater. What a great writer / narration team. Thank you both for hours of enjoyment.

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