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The Skeleton Road

Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
4 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a gothic Victorian building in Edinburgh, which is scheduled for renovation, Cold Case Squad detective Karen Pirie is given the task of identifying the decades-old bones. Her investigation leads her back to past conflicts, false identities and buried secrets...

©2014 Val McDermid (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

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my first auto book ever,

hi I'd like to say I loved that the reader was Scottish..it added a realistic feel to it, even though it was hard to understand in spots but I got the book because of this & was pleased with the out come, thank you

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Skeleton road

Really really dull. Starts well sounds promising but is boring, poor story, dull. Not to the usual standard of VM

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  • Ettienne Myburgh
  • 28-12-2016

The Skeleton Road - Highly Recommended!

Val McDermid does it again, fantastic story line that keeps you riveted right to the end. Cathleen McCarron, as the narrator, must be, in my humble opinion, one of the best narrators I have heard. Her ability to make the listener "live" the story is unbelievable. I will certainly look out for other books she has narrated.
In summary a brilliant storyline excellently narrated. Highly recommended!

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  • Bronwyn Johnson
  • 19-03-2015

I started thinking with a Scottish accent

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I love Val McDermid's books and have been a fan for a long time. This did not feel like her other books, it seemed to take a very different direction. I would recommend it to people but would manage their expectations that it is not typical of her other work.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I loved it. I admit I was hoping for a happier ending but the story didn't build to an "and they lived happily ever after" scenario. That said, it didn't have a sad ending - it ended the best way it could.

What three words best describe Cathleen McCarron’s performance?

Amazing at accents

Was The Skeleton Road worth the listening time?

Yes it was. It was depressing at times and I felt so much compassion for the protagonist, I kept hoping things would look up for her. The story was very intriguing and had some interesting surprises along the way.

Any additional comments?

Val is a master at her art. I did find Cathleen's Scottish accent quite heavy and not always easy to follow. After a few hours, I started thinking with a Scottish accent. :-) I almost fell over when she read dialogue of American, European or English characters because her accent changed dramatically. She is very good at that. She gave an excellent performance.

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  • pam
  • 11-12-2014

disappointed

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I love Val McDermid's books but, although intelligently written, I found it a boring story with too many surplus to requirements characters

Half way through, I was longing for it to end. I failed to find a character I could like and follow with interest.

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  • iris
  • 01-03-2015

Disappointing as a crime thriller but interesting

The discovery of a skeleton on the roof top of a high building in Edinburgh leads to an investigation which soon takes us back to the Balkans War of the nineties. This was the most interesting part of the book as a retrospective of the War and the crimes committed during that period inevitably lead the reader to question how and why such atrocities occur and no doubt will occur until the end of time. On the one hand we are faced with that part of human nature which we think civilisation can shield us from. The institution of Justice is perhaps the highest human achievement to counter balance our more savage instincts. The story argues against taking the law into one's own hands no matter how badly a criminal has behaved. The plot is weak as a thriller and quite frankly it was easy to guess the connections between the protagonists very early on unlike other works by Val McDermid. I would recommend this book if you are interested in the Balkans and want to understand more about the complications of the different cultural problems of the region.
The narrator is excellent apart from a very weak characterisation of a Welshman whose accent was very strange to my ears.

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  • sally
  • 06-03-2015

Asking for a refund

What did you like best about The Skeleton Road? What did you like least?

Listened to the first 90mins and could take no more

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Nothing

Would you listen to another book narrated by Cathleen McCarron?

Doubt it

Was The Skeleton Road worth the listening time?

No

Any additional comments?

Sorry for being so negative but his book was really not for me

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  • Angela
  • 25-01-2015

terrible, gave it two hours and then returned it

I found this boring. It started promisingly with the discovery of the body and some pleasant character details. However, it rapidly transformed into an unconvincing international conspiracy with plenty of details about office life and unremarkable or unbelievable characters. Not for me.

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  • Gerard
  • 02-12-2014

Not at all memorable

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No.

Would you recommend The Skeleton Road to your friends? Why or why not?

I find that less than a week after listening to this story I have no recollection what ever of the story, the characters or the resolution. This can't a good sign I think, for me or for the quality of the story telling.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Cathleen McCarron?

Perhaps. Not a stand out performance.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No. I don't think there is any danger of this happening anytime soon.

Any additional comments?

I wonder why it was called the Skeleton Road? I must have missed that.

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  • Ms. Deborah Klayman
  • 10-05-2017

My least favourite of the series

This was my least favourite book of this series. Unlike the others the plot was thin and fairly dull, and the narrator struggled with various accents - particularly the Welsh character. Will be asking for a refund as not what i expect from Val McDermid or Audible.

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  • pollyfitz
  • 17-07-2017

A good book.

Not the best in this series but still a very good read (listen). Faultless narration.

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  • marie theresa lilley
  • 13-07-2017

Didn't disappoint.

I can concur with other reviewers that it had a slow start but then gained momentum. Story good, did have a few Mills & Boons moments but that did not detract much from my overall enjoyment. Good narration from Cathleen McCarron. Abrupt and shocking ending (for me anyway).

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  • Azariah
  • 14-05-2017

Disappointing

Painful 'Welsh' accent. Non-British ones equally unconvincing. Only one character was a candidate for culprit whi could bring the two storylines together.

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  • Sandra
  • 02-01-2015

Excellent thriller

Enjoyed this audiobook, somewhat different than the usual. Great performance by the narrator, very informative on the Balkans. recommend it.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful