A brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community in 1869 leads to the arrest of 17-year-old Roderick Macrae. There is no question that Macrae committed this terrible act. What would lead such a shy and intelligent boy down this bloody path?
Presented as a collection of documents, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers, which offer conflicting impressions, throwing Macrae's motive and his sanity into question.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.
©2015 Graeme Macrae Burnet (P)2016 Saraband Books, Audio produced by RNIB Talking Books Service, Glasgow
"A truly ingenious thriller as confusingly multi-layered as an Escher staircase." (Daily Express)
"The Man Booker judges got it right: this really is one of the most convincing and engrossing novels of the year." (The Scotsman)
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"Loved this book, well read don't be put off by the first reader you hear, I nearly was"
Enjoyed this book, I would describe it as a slow burner, that when the core deed is done, it seemed to thump me in the chest! Bam....so well written to make me feel like that.
Dont be put off by the author reading the preface, (very staccato) the core book is well read by Crawford John and Cameron Mowat. I was totally gripped. Loved and hated the ending! Loved the discussion of pros and cons, hated the continuing story in the court room, felt the book ended at the original outcome.
Loved the setting, the history, loved the situation
Would recommend. Loved it.
hard to stop listening. I didn't want it to finish. I loved every word and I now really want to visit the area. the story was brought to life wonderfully.
"Much, Much Better than the Sample Suggests"
The different styles of prose. The novel comprises witness statements, two memoirs, a trial transcript and more - each flawlessly executed.
The main protagonist is Roddy - a triple murderer. While it may be hard to take his side, he is nevertheless a sensitive and sympathetic character.
DO NOT BE PUT OFF BY THE SAMPLE! This is merely the author's prologue. He is great at writing, but narration, not so much. The two narrators perfectly capture the tone of their respective parts and were a pleasure to listen to.
Pass. This reads more like a documentary than a feature film - and is all the more compelling for it.
I wish Audible would feature the narration of all readers in a multi-reader production. Otherwise the sample can be very misleading.
Well written and masterfully narrated. A tragic story which provided an insight into highland life in the late nineteenth century.
"Well written, realistic penny dreadful"
The author has done quite a spectacular job of researching this piece of historical fiction, bringing to life a gruesome episode in 1800s Scotland. Expect to listen to a documentary type audiobook and not a particularly suspenseful thriller. It took a long time to get into this book, mostly because the performance was quite dry and dull, hence I struggled to concentrate. During the crux of the story, in which Roddy is in court, the story picks up slightly, sounding more like a courtroom drama. He attempts to explore the idea of moral insanity, but falls short mostly because of the lack of understanding they would have at the time the book is set.
Well written and researched but a bit bland.
"very interesting read, if not a little long."
A good novel, with fantastic historical storyline.
it was full of history and I especially enjoyed the technical experts views and statements of the witnesses . I think the book was overally long as much was repeated in court section. but very interesting and enjoyable.
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