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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Prayer for the Dead, from the best-selling Inspector McLean series by Sunday Times best-selling author James Oswald, read by Ian Hanmore.

Are you ready to be reborn? The search for a missing journalist is called off as a body is found at the scene of a carefully staged murder. In a sealed chamber, deep in the heart of Gilmerton Cove, a mysterious network of caves and passages sprawling beneath Edinburgh, the victim has undergone a macabre ritual of purification.

Inspector Tony McLean knew the dead man, and can't shake off the suspicion that there is far more to this case than meets the eye. The baffling lack of forensics at the crime scene seems impossible. But it is not the only thing about this case that McLean will find beyond belief.

Teamed with the most unlikely and unwelcome of allies, he must track down a killer driven by the darkest compulsions, who will answer only to a higher power...

Are you ready for the mysteries to be revealed?

©2015 James Oswald (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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Repetitive

I've read the whole series and found the books are getting increasingly repetitive.
I find Mcleans constant belittlement by his inept superiors irritating and his constantly getting put upon and never having a life outside of work as frustrating.
The series started well but I feel it's losing its way.

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Just can’t stop listening to this series!

Tony McLean is such a likeable guy, the people who surround him are growing more and more interesting. Plots are great, sometimes the unraveling of the end result can be a bit quick but doesn’t take away from the overall stories. Great stuff, very entertaining!


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Tony McLean series

Loving these books and the narrator. Such a great twist to have the supernatural elements in each story. Just about to download the next in the series.

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The whispering is TERRIBLE

Great story, but they need to redo the parts where the narrator whispers in an unintelligible whistling mumble.

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Always delivers

Very tight story which develops some interesting relationships to explore in future tales. Narration was perfectly done.

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Far too long.

While it was a pleasure to listen to Ian Hanmore's lovely voice for over 12 hours, this DI Tony McLean story is unnecessarily long and confusing. Too many things happening, too much detail about the mundanities of McLean's daily routine (how many times do we really need to be told he has a mountain of paperwork on his desk, how many post-mortems does he really need to attend, must every single handshake be descibed???). And for pity sake Tony, stop feeding the poor cat on takeout curry!

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DISAPPOINTMENT WITH THE AUDIO PRODUCTION

Have enjoyed the series up until this book. Fully endorse the comments made about the whispering and in addition that DIABOLICAL background noise behind the whispering made these sections of the book, for me, UTTERLY UNINTELLIGIBLE . I intend to read very carefully all reviews of books before I buy in the future as this book , for me was a waste of money.

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  • Pip
  • 08-03-2015

Another great book in the series

Another excellent book in the series excellently narrated as usual!

I do think they need to be read in order as there are lots of references to previous stories and McLean's background.

Hope there are more and read by Ian Hanmore- he is up there in my top 2 of narrators with Sean Barrett!

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  • Simon
  • 28-08-2015

Nearly as good but not quite

I'm a genuine fan of what James Oswald has done with this series and I think that in Ian Hanmore he has paired up with a stylish narrator perfectly suited to the stories. The characters are easy to identify with and "Grumpy Bob" never ceases to put a smile on my face. This story though didn't engage me as much as the previous ones and while still enjoyable I hope for a stronger and more gripping plot next time. Still well worth a read and while I think I can imagine why people found the whispering irritating I think it was a good touch and added the right creepy notes. A matter of taste!

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  • J. H. J. Loaring
  • 27-03-2021

Speak up

Ian Hanmore's narrations for this series are excellent, so the inaudible whispering in this book was a poor decision on someone's part. I like to listen to audiobooks late at night, but if I turn the whispers up so I can actually hear them, my neighbours will be woken and my ears will bleed when the next section starts.

As an aside, I find that because Audible doesn't normalize the volume over all of their books, they are often too quiet. So, if you turn the volume up to a comfortable level, the system sounds will deafen you. There should at least be a separate volume control for the system sounds...

Otherwise a thoroughly good addition to the series

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  • lily
  • 15-06-2016

whispering

Would you listen to Prayer for the Dead again? Why?

I enjoyed the book but the whispering really annoyed me, no way could you listen in the car I had to turn the volume up almost full blast to hear the whispers and when it went back to normal voice turn it down again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Prayer for the Dead?

it was all a good read

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

narration was good

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  • sarah
  • 30-05-2016

good but not as hood as others

this was a good storey, but it took along time to wrap it up and even then it was a bit poor. but i enjoy the mcclean series

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  • Daisymae
  • 24-04-2016

Book 5

Another enthralling book in The Inspector McLean series. Ian Hanmore is a wonderful narrator bringing to life each character.

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  • Flint
  • 23-03-2016

I had to keep reading

I've enjoyed all the books in this series but I liked Dead Men's Bones and this book better than the early books because McLean seemed stronger and his relationships with senior officers were more balance and believable.

I couldn't put this one down, it kept me interested right to the end. I found the whispered parts of the narration creepy and chilling, the narrator is excellent but perhaps I would have preferred a bit less of that voice in the book. The ending was the weakest part of the book, there was lots to think about and I wanted more answers.

I will definitely get the next book!

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  • Eileen
  • 05-03-2016

Good story

Have to agree that the whispering is really annoying and I actually ended up skipping the chapters when the whispering started !!
Otherwise another enjoyable story, good characters and well read ( apart from whispering!!)

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  • R. J. Gladden
  • 31-01-2016

Another serial killer off the streets!

Another brilliant novel involving DI McLean and even though I guessed the protagonist two thirds through the book there was still some twists and turns along the way and some real "he's behind you" moments.

I love this author and this series and I am really looking forward to Book 6 as the novels just get better and better.

A special word also for the narrator Ian Hanmore who brings these books to life. Great diction and no annoying and uneccessary affectations!

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  • Amanda R
  • 06-03-2015

Not as good as the last three

Beautifully narrated again by the velvet voice of Ian Hanmore. Unfortunately whilst there's nothing wrong with this book, it's not nearly as gripping or exciting as the last three. Feel a tad disappointed as I was so eagerly awaiting this title.

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