©2007 Christopher Brookmyre; (P)2007 Isis Publishing Ltd
"Rampantly surreal imagination and anarchic humour have made him unique in British crime fiction." (The Times)
Well, that would clean up the town, wouldn't it. Which town? Any one you'd like to send him to. And it would be done in such an outrageous, profane, honest and hysterically funny way, that even the losers would chuckle. Before they tried to kill him, of course.
Because that's the point of Brookmyre's Parlabane books; trying to kill Jack before he puts your butt in jail! But for us lucky readers, we laugh through the entire reading, if we can understand the narrator. Luckily, after listening to many books with accents from the UK, I can understand it pretty well. Perhaps not all of the slang, but I can guess at the meanings.
I visited Audible UK in order to buy this book. I wish Audible would make all of Mr. Brookmyre's books available here. (I saw them in my local indie bookstore for the first time recently.)
The first book I ever bought on Audible was "Quite Ugly One Morning." I was hooked, both on the author & Audible.
"Rubber Ducks" concerns spiritualists, life after death, religion and fraud. If you don't see the connection between the first three and the last, you will be offended. If dirty language offends you, you will be distressed. But if your view of the world is a bit skewed, your sense of humor a bit warped and the idea of believing what you read in the newspaper a bit skeptical, you will love this book.
I've read several of the Parlabane novels but this is my first audio version and I enjoyed it immensely. The multiple narratives are handled well and the sarcastic, gruff Parlabane is as enjoyable as ever. There is even unintentional humor in the narrators' attempts at a Louisiana accent. That said, they did a great job. Highly recommend this for something a little different and more interesting than the normal mystery.
Having read almost all other books by Cristopher Brookmyre the old fashioned way, I was very pleasantly surprised by this audio book. Brookmyre's story is expertly narrated in a way that certainly adds to the whole experience. I have read in other reviews that some people found the (British/Scottish) English hard to understand, but I found this not to be the case (fwiw: I am not a native English speaker).
The story is great, full of twists and larded with Brookmyre's trademark cynical humour. A "must buy"!
A superb crime thriller, very unconventional, with excellent narration by the dual narrators. This is my first Jack Parlabane book, and I will definitely try another. It is not possible to give a flavour of this book without giving the plot away, so I wont try. Do not be put off by the first chapter; it is narrated in a rather smug, irritating way, but this is integral to the storyline. The accents initially take a little getting used to, if you are not Scots, but your ear should adjust reasonably quickly.
If you can't or won't understand Glaswegian, this isn't for you - but it's typically wonderfully biting Brookmyre - and Parlabane is BACK! Audiobooks needs more Brookmyre titles, desperately.
Definitely a mixed review. It is tough at the beginning with narration from different characters, Scottish accents and a slowly developing plot but the overall theme of the deception of magic being used in crime is interesting and the narration and characters grow on you.
I absolutely loved "Quite Ugly One Morning", but for some reason Audible isn???t offering it anymore?? So when this one became available, I bought it right away. What a disappointment. Brookmyre definitely had an agenda, and it got in the way of his writing a good story.
This book rambles, heavily accented and the wording (British) is hard to understand. There are many other good books to purchase, so keep looking.
"a fantastic read"
This is one of the best books i've had from this site since i joined it. Not so much a whodunnit or even why, you know this (pretty much) from the beginning, but how. Well read and wonderfully written i put my life on hold for two days so i could listen to it to the end and then promptly listened again from the beginning. Funny, enlightening and sometimes quite horrifying i will be buying more of Mr. Brookmyres books as soon as possible.
"A glorious woo-oo-oo-dunnit"
I really enjoyed this ghost story come thriller come detective story. Lots of inexplicable events, loads upon loads of twists that were so obvious once explained but nearly impossible to foresee, a gripping tale and with a sense of humour. Great narration - even though lots of passages were written in the first person and read by one of the two narrators I didn't get the characters confused. Thoroughly recommended.
