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Dead Souls | [Ian Rankin]

Dead Souls

A colleague's suicide. Pedophiles. A missing child. A serial killer. You never know your luck, muses Rebus. Driven by instinct and experience, he searches for connections, against official skepticism. But at night, unsoothed by whiskey, Rebus faces his ghosts, and the prospect of his daughter's possibly permanent paralysis. Soldiering through dank, desperate slums and the tiny flats of the Scottish chic, Rebus uncovers a chain of crime, deceit, and hidden sins.
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Publisher's Summary

A colleague's suicide. Pedophiles. A missing child. A serial killer. You never know your luck, muses Rebus. Driven by instinct and experience, he searches for connections, against official skepticism. But at night, unsoothed by whiskey, Rebus faces his ghosts, and the prospect of his daughter's possibly permanent paralysis. Soldiering through dank, desperate slums and the tiny flats of the Scottish chic, Rebus uncovers a chain of crime, deceit, and hidden sins, and knows it's himself he's really trying to save.

©1999 Ian Rankin; (P)2001 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Using vocal nuances, Geoffrey Howard conveys the atmosphere of Rebus's Edinburgh, its slums and pubs, and their inhabitants. He also conveys the fine points of character in a well-paced and involving performance." (AudioFile)
"Not everyone will want to follow the crime novel where Rankin dares to take it, but for those who do, the journey will be unforgettable." (Booklist)

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    C. Carlson columbus ohio 02-22-08
    C. Carlson columbus ohio 02-22-08 Member Since 2005
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    "bad reader"

    I had to stop listening to this book because the reader sounded like a news anchor rather than a storyteller. Clipped and monotonous in tone.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Alton, Hants, AK, USA 12-10-06
    Paul Alton, Hants, AK, USA 12-10-06
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    "Shoot the narrator !"

    The narrator has the worst, most phoney Scots accent I have ever heard. He murdered the Scots language, mispronounced dozens of well-known placenames, and even tried a phoney US accent... ouch ! He pronounced Kirkcaldy as Kirk-cal-dee... painful to the ears. In no way does he do justice to Ian Rankin's writing.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Stacie Murfreesboro, TN, US 06-24-14
    Stacie Murfreesboro, TN, US 06-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I love Rebus but this reader was awful."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator was awful. I almost had to turn it off multiple times but I really like the Rebus series so I wanted to push through. Although I'm not a Scot, I lived in Scotland and would expect the narrator of a Scottish drama to be convincing as a Scot.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Souls?

    I really enjoyed the multiple storylines that were running through this story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Geoffrey Howard’s performances?

    Not likely.


    Was Dead Souls worth the listening time?

    Only because it was the next Rebus story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ripley I Attleboro, MA United States 08-10-10
    Ripley I Attleboro, MA United States 08-10-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent!"

    Although an earlier book, this is a fantastic story with a lot going on. I was surprised not only that it was so good, but that it was even better than a lot of the more recent stories - especially compared to the reviews. Yes it is dark, but it has so much human reality and learning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 09-14-07
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 09-14-07 Member Since 2005

    I love books!

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    "My first Scottish crime novel"

    An interesting listen, a different kind of listen. A Scottish author, a Scottish narrator, set in Scotland, it took some getting used to. But it's no different than a USA period or geographic piece. It was interesting listening to the Scottish accent, hear the differences in English accents, the pronunciations, vocabulary, etc. On top of it all, it was interesting story. By the end of it I wasn't even noticing the accents. John Rebus has his own character, dark and brooding, like a lot of other crime fighters. I'd like to go to the Oxford Bar sometime, in fact, I'd like to go to Scotland sometime. Living in the desert, listening to this book in the summer, makes Scotland seem like a nice place to visit. Maybe someday. And, I'll give Ian Rankin another shot at some point.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julia L. Scott Tampa, FL United States 06-20-07
    Julia L. Scott Tampa, FL United States 06-20-07 Member Since 2001

    itmaven

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    "Bleak Crime Novel"

    At first I didn’t know if I would care for Geoffrey Howard’s workmanlike, slightly flat narration but after a bit it fit right in with this bleak crime novel of pedophiles, class privileges and mid-life/career questions. If you find discussions of pedophiles distasteful you may want to skip this one—I used the fast forward quite a bit but finished the listen. The abridged might be a little better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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