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Dark Blood

Narrated by: Stuart MacBride
Series: Logan McRae, Book 6
Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (79 ratings)

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READ BY THE AUTHOR HIMSELF! Stuart MacBride who read his previous book for HarperAudio ‘Blind Eye’ was a complete success and we have no doubt that this will be another triumph by MacBride. With his ability to set the scene and goings on of Detective Sergeant Logan McRae this is a must have audiobook.

Richard Knox has served his time, so why shouldn’t he be allowed to live wherever he wants? Yes, in the past he was a violent rapist, but he’s seen the error of his ways. Found God. Wants to leave his dark past in Newcastle behind him and make a new start.

Or so he says.

Detective Sergeant Logan McRae isn’t exactly thrilled to be part of the team helping Knox settle into his new Aberdeen home. He’s even less thrilled to be stuck with DSI Danby from Northumbria Police – the man who put Knox behind bars for ten years – supposedly here to ‘keep an eye on things’.

Only things are about to go very, very wrong.

Edinburgh gangster Malk the Knife wants a slice of the development boom Donald Trump’s golf course is bringing to the Granite City, whether local crime lord Wee Hamish Mowat likes it or not. Three heavies from Newcastle want a ‘quiet word’ with DSI Danby about a missing mob accountant. And Richard Knox’s dark past isn’t done with him yet…

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Great book thrilling right up to the final chapter

Great book, thrilling right up to the final chapter. Read by the author which was interesting, sometimes I had to rewind because I couldn't understand his broad accent. But really enjoyed it. Thank you

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lots of twists

brilliantly read and intriguing plot. Lots of twists and turns in every chapter. read by the author

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Enjoyable

Another great listen by Stuart.

I wasn’t sure about the narration as it never seems to be a good sign when narrator s change through a series but I got use to him pretty fast on the first book he narrated.

The music at the start was a bit odd as I haven’t come across it before.

Over all a great listen and another great series I am more than happy to continue with.

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Best narration ever!

I wasn't sure what narration from the author himself would be like but it was fantastic - animated, different accents, hilarious.

It gave an insight into how he thought his characters would really sound and behave!

Good storyline also. Thoroughly enjoyed this and have already bought the next (and last book) he both authored and narrated.

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  • David
  • 11-05-2011

Great with caveats

Five minutes into this book I was completely captivated. MacBride is a master storyteller, both as a writer and as a narrator. Imagine a dark, Scottish Carl Hiaasen read by Robin Williams with the characters brought to hilarious life in a variety of UK accents. Actually, don't bother imagining. Just get the audiobook....unless.

Unless you are put off by incessantly crude language. Unless it will drive you a little crazy when you can't understand some of what is being said because it is couched in dialects and idiom which is occasionally incomprehensible. Unless you find daunting the prospect of a lesbian detective inspector with a pregnant wife and the sensibilities of a longshoreman. Unless you are offended by laughter coupled with vivid evocations of the grotesque or tragic.

On the other hand, if you really love good writing, you might want to tuck your reservations away somewhere and listen in spite of them. I have seldom encountered such memorable characters or an author who could so consistently bring a moment or place brilliantly to life with a single telling and original image. Or one who could read so incredibly well.

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  • Jayne
  • 30-05-2010

Loved it

I love Stuart Macbride's books - gritty and funny with some fabulous characters. But what makes these audiobooks special is Macbride's narration - he's brilliant (and makes me laugh out loud whenever he does DI Steel's voice). A real pleasure to listen to - so much so that I buy the audio versions even though I already own the print edition. I wish he'd go back and record the earlier books done with other narrators!

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  • John
  • 16-10-2011

This series cracks me up

The story lines are good in this series, but the hook is really the funny characters and dialog. I've listened to 4 now and yet to be disappointed. Can be a little gritty at times, so not for those who prefer "clean and proper", but if you don't mind an R rating, definitely good stuff,

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-03-2019

Topic

I have liked Stuarts previous books, and I like Logan's character. But this books topic and the new characters name 'Dildo' was just too much. The language used just became fouler and fouler, it was like every other words were raping old men and Dildo. Just crosses my vulgarity line...
I just don't know if I can listen to the rest of the Logan series if this is what I'm in for.

Those are the reason I rated the book as I did, sorry.

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  • Sharon S. Dorondo
  • 13-01-2019

Stays interesting

Some series get boring, just more of the same. This character has kept me coming back for the next book, and then the next. He changes some with each book, as real people do. Loved this book and the ones before it. Look forward to the others as well.

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  • Dr Dina
  • 25-10-2018

Good but not great

Stuart MacBride does a good job reading this one - perhaps he’s taken acting lessons. And he still writes my favourite supporting character - DI Roberta Steele. She’s wonderfully awful and always makes me laugh. The story wasn’t that strong and Logan MacCrae remains part genius and part idiot.

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  • Darlynne
  • 24-03-2011

Perfect Narration

I read the first book in this series and then purchased the audio book of "Dark Blood" on a whim, primarily because the author is his own narrator. What an inspired choice and definitely not my last.

Stuart MacBride is a lunatic in the best possible sense and his cast of characters is immediately likeable and very funny. It is his narration, however, that puts these books into a class above everyone else. To hear real Scots accents is the best part and his characterizations--the insults, curses and frustration--are priceless.

