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Rather Be the Devil Audiobook

Rather Be the Devil: Inspector Rebus 21

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Publisher's Summary

Some cases never leave you.

For John Rebus, 40 years may have passed, but the death of beautiful, promiscuous Maria Turquand still preys on his mind. She was murdered in her hotel room on the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there, and Maria's killer has never been found.

Meanwhile, the dark heart of Edinburgh remains up for grabs. A young pretender, Darryl Christie, may have staked his claim, but a vicious attack leaves him weakened and vulnerable, and an inquiry into a major money laundering scheme threatens his position. Has old-time crime boss Big Ger Cafferty really given up the ghost, or is he biding his time until Edinburgh is once more ripe for the picking?

In a tale of twisted power, deep-rooted corruption and bitter rivalries, Rather Be the Devil showcases Rankin and Rebus at their unstoppable best.

©2016 John Rebus Ltd (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group

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    Amazon Customer 08/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved it!"

    Was a great introduction to audiobooks.
    Like all Rankin's novels about Rebus this did not fail to keep you wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DeetsC 30/05/2017
    DeetsC 30/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "twists and turns with favourite characters"

    James MacPherson as narrator does justice to the world of Rebus and Ian Rankin. excellent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    romina 09/03/2017
    romina 09/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic"

    Another engrossing John Reubus tale with brilliant narration. Kept me hooked all the way and left me not wanting it to end !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs 04/12/2016
    Mrs 04/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Rebus still the best"

    Held tension throughout; pure Rebus; Ian Rankin has not lost his edge; James Macpherson is a great narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • George Fogden
    27/11/16
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    "Mr Rankin at his best"
    Where does Rather Be the Devil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is vintage Rebus, nothing has been lost on this one


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rebus, of course


    What does James Macpherson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Understanding the accent


    Any additional comments?

    Ask Mr. Rankin for more of the same please. I see Cafferty is back so I expect some more in the near future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    24/11/16
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    "Never fails to entertain, Rebus is as good as ever"
    If you could sum up Rather Be the Devil in three words, what would they be?

    Like an old friend


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character relationships


    What does James Macpherson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brings out the characters own personalities.


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

    Yes but it would be a spoiler to write about it, although Hank Marvin will suffice.


    Any additional comments?

    After 20 previous books, with not even a slightly 'iffy' one amongst them, this book shines. Rebus is on form and every bit as good as he's always been, albeit slightly less edgy than his younger days, he still packs a punch! highly recommended! Patrica Cornwell could well learn some lessons about her character's appeal from this!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anna
    14/01/17
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    "Very consistent Rankin"

    Always very consistent, engaging and painfully well written. Worth 5 stars but saving one for in case.n

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doha Punk
    14/01/17
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    "Another great Rebus novel"

    Took me a couple of chapters to warm to the narrator and then the voices he used for some of the well know characters didn't gel with what I thought they would be.

    But that is my preferences, great story by Rankin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edie
    Windsor, Ontario Canada
    3/12/16
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    "great book"

    The only complaint i have with this book is thst sometimes i found it very hsrd to determine who was talkingng because the voices of Fox and Rebus are almost indistinguishable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Simon
    Waterlooville, UK
    4/11/16
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    "No Half Measures Here!"

    Another few hours spent in the company of James Macpherson's silken Edinburgh tones and Ian Rankin's brilliant characters. An unsolved case from Rebus's past is skilfully interwoven with events happening in the current day to set up another quality installment in one of crime fiction's longest running series.

    The delicious interactions between Rebus and yes, he's still there, Big Ger Cafferty are an absolute highlight for me. Two men with enmity boiling under the civilised veneer of their conversations. Each of them having to face up to their own mortality in their own characteristic ways.

    It's not completely without its problems though. The leeway that Rankin gives the retired Rebus in his involvement with the police investigations probably does go a bit further past the realms of the believable. I'd say more so than Rankin would normally have allowed himself. If you are like me and love the old curmudgeon and his associates you'll likely let it go but if that kind of thing bothers you then warning flags will raise themselves throughout.

    For the rest of us, there's just about life in this old dog yet! Though be prepared for a jolt very early on in the story . . . Rebus with a half in his hand! If you can get over that shock the violence and criminality that follows should be a breeze.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Dee Murray
    14/11/16
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    "Rebus is getting old"

    but he's still got it. Lots of twists and turns, many evil wee rat bags. Fox and Clarke are there too. How do they manage without Rebus?

    James MacPherson is his usual brilliant self with many voices (does anyone else think of Scunner Campbell when they hear Big Ger's voice?).

    My husband and I both loved it. Quite a few laughs thrown in. Use a credit. You won't be disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ms GM
    14/11/16
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    "Thank you Mr Rankin - loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rather Be the Devil to be better than the print version?

    Went straight for the audio


    What other book might you compare Rather Be the Devil to, and why?

    Incomparable!


    What about James Macpherson’s performance did you like?

    He brings it to life & maintains the character voices brilliantly. Such a lovely accent


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

    It's not what you'd call a moving book. What I love about Ian Rankin is that his portrayal of violence is bearable. Some writers go over the top with blood & gore to the point of making if too unpleasant! I want to be entertained & kept in suspense not made depressed by the horrors of our world - there's enough of that in the daily news. I hope there's another Rebus in you Mr R.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • keith
    9/11/16
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    "Ageing disgracefully..."

    Rebus back on his old manor against old sparring partners. Nothing new but engaging as always. Strong, if familiar, writing and excellent performance.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • M. Gosney
    Wiltshire
    21/11/16
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    "A little less conversation, a little more action p"

    Another good narration James, but a very weak story. It was like listening to a transcript of a never-ending conversation. Very little actually happens.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • simon gower
    16/11/16
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    "Love it! Thanks Mr Rankin absolute classic!"

    Loved this great read, couldn't stop listening, hmm big Ger might just be a lovable rouge, can't help but like him thanks Mr Rankin total class can't wait for the next one !?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline Adams
    6/11/16
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    "Rebus and Cafferty are both back!"

    What a story! Performance Class A. Hope there's more to follow, PLEASE. Rebus, Clark and Fox are all flawed in different ways but make a brilliant team.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • ANDREW
    13/11/16
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    "First Audio Book"

    A massive fan of Rankin but this was my first audio book. Fantastic and I have now found a new way of enjoying books.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander James Hawley (Hawley Reviews)
    11/08/17
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    "There is life in the old dog yet"
    What made the experience of listening to Rather Be the Devil the most enjoyable?

    James Macpherson has always been synonymous with Rebus' audiobooks and without his dulcet tones it would be a different experience.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rather Be the Devil?

    A good book does not have just one memorable moment, but a gripping story and Rather be the Devil is a prime example of this.


    Which character – as performed by James Macpherson – was your favourite?

    After 21 books the title character would have to be the answer, although the development of Malcolm Fox and Rebus' recent love interest made the story different to others before it.


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

    Most crime books worth their salt are impossible to listen to in one sitting because they are too long. However, the characterisation in the Rebus books did lead me to listening to it late at night, risking falling asleep to finish it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs M Carr
    Surrey, England
    20/06/17
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    "Good performance, a pleasure to listen to."

    Read in sequence as this refers to the previous book a lot. Very good, atmospheric reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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