This novel is a bit slow starting, compared to say Fleshmarket Alley, but is a good, solid representation of Rebus. The characters are well defined and nicely flawed and the reader does a decent job at separating the various voices. This book meanders a bit during the story going off on seemingly random tangents, but I enjoy how the characters deal with the underbelly of Edinburgh enough to see it through. If you are needing a solid Rebus fix after hitting the more drama/story driven books, this will do it.
There was very little character development causing ambivalence toward the main characters.I did like Monk probably due to his detailed description, even though the character was relatively uninventive for a serial killer, hulking, abnormally strong, and seemingly stupid. The lack of interesting characters slowed the plot.
It is unlikely that I would listen to another Beckett. While not bad, it was unsatisfying.
Jonathan Keeble was animated in the read. Hindered though, because I didn't much like the writing or the story.
While I didn't like the book, I did listen to the end and I wanted to find out what happened. Bit tedious and hollow of an ending though, because I found the twist relatively obvious and I didn't care about the main character.
The Three Pines mysteries reminds me of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple series. I love this type of story, the slow, thoughtful, British mystery type. Little to no action, so if you don't look forward to the new Miss Marple on PBS/BBC, this is not for you. If you do, however, you will love this series. I bypassed this writer for a while thinking that a Canadian series couldn't possibly live up to what I hoped it would be, but I was very happily mistaken. If you are new to the series, go in order and start with Still Life. I have listened to this book 3 times already and get something new each time. I have also listened to Agatha Christie's A Mirror Crack'd more times than I care to admit, so take that for what it's worth.
Long and slow in parts, but if you like other PD James books, you'll like this one. It's very character driven, which I like. Good story, but the end is a bit unsatisfying and out of nowhere.
The story is very well put together. I found there was too much detail in some parts. I also didn't really like the characters. Took me a while to get into the book because of this, a third or half way through it began to peak my interest. Even by the end I didn't like the characters much, but the story was very good and warranted my rating.
This is a great collection of stories. I was a little put off by the short story setup, but it works really well. I thought it started a bit slow with his first case but once ensconced in the mystery, I was hooked.
Great listen! Of the seven Rebus novels I've heard, this one is best. It keeps you glued over the span of 12+ hours and it has a very good ending. Quintessential Rebus and a great one to get yourself stuck on the series, although in time, this one is further along. Highly recommended!
If you like Rebus, you'll like this book. As the first Rebus book I've heard, it took me a while to get into the story, but was well worth the patience. The characters are nicely flawed and interesting and the story is quite enthralling as well.
The narrator was solid with the accents, but some of the different voices I found a bit irritating, thankfully these were just sideline characters.
The last few hours I couldn't stop listening, quite suspenseful, although the impetus for the murders I found a bit stretched. Try Naming of the Dead as well.
Having read the entire Frost series by R.D. Wingfield and seen many of the episodes of the Frost BBC series, I found this audiobook a great addition.
The characters are well-rounded and thoughtfully described. Completely in the genre of police procedural in Britain and a great listen. You are pulled into Frost's many dilemmas and urge him to pull it out. Wingfield writes this story keeping to Frost's character, where luck or the lack of it and his innate detective ability, creates a great, enthralling story. Frost adds a touch of reality and human failing to the British detective that I find refreshing and charming.
I only wish there were more Frost books on audible.
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