"The Rubber Ducks - An entertaining few hours"
A good story - I initially found the use of two narrators a little off putting as they had different accents for the same characters. However, once over this short fall I really got in to the plot (not too complex but entertaining enough to keep me listening) The descriptions and insight in to the lead characters brought them to life and I have no hesitation in recommending this book especially, if like me, to those who have a skeptical appreciation of the afterlife and all that it does or doesn't hold. This is fiction I know but the author really likes to make you feel like part of the story. A bit of a far fetched ending but overall enjoyable nevertheless....
"Psychic shenanigans as told from beyond the grave"
A fantastic book as narrated from beyond the grave, that will keep you guessing. Psychic secrets revealed and explained but an overall explanation of why so many people believe in this multi million pound industry; based on no proof at all. As Usual Brookmyre tells a good story that can be read on multiple levels. Take it a s a good story or maybe a mirror held up reflecting the quirks of life back at us making us think why?. BTW the unsinkable rubber ducks refers to the people whom belive in all the Psychic guff and no matter what proof you show them they just keep on coming back with excuses. If your religious or especially a Jehovah witness this book may not be for you, but then again maybe that’s exactly the person that should be reading this. Overall a humorous read with a gripping story take it as seriously as you like, it’s still very enjoyable.
In a world of increasing 'new age' philosophising it is a joy to hear a book like this. A twist at the start, no less, keeps one hooked from the get go. It's difficult to go into any of the many plot intricacies, without revealing major 'spoilers'. Suffice to say, in a brilliant, funny, satirical and sometimes wonderfully strange novel, Christopher Brookmyre has produced a 'Woo woo!' wrecking masterpiece.
After hearing or reading this splendid novel, only the most stubborn will cling to their outdated superstitious views. Get it, and enjoy.
"Narrator's voice is too accurate!"
This is a splendid story. However, I think I was spoilt for narration of Christopher Brookmyre's novels when I downloaded Quite Ugly One Morning, read by David Tennant in a variety of splendid Scottish accents. The trouble with "Attack", for me, is that the female narration is too, too accurately a depiction of a white middle-class WASP, firmly south of the border and altogether too full of herself. Jilly Bond does a superb job - and her voice grates horribly on me. I'll go back to enjoying this book in paperback, where I can't hear her character so clearly!
"Ponderous narration slows this down"
This was the first Christopher Brookmyre book I ever read and I really enjoyed it. However if I'd bought this as an audio version first, I would never have read anything else of his. Joe Dunlop has a pleasant voice and reads well, but SOOOO slowly! It doesn't help that the book is written in the first person from the viewpoint of 3 people, Jilly Bond reads one part well, but the other 2 parts are male and Mr Dunlop makes no distinction between their voices so when he flicks from one to another it takes a few minutes to realise which person he is reading.
I only completed the audiobook because I knew it had a good ending, but it took a long while to get there whereas I found the book to be totally gripping.
"Good, but not up to Brookmyre's usual standard"
I had to work hard to determine what it was that left me wanting with this book and I think it comes down to pace and laughs. It was actually quite tough for me to give him a three out of five. Mr B usually has me caught up in his story and regularly embarrassing myself on the train by laugh out loud moments. As much as I agree with his politics and sentiments there was a bit too much preaching and not enough laughs for twists. I don't want to put anybody off this author though. This was a good listen, I don't regret the purchase but is you've not read his other books, start elsewhere.
And if you're reading this my Brookmyre - you can do better than this. Parlabane would be using stronger language mind.
I really enjoyed this book.
Very unusual and out of the ordinary - the author has an extremely dark sense of humour!
Don't be put off - as I nearly was - by the subject matter - it's an entertaining and engaging read - treat yourself to something a bit different.
"You Will Need Patience For This,,,,"
I have listened to audio books for many years and one word comes to mind with this one. Overblown. It is about eight hours longer than it need be, can be very confusing and the use of several speakers is hard work.
That said the actual story and end twist is very good, but it takes far to long to get there, my patience was sorely tried. Also for some reason the main character in the first chapter uses profanities not found in the rest of the book.
If it is available get the abridged version, this is far to long and in my opinion wonders into meaningless minutiae all to easily. Good, but very hard work.
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