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.
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.
Good listening experience
John Rebus is nearly to the end of his career as one of the old time cops in Scotland. There's a lot of driving and going to pubs and drinking and going out to smoke, which is fitting for the character and paints a picture of the setting of the story as well as Rebus' life in general, but does slow the progress of the story a bit. However, having been to many of the towns in Scotland that were mentioned, I personally appreciated the travel aspect, and the story did wrap up well. It's not like it was a page-turner, but was good none-the-less. I especially love this narrator. Excellent accent and great with different characters.
I had a hard time at first with the accent but that is definitely my fault. The storyline was okay, it did drag on a little. Not sure that I would recommend it to anyone but it wasn't a horrible book.
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.
Maybe someday when I go back through the Rebus series. It has been great.
Great series from a great author. I love to hear of all the places in Scotland and having the narrator be Scottish is a bonus. Love to hear the book with a Scottish accent.
As usual John Rebus plugs along trying to understand what really happened to a group of missing girls. Rebus is an old school in the extreme. He is crusty and has no patience for rules. He sees his job clearly - get the guilty punished. In this chapter in the ongoing Rebus saga, Rankin takes Rebus to more rural locations.
The narrator is excellent, although Americans will have to adapt to the strong Scottish accent.
Rankin is not an edge of your seat writer. On the other hand, I did not want to stop listening.
The Scottish pronunciations
Missing women, not forgotten
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.
I must have missed something along the way because I could not get caught up in this story. Yes, the Scottish accent was a challenge, especially at first, but once I got used to it I still could not care about what happened next in the story. This was my first Ian Rankin book and, because of the positive reviews, I expected a lot more in the way of plot, characters and use of language. I'm afraid I've been spoiled by Adrian McKinty's books, every single one of which I've listened to (except the YA ones), and Rankin just doesn't compare.
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.