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The Falls

An Inspector Rebus Novel, Book 12
Narrated by: James Macpherson
Series: Inspector Rebus, Book 12
Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A student has gone missing in Edinburgh - completely out of character. She's not just any student, though, but the daughter of extremely well-to-do and influential bankers. There's almost nothing to go on until Detective Inspector John Rebus gets an unmistakable gut feeling that there's more to this than just another runaway spaced out on unaccustomed freedom or worse.

Two leads emerge: a carved wooden doll in a toy coffin, found in the student's home village, and an Internet role-playing game. The ancient and the modern, brought together by uncomfortable circumstance and a curmudgeonly detective happier with long playing records than digital technology. In this powerful novel, Rankin brings together past, present and future in a terrifying duel of good - in the persons of DI Rebus and DC Siobhan Clarke - and evil.

©2001 John Rebus Ltd (P)2001 W. F. Howes Ltd

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One of my favorite Rebus novels


One of my favorite Ian Rankin books. Decided to revisit on audio book since the new Rebus is due out soon. A really enjoyable novel and like the way it has links with some of my favorite stories of Edinburgh history the Arthurs Seat coffins & also a bit of Burke & Hare.

Overall a good production although struggled a bit with the way the narrator did Siobhans voice

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A Good Story

I haven't read a Rebus for sometime, I found this to be a really exciting book, with an intriguing plot with lots of twists and turns along the way. It was good to see a slightly different side to Rebus. The narration was good. Edinburgh is such a great location for these books.

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Perfect listening

A great and complex Rebus story. Love that Siobhan really got to shine in this novel too. All read in James MacPherson's smooth voice. Perfect listening.

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Excellent

Another great John Rebus story from Ian Rankin . I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and the narration was excellent .

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  • W.
  • 08-06-2012

Another Masterful Rankin

What made the experience of listening to The Falls the most enjoyable?

Rebus is a very real character. At times you like him, at others you hate him.

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

His accent isn't overpowering - it works well for all the characters.

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  • san2har
  • 18-03-2015

One of the best

I've read all Rebus books but it's great listening to them. This is one of the best with excellent narration

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  • Sharon Frater
  • 17-09-2012

The usual Rebus

This took a long time for anything to happen really but it did get going about half way through. Not the best Rebus book but ok. Ideally the series should be read in order to appreciate all the characters and their progression through life.

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  • David
  • 04-11-2011

A good book poorly read

I do like to hear the Rebus Books read by Tom Cotcher. However Samuel Gillies does Ian Rankin an injustice by reading this book. He sounds like he could well be reading a telephone directory. I found that it was a dissapointment to hear what could be a good story being so poorly read and I gave up listening to it after a few hours.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-07-2020

Good story

+ good story, bit slow at first but gathered pace and couldn't stop listening by end
- narration fine but terrible Irish accent

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  • lorraine
  • 05-07-2020

Rebus at his best

brilliant, great story, loved it,
my favourite Rebus story from the collection. brings Edinburgh to life

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  • Tony W
  • 10-04-2020

Excellent as ever

Another detailed and interwoven masterpiece by Rankin and expertly narrated by James Macpherson as ever.

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  • Maria Larsen
  • 02-04-2020

really enjoyed this book

Another Rebus winner - likeable characters, interesting plotline and a great narrator too. Will be downloading more

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  • C.Taylor
  • 04-01-2020

Ian Rankin

Excellent story as always. Recommended Can always depend on this author to come up with a good one!

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  • G
  • 06-08-2019

Rebus on top form !

Thoroughly enjoyable story from beginning to a very satisfying end. Excellent narration by James Macpherson bringing the story to life. Highly recommended to Rebus fans and newcomers alike.

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  • Johnny106
  • 17-01-2019

Fantastic Story, Funny and Interesting

Another great Rebus story, great characters and super story. Interesting and lots of twists. I enjoyed the use of Edinburgh Area and places of interest.