It's a bit confusing at points - hard to tell all of those names apart and I found myself rewinding a lot. The reader is fine and the plot engaging, although not as emotionally engaging as I would have liked. I love the wit, intelligence and rebellion of the main character though, and it was enough to keep me interested all the way through. I might try another in this series sometime. More of a Denise Mina fan, but this was pretty good.
Sure he is older but his instincts and worldview are unchanged. Rankin has a winner here and I hope he keeps it up.
I loved the twists of political intrigue in telling of the detective work in cold cases set in Scotland. The narration brought joy to my ears having grown up with Scottish brogue in my home, but I admit that some might find it harder to listen.
A very solid "Rebus" story, confirming Ian Rankin very much back to form after the somewhat disappointing Malcolm Fox books. A well constructed plot, with some interesting new villains emerging - seeds for future stories? - and two well-past-their prime main characters including of course Rebus himself. He's the scruffy character steeped in IPA and cigarettes, in his element in the thick bluish smoke haze of bar rooms in old British pubs. James Macpherson's narration is superb, although some may find the Scottish brogue a little thick - I thought it was 5 stars.
The Scots accent for Rebus that I cannot reproduce in my head if just reading
Top 10, but maybe the mystery itself isn't as developed and tangled as he usually does it, so not a top 5. But the joy of having Rebus back and exploring another stage of his life (retirement) make this definitely worth a credit if you are already a fan.
Much better than Rankin's recent Complaints books; he is on firm ground with his old characters here.
Pretty good police procedural. But it did not seem compelling to me. I am having trouble remembering the other Rebus books, but my recollection is they were more compelling, and that the Rebus character resonated with me a lot more. He did not seem very complex this time. Just drank and smoked a lot. Narrator had an authentic Scottish accent to my ear. Which means in part, he was relatively hard to understand. The Scandanavian thrillers are blowing things like this book away, it seems to me.
I have read other of the Rebus books. I think I basically like them.
I would just as soon books be read in a regular American English accent. I had to concentrate to understand the narrator, just as I have to do in Scotland!
Not that I recall.
No additional comments. I will probably listen to other Rebus books.
Mysteries don't have to include comic relief, and in this book, it was a good thing they don't.
While the Scotish accents were authentic I believe, although I'm not Scotish, understanding what was being said by serval of the characters took 1/3 of the book to comprehend. I should have gotten the written version.
No. Interferance due to not understanding character dialogue disrupted the plot flow
Good, if you are Scotish.
everything is connected
pretty much, always wondering if "complaints" were going to give the detective a problem
detective's connection with his daughter at the end
Thankfully, Ian Rankin has brought Rebus back from retirement, to the chagrin of his superiors and Rankin's newer protagonist, Inspector Malcom Fox. Fans of Rebus will not be disappointed. Those new to this series should go back and read/listen to earlier entries first. This audio production was excellent, portraying Rebus as a unique combination of Falstaff, Columbo, and Sam Spade with a Scottish accent.