The dead are piling up in the morgue almost as fast as the snow on the streets, and Logan knows time is running out. More children are going missing. More are going to die. If Logan isn't careful, he's going to end up joining them.
Set in Aberdeen, where the rainy season lasts all year, criminal gangs vie for supremacy on the streets, and the oil industry brings an influx of wealth and vice, this is a gritty, powerful debut thriller by a writer with a wonderfully observant eye and a characteristically Scottish sense of gallows humour.
©2005 Stuart MacBride; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK
Grisly gruesome ghastly kidnappings & murders in The Granite City, of Aberdeen Scotland. Lots of twist and turns. The Narration is superb! You won’t put this one down until the spine tingling end!
More! More! More!
The characters are real people, who make mistakes, but keep trying. And the best part is, they are genuinely funny along the way. This is the first book i've listened to by this author, and have to say i thoroughly enjoyed it. The story is quite good, but it's really the odd cast of characters and their dialog that seemed so refreshing and interesting to me. The narration was excellent as well. Highly recommended.
Great book and marvelous narration. The plot is intricate and satisfying. The characters are credible and gritty. I was delighted to come across a new author, or new to me, whose writing has an authentic British flavour and whose characters seem to live on the page.
I love, love, love Stuart MacBride. This book is the first in the Logan MacRae series and, since I found it, I am now hooked! MacBride is a terrifically entertaining author; one of the best I have read. Until I found him, Nelson Demille was my favorite author in this genre. It's nice to have found another great one!
John Sessions performs this rather than just reading it. You can tell that he is a very good actor and really puts a lot of effort into his portrayals of the characters.
If you like detective fiction, with some dark humor thrown in, you will enjoy this book and the whole Logan MacRae series. And if you are not familiar with British slang you may want to brush up before reading this author.
This was a compelling, fast moving story. As a native Aberdonian, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I particularly enjoyed the fact that it was set in areas I was familiar with in Aberdeen. I would have given the narrator a full 5 stars, had he not pronounced rowies and Marischal Steet wrongly. Otherwise everything was very good.
Huge holes in this, plus you can't really enter into the story since so much is missing. Deeply disappointing! I love Stuart macbride so I'm sure the book is excellent. Just avoid this crap version.
"Not For The Aberdeen Tourist Authority"
Fantastic listen, the narration is excellent, the tale forces you to think but the humour breaks up what could be a very dark and disturbing story. Highly recommended.
"Great story, poor performance"
It was a great story, gritty, touching, down and dirty, dealing with real issues without sugar coating them.
Always Logan McRae. He's a hard done by cop with a heart of gold who has a lot to put up with without it driving him crazy.
No. He was rubbish. Very stilted in his narration and he got his pronunciations wrong.
Abridging a book is never a good idea. There is so much of the story missing and having read the paperback I know what those parts are and they were crucial to the story. If a narrator is being paid by the hour to read a story cutting the story to meet a budget makes for a shoddy job. If cost is an issue at the expense of the story, get a less well known name to do the reading and keep the whole book.
Great story and well narrated.
Shorter than normal crime books and couldn't wait top download the next book in the series
Just a quick note to say that I think John Sessions was masterful in his reading, pronunciation and acting and made this book, that I have already read in paperback, even more accessible and enjoyable. It's just a shame that it was an abridged version.
If you don`t mind grapic descriptions of situations and objects then this is a must for you. Having lived and worked in and around Aberdeen for many years, I found the accuracy of this tale spot on. On occasion the language is, to say the least, a bit strong, but reflects the working class dialect accurately. Please can someone tell John Sessions, good as he is, that Marischal Street and Portlethen are not pronounced as he says them, but he does get the dialect and other pronounciation as close to the real thing as possible. Full of great characters from the word go, this volume is a must for any serious crime thriller reader. Very highly recommended.
"Superb read, horrendously abridged"
An absolutely superb crime novel, the grit and grime of the crimes brilliantly peppered with hilarious one-liners. Sure to have you howling in both laughter and despair as the story progresses.
I've never read Cold Granite before but you can easily tell where sections have been omitted for this abridged version. Disheartening really that you're missing out on bits of the story. Surely no bits that are key to the plot, but no doubt some of the finer details and jokes that would add just that extra bit to really show the novel for what it is; the classic that this version is not.
If speculation is correct, that it was abridged in order that John Sessions' fee could be covered, I deem that not worth it. His performance is fine, though his Aberdonian accent is severely lacking; accompanied by his mispronunciation of several place names. James Macpherson, (who narrates Ian Rankin's books) would have done a job on par with Sessions at, no doubt, a cost which would have enabled the whole book to be available here.
That being said, this is a suberb book you can't afford not to read if crime is your genre of choice! I completed it in a day.
Good listen and well read. Gripping story with twists and turns along the way. Well worth a listen. Top score
Would have been heaps better if the story was unabridged. Can't see the point to shorten a perfectly good story...I don't usually buy abridged books but I like the author's stories..
"Difficult to hear at times"
Gripping story, narration was good but volume seemed to come and go a lot which was difficult at times in the car.
"Volume a nightmare."
John Sessions ruined the experience for me. Accents etc brilliant but there was so much variation in volume it was difficult to listen to. If you had the volume set to comfortable for the shouting you couldn't hear the rest of it & consequently if you had the volume set for the quieter moments you were literally jolted out of your seat for the rest of it. Shame because I could have enjoyed the storyline.
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