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Ronny

Stavanger, Norway | Member Since 2010

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  • Mortal Causes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    It is August in Edinburgh and the Festival is in full swing... A brutally tortured body is discovered in one of the city's ancient subterranean streets and marks on the corpse cause Rebus to suspect the involvement of sectarian activists. The prospect of a terrorist atrocity in a city heaving with tourists is almost unthinkable. When the victim turns out to be the son of a notorious gangster, Rebus realises he is sitting atop a volcano of mayhem - and it's just about to erupt.

    Ronny says: "More Rankin and Rebus"
    "More Rankin and Rebus"
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    If you like good narration and a solid crime fiction story this is the book for you. James Macpherson is one of the best narrators on audible, and only when he tries for an American accent does it ever go horribly wrong. I can't speak to a general audience as I've been an unabashed Rankin fan for years, but if you like crime fiction, you can hardly go wrong, although there may be better entry points to the series. The three best entry points are book one in the series, the short story collections, or one of the last two books (they are better standalones in my opinion).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • His Majesty's Dragon: Temeraire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1376)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (764)

    When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo - an unhatched dragon egg - fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle.

    Janet says: "Dragon Riders of Pern meet Master and Commander"
    "Light Listening: Dragons in the 1800s"
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    I liked this book a lot. It's not great by any stretch of the imagination, but it is wonderful light listening. Simon Vance is excellent - he is perfect for this genre and setting.

    Make no mistake, this is not Bernard Cornwell or Patrick O'Brien if you like historical military fiction, it isn't Glamour and Glass if you like period stuff, and neither is it particularly epic fantasy. It's light reading fantastical historical fiction with the period elements only providing a light dusting of setting, and if that is what you are after I don't think you can go wrong here.

    In my case It was exactly what I needed as I have heavier and "better" books in my queue, but no surplus to spend on them. Simon Vance is a good reader in this case, and I just want to curl up in bed and listen in the same way I'd read a good book if I had the energy and could keep my eyes open.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Set in Darkness: Inspector Rebus, Book 11

    • ABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Edinburgh is about to become the home of the first Scottish parliament in 300 years. As political passions run high, DI John Rebus is charged with liaison, thanks to the new parliament being resident in Queensbury House, bang in the middle of his patch. But Queensbury House has its own, dark past. Legend has it that a young man was roasted there on a spit by a madman. When the fireplace where the youth died is uncovered another more recent murder victim is found.

    Ronny says: "As much as you might want it unabridged..."
    "As much as you might want it unabridged..."
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    It's still more Rebus and Rankin/Scottish crime fiction, and if that's your thing you're in luck. It's not an ideal starting point to the series for a new listener, although it is not the worst choice either.

    Why you should choose this version over the unabridged version: Macpherson is a fantastic reader as long as he doesn't try for American accents. And although I prefer unabridged versions of works generally, I'd rather go for the abridged here just to have Macpherson read. He's simply outstanding for the Rebus series of novels. Additionally, in my experience, the tightness of the plot in the abridged version works really well in the audio format as it keeps the pace higher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Question of Blood: Inspector Rebus, Book 14

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson, Ian Rankin
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A shooting incident at a private school just north of Edinburgh. Two 17-year olds killed by an ex-Army loner who has gone off the rails. As Detective Inspector John Rebus puts it, "there's no mystery"...except the why. But this question takes Rebus into the heart of a shattered community. Ex-Army himself, Rebus becomes fascinated by the killer, and finds he is not alone.

    Ronny says: "More Rankin and Rebus"
    "More Rankin and Rebus"
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    I should just copy and paste my Rebus series reviews to save time. Macphearson is an excellent narrator as long as he doesn't have to try at American accents, and Rankin rarely puts a foot wrong. I'd ding it a touch for being an abridged version, but I've actually come to enjoy those because they are even more tightly wound than the unabridged versions. As long as you get the Macphearson reading version there is no harm done. Obviously if you don't like crime fiction novels this is not your cup of tea, but if you like crime fiction, in particularly crime fiction set in Scotland and/or the UK in general this is a no brainer purchase. One caveat, if you are new to the series, there are probably better entry points. Consider either the short stories, the first book or one of the last two (they are, I think, better standalones than the books in the middle of the series).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Saints of the Shadow Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James MacPherson
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller Ian Rankin returns with his gripping new Rebus novel. Unabridged edition featuring a bonus interview with Ian Rankin and James MacPherson. Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. A 30-year-old case is being reopened, and Rebus's team from back then is suspected of foul play. With Malcolm Fox as the investigating officer are the past and present about to collide in a shocking and murderous fashion?

    Howie says: "Narrator changed everything for me,"
    "More Rankin and Rebus"
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    What made the experience of listening to Saints of the Shadow Bible the most enjoyable?

    The reader is a genuine pleasure to listen to.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No. But the plot never does in Rankin's books. These are guilty pleasure reading, and perfect for comfortable listening or reading with a cup of hot chocolate on snowy day.


    Which character – as performed by James MacPherson – was your favorite?

    I don't have a favorite. I just like MacPherson's work.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but that's rarely the case anyways.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Rankin, and if you like his Rebus novel you can't go wrong with this one. On the other hand this is a terrible, terrible place to start reading Rankin's book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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