The books, for all that they are wildly funny, are not lighthearted or easy listens. They are real, gritty and dark, but what a great balancing act MacBride pulls off. I've already purchased the previous title, "Blind Eye," and can only hope there will be more read by the author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-2019

so many twists and turns ... a great read!!!

loved it, Stuart knows how to bring his characters to life. loved the twists and turns! epic book!

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  • Mary Anne Milley
  • 11-08-2019

Skip this one

The story is not nearly as exciting as previous books in this series. Except for its continual characterful development and advancement of the personal story line, I would say Skip this one.

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  • Bari
  • 08-06-2019

MacBride is a terrific author.👍👍👍<br />

I bought the Audible book and enjoyed listening while planting, even though I had the book. The Logan McRae series will make you laugh, 😢 and realize just how difficult a 👮 job is in any country.👏👍👍👍


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  • R
  • 20-05-2010

brilliantly dark and funny

This was a fantastic listen and I found the characters funny and the story was addictive.
I would highly recommend this novel for anyone that enjoys a good listen.
I listened to it on holiday and it was the best way to pass a hot afternoon.One of the best

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  • Howard
  • 01-09-2010

A thoroughly good, entertaining 'read'.

Stuart McBride takes you along on a roller coaster ride of a police story. Like the previous books in this series, it is full of violence and stretched reality. However, the multiple plot lines keep the reader enthralled as Logan McCrae picks his way through, battling against the criminals and his superiors. The characters are highly entertaining, and Detective Inspector Steel is nearly worthy of a book of her own. The interplay between the characters is superb, full of threat, slightly sarcastic, and highly amusing. I'm a fan of the series, so I'm biased, but I would recommend this, and the previous books, to anyone who enjoys a really good, intelligent story.
Stuart McBride narrates the story, and he adds much to the story by giving each character an identity of their own. His narration shows that he is a natural story teller and his enthusiasm for his creations is displayed in the telling.
I have listened to this book whilst working out in the gym, and I became so lost in the story my workload has increased.
I look forward to the next book.

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  • Jamie
  • 05-06-2010

The best audiobook in a long time

Exceptionally funny with warm rich characters. There is some 'colourful' language but it adds some contrast to what can sometimes be quite dark subject matter. Stuart MacBride turns toilet humour into an art form with enough ?pull my finger? and tampon related gags to keep the average 14 (or 38) year old lad amused for a year.
The author is also a very talented narrator with the ability to create almost tangible characters. I would say that his Geordie needs a bit of work though.
Can't wait for book 7.

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  • Mrs V
  • 24-09-2011

A very Scottish masterpiece

Loved this book. Stuart MacBride excels in making me feel uncomfortable :) If you like your plots with no holds barred then this is the book for you. Great narration too.

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  • Josephine Murray-Smith
  • 16-04-2011

Such a good series of books

This is the second McBride audio book I have listened to after reading some of his books in paperback. I love them. They twist and turn like the best of Taggart and his narrative is just right. If you know Aberdeen I think it makes them even better, I would recomend it to anyone who likes a good british detective story.

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  • Susan M McMillan
  • 09-04-2011

Awesome!

A friend put me onto Stuart MacBride a few weeks aqo, since then I have either downloaded or borrowed from the local libraries all his other novels.

None of them have been a let down. Just the right amount of suspense, with a bit of gore thrown in, a smattering of sex and lots of laughs.

Dark blood had me on the edge of my seat, and rolling on the floor laughing. Some of the lines are classic. The 'Beware of the lesbian' speech will keep me giggling for a long time.

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  • Glen
  • 08-03-2011

Great story

Totally enjoyable romp. It is good that the author has taken the time to read the story as I consider it might, although not guarantee that the characterisations are on key. Professional readers also do an excellent job I have discovered. My only real gripe, if gripe it is, is that the lesbian DI sounds too much like a gruff male Scott. (No offence meant Stuart), but once I had got used to the characterisation I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline. I shall defiantly be listening to more McBride on the basis of this story.

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  • Jill
  • 16-01-2011

Gripping, gruesome, crude, rude and great!

Stuart MacBride is a new author for me, and I thought I would give this book a go after reading the reviews. I was a little wary because in my opinion books read by the author are not always a great success.
I needn't have worried, the plot kept me gripped all the way through its many twists and turns. The language is gritty and graphic, whether describing violence or people's appearance - descriptions such as someone looking like a 'happy potato' or like a partially shaved rat with a receding hairline 'probably trying to get away from his face' made me laugh out loud. The terse and elliptical Aberdonian conversation is in places hilarious (I lived in NE Scotland for many years, so it was a pure pleasure to be reminded of it)
I loved, just loved the narration by MacBride. Great accents, all except for his Estuary English (shades of early Michael Caine), but the vigour and variation in the reading more than makes up for this.
If you like detective stories that are well-plotted and don't blench at the f-word or the odd nipple twist then this book is highly recommended!

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  • mary
  • 13-09-2011

sweep

this is absolutely great would read/listen again and again. The one liner's are brilliant and there are so many that you want to go back and listen again. brilliant just wish i knew how to share my book.

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  • Zoe
  • 13-08-2018

Left it until last due to poor narration

Another case of the author reading their book when it should be let to a voice actor. The Logan McRae books are perfectly narrated except this lone book that Stuart has narrated himself. His DCI Steel voice is quite good but its very strange hearing a different take on how Logan sounds. The worst part for me was the poor Geordie accents, as a Geordie myself it was really cringe worthy to hear. This is why I listened to every other book before this one. The story is good as always but I couldn't put the narration aside and it did spoil it a bit for me.

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