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The Black Book

Narrated by: James Macpherson
Series: Inspector Rebus, Book 5
Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
4 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When a close colleague is brutally attacked, Inspector John Rebus is drawn into a case involving a hotel fire, an unidentified body, and a long forgotten night of terror and murder. Pursued by dangerous ghosts and tormented by the coded secrets of his colleague's notebook, Rebus must piece together the most complex and confusing of jigsaws. But not everyone wants the puzzle solved - perhaps not even Rebus himself.

©2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited (P)2008 Ian Rankin

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  • David Watson
  • 04-03-2013

Rebus is back and hes in great form

Its great to have Rebus back and this is a book and a performance worthy of him. A good story and and a good performance

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  • Rune
  • 27-01-2012

Good book, poor reading

Would you consider the audio edition of The Black Book to be better than the print version?

I think it is a great book,and I like Ian Rankin very much. Bit the narrator has a very clear accent, so if you a not scottish, it can be hard to understand the narration at times.

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  • liz
  • 14-06-2016

Well worth a listen

As always excellent, really enjoy the Rebus books. Well read and great to run to! Can get lost in the story whilst the miles go by!

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  • Charlie T.
  • 06-12-2017

Not his best

Not the best Rebus. Long and complicated story with too many coincidences. But an enjoyable listen thanks to excellent narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-07-2020

loved it

The best Reubus book so far in my opinion. Another great read, very much enjoyed it.

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  • Nina Couser
  • 06-05-2020

Entertaining after a slow start

I enjoyed this overall. Top class narration and well-written. Story was slow to crank up with a lot of similar characters I found hard to keep track of at times. It may not be your favourite listen of all time, but you will have enjoyed it while it lasted. 8/10

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  • Gusty
  • 27-02-2019

Great build up, silly ending

Ive enjoyed all the Rebus books to date and this one had the makings of a cracker but it was not to be. It seemed like Rankin didn't know how to finish it so just dreamed a up a preposterous scenario. Very disappointing

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  • Johnny106
  • 03-11-2018

One of my favourites so far

Rebus is a great character who is supported by other interesting and enjoyable characters. Super story with good plot lines and a few twists.

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  • Traintraveller
  • 05-06-2017

Classic Rebus

A great listen. This book has all my favourite characters: Big Ger, Farmer Watson, Holmes and Clarke. McPherson as always great with the interpretation. If you known Edinburgh then you'll be looking out for all the haunts.

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  • Mr StuartC67
  • 30-01-2017

Wonderful book.

I'm a big fan of Rebus. Loved this story, well told perfect for a cold winters day.

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  • I. Finlayson
  • 06-12-2016

Another great Rebus book

Loved it. Great characters, plot and dialogue. James MacPherson brings Rebus, Clarke, Cafferty, Flower and Watson alive.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 06-09-2014

Not a bad read

I found the book OK to listen to, not one of the more gripping I have read. Narration was fine.