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Cold Granite Audiobook

Cold Granite: Logan McRae, Book 1

It's DS Logan McRae's first day back on the job after a year off on the sick, and it couldn't get much worse. Four-year-old David Reid's body is discovered in a ditch - strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. There's a killer stalking the Granite City and the local media are baying for blood. If that wasn't enough, Logan also has to contend with a new boss, DI Insch, who doesn't suffer fools gladly and thinks everyone's a fool.
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It's DS Logan McRae's first day back on the job after a year off on the sick, and it couldn't get much worse. Four-year-old David Reid's body is discovered in a ditch - strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. There's a killer stalking the Granite City and the local media are baying for blood. If that wasn't enough, Logan also has to contend with a new boss, DI Insch, who doesn't suffer fools gladly and thinks everyone's a fool, and his own ex-girlfriend, the beautiful but chilly Isobel MacAlister, who also happens to be the chief pathologist. The only good news is WPC "Ball Breaker" Watson, Logan's new guardian angel.

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

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    A. J. McConachie So.Calif. 02-12-07
    A. J. McConachie So.Calif. 02-12-07 Member Since 2016

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    "Excellent! Stuart MacBride! Fantastic"

    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!
    UNABRIDGED PLEASE.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John NJ, United States 07-29-10
    John NJ, United States 07-29-10 Member Since 2007
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    "gritty, human, great fun"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    S. Harvey 11-08-07
    S. Harvey 11-08-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Martha 12-05-11
    Martha 12-05-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Abridgment Doesn't Make A Difference"

    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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Reid 01-27-16
    Linda Reid 01-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent detective novel"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jeanne WASHINGTON, DC, United States 06-13-15
    jeanne WASHINGTON, DC, United States 06-13-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Abridged so who knows?"

    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.

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  • Martin
    Horsham, West Sussex, United Kingdom
    7/3/07
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • BlueQuill
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    "Great story, poor performance"
    What did you like most about Cold Granite?

    It was a great story, gritty, touching, down and dirty, dealing with real issues without sugar coating them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Sessions’s performances?

    No. He was rubbish. Very stilted in his narration and he got his pronunciations wrong.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    6/23/13
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    "Great Listen"

    Great story and well narrated.
    Shorter than normal crime books and couldn't wait top download the next book in the series

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Sheerness, Kent, United Kingdom
    2/1/10
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    "Sessions session"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Montrose, Angus, United Kingdom
    11/16/07
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    "Excellent story."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    5/26/16
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    "brilliant"

    Great story,characters are brilliant and wonderfully read by John Sessions. Will definitely listen read more. Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julie from Romford Essex
    5/12/16
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    "gripping could stop"

    Well narrated the storyline got you hooked right to the end. Excellent thrilling great read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkangel
    3/20/16
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    "the first logan macrae story"

    why oh why are the first few books abridged? and good though John sessions is the author has him beat just listen to the later books. this is the genisis of the macrae world and we are given glimpses of the treasure to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eileen
    3/17/16
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    "Good but quite gritty"

    Very good story bit graphic in some details, but likeable police characters and very well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    12/4/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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